Activision Blizzard Reviews

Updated July 11, 2015
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Activision Blizzard Director, President & Ceo Robert A. Kotick
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Pros
  • Many great people who are willing to answer questions and help where possible (in 4 reviews)

  • Smart people, cool environment - what's not to like about making games (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • As a result, high turnover, massive dissatisfaction and intense disconnect between lower and upper management (in 5 reviews)

  • Lots of overtime, which you're more or less expected to do (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Good job fun people

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    Current Employee - QA Tester in Eden Prairie, MN
    Current Employee - QA Tester in Eden Prairie, MN

    I have been working at Activision Blizzard part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It was really fun to work with video games, and the people were great. They gave freebies every once in a while. They have company gatherings sometimes.

    Cons

    It gets to be repetitive especially around when the game is close to release. Competitive environment. You get stuck in one area for a long time.

    Advice to Management

    Pretty good management overall, I would try to improve morale of the employees, and maybe try to incentives harder work.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Customer Support for Blizzard Entertainment

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    Former Employee - Account Services Representative in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Account Services Representative in Austin, TX

    I worked at Activision Blizzard full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great environment, great people and free video games/swag! Great on-site gym, cool decorations, team events at Main Event (free bowling and pizza, etc).

    Cons

    Low pay for customer service, unreliable tools and major layoffs (at time of employment)... Taking calls all day is mentally, emotionally and physically draining and the metrics are always being tightened which means "more, more, more". No real room to move out of CS roles in the Austin location. You would have to travel to CA as TX is purely CS. It can wear down on the psyche extremely quickly and make one dread arriving to work.

    Advice to Management

    From what I've heard, they've changed their ways


  3. Helpful (1)

    Quality Assurance Tester

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Activision Blizzard full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    + All the free soda you can handle! + Working with like-minded gamers that want to make the project better. + Getting to see your favorite franchise in its rough, initial stages. It's quite the journey from beginning to end.

    Cons

    - 12 hour crunch stretches. - QA Leads don't really care about the brand new hires. - Bug quota's can make play testing a chore.

    Advice to Management

    Advice to management? I highly doubt management is going to care about QA grunts. To them, we're just part of their inflated K\D ratio.


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  5. good experience, but high stress

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Activision Blizzard

    Pros

    good team, flexible working environment, high stress under busy season, but can enjoy at the time not that busy

    Cons

    Long working hours, high stress


  6. Helpful (2)

    good variety of work, great people

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Activision Blizzard

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    people are friendly, work is dynamic, you are treated like an independent adult

    Cons

    pay could be better for temporary employees


  7. Helpful (1)

    Blizzard Entertainment was a great company to work for, but with limited growth potential.

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    Former Employee - Game Master in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Game Master in Austin, TX

    I worked at Activision Blizzard full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great culture and people. Lots of passion about the product from all sides of it. Customers are fantastic most of the time as well.

    Cons

    Not the greatest communications between departments and limited growth potential depending upon what career path you wish to follow.

    Advice to Management

    Better communication between differing departments and make career paths more transparent.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Go big or go home

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Activision Blizzard full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Clearly trying to be the best at everything they attempt - Focus on quality is pervasive - Independent studio structure somewhat intact - Big name IP that makes you feel important - Leading edge technology creating top end experiences - Smart, competent executives who make good decisions

    Cons

    - Control and decisions tend to trickle down from the top - Fairly risk averse - Hard to get much breathing room for creative exploration - Everyone works extremely hard and family balance is very difficult


  9. Artist

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    Current Employee - 3D Artist in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - 3D Artist in Foster City, CA

    I have been working at Activision Blizzard full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, great projects, and the company takes care of its employees. You are def rewarded with long hours that you put in... Which in this industry is awesome!

    Cons

    I'm not sure if this is exactly a con, considering if you love your job.... But there can be very long hours at times. Especially during "crunch" time. Then again like I mentioned above you are rewarded for it.


  10. Best Place To Work

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    Former Employee - QA Tester in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - QA Tester in El Segundo, CA

    I worked at Activision Blizzard full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Management, great employees, family environment

    Cons

    hard work, pressure and competition


  11. Solid Company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Activision Blizzard

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    AB is a company that treats it's employees well and, all things considered, is a good place to work. The people are very accomplished and get the job done. Fast paced with lots of work.

    Cons

    Very corporate culture for a video game company. On-boarding consists of being "thrown into the deep end" right off the bat (could be a pro if you are the type of person who likes to figure thing out for yourself).



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