Activision Blizzard

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Independent studio model means all Activision studios are different to work for.

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Liverpool, England (UK)
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Liverpool, England (UK)

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

Pros

- Independent studio model allows development studios to manage themselves and maintain their own branding and company culture.
- Lots of free games from the Activision/Blizzard back catalog.
- Not as evil as people make them out to be.

Cons

- Terrible pay rises. Before our studio was acquired, pay rises were excellent. As soon as Activision bought the studio pay rises dropped dramatically.
- Studio closures are very common.
- Publisher is very good at exploiting existing IP but terrible at developing new IP.
- Creatively uninspiring projects.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Take more creative risks and invest in more creatively driven projects. Existing IP will always have a finite lifespan, so you have to get better at generating new IP and trying things that have never been done before.

You'll also find it easier to attract talent if you develop projects that are imaginative and different. No developer wants to work on sequel after sequel or concepts that they've seen done a million times before.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Terrible Recruitment Process

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    Current Employee - Human Resources in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at Activision Blizzard full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Large company with lots of People and positions available.
    Lots of opportunity in many cities around the world.

    Cons

    Recruitment process took 8 weeks and 7 interviews to finally get a job offer at the end.
    Recruiters do not have a clear picture what the roles are, the talent needed or how to interview. It may be that they have lost focus of who their internal customers are

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your lack of care or blatant disregard of people's time is arrogant.
    Today's applicant is also today's customer.
    Skill set is lacking on knowledge about local markets, may open up to liability

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Good learning experience about how to navigate within a highly politicized organization.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Activision Blizzard

    Pros

    If you value the gaming industry then Activision is the biggest player on the block. Work with sharp individuals.

    Cons

    Highly political. Lack of leadership from the top down. No sense of comraderie since most employees are looking out for themselves. The atmosphere really is a kill or be killed mentality. When you speak to another employee who has been there for at least a year, the common feedback is that they need to get out of there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Restructure and take value in your Human Resources function. Converting your EVP of Strategy to the head of HR shows your lack of value in employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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