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Activision Blizzard Overview

Santa Monica, CA
10000+ employees
Company - Public (ATVI)
Video Games
$5 to $10 billion (USD) per year
Activision Blizzard, Inc. is the world’s largest interactive entertainment company, with operations across North America, Europe, and Asia. We are home to some of the most beloved entertainment franchises including Call of Duty®, Destiny, Skylanders® ... Read more

Mission: Everything we do starts with our talent, their inspired creativity, and our commitment to excellence. We’re passionate about building big, immersive, story-filled worlds our audiences love to spend time in. Employees describe Activision Blizzard as an ... Read more

Company Updates

  • "This top video-game company is piecing together an entertainment empire. Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI) shares have soared 356% over the last five years. The game maker has performed exceptionally well as the video-game industry shifts to digital distribution of games and as new investments in esports are starting to show great potential."

    10 Reasons to Buy Activision Blizzard Stock and Never Sell -- The Motley Fool

    ( Activision Blizzard NASDAQ:ATVI) shares have soared 356% over the last five years. The game maker has performed exceptionally well as the video-game industry shifts to digital distribution of games and as new investments in esports are starting to show great potential.

  • In 2016, the Call of Duty Endowment set an ambitious goal of placing 50K vets into high-quality jobs by 2019. This morning, we were honored to watch as Dan Goldenberg rang the Nasdaq opening bell to announce that we achieved our goal! “The Call of Duty Endowment has exceeded expectations and continues to benefit the lives of veterans and their families, significantly giving back to those who sacrificed for others,” said Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard and co-founder of the Endowment. “With U.S. and U.K. veteran unemployment and underemployment challenges persisting, I am thrilled to advance our efforts with a new, ambitious goal of securing employment for 100,000 veterans by 2024.” #DoubleDown2024 #SquadGoals #ItTakesHeroesToMakeHeroes #veterans

    Call of Duty™ Endowment Hits Goal of Placing 50,000 Veterans in Meaningful Employment Ahead of Schedule | Activision Blizzard, Inc.

    SANTA MONICA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 15, 2018-- The Call of Duty™ Endowment ("the Endowment") today announced that it has reached its goal of funding the placement of 50,000 veterans into high-quality jobs ahead of schedule. Now, the Endowment is doubling down with a new goal of securing placements for a total of 100,000 veterans by 2024.

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Activision Blizzard – Why Work With Us?

Built to Last

Established in 1979 and headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI) is one the world's largest and most successful interactive entertainment companies, sitting at the intersection of media, technology, and entertainment. As a member of the S&P 500, we have been recognized by FORTUNE magazine as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” for four consecutive years and have earned a spot on FORTUNE’s “Most Admired Companies” and “Future 50” lists.

Positioned to Grow

We’ve developed a unique approach through a focused concentration on opportunities to create breakthrough entertainment experiences. In 2017, we achieved record revenues of $7B. Activision Blizzard is composed of three operating segments—Activision Publishing, Blizzard Entertainment, and King Digital Entertainment—supported by some of the most talented development studios on the planet, including Treyarch, Infinity Ward, Sledgehammer Games, and Vicarious Visions. We are well-positioned for growth across all gaming platforms, audiences, genres, and business models.

Committed to Our Talent

Our road to victory begins, as it always has, with talent. Our 10,000+ global employees are some of the best and brightest across entertainment, media, and technology. At Activision Blizzard, we pride ourselves on not only attracting the best talent, but also on getting the best out of that talent once they are here. We believe in developing talent across the organization and at all levels through a variety of development opportunities, including job development, mentor relationships, and formal training. We are big believers that the most meaningful professional growth often happens through stretch assignments and special projects, but we also offer some great employee development experiences. Additionally, we view ourselves as a community of people who love to have fun together, and our employees are fueled by our passion for our products, our industry, and future opportunities for the company and its people.

Don’t Forget the Perks!

Our employees are the best in the business, so we reward them accordingly—whether it be copies of our latest game releases, product merchandise, experiences, or a global spotlight. We believe recognizing employees for their contributions boosts morale and creates the best environment.

We also provide a comprehensive suite of employee benefits that promote physical, emotional, and financial well-being. We strive to deliver innovative solutions that are tailor-made for individual preferences, so that each employee can select the program that delivers the highest value for themselves and their families. We encourage our employees to be accountable for their health and offer a variety of incentives and engaging programs that promote wellness. For example, our popular Healthy Incentive Program provides employees and their covered dependents an opportunity to earn cash by participating in healthy activities like walking, eating right, and tracking their sleep via the device of their choosing and a custom mobile app that displays their Healthy Incentive earnings. From doctors on-demand, healthy meal and weight consulting, and mobile apps that support brain health and a better night’s sleep, we’ve got our employees covered!

A World of Fun and Professional Growth

Gamers + gaming = fun. Activision Blizzard not only makes fun, we know how to have it—a lot of it. We are a community of people who love to have fun together, and our employee camaraderie is fueled by our passion for gameplay.

You’re not a gaming company without a place to play. Our Gaming Zone is the life-center of our HQ, where gaming happy hours and informal tournaments featuring our iconic franchises frequently occur. And, needless to say, we go big with our launch parties, which reinforces team building at Activision Blizzard.

Our fun reaches far beyond major celebrations. There is a genuine bond among Activision Blizzard employees that has sparked grassroots programs led and sustained by employees themselves, including a Board Game Club, Lean In circles, and other affinity groups organized around interests like food, pets, travel, sports, and employee mentorship such as veterans, early in career, parents and more.

We take career development very seriously at Activision Blizzard.  Career stagnation is not an option here, and our employees can “level up” their skills through a variety of development opportunities including on the job development, mentor relationships, and formal training. We are big believers that the most meaningful professional growth often happens through stretch assignments and special projects, but we also offer great employee development experiences.  

For example:

  • We offer employees a Masters in the Business of Activision (our very own “MBA” program), which delivers a deep dive on company operations and how our games move from an idea into a blockbuster franchise
  • We host an annual Activision Blizzard Studio Summit, where developers, artists, and producers from Activision, Blizzard, and our partner studio Bungie, join together for an immersive experience where they hear and learn from the best of the best: each other
  • Blizzard offers Blizzard Academy for game developers, featuring expert-led courses on topics such as creative world-building or brand-new software
  • Activision hosts a speaker and concert series called ACTIVISIONARIES, where inspirational leaders from all different walks of life share their stories with our employees to inspire and fuel their creative output

It Takes Heroes to Make Heroes

When it comes to giving back, we take pride in keeping close to who we are. In 2009, we founded the Call of Duty™ Endowment (CODE) to help returning veterans transition to the civilian workforce. CODE is Activision Blizzard’s flagship philanthropic effort, and through it we apply our business principles to this important social problem, driving greater impact than any other non-profit in the veterans space. To date, the Endowment has provided over $30 million in grants and has funded the placement of more than 43,000 veterans into high quality jobs, placing us on track to meet our goal of 50,000 placements by 2019. Additionally, we’ve proactively taken the initiative to boost veteran recruiting efforts, both internally and externally, by creating our own Veterans Guide to Activision Blizzard.

Our commitment to the veteran community extends beyond CODE; we’re also aligned with supporting veterans through our employee volunteer efforts. Each year, we host our annual Veterans Day of Service during the week of Veterans Day, where hundreds of our employees volunteer to help restore and renovate veterans shelters, create care packages, and write letters to deployed active duty service members and their families. In 2017, more than 850 of our heroes stepped up to serve 22 veterans organizations across 25 project sites in the U.S. and, for the first time, the UK. Each of our volunteers individually and collectively made a difference in the lives of our veterans—whether through painting, building storage units, or skills-based volunteer consulting. The camaraderie, intense work ethic, and passion of our community of employees came to life as everyone pitched in to lend a helping hand.

We don’t stop there, outreach is embedded into our culture and sometimes even into our games. In 2012, when Hurricane Sandy tore through the Eastern seaboard, Blizzard employees reacted quickly, creating and activating a World of Warcraft in-game "pet" that players could buy to fund relief efforts. Their quick thinking raised $2.3 million in relief aid for the American Red Cross and Team Rubicon, a non-profit that puts military veterans to work, as volunteers, in disaster relief zones. In 2017, in response to Hurricane Harvey, we offered a dollar-for-dollar match for all voluntary employee donations to Team Rubicon and raised over $160,000 to support rescue operations, debris removal, home repair and immediate assistance to communities in need.

Activision Blizzard Reviews

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    I worked at Activision Blizzard full-time


    The work environment is a laid back atmosphere


    There are no cons about this company.

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Activision Blizzard Interviews



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    Transformation and Productivity Leader Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview


    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Activision Blizzard (Santa Monica, CA) in March 2020.


    The process was good, no pain points at all. Very impressed by the leadership team, detailed questions about the “how”. I loved the energy of the people I met with.

    Interview Questions

    • How do you build a culture of transformation?   1 Answer
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Activision Blizzard Awards & Accolades

  • FORTUNE 500 (#406), FORTUNE Magazine, 2017
  • FORTUNE's 100 Best Companies to Work For, FORTUNE Magazine & Great Places to Work Institute, 2018
  • Fast Company's 2018 World's Most Innovative Companies (#38), Fast Company, 2018
  • FORTUNE World's Most Admired Companies (#4, Entertainment Industry), FORTUNE Magazine, 2018
  • FORTUNE Future 50 (#9 on Leaders List), FORTUNE Magazine, 2017
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Pledges & Certifications

Veteran Hiring Commitment

Committed to helping America's military veterans find work

Pay Equality Pledge

Committed to paying equitably for equal work & experience

Diversity Commitment

Has programs that support a diverse and inclusive workforce

Pledge to Thrive

Taking steps to prioritize employee well-being

First Job Programs

Maintain entry-level hiring and career development programs to give people career starts

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