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Updated May 26, 2017
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Pros
  • Great perks, great pay, great people (in 8 reviews)

  • Very dynamic fast paced environment (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • There was no work/life balance - During extremely busy periods the only time spent out of work was commuting and sleeping (in 6 reviews)

  • Lay-offs were far too frequent for full time employees (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Lead Technical Artist"

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    Former Employee - Lead Technical Artist in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Lead Technical Artist in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Activision Blizzard full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great perks, great pay, great people.

    Cons

    Lots of pressure, way too much overtime.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "All work, no life"

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    Former Employee - QA Lead in Eden Prairie, MN
    Former Employee - QA Lead in Eden Prairie, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Massive amounts of experience for QA
    Amazing co-workers
    Projects were fun and challenging on occasion
    Pretty solid benefits
    A lot of free games and swag

    Cons

    There was no work/life balance - During extremely busy periods the only time spent out of work was commuting and sleeping
    Compensation was dismal at best
    Competent, well trained employees were rare and after they were laid off they didn't come back - If they did come back for consecutive seasons, after their third they were required to be out for a year before they could return
    Lay-offs were far too frequent for full time employees
    Hard work was rewarded with a larger workload and higher expectations
    Metrics for bonusable goals were geared to eventually become impossible to attain
    Little to no possibly for advancement

    I could really go on and on here. If you're a young person that can handle being fed through a meat grinder as a QA Tester for a couple of seasons, the pay is decent (though you won't get benefits unless you elect to receive them and pay a hefty premium nor will you receive a bonus) and you'll get plenty of overtime making the paychecks pretty nice. If you're not someone that can live with that this is not the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Talent retention needs to be closely examined. Opportunity for advancement needs to be created. Compensation needs serious re-evaluation. Throwing more people at a project does not make a better product.

  3. "The 100 Best Companies to Work For"

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    Current Employee - Artist in Novato, CA
    Current Employee - Artist in Novato, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Activision Blizzard full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good balance work. good benefits.laid back style office.

    Cons

    big corporate have corporate rules.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Fast Paced, Challenging, and Rewarding Environment"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to work on interesting, challenging projects
    Work with really smart, driven people

    Cons

    Workload can get out of hand at key times of year, it's up to you to be sure to maintain balance and avoid burnout

    Advice to Management

    Resource your teams just a *little bit* more to avoid burnout, especially at key times


  5. Helpful (3)

    "It's all about the people - or- It's about *ALL* the people"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Activision Blizzard full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    - stock price
    - creative people
    - Location

    Cons

    - coach class international business travel until VP level
    - no collaboration toolset-yes we still email spreadsheets everywhere
    - internal orders are done using excel
    - recognition for service (5/10/15 years) - laughable
    - technology dinosaurs....

    Advice to Management

    Depending on which division you land up in, you could be left feeling like the poor step-child. Clearly, studios and locations other than corporate, matter - everyone else, suck it up and save $


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Senior Accountant"

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    Former Employee - Senior Accountant in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Accountant in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They are a successful public 'entertainment' company.

    Cons

    Accounting department is horribly managed. The Assistant Controller is a complete tool who is totally out of touch with the team. Extreme pressure on lower level management and staff, therefore very high turnover. Not worth working here within accounting. It's not a job, it's straight up slavery.

    Advice to Management

    Fire yourselves. You are ruining the reputation of the company. Soon all you will be able to hire are temps. Add more team members, so you don't burn people out. Have an appreciation to the work accountants do.


  7. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company. Great products. Friendly and fun co-workers. Nice merch and game discounts.

    Cons

    The office space was not amazing, but it was not a big deal.

  8. "Rough culture in the sales organization. Very combative, lack of trust and collaboration."

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    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Fayetteville, AR
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Fayetteville, AR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    HQ in Santa Monica and a cool product portfolio, if you're into video games. Relatively flat and small organizational structure.

    Cons

    Sales roles were more customer marketing focused vs managing the 4Ps. Very combative culture. Had to fight with customer and fight with internal colleagues.


  9. Helpful (7)

    "Lots of politics, but great company with great mentors"

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    Former Employee - Associate Marketing Manager in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Associate Marketing Manager in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Activision|Blizzard is a company where you can count on meeting some of the smartest and fastest workers you will in your career. If you can cut it here, you will learn with the best of them and have great prospects for your future employment. They are also one of the best paying publishers.

    Cons

    Be prepared to jump through some serious hoops. No one is promoted without playing their cards perfectly, and often times good employees are pigeon holed and kept from leadership positions.

    Advice to Management

    Look out for your employees rather than just yourself.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Corporate Manager"

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    Current Employee - Corporate Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Corporate Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Activision Blizzard full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Largest company you'll find out there that maintains a "startup" culture
    - Lots of young employees at senior levels throughout the company
    - Culture of "fun" is real in the video game industry
    - Higher pay / salary than other Fortune 500 companies in the SoCal area
    - Company is growing fast, many recent acquisitions
    - Profitability (and therefore bonuses) are secure
    - Diverse portfolio in so many aspects of gaming (console vs. PC vs. mobile) ensures company sustainability
    - Brilliant minds for leadership. Leaders of the company are also highly invested in the company by equity, and therefore aligned to growth and success

    Cons

    - "Startup" culture is double-edged sword... more responsibility = higher pay but also higher expectations
    - Corporate processes are not up to speed with the growth of the company (but this presents opportunity to add value and improve for a new employee coming in)

    Advice to Management

    - Santa Monica corporate office does not feel "campus" enough. Consider relocating to a real campus (although the 2nd floor is a good attempt at that).


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