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Activision Blizzard Reviews

Updated August 30, 2017
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Pros
  • Very dynamic fast paced environment (in 8 reviews)

  • Great perks, great pay, great people (in 8 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. "Great place to work! Dream Job!"

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    Current Employee - Senior Technical Recruiter in San Bernardino, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Recruiter in San Bernardino, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This place makes dreams come true. They invest in their employees and over the past few years have really improved in their "buerocratic" processes. I feel that the future is very bright here.

    Cons

    The on-boarding process took a little longer that I would have hoped, It took me 2 months from my first interview to my final offer/start date.


  2. "Great place"

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

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

    Pros

    Fun culture and collaboration across some of the brightest minds in the interactive entertainment industry. Activision Blizzard's workplace environment inspires creativity and big ideas.

    Cons

    Difficult to say... employees work hard, but are happy and having fun along the way (hardly a con?).

  3. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bloomington, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bloomington, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun and fast paced environment

    Cons

    Tight deadlines overly stresses personnel


  4. "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.


  5. "Great Place To Work for those with high energy"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Activision Blizzard full-time

    Pros

    -Very open
    -Fast paced
    -Always learning

    It's an interesting company to work for.

    Cons

    Stress can be high close to release times


  6. 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.


  7. "Great Opportunity"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Easy job with lots of OT during season.

    Cons

    On your feet all day in hot warehouse.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Corporate Services Professional at Activision Blizzard"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The people here are the best I've ever worked with over a 20 year career. I know companies all say that, but here it's 100% true. The caliber of talent, the amount of fun we all have, the (mostly) lack of ego with everyone I work with... it's absolutely incredible. I've made close friends for life here; when some of them leave, they've all missed the culture and the people dearly. You'll see some harsh critiques from me below, and it's only because I think AB could be even better, but I can't say enough about the quality of work, the amazing products, the ambition to be the #1 entertainment company of the 21st century, the bright future, and especially the incredible people. Amazing team and still has a startup mentality -- often in both a good and bad way, but mostly good.

    Cons

    The processes and systems are not strengths here, but again, the place seems to attract such inspired, talented, entrepreneurial people that they more than make up for that. The AB leadership team is incredibly competent and focused, but they should be way more communicative and proactive about getting in front of employees. I know they appreciate the huge sacrifices employees make for the company, but could do a TON more to actually show it, like socializing with us more and offering more interaction and visibility; also giving everyone access to a stock purchase program and not just handing out equity to the magical "Directors and above" cutoff. We ALL work very hard here. A lot of the ways to recognize that effort are free. Walk the building. Talk to us. Let us ask questions. Again, all that said, I can't say our cons outweigh our pros. I love it here, but it could be even better. My critiques sound strong because I care about the place, a lot.

    Advice to Management

    Upgrade our headquarters in Santa Monica! Or move to a building befitting our culture and our people. We are the biggest and best interactive entertainment company in the world, and our HQ looks like an accounting firm from 1970. We work way too hard for way too many hours a week to see duct tape and roaches on the floor. Inspire us with an inspiring new place!


  9. "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.


  10. 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


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