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Activision Blizzard Reviews

Updated October 11, 2018
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  • "No benefits, low pay, no perks, but you get the pleasure of watching ignorant trolls live a happy life while you slave away" (in 4 reviews)

  • "Activision is going full time corporate/marketing game publisher and the old "boutiuque" mentatility is gone" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Talent Management Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Activision Blizzard full-time

    Pros

    Great culture, growing rapidly, diverse talent, quick hiring process, sr management is warm and approachable, innovative start up environment in a well established successful company.... highly recommend joining this team!

    Cons

    No big cons worth mentioning.


  2. "IT Contract Stepchild"

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    Former Employee - DESKTOP SUPPORT/IT Contractor in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - DESKTOP SUPPORT/IT Contractor in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    * The pleasure of watching ignorant Permanent Staff live a happy life while you slave away.
    * Learning that your situation isn't exclusive, that 75% of the company is contracting and also easily disposed of.
    * Opportunities for added responsibility when the Permanent Staff leave for their fun Team Building outings.

    Cons

    Permanent Staff gets away with murder. Permanent Staff perks include 2-hour lunches, arriving early to play at your desk, and staying late to play at your desk. Other perks include kicking back and enjoying Facebook on your company iPhone, and complaining and assigning your work to contractors.

    Two-faced trolls who smile to your face, then stab you in the back, because they feel threatened by a contractor who has skills. Permanent Staff will complain about the contractors, the contractors are then replaced with new contractors. The cycle starts anew.

    Contractors are excluded from team outings, lunches, and all Activision Blizzared company functions. You're lucky to get scraps from leftovers if you're into handouts. No benefits, low pay, no perks, but you get the pleasure of watching ignorant trolls live a happy life while you slave away.

    Advice to Management

    Shame on you for abusing contractors. Take a good look at who you've retained as full-time. At the end of the day, is it business, or a social club?

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Command and control and no trust"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are good; location is good

    Cons

    Siloed mentality; not strategic; fear based culture

    Advice to Management

    Where are you?


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Good people, bad management."

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    Former Employee - Texture Artist in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Texture Artist in Los Angeles, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great oppurtunities to work with passionate people. Good food.

    Cons

    Severe problems in management which also caused problems for the developers.

    Advice to Management

    Do better.


  5. "Activision Blizzard"

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    Current Employee - Business Planning Manager in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Business Planning Manager in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun place to work if you enjoy playing video games. Decent perks but depends on the group. Lots of work but you learn a lot in the process. Sink or swim attitude.

    Cons

    Lots of politics, pleasing egos on a constant basis. Not great work like balance, again depends on the group. Either you deliver or you dont from day one.


  6. "Great environment, low pay"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Activision Blizzard full-time

    Pros

    Great perks, friendly social work environment

    Cons

    Low pay, corporate red tape


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work, but still room for improvement."

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    Current Employee - Specialist
    Current Employee - Specialist
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    ATVI is an awesome place to work. With the casual atmosphere (jeans!), fun events, and other random perks like summer popsicles and therapy dogs, it's a blast. I will say though, that without these things, ATVI would still be great because of the people. My colleagues are my favorite part of the day, and even when work gets rough (as it does, often), they keep me in high spirits. The knowledge and experience I've gained over my years here is incomparable to anywhere else I have worked. Learning from the best truly makes me proud to say I'm an employee at Activision Blizzard. There is a lot of room for growth, and Activision Blizzard has been building up support for workers and their business steadily. A lot has changed since I first started.

    Cons

    Management has good intentions, but that's not always communicated to the masses. More transparency, more discussions with ELT, and better messaged overall vision and strategy would let employees feel less like a cog in the wheel and more like they're a part of something larger.

    Advice to Management

    Get out there! Have more town halls, more casual conversations. And please, more diversity in the upper management.

  8. "Motion Capture Clean up Artist"

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    Former Employee - Motion Capture Clean Up Artist in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Motion Capture Clean Up Artist in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great enviroment, resources, oppurtunities, and people.

    Cons

    Getting small things done can be difficult when having to go through multiple people.


  9. Helpful (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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "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?).


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