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Activision Blizzard Reviews

Updated March 23, 2017
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Pros
  • Great environment, great people and free video games/swag (in 7 reviews)

  • Great company to start your career in Video Games for experienced professionals (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance can be very poor at times (in 5 reviews)

  • low salary, no benefits, work as a temp (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Fast Paced, Challenging, and Rewarding Environment"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  2. "Beautiful"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Activision Blizzard full-time

    Pros

    Everything is good about this company.

    Cons

    Tiresome. You have to be committed in this business

    Advice to Management

    None. Keep doing great


  3. Helpful (2)

    "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 $


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "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.


  6. "Senior data analyst"

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

    I worked at Activision Blizzard full-time

    Pros

    Open, analytical,great work culture and ethics

    Cons

    Not a lot to say here


  7. "Love it"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Activision Blizzard full-time

    Pros

    Great people, friendly environment, casual style. Like the direction of the company, the businesses it's in and the great culture.

    Cons

    Can feel a little bureaucratic as we get mired in process. How do you maintain an entrepreneurial spirit while still running a large company?


  8. "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.


  9. "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.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "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.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Sr. Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Activision Blizzard full-time

    Pros

    Financially stable company. Very fast paced environment. A lot of fun to work for a video game company. Always new projects to work on.

    Cons

    Work life balance can be very poor at times. Very unfair rewards and recognition system which is mostly based on popularity within the company. There's very little in terms of career development opportunities for most. I recommend this company only to those seeking their first professional job. Once you have a year or two of experience, move on.

    Advice to Management

    A complete overhaul of the rewards and recognition system is needed. Rewards and recognition need to be based on tenure, accomplishments, and hours worked. Currently, the system is based on popularity which results in just a handful of people rising in the ranks quickly.



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