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Activision Blizzard Reviews

Updated March 1, 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. 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.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Terrible conditions"

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    Former Contractor - QA Tester in El Segundo, CA
    Former Contractor - QA Tester in El Segundo, CA

    I worked at Activision Blizzard as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I guess if you like being abused for loving to game for work, this would be an ideal job.

    Cons

    Management takes advantage of skilled employees without remorse. As a result, high turnover, massive dissatisfaction and intense disconnect between lower and upper management.

    Advice to Management

    May require overhaul in philosophy to maintain their prestige.


  3. Helpful (4)

    "Not the place to work if you want to move up or get paid well"

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    Former Employee - QA Tester in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - QA Tester in El Segundo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    You get to your foot in the video game industry. Gaining experience is key and the job itself is really fun at times.

    Cons

    The pay is FAR to low and there is zero job security...even if you work hard and make friends.

    Advice to Management

    Leave.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Worst place I have ever worked"

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    Former Employee - Localization Tester in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Former Employee - Localization Tester in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Playing videogames
    That's it..
    If anyone thinks of joining. Think it through really well. You won't be able to save up anything with the salary

    Cons

    Useless pay.
    Bad lead.
    Really bad lead.
    Bad training.
    You get the feeling that everyone is amateurs it is ridiculous.
    Once you are hired, no one gives the slightest thing about you.
    Long working hours, work at night with no extra pay.
    Work on weekends is not optional and very likely you will work 6 days a week without getting asked.
    Would not recommend Activision for my worst enemy I have never felt that used.
    No benefits whatsoever.
    Bad pay and no lunch or supper even on late nights
    No respect.

    Advice to Management

    Hire educated people. Care about your workers. Because you don't.. I'm really a chocked a company this size can treat hard working people that way.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Questionable company"

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    Former Contractor - QA Localization Tester in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Former Contractor - QA Localization Tester in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Activision Blizzard as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Working in the game industry is quite nice, fun environment. Usually the people you work with are great.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is ridiculous. The company expect you to be available for them 24/7. The payment is crap, at least for localization quality assurance. Seriously, you get same pay working for McDonald's and you will also have better work-life balance. As the company hires people for this job temporary, the environment style is like dog-eat-dog. Everyone doing overtime all the time to show the company you are worth keeping, so they 'might' extend your contract.
    Hardware and equipment are outdated, slow computers, crappy and/or broken peripheral, something unacceptable for a company this big.
    The management is questionable. Immature attitudes and bad decisions happen all the time and the communication between hierarchies are almost non existent. You never know what you are doing and why. There are no extra benefits despite the salary.
    There is almost no possibility of promotions in the quality assurance area and, if they happen, they will expect you to work twice harder for a very small salary increase.

    Advice to Management

    The company should pay better the employees and give them more free time to fix the work-life balance issue. Some people in management shouldn't be in this position.


  6. Helpful (6)

    "QA Tester"

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    Former Employee - QA Localization Tester in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Former Employee - QA Localization Tester in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It is fun to test video games for work.
    International environment.
    Relatively stress free.
    Once in a while they give away some games.

    Cons

    It is a job with no future or oportunities.
    Very poorly managed.
    There is no difference if you do your job or you don't. A job well done is never recognized.
    Short contracts. Often you will not now if you are going to get a contract extension until the last day of your contract.
    The bar is set very low when it comes to hire people.


  7. "Terrible Recruitment Process"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Large company with lots of People and positions available.
    Lots of opportunity in many cities around the world.

    Cons

    Recruitment process took 8 weeks and 7 interviews to finally get a job offer at the end.
    Recruiters do not have a clear picture what the roles are, the talent needed or how to interview. It may be that they have lost focus of who their internal customers are

    Advice to Management

    Your lack of care or blatant disregard of people's time is arrogant.
    Today's applicant is also today's customer.
    Skill set is lacking on knowledge about local markets, may open up to liability


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