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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)

  • full time employees quits after a few weeks despite being difficult to be converted to activision (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Customer Support for Blizzard Entertainment"

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    Former Employee - Account Services Representative in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Account Services Representative in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great environment, great people and free video games/swag! Great on-site gym, cool decorations, team events at Main Event (free bowling and pizza, etc).

    Cons

    Low pay for customer service, unreliable tools and major layoffs (at time of employment)... Taking calls all day is mentally, emotionally and physically draining and the metrics are always being tightened which means "more, more, more". No real room to move out of CS roles in the Austin location. You would have to travel to CA as TX is purely CS.

    It can wear down on the psyche extremely quickly and make one dread arriving to work.

    Advice to Management

    From what I've heard, they've changed their ways


  2. "Great people, inconsistent management"

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    Former Contractor - QA Tester in El Segundo, CA
    Former Contractor - QA Tester in El Segundo, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, learn good testing skills, fast paced, plenty of possible over time, variety of consoles to test, company does a great job teaching testing methods, many opportunities for special assignments within a project, you're getting payed to play video games

    Cons

    Almost no chance of getting promoted, management is inconsistent, daily tasks frequently unclear,

  3. Helpful (2)

    "ActivisionBlizzard is a very fast-paced working environment with an increadably skilled workforce."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Activision Blizzard full-time

    Pros

    It's the people who make ActivisionBlizzard great!

    Cons

    The building and office conditions are awful - once inside the first floor you may mistake this video game company for an old insurance office.


  4. "fun place to work, but don't stay long"

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    Former Employee - Sales Planner in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Planner in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - work life balance
    - fun place to work
    - laid back work environment

    Lots of new products rolling out and the sales team is about 5 years behind on checks and balances so there is no red tape when it comes to creativity.

    Cons

    - management
    - compensation compared to industry standardst

    Management is strictly out for their own good vs. the well-being of the team

    Advice to Management

    Focus on keeping the talent you have


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Not a real tech company"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    One of the few big software companies in Los Angeles. Many years ago, before the Silicon Beach, there weren't many options in LA for software developers, FIM was one of the better ones.

    Cons

    The company culture is closer to movie production studio than real software tech company.

    Advice to Management

    You are doing fine with what you trying to do, just this is not my type of company I want to work for.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "QA Experience Is Average"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    - Experienced QA management
    - Talented testing teams who are eager to share knowledge
    - Trained QA rules that ensured limited bug duplication and high quality bug writing
    - Pay is equal to industry average (neither pro or con)
    - Free drinks and sometimes free food (with OT)
    - Very strict break schedules

    Cons

    - Outsourced a lot of QA jobs
    - Working conditions were dirty (this was when QA was in the basement of the Santa Monica office, has since moved to a new office space)
    - Difficult to move up
    - Limited computers that hindered efficient bugging practices
    - Felt like a competition with other testers

    Advice to Management

    - Increase bugging stations (or provide individual bugging stations to QA team members).
    - Reward high performers (bonuses, raises, promotions, etc.)


  7. "Unstable place to work"

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    Former Employee - Paralegal in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    I enjoyed my work and my co-workers

    Cons

    Layoffs were always imminent due to mismanagement of the company by executives

    Advice to Management

    Take a page out of Blizzard's management book and it wouldn't hurt to publish a good game every now and then

  8. "Nice company"

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    Current Contractor - Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Contractor - Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Activision Blizzard as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good company, people and great location

    Cons

    lot of work pressure and micro managing

    Advice to Management

    value the team


  9. "Fun, yet underpaid"

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    Former Employee - Network Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Network Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Perks in Los Angeles were good.

    Cons

    Pay was not up to par with industry.

    Advice to Management

    It's a shame that so many valuable employees were lost during the changeover to Activision-Blizzard Games.


  10. "This company is good but experiencing some growing pains"

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Cutting edge social networking products

    Cons

    It is run like a start up so there are a few issues that need to be ironed out such as a stronger HR and organizational process

    Advice to Management

    Many folks have a media background and not an internet background- this creates a problem. Some divisions just grew too fast and there was no strong organization flow in process to handle the growth. There was also a lack of focus in some division on revenue. Many products were in the market but there was not revenue model to support the product.


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