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Activision Blizzard Employee Reviews about "tester"

Updated Oct 10, 2019

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3.5
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Activision Blizzard CEO Robert A. Kotick
Robert A. Kotick
59 Ratings
Pros
  • "Working on the Biggest properties in the world, Was once very large bonuses, Great People to work with (some bad apples), Awards were won(in 11 reviews)

  • "Dynamic, fast paced, opportunities galore, results are rewarded, smart colleagues(in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • "Not the greatest work life balance, though much of that is self imposed, and not management mandated(in 8 reviews)

  • "3: No benefits at all as a temporary tester(in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Video game testing is a blast - if you're actually good at it"

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    QA Tester in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Activision Blizzard

    Pros

    Always something to do, lots of OT available towards the end crunch of a working title. Fun atmosphere. No pressure if you're actually a decent tester.

    Cons

    Employees are easily dispensable - who doesn't want to test video games and get paid for it? It is actually fun.

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    Activision Blizzard2015-09-01
  2. Helpful (4)

    "All work, no life"

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    Former Employee - QA Lead in Eden Prairie, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Activision Blizzard full-time for 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.

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    Activision Blizzard2017-05-03
  3. "Give it a shot."

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    QA Tester in El Segundo, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Activision Blizzard

    Pros

    This is a QA perspective: They hire from within, and if you show them some loyalty and competence they will return the favor. The atmosphere at work is great, and the managers are nice to the testers. They can definetly relate and do their best not to treat us like high school dropouts, which so many other QA testers in other companies are treated like. They also have an excellent training program over a week's period, so that when you get to working you feel like you know what you are doing. There is lots of overtime pay to be found at Vivendi as a QA tester.

    Cons

    This is a QA perspective: Even with loyalty and competence it may still take you up to 3 years to become a permanent tester. The pay is low and there are no benefits. (Although this is common with all QA jobs) There is usually only alot of work during the summer months. Alot of the testers get placed on Call around winter. And I felt that it was really up to luck on whether you would get work through the winter months or not. Even if you were really great at your job, if the timing was not right, then you were not kept.

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    Activision Blizzard2008-07-05
  4. "Localization QA Tester"

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    Former Contractor - Localization QA Tester in Dublin, Dublin
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Activision Blizzard for more than a year

    Pros

    Playing games everyday was nice. Great people Sometimes get breakfast on weekends. Company Parties (Even though they are really rare they are okayish)

    Cons

    1: Salary is insanely low for the amount of work that everyone in the office does, and the impact of this office is actually massive yet it seems that the head office couldnt be bothered to give them what they deserve. 2: The fact that you are basically treated like a number, you have a contract, if you give your all to the company, you can work there for a maximum of 18 months before they decide to let you go. and you will never get a straight up 18 month contract, they decide if you worked enough OT and you basically have to give up weekend after weekend for them to keep extending your contract for a few extra months. 3: No benefits at all as a temporary tester. 4: Sick days are only applied after a year of working at the company. 5: OT is not paid, its given in extra holidays, which again they will only give when they arent busy, but they always are. 6: You can complain all you want, but that wont help, you have an issue with someone else in the office? then its your fault, and you are the one that gets backlash for it. 7: People who dont play the game at all get more recognition for their "hard work" than people who put the work in day in and day out.

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    Activision Blizzard2019-10-10
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    "Can easily find better"

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    Former Employee - QA Tester in Dublin, Dublin
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Activision Blizzard full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Playing games, most people are great.

    Cons

    Let's first talk about money. As a tester, your salary is ridiculous for a city like Dublin, one of the lowest salaries I have seen in this city. You can easily get more anywhere else. The contract you will get will depend on needs. Do not expect to become permanent there, they already have everyone they need as permanent, unless you get extremely lucky and they happen to lose a permanent tester for your language (it happens but it's rare), otherwise you can get a few weeks, a few months, to a maximum of 18 months of contract, then you will have to go. You can know if you get extended on your last week of contract, even if you ask the manager before, they rarely know before. How good you are doesn't matter, you are just a number there. Working there also means some months, you will be on shifts and work several weekends in a row. You do not get paid per se for the overtime, you get hours in the system to use whenever you want or they will pay you some of it every few months... Lastly, management there is a joke, simply non-existent, permanents care about themselves, not the teams.

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    Activision Blizzard2019-02-23
  6. Helpful (1)

    "easy but unstable"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Activision Blizzard

    Pros

    Open minded, helpful coworkers, easy job, sometimes gaming all day(tester)

    Cons

    unstable, short contract(so many people going in and out), not many things to learn, hard to develop your career

    Activision Blizzard2018-03-18
  7. "Localization Tester"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor 

    I worked at Activision Blizzard

    Pros

    Easy and relaxed job Playing video games and check them for localization issues Working with easy and relaxed folks Great if you want to visit Dublin for 3 months

    Cons

    Projects are usually being rushed Equipment is not always available for every tester Not every game is enjoyable to test

    Activision Blizzard2016-06-11
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