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Updated Nov 30, 2021

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3.6
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Activision Blizzard Director, President & Ceo Robert A. Kotick
Robert A. Kotick
149 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great people, good work-life balance(in 23 reviews)

  • "Work on video games and get your name in the credits(in 17 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Waves of long hours with no provided time frame of how long they will last(in 17 reviews)

  • "Work-life balance is pretty much nonexistent(in 16 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Former Intern, less than 1 year

      So Much Fun During Summer

      Sep 11, 2014 - MBA Intern in Santa Monica, CA
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Great company to start your career in Video Games for experienced professionals. You can learn about the differences between genres, monetization models, platforms, geographies, which is crucial for understanding this business. And yeah, it is very fun place to work. All people around you are very nice.

      Cons

      In comparison to the studios, the HQ office is little bit less goofy, and more formal. Which is not nesessary a bad thing.

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      1 person found this review helpful
    2. 2.0
      Current Contractor, less than 1 year

      The work can be fun, but contractors are treated poorly

      Oct 11, 2021 - QA - Game Tester in Austin, TX
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      - Test video games currently in development. - Work with pretty cool people with similar gaming interests. - Work from home (temporary).

      Cons

      - Work/Life balance is terrible. There is brutal mandatory overtime; you are expected to work ~60+ hours each week with only Sundays off. Possible 70+ hour weeks during crunch time. Everyone is severely burnt out. Leadership tries to reason with us saying it should have been expected and it was listed in the job description - No, the job description never stated how ridiculous it could be. - No PTO. Holidays are not guaranteed time off. - Communication between leadership, developers, and testers can be jumbled and cryptic at times which can be very frustrating when trying to get tasks finished. - Extremely limited advancement opportunities. Working hard/overperforming isn't rewarding which can lead to workers regularly underperforming since there's little/no incentive to put in the extra work. - Company clearly prioritizes profit over people. Look up all the recent issues happening with the company. - Pay should be way better when comparing to the industry standards.

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    3. 2.0
      Former Contractor

      Big company with some big drawbacks

      Nov 30, 2021 - Project Manager 
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Large well known company to get your foot in the door in the video game industry.

      Cons

      You're very likely to start as a contractor and never become a full time employee.

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    4. 2.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      This aint it chief

      Apr 15, 2021 - Junior QA Tester in Austin, TX
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Work remote and play video games all day. Honestly pretty decent benefits, they'll reimburse you for your internet bill up to $100 a month.

      Cons

      It gets old really quickly. Sometimes, you'll be playing the same level or mode for an entire day or more. Manual over time so you're looking at being forced to sit at a desk for 12 hours a day. They can change the schedule at any moment, so you could be a minute from clocking out and they're able to tell everyone to stay for two more hours. Horrible work-life balance. Holidays are not guaranteed time off. It's clear that your leads don't really care about you.

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      6 people found this review helpful

      Activision Blizzard Response

      Thank you for sharing this feedback. We take all concerns about your work experience and work-life balance seriously. If you would be willing to provide additional information about your specific situation, we encourage you to reach out to your HR representative so they can help you find solutions.

    5. 3.0
      Former Contractor, more than 1 year

      Low pay long hours

      May 13, 2021 - Software Tester in El Segundo, CA
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Work on video games and get your name in the credits. Cool co workers.

      Cons

      long hours, lower pay than the industry average, not much room to grow. They use bug count as the most important metric.

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    6. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Good company

      Oct 6, 2020 - Analyst 
      Recommend
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      Business Outlook

      Pros

      video game industry is good

      Cons

      some people are not good

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    7. 1.0
      Current Contractor, less than 1 year

      The worst company I have ever worked for.

      Jul 3, 2020 - QA Tester/Analyst 
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Getting to work on cool upcoming video games.

      Cons

      Horrendous pay. You get $13 an hour. You could make more working at Target. 6 day, 60 hr+ plus weeks which are not optional for months on end. This is probably the most egregious part of the job. The long hours mean you have absolutely no life at all. Friday afternoon you’re expecting to finish work at 5:30 and then you get a call saying from now on you’ll be working until 8 every night, including Saturday, from now until an undetermined time in the future. This leads to massive burnout, demotivation and resentment - at least in my own experience. Ametureish, overworked coworkers. This is really a result of terrible pay and long hours. The vast majority of the people you work with will be new, because not many people stick around for long. As a result the quality of work is generally poor and this is compensated for by hiring hoards of testers with the expectation that most will quit after a short time. Terrible benefits. The only real benefit I have is health insurance, and the most basic package at that. When you start work, you’ll get a call from a company benefits specialist who will walk you thought the different benefits the company offers. This is great, except for the fact that at $13 an hour you can’t afford anything beyond basic healthcare. I’d love to go to the dentist and get my eyes checked, but my garbage insurance won’t even cover me for exams.

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      2 people found this review helpful
    8. 4.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Good job fun people

      Jul 11, 2015 - QA Tester in Eden Prairie, MN
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      It was really fun to work with video games, and the people were great. They gave freebies every once in a while. They have company gatherings sometimes.

      Cons

      It gets to be repetitive especially around when the game is close to release. Competitive environment. You get stuck in one area for a long time.

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      1 person found this review helpful
    9. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Customer Support for Blizzard Entertainment

      Jul 3, 2015 - Account Services Representative in Austin, TX
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      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.

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      2 people found this review helpful
    10. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Activision Blizzard

      Feb 8, 2018 - Business Planning Manager in Santa Monica, CA
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      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.

      4 people found this review helpful
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