Activision Blizzard Employee Reviews about "video games"

Updated Jul 3, 2020

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Activision Blizzard Director, President & Ceo Robert A. Kotick
Robert A. Kotick
74 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great people who are always willing to help(in 13 reviews)

  • "Getting to work on cool upcoming video games(in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • "Industry-typical work-life balance that is strained during crunch periods(in 11 reviews)

  • "The long hours mean you have absolutely no life at all(in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "So Much Fun During Summer"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - MBA Intern in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Activision Blizzard for less than a year

    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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  2. "The worst company I have ever worked for."

    1.0
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    Current Contractor - QA Tester/Analyst 
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Activision Blizzard for less than a year

    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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  3. Helpful (4)

    "Activision Blizzard"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Planning Manager in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Activision Blizzard full-time for more than 5 years

    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. Helpful (1)

    "Rough culture in the sales organization. Very combative, lack of trust and collaboration."

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Fayetteville, AR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Activision Blizzard full-time for 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.

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

    4.0
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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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  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good job fun people"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - QA Tester in Eden Prairie, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Activision Blizzard part-time for less than a year

    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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  7. Helpful (2)

    "Customer Support for Blizzard Entertainment"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Account Services Representative in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Activision Blizzard full-time for 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.

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  8. "Great people, inconsistent management"

    3.0
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    Former Contractor - QA Tester in El Segundo, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Activision Blizzard for 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,

  9. "QA tester"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Agent Trainee Agent Assistant 

    I worked at Activision Blizzard full-time

    Pros

    learn more about video games

    Cons

    Not too too much challenge

  10. "Localization Tester"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    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

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