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Activision Blizzard Employee Reviews about "work life balance"

Updated Oct 7, 2019

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3.5
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Activision Blizzard Director, President & 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. "Good Time, Best People"

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    Former Intern - Summer Intern in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Activision Blizzard

    Pros

    work-life balance, friendly co workers and manager

    Cons

    Honestly, nothing negative to say at all

    Advice to Management

    luh you

    Activision Blizzard2017-09-28
  2. Helpful (2)

    "Ok company"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    A lot of talent to work with. Strong engineer team, not so strong art(certain game doesn't care about art as much as programming). Leadership(most, depends on your team still) is grown up enough to allow you achieve some degree of work life balance. Male friendly company and if you happen to have some traits that fit into their culture, you can become one of the boys.

    Cons

    Not a female friendly environment.

    Activision Blizzard2019-07-17
  3. Helpful (3)

    "Some Great things, some not so much"

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    Former Employee - Effects Artist in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Activision Blizzard full-time for more than 8 years

    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.

    Cons

    Long hours, lots of politics. Not the greatest work life balance, though much of that is self imposed, and not management mandated.

    Advice to Management

    Weed out Bad Apples.

    Activision Blizzard2019-03-13
  4. 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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    Advice to Management

    Talent retention needs to be closely examined. Opportunity for advancement needs to be created. Compensation needs serious re-evaluation. Throwing more people at a project does not make a better product.

    Activision Blizzard2017-05-03
  5. Helpful (3)

    "Sr. Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Activision Blizzard full-time

    Pros

    Financially stable company. Very fast paced environment. A lot of fun to work for a video game company. Always new projects to work on.

    Cons

    Work life balance can be very poor at times. Very unfair rewards and recognition system which is mostly based on popularity within the company. There's very little in terms of career development opportunities for most. I recommend this company only to those seeking their first professional job. Once you have a year or two of experience, move on.

    Advice to Management

    A complete overhaul of the rewards and recognition system is needed. Rewards and recognition need to be based on tenure, accomplishments, and hours worked. Currently, the system is based on popularity which results in just a handful of people rising in the ranks quickly.

    Activision Blizzard2016-03-31
  6. "fun place to work, but don't stay long"

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

    I worked at Activision Blizzard full-time for 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

    Activision Blizzard2013-10-09
  7. "Busy, challenging, and a bit crazy"

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     in Los Angeles, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Activision Blizzard

    Pros

    Entreprenaurial work environment and the chance to make your mark. Great offices, perks, and work life balance. It's nice to work with really smart people.

    Cons

    Always the possibility of being sold but if you're a hard worker it seems to be easy to get a job elsewhere because of the company reputation. HR is not the best anymore because of a regime change.

    Advice to Management

    Keep rewarding based on merit and try to inform your staff of what's going on before they read it in the trades. Also get someone with new media experience. It's not cable!

    Activision Blizzard2012-03-08
  8. Helpful (4)

    "Tough and crazy but a lot of smart people"

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    Director Global Brand Management in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Activision Blizzard

    Pros

    Smart colleagues who care #1 publisher in the business Resources and status in the industry Reasonable Security

    Cons

    Not interested at all in culture or being a good place to work Soulless Poor work/life balance Will take advantage of you

    Advice to Management

    Care more about your people...and mean it.

    Activision Blizzard2011-06-16
  9. Helpful (1)

    "Appalling company of bullies and liars"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Activision Blizzard full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    salary and that is literally it these days, once upon a time there was a lot of positive things going on there but things have changed drastically in the last 3 years and not for the better, unfortunately.

    Cons

    Bullying and lying is riff among the senior management and much of the skilled workforce have left in the last few years as a result. Appalling work-life balance. Fear culture.

    Advice to Management

    Take a long hard look at the people 'yes men' you are hiring/promoting these days, many are liars and bullies, which is currently leading to a very bad atmosphere in many departments, and many of the people actually holding the skills useful to the company are looking to leave as a result

    Activision Blizzard2019-10-07
  10. "Fun!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Activision Blizzard full-time

    Pros

    Fun industry, great perks, good work/life balance

    Cons

    Poor HR, curious management decisions

    Activision Blizzard2017-08-22
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