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Activision Blizzard Reviews

Updated Dec 12, 2019

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3.2
53%
Recommend to a Friend
29%
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Activision Blizzard Director, President & Ceo Robert A. Kotick
Robert A. Kotick
43 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. "Excellent company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Business Relationship Manager in Birmingham, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Activision Blizzard full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Excellent company to work for

    Cons

    None I can think of

    Advice to Management

    N/a

    Activision Blizzard2019-12-12
  2. "Activision Blizzard Media Experience"

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    Former Employee - Activision Blizzard Media (Advertising Division) in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    There is big and shiny marketing that goes into bringing on top talent with the promise of providing access to audiences across Activision, Blizzard and King, but which is merely King. This results in very talented individuals coming aboard in the san francisco office (as well as NYC), but those individuals soon realize their talents are wasted working for a division that should be outsourced. Top talent leaves... within 24 months. Top talent should avoid this employer moving forward.

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    Cons

    I have never been a part of an organization so utterly lacking in culture. The San Francisco office is a morgue. Leadership does not interact with anybody, preferring to lock themselves in rooms all day, "solving" problems the company does not care about. The politics and self-importance are horrific and disgusting. It is remarkable that anybody is still there, and I heard regularly from my peer group that those who... do stay do so purely for financial reasons (the pay is competitive outside of equity). The leadership team has no chemistry, the president is out over his skis in terms of experience, the marketing team is full of people who have no prior marketing experience, the product team has never actually shipped a product, and the sales team is embarrassed by the products that they bring to market. Most importantly, the division is not a priority to the company, but a sideshow that they wish to see revenue from, but otherwise wish would disappear. It is remarkable that the division has yet to be shut down.

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    Advice to Management

    At the time of my departure, there was not an individual within the organization who sincerely wished to be there outside of the paycheck. Be honest and transparent with your employees. Your leadership team, specifically the President, needs to listen more and talk less. There is a severe culture issue so profound, that there is literally no culture. The people who work for you do not care if the division succeeds... or fails. Shut it down and outsource to Google and Facebook, which you basically do already.

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    Activision Blizzard2019-12-13
  3. Helpful (2)

    "Dysfunctional leadership"

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    Former Employee - Director in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Activision Blizzard full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great vision and strategy - if they can pull it off with a divisive CEO and 0 collaboration across the companies in the group Mostly great people - nice friendly, smart, trying to do the right thing around the dysfunctionality They make some amazing games!

    Cons

    The Santa Monica office is a dump Be prepared to be overworked if you work in finance or any of the support teams - attrition is really high as people burn out and realize there are much better prospects out there The leadership team is political in the extreme - all competing to save their own skins and avoid getting cut by a genuinely dysfunctional CEO. The smart ones get out e.g. CFO

    Advice to Management

    CEO - retire and become chairman, hire a CEO who can build a team across ABK, who can make your vision real.

    Activision Blizzard2019-10-18
  4. Helpful (4)

    "Company sensors free speech"

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

    I worked at Activision Blizzard full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Not much. Company has show that money is the only guiding principle they follow.

    Cons

    Blizzard suspends 'Hearthstone' esports athlete after his pro-Hong Kong plea on livestream. Blizzard shows it is willing to censor free speech to please the Chinese Communist Party. No American company should censor calls for freedom to make money.

    Advice to Management

    Don’t take China’s censorship abroad! Blizzard shows it is willing to censor free speech to please the Chinese Communist Party. No American company should censor calls for freedom to make money.

    Activision Blizzard2019-10-09
  5. 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
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Not for the faint hearted but the strong can thrive"

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    Current Employee - Director 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Dynamic, fast paced, opportunities galore, results are rewarded, smart colleagues

    Cons

    Successful jerks rampant, lacks diversity, pay could be better

    Activision Blizzard2019-07-23
  7. "Marketing Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Activision Blizzard full-time

    Pros

    Dynamic working environment, business plans for sustainable future growth, awesome culture.

    Cons

    Under organizational changes which may cause temporary confusion, but light will be stronger in the end.

    Activision Blizzard2019-07-22
  8. Helpful (3)

    "nice"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Activision Blizzard full-time

    Pros

    nice culture and nice people

    Cons

    blizzard has changed from player-targeted to money targeted

    Activision Blizzard2019-07-26
  9. 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
  10. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Manager 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent staff and people to work for

    Cons

    nothing bad to say here

    Activision Blizzard2019-06-12
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