I have been working at Activision full-time (More than a year)
Making an impact on some of the largest franchises in gaming, and not just an impact, but a significant impact, partly due to the fairly decentralized nature of the company, where each part of the business (studios, corporate teams, etc) are fairly small (<250 people).
On the flipside, the level of autonomy and decentralization does make decision making/follow-through an occasionally tumultuous process.
Advice to Management
Overarchingly, Activision shepherded through the top two selling games last year, with Destiny 2 and Call of Duty WWII, nevermind the Crash Bandicoot remaster being the top selling game of the year at the time of its launch (June), so keep doing what you're doing with the same emphasis on building top-selling, AAA franchises!
I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Activision (El Segundo, CA (US)) in February 2015.
My interview was held at their El Segundo location on the 7th in their Pitfall conference room. I was interviewed by 3 managers all at once.They asked fairly normal questions and I did not feel intimidated they made sure you were comfortable. The only thing was during the course of the interview and even listed in the job description they did not state you would not be hired directly through the company, instead it's through a temp agency call Volt Information Sciences. It takes forever to get hired within the company. The wait time to receive the offer was about 3 weeks. I was laid off after 7 months due to "budgets cuts" all they did was change the job title from Outreach Specialist to Customer Service Representative. All in all it was fun while it was lasted but their management is terrible and they are a bit unorganized most of the time.
“I have no problem leaping out of bed every morning and coming to work. This is the longest I’ve ever worked anywhere and I don’t feel restless because the commitment from the company is real, and the people I work with are fantastic. I can’t even think of a time when someone said, 'sorry I don’t have enough time or I’m not interested.' Activision Blizzard employees are deeply respectful of and engaged with the cause. There is not a function I can think of in the company—legal, marketing, PR, the developers in the studios, IT, HR, artists, sales—who have not found ways to add real value. It’s people coming in and solving specific problems with a super high level of engagement." - Dan Goldenberg, Executive Director/ Call of Duty Endowment
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