Mission: Dedicated to creating the most epic entertainment experiences...ever.
Really passionate staff, who are all friendly and easy to talk with. Some of the products are the best in the business and they care about the fans.
Seems like a small company pretending to be big (even though they are big). Really poor HR policies (were there any?). Quite shambolic when it came to managing international operations, seems to be every territory for itself which leads to some unhealthy fiefdoms. Depends on the management for your territory and can I only say I had the worst boss in my entire career there and didn't appear to be any recourse for his actions.
Advice to Management
Look at your leaders performance and behave more like a professional company. Look beyond the game teams with regards to culture, it's a big organisation and not everyone is a developer. It takes massive support to launch and maintain the games but it seems only the game teams (maybe HQ staff) are looked after.
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Blizzard Entertainment (Irvine, CA (US)).
I was initially approached through an employee reference. That was followed by an initial phone screening. A take home programming test was given. That test I expect is a test that changes based on what position you are applying for. Once the test was handed in, I was brought in for an on-site interview.
The On-Site interview was a full day interview process. It was mostly made up of 1 hour sessions with 2 or more people in which they ask you about your qualifications and any questions that are relevant for them. These sessions included technical interview portions as well as "fit" portions to ensure that you fit the mold of the Blizzard culture.
There was about a 1 week delay for each phase of the interview, after the initial phone screening.
Two in a row! So proud to see Activision Blizzard on this year's Fortune 500 list. Congrats to all!
"The next step on your journey could be just one application away." Terrific interview with Cat Morgan, former Blizzard intern and current software engineer on the Hearthstone team!