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If you're looking for a job in the games industry, apparently Activision Blizzard is a good place to apply first. They've once again been named to a list of the top companies to work for, improving their standing from previous listings.
Over on Gamespot, they're reporting that Activision Blizzard has once again been named to the list of "100 Best Companies to Work For," moving from a position at 77 last time around to 66 this year.
When folks talk about big game publishers, it's usually in conversations about how they're terrible to work for or doing everything in their power to suck a few extra dollars out of consumers. We're not saying it's fair, just that years of questionable practices have painted the whole group in a rather negative light in the eyes of some folks.
Every now and then, though, something like this list comes along to remind us that not everyone is bad and, quite the opposite, some publishers are apparently a dream job. That's apparently the case at Activision Blizzard, the folks responsible for shipping games like Destiny, Call of Duty and World of Warcraft. This list of "100 Companies" was compiled by Fortune magazine, who have included Activision Blizzard in their rankings for the past three years. As stated above, though, the publisher improved their standing significantly in 2016-17.
According to a press release from Activision Blizzard concerning the recognition, they point out that their size and goals are a big reason for creating such a positive work environment. In the announcement, CEO Bobby Kotick points out that Activision Blizzard is literally a compilation of thousands of talented employees, and the only way to keep that kind of a crowd focused on building bold, new worlds is to give them a workplace they can take pride in.
According to the initial report, Fortune works with a company called Great Places to Work, who conduct a massive survey of folks working in corporate America. These major companies need to have more than 1,000 employees to be in the running and, with 9,400 people plugging away for Activision Blizzard, they certainly make the cut. And if they are managing to keep nearly 10,000 employees happy, then they certainly deserve some recognition.
In case you're curious, Google is holding down the top spot on this year's list, which shouldn't really come as a surprise. They've got a boatload of cash and aren't afraid to invest it in their employees. Second, oddly enough, is Wegmans Food Market, with The Boston Consulting Group taking third. And in case you're curious, there are no other game publishers on the list.