Making video games usually isn’t as fun as playing them. Game publishers and developers, including major companies like EA, have been harshly criticized for demanding crushing amounts of work from their employees, while providing little job security in return. Industry labor standards have been improving in recent years, but you still wouldn’t necessarily expect to see a video game publisher make a list of the best places to work in America.
Well, set your faces to shocked, or at least mildly bemused, because Activision Blizzard has made Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list this year, coming in at number 66. Unless you count graphics chip-maker Nvidia at number 39, Activision Blizzard is the only gaming company on the list. Unsurprisingly, the try-hards at Google came in at number one. Rankings are based on a survey of over 230,000 people working for the largest companies in America.
Of course, Activision Blizzard was all-too-happy to crow about making the list:
“Activision Blizzard's culture of inclusivity, creativity, and fun resulted in high marks from employees in the Great Place to Work Trust Index survey's respect, fairness, and pride categories. Ninety five percent of employees reported that they're proud to tell others they work at Activision Blizzard, and the vast majority said it is a friendly, fun, and welcoming workplace where they can be themselves.”
I can’t help but feel a majority of the positive feedback is coming from the Blizzard half of the company. Blizzard genuinely seems like a supportive, fun place to work, while the Activision side of the company institutes widespread layoffs directly after making big profits. But hey, what do I know? Maybe Activision has a really nice cafeteria and lets you wear colored jeans to work even when it isn’t casual Friday.
Thinking of changing careers? You can check out Fortune’s full list, right here.