Activision Publishing Reviews

Updated May 17, 2015
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Pros
  • Good people, as you will be working alongside other gamers (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • No work life balance, long hours, no career development, no long term vision (in 11 reviews)

  • Furthermore, there is little consideration for work-life balance for employees of any status (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Producer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Activision Publishing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Many people that care about products.

    Cons

    Work life balance is hard to come by.


  2. Key Learnings.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Audio Director in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Audio Director in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at Activision Publishing full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people to work alongside, and great franchises of which to contribute. But, not enough of a willingness to invest in smaller studios.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is generally heavy. And, there's a real sense of dread whenever the publisher visits a studio.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more of the cash winnings from successful properties into smaller studios. There's low risk in funding small team experimentation.


  3. Fantastic experience, not a place to make your career if starting at a lower level

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at Activision Publishing full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people. Most frustrations are because people care and want the best, not because they're being lazy or selfish. Lots of perks - discounted games, holiday parties, swag, etc. Prestige. They make some pretty killer games.

    Cons

    If you're coming in anything below mid-level, this is a maddeningly frustrating place to try and make a career from the ground up. You'll hear stories about how some people did that "back in the day", but the reality is that that's no longer a possibility no matter how you shine. On a base level, the company doesn't seem to care about a lot of their employees. They have some great policies and perks which might make it seem like they do, but once you get a glimpse beyond that, not so much. The ideal situation should be a balance between what's needed from the employee for the company's well-being, and some level of concern for employee development. The second I've often seen fall by the wayside for many people here. It doesn't always happen, depending on luck, your role, your department - but in many cases it does.


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  5. Fun place to work!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Activision Publishing

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The vibrant and fun work environment helps to balance out the fast paced nature of the job.

    Cons

    It is easy to be overwhelmed with the amount of different projects you get assigned.


  6. Amazing company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Activision Publishing

    Pros

    Compensation, opportunities for advancement, awesome products

    Cons

    Slow to make decisions


  7. Helpful (2)

    Was a great experience!

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - QA Tester in Eden Prairie, MN
    Former Contractor - QA Tester in Eden Prairie, MN

    I worked at Activision Publishing as a contractor (Less than a year)

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Enjoyed all the people on my team and my managers were great. Got testing experience on very large scale projects.

    Cons

    Summer QA Testers are just drones and are treated as such. Worked 60 hours a week with no choice of what my one day off was.

    Advice to Management

    Allow your people to have a work life balance regardless of their position in the company.


  8. QA

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    Former Employee - QA/TRG in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - QA/TRG in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at Activision Publishing full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great environment, friendly people. Lots of interesting and exciting titles coming through at all times with no shortage of room to move up the chain.

    Cons

    Not many to speak of! Some job security concerns when projects come to a close.

    Advice to Management

    Keep an eye on the little guys testing. There are many hidden gems among them.


  9. Smart employees, top heavy management.

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    Former Employee - Production in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Production in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at Activision Publishing full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Activision routinely hires some of the best and brightest around. Very accomplished people to work with. Company leadership is excellent at creating revenue.

    Cons

    Top heavy management. No openings for headcount at mid to junior level, however there will be a new SVP hired regularly. Prepare to do the job of two people.

    Advice to Management

    More indians, less chiefs.


  10. Great company where you earn your keep.

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    Former Employee - Senior Analyst - Supply Chain in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst - Supply Chain in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at Activision Publishing full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You'll likely be around top tier professionals. If you're not then you're in the wrong group. The culture is smart, hard working and filled with high performers.

    Cons

    You have to do your own work. Might sound silly, but this is not a place you can come on and survive on reputation and position alone

    Advice to Management

    Be aware of a "favorites" type culture. There are so many high quality people there, that it's actually easy to take for granted that quality. I've seen "glue guys" and girls overlooked simply because there isn't the need to appreciate them.


  11. Great place to work and learn the ropes of the gaming industry.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Quality Assurance Tester in El Segundo, CA
    Current Contractor - Quality Assurance Tester in El Segundo, CA

    I have been working at Activision Publishing as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work atmosphere including management that is down to earth and friendly. There is passion for gaming all the way from top with Glenn Vistante and Jeff Roper down to the new QA testers. Awesome place to learn the ropes as a tester in this well established company.

    Cons

    Very little opportunity to grow with the company as a QA tester which is normal in the gaming industry.



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