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Activision Publishing Reviews

Updated November 6, 2014
Updated November 6, 2014
77 Reviews
3.3
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • We take breaks often which is needed when testing video games (in 6 reviews)

  • 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.  

    Was a great experience!

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    Former Employee - QA Tester in Eden Prairie, MN
    Former Employee - QA Tester in Eden Prairie, MN

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good company to work for when I started, then took a turn for the worse

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Call Center Manager in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Customer Service Call Center Manager in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at Activision Publishing full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    good benefits, fun place to work, many great co-workers

    Cons

    low salary compared to equal positions in the gaming industry, communication problems between departments

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    re-evaluate who is in charge, upper management, especially in customer support which should be a primary focus of the company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Tons of room for growth if you just reach for it!

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    Current Employee - Director
    Current Employee - Director

    I have been working at Activision Publishing full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    So many opportunities to explore many different parts of the company. I have been exposed to many aspects of this business and truly appreciate the opportunities.

    Cons

    There is a lot of work to do and sometimes resources are stretched. It can take longer to complete business projects than anticipated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep working your butt off for this amazing company. No lie - I'm grateful you all push so hard for Activision.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    We Make Fun is not valued for all. (El Segundo QALA Location Reviewed, does NOT apply to Santa Monica Office)

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    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Tester in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Tester in El Segundo, CA

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

    Pros

    Quick turn-around from hire date to pay; one week for contract, two week for full. High probability of immediate overtime/weekend hours may lead to a significant short-term income boost for low-wage workers. Access to Trade Show Events such as Entertainment Expo(E3). Donut/Bagel Mondays are a treat. Universal Giveaways may vary, but are usually of the console game and/or t-shirt sort.

    Cons

    The El Segundo QA offices may be described to feature a culture of fear. Sweeping layoffs are common, and vary in predictability. This turbulent, revolving door environment suffocates productivity as managers obsess over database entry counts above all other qualities. Contract workers are regularly segregated from their full-time peers, and may be subjected to degrading verbal statements from the senior management. An example includes, references to "monkeys" in a derisive tone in regards to temps have been noted. Humiliation tactics are employed to shame both contract and full-time which have included rapid de-promotions to vocal outbursts of dissatisfaction with an employee's performance in front of peers.

    Furthermore, there is little consideration for work-life balance for employees of any status. Members of Technical Requirements and Submissions are especially vulnerable to excessive overtime hours. The norm is an hourly wage for any employee in El Segundo which hinders time-off requests since doing so will deeply impact the take home wage that starts around 10-11 hourly for temps to few dollars more an hour for full/permanent.

    Limited opportunities for growth in the industry. QALA (El Segundo) is very much isolated from both the developers and publishing/marketing arms of the company. Additional training, networking, and skill development in the field are not encouraged as deeply monitored hour to hour metrics leave no room for the acquisition of career forwarding, skill improving development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Abandon the divisive tactics and metrics that pit employees and groups against each other. Obtuse secrecy and caste-system tiered rewards also contribute to division on the floor and negatively affects productivity by creating a second class employee environment.

    Adopt inclusive policies and practices that encourage teamwork, and improve morale for both contract and permanent associates. Office culture flows from the top down, if the QA manager(s) hold negative views of the contract employees that attitude quickly spreads across leads and seniors to the detriment of everyone.

    We Make Fun could be a part of QA, not apart from QA.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work

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

    I have been working at Activision Publishing full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    T-Shirt and Jeans is okay for work. Plenty of training opportunities. Benefits are alright as well.

    Cons

    There's too much work at times. Promotions are not likely for people with niche fields of work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great company with history of promoting strong performers.

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    Former Employee - Associate Brand Manager in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Associate Brand Manager in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at Activision Publishing full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Opportunities, compensation, values, strong management.

    Cons

    Work life balance, constant treadmill approach

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    More indians, less chiefs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great environment to work in, but no loyalty or real opportunities to move up.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Activision Publishing

    Pros

    Very fun and relaxed working environment. Everyone who works here is very nice and usually willing to help you out.

    Cons

    Very poor communication and budget planning. Management has no loyalty to you as their employee, they will just lay you off when they are done with you and hire someone to do it cheaper after you have set up a system.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider less contractors and more permanent employees. I think you will get better quality of work all around and many of the lower guys will be much happier and therefore more productive. You need to value the employees you have more.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Meh

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

    I have been working at Activision Publishing full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great pay, free games, fun parties.

    Cons

    No room for growth, micro managers, poor talent, monotonous.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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