Activision Publishing

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Activision Publishing Reviews

Updated October 1, 2014
Updated October 1, 2014
74 Reviews
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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 10 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

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

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

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

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Fun company - no work/life balance

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

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

    Pros

    hip culture, lots of freebies, fast paced

    Cons

    No work life balance, long hours, no career development, no long term vision

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    don't overload people with so much work that they get burnt out and quit

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 8 people found this helpful  

    Beavis and Butthead meet Lord of the Flies

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    Former Employee - Former Human Resources Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Former Human Resources Employee in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at Activision Publishing full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Food (a fair amount of it)
    Location
    If you are young, love gaming, and need a job. It's not a bad place to start your career.

    Cons

    Non-executive employees are young, inexperienced, and not smart workers and worst of all, they don't realize it or desire to change it for the better

    You have to be immature to enjoy socializing with your coworkers… If you enjoy Beavis and Butthead or act like them, you will fit in great here

    Tribal, secretive, and dishonest coworkers that systematically gang up and try to destroy each other (Lord of the Flies style). It's cloaked under the perception that they are "high achievers" as opposed to them really just being tribal and willing to put others down to get ahead. This may exist at any employer, but it is to the extreme at Activision.

    Work/life balance is terrible. High turnover due to this and the culture.

    If you take your career seriously, do not work at 3100 despite how much money they throw at you. Studio locations may be worth it. Executive life may be worth it. Below that, stay away.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managers - Learn how to manage, develop employees, and address people issues
    Executives - Treat your employees like people and be nicer

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Fun place to work at and great people to work with.

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    Former Employee - Fixed Assets Accountant in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Fixed Assets Accountant in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at Activision Publishing as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I enjoyed working for this company. I learned a lot and made many friends. They invest in the latest technology and software.

    Cons

    It really depends on the department and the manager you report to like most companies. The turnover is high in some departments as it is hard to get promotions or raises.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice to management is to not shop by salary. You get what you pay for. They need to do more to retain good talent and be more people driven. Activision Management caters more to people right out of college than the seasoned professionals in my eyes. I was a contractor and wanted to be hired on permanently, but upper management didn't want to meet me half way and bring me on board.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ok at the time worked

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Santa Monica, CA

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

    Pros

    Ok at the time worked

    Cons

    No room for career advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None a this time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Worked as a Functional QA tester for a summer

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    Former Employee - QA Tester in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - QA Tester in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Activision Publishing full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great summer job
    decent hourly wages
    fun environment
    fun job
    benefits including cheap video games

    Cons

    Some shifts are overnight shifts (round the clock testing)
    Long shifts at different points in development (12+) and 6 days a week (normally 8 hour days, 5 days a week)
    mandatory 1 hour unpaid lunch/dinner break

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring in food for long shifts

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Learn all you can...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Activision Publishing full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Depends on the management, usually older managers who have been there a while are very "Employee-centric" they will have your back. Many will work with your schedule. You have to be in the "right place, right time" for promotions. It isn't always based solely on your skill, but "who you know" really plays a big part. You can work on many different teams, and learn many different skills.

    Cons

    New managers are usually very "something to prove" and go above and beyond, even throwing people under the bus to show how "serious" they are about their position. A manager/supervisor etc. should not be someone who wants the position to earn more money, it should be someone who loves the department they are in and want nothing more than for everyone in the team to succeed. While there is a lot of favoritism, it is easy to get into the circle. Sometimes you get pulled into the "favorites" circle, without wanting to actually be a part of it. If you happen to get pulled in, you need to play ball. Be social, go out with the right people when they invite you out, etc. If you don't, some will see that that as being snubbed, and this can cost you your job. This can be very demanding of introverts who just want to go in, do their job and anything else they are tasked with, but don't really like going out for lunch or drinks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    While new people do come in with amazing ideas, don't forget to keep doing what has already made you a great manager. I know it can be difficult, but the people who love you, do so because of the experience you bring.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Only for those who specialize in brown nosing.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Activision Publishing

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    Contract thru Volt services. Not so great people to work for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to manage.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Recruitment Intern

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    Current Employee - Recruitment Intern in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Recruitment Intern in Santa Monica, CA

    I have been working at Activision Publishing as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Fun and casual work environment, very friendly co-workers, work hard play hard corporate culture.

    Cons

    None that I can think of. It's a busy environment; people work extremely hard.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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