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Activision Publishing Reviews in Santa Monica, CA

Updated August 17, 2014
Updated August 17, 2014
73 Reviews
3.3
73 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 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 for more than a 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
  2.  

    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 for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Opportunities, compensation, values, strong management.

    Cons

    Work life balance, constant treadmill approach

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    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 for 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
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  5.  

    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 for 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
  6.  

    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 for 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
  7.  

    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 for more than a 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
  8. 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 for more than a 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
  9.  

    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 for 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
  10. 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 for 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
  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 for less than a 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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