Activision Publishing
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www.activision.com Santa Monica, CA 5000+ Employees

Activision Publishing Reviews in Santa Monica, CA

Updated Jun 17, 2014
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3.0 28 reviews

                             

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Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg

Eric Hirshberg

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    Great company with history of promoting strong performers.

    Associate Brand Manager (Former Employee)
    Santa Monica, CA

    ProsOpportunities, compensation, values, strong management.

    ConsWork life balance, constant treadmill approach

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Smart employees, top heavy management.

    Production (Former Employee)
    Santa Monica, CA

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

    ConsTop 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 Senior ManagementMore indians, less chiefs.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Meh

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Santa Monica, CA

    ProsGreat pay, free games, fun parties.

    ConsNo room for growth, micro managers, poor talent, monotonous.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great company where you earn your keep.

    Senior Analyst - Supply Chain (Former Employee)
    Santa Monica, CA

    ProsYou'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.

    ConsYou 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 Senior ManagementBe 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Fun company - no work/life balance

    Recruiter (Current Employee)
    Santa Monica, CA

    Proship culture, lots of freebies, fast paced

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

    Advice to Senior Managementdon't overload people with so much work that they get burnt out and quit

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Fixed Assets Accountant (Former Employee)
    Santa Monica, CA

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

    ConsIt 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 Senior ManagementMy 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Beavis and Butthead meet Lord of the Flies

    Former Human Resources Employee (Former Employee)
    Santa Monica, CA

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Ok at the time worked

    Administrative Assistant (Former Employee)
    Santa Monica, CA

    ProsOk at the time worked

    ConsNo room for career advancement

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone a this time

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Recruitment Intern (Current Employee)
    Santa Monica, CA

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

    ConsNone that I can think of. It's a busy environment; people work extremely hard.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Decent place to work if you are looking for a stable job.

    Level Designer (Current Employee)
    Santa Monica, CA

    Prosdecent pay, stable job, good opportunity.

    Consvery long crunch hours half of the time.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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