Activision Publishing Reviews

Updated May 19, 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. Key Learnings.

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    Former Employee - Audio Director in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Audio Director in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Activision Publishing full-time

    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.


  2. Good people, terrible culture

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    Former Employee - Production in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Production in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Activision Publishing (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    - Great people. Most will bend over backwards to help keep the boat afloat. - Great perks. The kitchen is always stocked with snacks and the parties are lavish. - Benefits and 401k are top notch.

    Cons

    - Little or no work/life balance unless you're a director or above. - Terrible "ends justifies the means" culture. - Virtually no paid leave for maternity. - Woman treated as second class citizens. - Only one person is trained to handle a specific job making it impossible to take vacation or sick days.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize your employees accomplishments all the time and at least try to boost morale. Fix problems instead of just putting a bandaid on it. This causes more problems in the future.


  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
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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. Helpful (1)

    Come here to learn and then leave

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    Current Employee - Brand Manager in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Brand Manager in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Activision Publishing full-time

    Pros

    Great place for people who are self-motivated and not afraid to offer their opinion. Fun and engaging working environment with decent benefits.

    Cons

    No decision making abilities until you are at a Director level or above. Work/life balance can be difficult, not a place I would recommend for anyone who wants to be home by 6 to have dinner with the family every night. Very difficult to get promoted, and HR department will actively work against you (surprisingly have a lot more say over promotions than your direct manager).

    Advice to Management

    Give teams more autonomy to get things done as opposed to 5-7 meetings to make decisions on every single detail of a marketing campaign.


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

    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 Management

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


  7. QA

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    Former Employee - QA/TRG in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - QA/TRG in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  8. Helpful (2)

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Activision Publishing full-time (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.


  9. 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
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunities, compensation, values, strong management.

    Cons

    Work life balance, constant treadmill approach


  10. Smart employees, top heavy management.

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    Former Employee - Production in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Production in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    More indians, less chiefs.


  11. Meh

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.



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