Atari
2.8 of 5 12 reviews
www.atari.com New York, NY 50 to 149 Employees

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Updated Feb 6, 2014

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Jim Wilson

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45% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Great place to work. I would work there again.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsA very creative environment and a challenging business to be in. Video, PC and App games are still a forward-thinking industry with room for expansion.

    ConsThere were frequent management changes resulting in a loss of direction. Also, there were times when no risk was taken as the company continued to shrink in the market.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHopefully, new management will get the company on track.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Sinking ship

    Senior Manager (Former Employee)
    Los Angeles, CA

    ProsPlenty of free E.T. games on hand

    ConsBi Polar senior management. Seriously.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone, management drove company out of business.

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

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    A sad ending to a once great company

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Los Angeles, CA

    ProsThe long and proud legacy of Atari still permeated the office, and there were some great people there who wanted to carry on.

    ConsA bloated infrastructure and an executive team and board that were not with the times brought the company down.

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

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    Going down the tubes

    Technical Assistant (Current Employee)
    Santa Monica, CA

    ProsTreats employees well in spite of the low pay. Workload is variable but not overwhelming. Management may occasionally take you to lunch or furnish other freebies.

    ConsPay was dismal, but as an intern I was lucky to get anything. Upper management was very distant and you find yourself wondering what exactly they do all day. Assignments changed week to week or even day to day and few things were seen through to completion. Company is constantly in flux.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to the marketplace! Ignore the holding company's suggestions and wishes. Try to make an impact in core gaming markets rather than trying to jump on every new trend.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Soul-less

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Los Angeles, CA

    ProsAmazing Pay. Golden handcuffs. Everyone that was not a vice-something was nice-hearted.

    ConsMostly due to a lack of money, nothing of quality could get done. Because of this feeling, no one felt inspired to find creative solutions. Super corporate, very political, and very emotional. Note to anyone getting an executive/vice-something position: It was often said that having an office meant you were cursed to get fired within a year.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGood luck

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

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    New York, NY

    ProsWork atmosphere, casual dress code, fun atmosphere

    ConsConstantly restructuring, shouldn't be a public company

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake pay cuts.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Completely dysfunctional, company bankrupt for a reason

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsAmazing Brands and Franchises
    Great People

    ConsDysfunctional
    Bad business model
    Senior management that doesn't know what they are doing

    Advice to Senior ManagementReplace the CEO and Senior Management and perhaps this company can finally do well. Management has ruined the company that once so many people loved.

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

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    Interesting time in life.

    Programmer (Current Employee)
    Los Gatos, CA

    ProsOld school fun, great people.

    ConsA little too old school thinking.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work and push forward.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    An iconic brand that is cursed

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsAtari continues to be one of the most recognizable brands in the world and resonates with a broad demographic. It's just cool to say you work(ed) there.

    ConsThe parent company was always a leach on this company and there is a lot to the urban legend the Atari Brand is cursed…everyone that takes over this brand believes they will be the ones to turn it around…but the results are always the same…

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake a disciplined approach to development and where you spend your money. Content drives game sales not the brand. If you think the brand will sell your games then you have already failed…

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Internship at Atari

    Intern (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsAs an intern I had a lot of exposure to people very high up in the company. I always felt that I got sufficient praise for the work I did, and I had plenty of valuable work experiences to discuss when I was recruiting for a full time job. Additionally, my bosses were extraordinarily nice, and there were plenty of opportunities for socializing.

    ConsOccasionally, the hours could be fairly long, although that is to be expected when you're working New York City. Sometimes I felt that it really took a lot of initiative in order to get assigned enough tasks to fill my work day.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCreate a more structured internship program.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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