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  1.  

    Great place to work. I would work there again.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Atari full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    A 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.

    Cons

    There 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 ManagementAdvice

    Hopefully, new management will get the company on track.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Sinking ship

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Plenty of free E.T. games on hand

    Cons

    Bi Polar senior management. Seriously.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None, management drove company out of business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    A sad ending to a once great company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Going down the tubes

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    Current Employee - Technical Assistant in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Assistant in Santa Monica, CA

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

    Pros

    Treats 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.

    Cons

    Pay 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 ManagementAdvice

    Listen 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.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Soul-less

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Mostly 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 ManagementAdvice

    Good luck

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Investor Relations Vice President

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    Current Employee - Investor Relations Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Investor Relations Vice President in New York, NY

    I have been working at Atari full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Work atmosphere, casual dress code, fun atmosphere

    Cons

    Constantly restructuring, shouldn't be a public company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take pay cuts.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Completely dysfunctional, company bankrupt for a reason

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Atari full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Amazing Brands and Franchises
    Great People

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Interesting time in life.

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    Current Employee - Programmer in Los Gatos, CA
    Current Employee - Programmer in Los Gatos, CA

    I have been working at Atari

    Pros

    Old school fun, great people.

    Cons

    A little too old school thinking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work and push forward.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    An iconic brand that is cursed

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Atari

    Pros

    Atari 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.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Take 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…

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Internship at Atari

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at Atari

    Pros

    As 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.

    Cons

    Occasionally, 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 ManagementAdvice

    Create a more structured internship program.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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