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A good place to work, but not great.

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  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Associate Producer in Santa Monica, CA
Current Employee - Associate Producer in Santa Monica, CA

I have been working at Activision Publishing

No opinion of CEO
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Policies and procedures are set and make a lot of sense. Almost all departments are open to helping one another understand exactly what it is they do and how they need things done. In Production, there are a lot of good people in Associate Producer and Production Coordinator (Production Assistant at other companies) roles who work hard and know what they're doing. Work / Life balance is encouraged by most of upper management and in some cases Activision will work with you if you have special needs. Most teams are flexible with what hours their employees work, so earlier or later time schedules are often times approved.

Cons

Policies and procedures are often not followed. The good people are bled dry from chasing the carrot that gets dangled in front of them.

Advice to Management

Tell employees the truth about why certain decisions were made. Also learn to apologize to employees, not just thank them behind plastic smiles.

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    Very inviting company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Tester in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Tester in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at Activision Publishing

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Activision is a friendly are relaxed place to work. There is a really lenient dress code and people are free to express themselves as they choose. Activision will either cover parking pass or a bus pass for one to get to and from work. Working overtime occurs commonly as a QA Tester, which can either be seen as a pro or con depending on how you look at it. Wages goes to $15 during overtime and they will cover a meal for the day which was always nice.

    Cons

    Activision often produces games to make money rather than put quality in them. Lots of the action based games are repetitive and are no fun to test. As a tester, the working conditions aren't the most pleasant. Working in the downstairs basement, or "the dungeon" is dark and has a odd odor to it. The break room does have a pool table and free soda, but no snacks or food are provided.

    Advice to Management

    Provided a clear scale of how you rate testers and give them perks for finding critical bugs in beta and submission stages.


  2. Making games by the numbers

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at Activision Publishing

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Get a paycheck making games

    Cons

    Tries to make games by rote.

    Advice to Management

    Get some people who have made games in more senior roles.


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