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Very inviting company to work for

Quality Assurance Tester (Former Employee) Santa Monica, CA

ProsActivision 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.

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

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Making games by the numbers

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at Activision Publishing


    Pros: Get a paycheck making games Cons: Tries to make games by rote. Advice to Senior Management: Get some people who have made games in more senior… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More
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    Good experience but has the potential to be great

    Production (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Activision Publishing


    Pros: You're working at the leading game publisher in the industry after its merger with Vivendi/Blizzard. There are some very interesting upcoming projects that you… Cons: Activision runs a developer studio system so that each studio is fairly independent. This is good and bad, since it retains each studio's culture… Advice to Senior Management: Visit the studios regularly and offer leadership and teamwork training… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More
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