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Very inviting company to work for

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

Other Employee Reviews for Activision Publishing

  1. 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
    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.


  2. Good experience but has the potential to be great

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Production in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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 can work on. The hours are good, and very flexible, you can come in when you want and leave when you want as long as you get the work done.

    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 but allows for differences in quality, both in terms of developed content and the proficiency of managers. Since studios often have their own HR reps, there is sometimes a disconnect and delay in the hiring process.

    Advice to Management

    Visit the studios regularly and offer leadership and teamwork training readily to those who need it.


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