Activision Publishing

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2 people found this helpful  

great place to learn the games business

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Current Employee - Associate Brand Manager  in  Santa Monica, CA
Current Employee - Associate Brand Manager in Santa Monica, CA

Pros

place is full of smart/capable people, great place to cut your teeth on games business, lots of people leave for promotions elsewhere,

Cons

hard hitting culture, long hours, poor performers are shunned, not "corporate" persay...but definitely a "business minded" culture

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Keep investing in your best people, they're the ones creating the hit franchises

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Not the place you want to be

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA

    Pros

    Some really great games although getting much to into re-hashing old titles over and over again. Opportunity to work with good people, but more and more bad people joining since the merger. Losing all creativity, passion, and understanding of gaming.

    Cons

    No work-life balance. Management has no care or respect for employees. Mindset is to push boxes out the door with no care, regard, or knowledge of what is even being sold at times. More overhead since the merger. The company is getting fat and the management are arrogant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Humility and passion - it's what made you number one. You have forgotten that and lost most of the talent that got you to the number one position.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Small fish, big pond - good experience but good luck.

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    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Tester  in  Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Tester in Santa Monica, CA

    Pros

    Opportunity to work on major licenses and titles, witness development process, opportunity to improve game product, good processes, dedicated management

    Cons

    Too many temporary employees that can lack passion putting strain on other team members, recognition of professionalism and dedication is not given soon enough causing some stagnation, separation and disregard from "full time qa" toward their "temp" brethren who can be working hard to separate themselves from the rest, strange attitudes and strictness regarding breaks/lunch with little regard towards real-life emergencies and issues

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow opportunity for lower rank staff to provided feedback to their managers in an unbiased and anonymous fashion, some of the "senior qa" have unprofessional attitudes and seem to think they are "Safe" with their position and can therefore be sarcastic and offer uncalled for, negative and unconstructive feedback

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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