I have been working at Activision full-time (More than 5 years)
Passionate people working on great games
Well funded projects
Biggest publisher in the game industry
Lots of great perks including games, industry swag, and going to trade events
Long hours including many weekends - poor work life balance
Frequent layoffs within many parts of the company
Some challenging personalities within the organization
Limited career advancement opportunities
Advice to Management
You have many great people working for your company. It is important that you keep these people happy and ensure that they feel appreciated and supported.
I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Activision (Bothell, WA).
* Someone I spoke with on the phone discussed details of another applicant by name (extremely unprofessional).
* An interviewer seemed lost during the interview process, and kept asking me for my questions.
* After interviewing, it was implied to me that I could receive an offer but would have to accept it before hearing any details about it (even the title and compensation).