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Updated June 29, 2017
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Pros
  • Great people pushing themselves to do their best work and inspire others (in 14 reviews)

  • Ability to play video games at work (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • Zero Work/Life Balance during crunch (in 16 reviews)

  • Can be long hours when working QA on a soon to be released project (in 20 reviews)

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  1. "Great Company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Senior Producer in Eden Prairie, MN
    Former Employee - Senior Producer in Eden Prairie, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Activision full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, great company culture.

    Cons

    a lot of traveling and crunch periods.

    Advice to Management

    I worked in the MN office, advice would be just this. When you get a potentially huge license, give it the resources it needs to flourish and grow into a AAA franchise.


  2. "QA Tester"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Activision full-time

    Pros

    Like-minded Co-workers
    Free Activision Merchandise
    Testing games is fun some of the time

    Cons

    Zero Work/Life Balance during crunch
    Stressful environment during crunch
    Some co-workers were not really taking the job seriously

  3. "Project Managee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Activision full-time

    Pros

    Great company, good culture and benefits

    Cons

    Not many to mention, overall good


  4. "Chaotic"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Activision full-time

    Pros

    Big budgets enable lots of new projects every year.

    Cons

    Totally chaotic, back-stabbing culture. Too many people doing the same job leads to overlap and internal competition.

    Advice to Management

    Hire a consultancy to simplify and improve work streams.


  5. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Activision full-time

    Pros

    Care about their employees. Good strategy going forward.

    Cons

    Video game business is turbulent and Activision isn't afraid to change structure to optimize performance. It is one reason Activision is great but if your game doesn't perform you could be at risk.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  6. "Not Great"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I liked my manager, free coffee

    Cons

    Really long hours, terrible pay

    Advice to Management

    Respect your employees more


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Toxic"

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    Former Employee - Human Resources in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Activision full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Your peers will probably be great for the most part.

    Cons

    Your managers most likely will not.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Great perks. Dysfunctional focus."

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Activision full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    They shower you with games and other swag everytime a new game is released. Celebrations and parties regularly. Lots of seminars and training to learn new skills. People are generally very open to helping out.

    Cons

    When new leadership arrives. Look out. Politics abound. Look out. Your head might be on the chopping block. Also they focus on profits at the sake of quality.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on quality and the profits will follow.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Current Employee Assessment of Activision"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Activision full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    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

    Cons

    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.


  10. "Recruiter"

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    Former Employee - Senior Recruiter in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Recruiter in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great benefits, excellent pay, cool perks for employees (snacks, games, happy hours, etc.)

    Cons

    Extremely high demands for new employees coming in without effective training in place. HR doesn't have a work / life balance, high burn-out rate, at least in that dept. No processes in place.

    Advice to Management

    Ask the expereienced recruitment team what would better serve them to fulfill the open positions in a more timely and effective manner, as to save the company time and money, then run with it!


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