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Updated Apr 21, 2021

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28 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great people, minimum of politics considering size(in 18 reviews)

  • "Great way of starting your career in the video games field(in 18 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Activision frequently required long hours with little notice(in 30 reviews)

  • "Abuse of workers, no respect for work/life balance(in 20 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years
      Featured Review

      Really a great place to work

      Jul 14, 2020 - Technical Art Director in Santa Monica, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Interesting and High Profile projects Good compensation Good Leadership

      Cons

      they are sometimes under tight deadlines

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    2. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Welcome to gaming

      Apr 21, 2021 - Lead Data Scientist in Santa Monica, CA
      Recommend
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      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Fun, great people, gaming, great games.

      Cons

      Little to no promotions. Career pause.

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    3. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      QA Tester

      Apr 15, 2021 - QA Functional Tester in Minneapolis, MN
      Recommend
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      Pros

      It is a good place to really test your brain skills.

      Cons

      The hours can sometimes be a little much.

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    4. 2.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Amazing Community, Horrible Company

      Nov 28, 2020 - QA Functional Tester in Minneapolis, MN
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The community is fun to work with.

      Cons

      It only pays $13.50 an hour and you will regularly work 70+ hour weeks. No weekends or breaks. We usually have a day off rotation that is assigned over three weeks, but recently we were punished for taking time off and not included in that rotation. Activision can easily afford to allow their testers a better quality of life, but don’t understand basic management. Burnout is regular and you will grow in disdain towards the countless gratitude emails they will send you. Turnover is incredibly high because testers usually leave from the overworking but underpaying position. There is no competitive pay and promotion to a better paying position is limited. We should not have to depend on extreme overtime to afford a basic studio apartment. Activision needs to be better. Their management needs to treat their workers like actual people not a stat to keep costs down so Robert Kotick and Dennis Derkin can get another multimillion dollar bonus. I want to love the job, but we need to be better as a company. The people working there deserve it.

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    5. 4.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Good Culture

      Mar 24, 2021 - Systems Analyst 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Game Culture, Great People and Teams

      Cons

      Salary, Upper Management, Leadership, Communication

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    6. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Good People, Rough Leadership

      Mar 9, 2021 - Senior Director, Product Management in Boulder, CO
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - You work in games on one of the biggest games in the world - The people are generally nice

      Cons

      - Executive leadership is very disconnected from how things are going; initiatives must be driven from the bottom up - Recently seen a pretty drastic drop in talent as many people have left for better pay and opportunities - Pay isn't super competitive; review process is a joke; career progression is foggy at best

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    7. 5.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Solid company with nice people

      Mar 5, 2021 - Front End Developer in Santa Monica, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Some of the nicest people I've worked with

      Cons

      Work can be pretty repetitive and boring. Not a place for latest and greatest tech stack.

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    8. 5.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Great Company

      Mar 2, 2021 - Junior QA Game Tester 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      PTO is provided and encouraged

      Cons

      I can't think of any cons

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    9. 4.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Competitive product

      Feb 26, 2021 - Associate UI Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Opportunity to participate in the best game's development

      Cons

      Low pay. Overtime working before shipping titles

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    10. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Not what it used to be

      Oct 18, 2020 - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Create amazing games that fans love; great perks like bagels, fruits, chips and donuts; free games; amazing holiday party; meet some amazing coworkers that become friends.

      Cons

      The company is far from what it used to be. It used to be a company that emphasized having fun and keeping employees engaged. Now, it's become a revolving door of people who used to be passionate about the company and wanting to leave for something better. Management constantly lays-off individuals every year (or people leave), and instead of hiring someone to back-fill the position, they spread the work around to the people that are left on the team and expect them to do the work with the same amount of pay. This is a constant problem seen in every department. This year's compensation was the worst anyone at the company has ever seen. We have seen record profits (unfortunately due to COVID), but have seen record low raises. The company seems to care more about profits instead of retaining talent.

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