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Updated April 19, 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
  • Poor work life balance; benefits are just ok (in 15 reviews)

  • Long hours, they close offices too often (in 20 reviews)

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  1. "Recruiter"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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!


  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.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Great perks. Dysfunctional focus."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    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.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "Great Place to work at!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Activision full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    This only pertains to my position and not necessarily for other positions in the company ...

    - Flexible hours (can come in when i want and leave when i want)
    - Can work from home if needed
    - Free swag, food, games on occassion
    - Discount at company game store (2 free games a year, $15 console games, $5/$10 PC games)
    - Awesome variety of food trucks (10 daily) available
    - Great people to work with
    - Work environment is great and casual
    - Manager is awesome and cares about his team
    - Play on my PS4/Xbox One at my desk when i have free time

    Cons

    If anything I guess it's just the politics of the business of this company where it feels like it cares more about making money quickly instead of appealing more to it's fans when it comes to listening to what they want to see in games. Studios seem to be more in charge of creativity in their games but Activision manages more on the giving the deadline and can rush development even if a game doesn't feel complete. But this model has been working successfully for many years which is why change probably won't happy any time soon.

    Advice to Management

    To the higher ups, stop always thinking about making the money on the short term and try appealing more to the customers to rebuild that loyalty and gain money from that and rebuild a loveable reputation.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Amazing Place to Work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Paralegal in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Paralegal in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun atmosphere, caring and hard working people, amazing benefits.

    Cons

    Long hours, they close offices too often

    Advice to Management

    Stop closing offices...


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Fun products to market."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Brand Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Brand Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart and talented people. Good office perks. Fun Products/brands. Culture that drives for perfection. Ability to play video games at work.

    Cons

    Very top heavy. Marketing plans driven by P&L vs. what's right for the brands. Benefits are not great, especially healthcare/dental coverage and 401k company matching.


  8. Helpful (6)

    "Fun Environment but Management needs help"

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

    I worked at Activision full-time

    Pros

    Lots of fun events for the staff, including regular cocktail mixers
    Benefits are fairly decent
    Team building is encouraged
    Game launch parties are fun

    Cons

    Fast paced environment but not enough support given to successfully keep up with the unrealistic demands.
    Senior management encourages and plays into the rumor mill, oftentimes initiating bad mouthing of their staff.
    No diversity of thought welcomed: thinking outside of the box is almost discouraged. If something done outside of the framework, you're quickly moved to the margin.
    Spoiled game developers that turn into people managers are not provided with enough management training become the root cause of a high amount of turnover. But senior management doesn't dare reprimand them for their bad management skills.

    Advice to Management

    Start from the top down and begin to develop your people managers regardless of their contribution to the final product. They are in most need of guidance or they are in danger of remaining spoiled adult children that HR has to babysit.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Marketing Manager"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Activision full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Highly talented people at Activision

    Cons

    Long hours. Difficult to maintain work life balance.


  10. Helpful (15)

    "Could be a great place to work"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Activision Publishing - Corporate Salaried Role in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Activision Publishing - Corporate Salaried Role in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Activision full-time

    Pros

    The products you work on are culturally relevant, and exciting. You get a sense of pride when you tell people where you work. Depending on your role, you might have an Xbox of PS4 at your desk, which you can actually play during the day and no one will mind.

    - Competitive pay
    - Awesome product
    - 24 hour fitness next door
    - Great lunch options including 10-15 food trucks daily right outside
    - Endless amount of free swag
    - Free snacks

    Cons

    Worst leadership I've encountered in my career. However, if you are an executive, this is an amazing place to work, as they cater to you. Executives almost make it a point to make sure employees know that they're on top.

    Examples:
    - kick you out of your reserved conference room because "he's the CFO"
    - walking off stage while addressing the company at an off-site to take a phone call
    - strategically renovating areas where executive offices sit
    - telling employees that "we're in the same boat" when being told that our raises/bonuses may not be as expected

    Other cons:
    - crazy work schedule (you'll see people average 12-14 hours a day for half of the year, as well as consecutive weekends). Working you to death super evident in the company values. One of the values is "Good isn't good enough". Probably the worst "value" I've ever come across.
    - Clique mentality is rampant. The 'inner circle' becomes clear pretty quickly after you start
    - Toxic environment, employee morale is devastatingly low here
    - Pitiful 401k match
    - No ESPP
    - Insane turnover rate (I saw 50%+ yearly turnover)

    Advice to Management

    Start caring about your employees. You need to actually lead your employees.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Visual Designer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Visual Designer in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Visual Designer in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Activision full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of cool people that love games. Its a big corporation so, employees gets lots of different benefits. Also a nice bonus at the end of the year depending on how well your product does.

    Cons

    Even though its a game company, it still feels like a corporate company with cubicles and such. Also since its a big company sometimes things can be slow to get done.



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