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  • "Great way of starting your career in the video games field(in 15 reviews)

  • "Biggest publisher in the game industry(in 7 reviews)

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  1. Very good experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Activision full-time

    Pros

    Great Atmosphere. The targets were easy to achieve with company's reputations

    Cons

    Too game-engine centric. Often resources were given to the game-engine team

    Advice to Management

    Follow the path

  2. Fun job,

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    Current Employee - QA Tester in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Activision full-time

    Pros

    - Get to work on some of the most exciting video games in the industry. - Great, relevant, video game work experience.

    Cons

    - A frequent amount of changes in the daily tasks at hand, which can be hard to keep up for some.

  3. Self-Inflicted Pain

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Activision full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Strong culture, can-do attitude, in some parts of the company things get done quickly. Lots of really smart people working there.

    Cons

    Lack of planning and poor collaboration with studios leads to a lot of stress and just-in-time work. It will grind you up and spit you out. Most likely you're in for a long commute.

    Advice to Management

    It's said that most people at Activision are either on their way to -- or just arriving from -- agencies. This, plus the relentless calendar of each new COD means that there can be a lack of long-term investment sometimes, or a lack of planning. It's great that the studios are autonomous entities, but when it comes time to sell the game, you'll sell a lot more if you collaborate better with the studios. It felt way too...

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  4. Behind the times...

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

    I worked at Activision full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Fun employee events and free game time. Great if you’re a dude passionate about gaming.

    Cons

    Activision is an extremely siloed organization and the bonus system makes collaboration a non-starter (unless goals are aligned). If you aren’t a man, expect to be asked about your “passion for gaming” even after you are hired. They give lip service to diversity, but without cleaning house of the misogynists in leadership, nothing will ever change. Activision is a publisher in a time when indie studios can publish, distribute...

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    Advice to Management

    Hire and develop people who aren’t like you.

  5. Helpful (1)

    Not a good place to start your career

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

    I worked at Activision full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Great location and good name in the industry.

    Cons

    Low salary and mediocre benefits compared to some of the gaming /tech companies in LA. There are definitely some brilliant and visionary executives in the company but they are out-of-reach most of the time. Managers are mediocre and uninspiring and not good at managing and developing employees.

    Advice to Management

    Too much hierarchy. Hire more real talents for mid management.

  6. Great place to learn how AAA gets made.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Activision full-time

    Pros

    They provide you everything you need to make great games. Worked with great people. Your product will reach millions and millions of gamers.

    Cons

    Crunch, Crunch, Crunch. When it's time to ship, you'll have limited time with loved ones. Making games is a business. Some of the magic of making games is lost.

  7. Higher paid EAs compared to other LA tech companies

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
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      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Activision full-time for more than 2 years

      Pros

      - Competitive salaries for EAs compared to other local tech companies - Good work/life balance for EAs compared to other tech startups - Proud to work for one of the best companies in the gaming industry

      Cons

      - Processes feel archaic compared to other tech startups - Perks not as great as other tech companies

    • Good people, very top heavy

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

      I worked at Activision full-time

      Pros

      Great location, salary and benefits

      Cons

      Long hours, slow career progression, meaningless "values"

    • Helpful (1)

      Cared little about the little people

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

      I worked at Activision full-time for more than 4 years

      Pros

      Good pay and royalties....

      Cons

      Pretty much everything else. They work you to the bone and have ZERO room for professional growth. They treat every employee as a number and completely replaceable. Gives a very clear view of how businessmen view creatives....

      Advice to Management

      Appreciate your talent for what they do... you owe them for your success and paycheck, not the other way around.

    • Helpful (1)

      Fun place

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      Current Employee - Senior Producer in Santa Monica, CA
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Activision full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      I like working here very much.

      Cons

      Crazy goals that don't seem to be well thought out.

      Advice to Management

      Keep being awesome.

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