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Updated September 11, 2017
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  • Zero Work/Life Balance during crunch (in 17 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 for passionate gamers"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at Activision (More than a year)

    Pros

    Really Passionate people, The atmosphere is amazing if you love gaming and there is no cut throat competition to outdo each other

    Cons

    The pay is not as good as some of the other top companies


  2. 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.

  3. "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!


  4. "Great place to start a career"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Solid pay, great benefits, terrific location and industry

    Cons

    Stale product line; moving up is very difficult


  5. "Product Management Analyst"

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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

    Great perks and great people. Santa Monica is Idyllic. Working at a gaming company affords everyone the opportunity to unleash their inner child and have a good time.

    Cons

    Job was not technical product management. Mostly financially based and focuses on the marketing side of the business rather than product creation.

    Advice to Management

    devote more effort to onboarding and development of young employees. Improve workflows and systems across the company


  6. "Anonymous"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great perks and employees are friendly. Stable company since video game industry is booming.

    Cons

    They don't provide add'l help, slave driver. Unless, you're one of top mgt's favorites.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of employees who's been loyal and works hard.


  7. "Software Engineering Intern"

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    Former Intern - Intern
    Former Intern - Intern

    I worked at Activision as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with, and a lot of swags. Also food provided anytime you stayed longer than regular hours. Worked with some amazing people who have worked more than 20 years in the industry, and they were all so eager to help.

    Cons

    Worked in a smaller division, so even though I had a great rapport them hiring me might not happen. But, I did make a lot of connections.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Great company and employees"

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

    Pros

    -Getting into a great gaming company, one of the best in the industry
    -"Play" games all day
    -Lots of like-minded individuals
    -Company treats you very well

    Cons

    -Can be long hours when working QA on a soon to be released project
    -Small pay for the QA position


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Visual Designer"

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    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.


  10. "QA Tester"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Activision as a contractor

    Pros

    Nice managers from my experience. Lots of food options nearby. Overtime opportunities. Other QA testers were fun to be around.

    Cons

    Nothing much other than low pay.

    Advice to Management

    Hope things are as good as they were when I was an employee!


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