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Updated October 6, 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. Helpful (1)

    "Very inviting company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Tester in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Tester in Santa Monica, CA
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Activision is a friendly are relaxed place to work. There is a really lenient dress code and people are free to express themselves as they choose. Activision will either cover parking pass or a bus pass for one to get to and from work. Working overtime occurs commonly as a QA Tester, which can either be seen as a pro or con depending on how you look at it. Wages goes to $15 during overtime and they will cover a meal for the day which was always nice.

    Cons

    Activision often produces games to make money rather than put quality in them. Lots of the action based games are repetitive and are no fun to test.
    As a tester, the working conditions aren't the most pleasant. Working in the downstairs basement, or "the dungeon" is dark and has a odd odor to it. The break room does have a pool table and free soda, but no snacks or food are provided.

    Advice to Management

    Provided a clear scale of how you rate testers and give them perks for finding critical bugs in beta and submission stages.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Very fulfilling and a great experience."

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    Current Employee - Game Designer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Game Designer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Activision full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    good money great benefits fun

    Cons

    hard work long hours mean co workers

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Studio Finance"

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    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great chance to learn. Fun, young work environment. Good people to work with.

    Cons

    Not much career growth, unless you're in programming. For studio finance, it's one of those jobs that you'll have for a long time.


  4. "Great company with history of promoting strong performers."

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    Former Employee - Associate Brand Manager in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Associate Brand Manager in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Activision full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Opportunities, compensation, values, strong management.

    Cons

    Work life balance, constant treadmill approach


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Great place to work"

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    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 a year)

    Pros

    T-Shirt and Jeans is okay for work. Plenty of training opportunities. Benefits are alright as well.

    Cons

    There's too much work at times. Promotions are not likely for people with niche fields of work.


  6. "Tons of room for growth if you just reach for it!"

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

    I have been working at Activision full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    So many opportunities to explore many different parts of the company. I have been exposed to many aspects of this business and truly appreciate the opportunities.

    Cons

    There is a lot of work to do and sometimes resources are stretched. It can take longer to complete business projects than anticipated.

    Advice to Management

    Keep working your butt off for this amazing company. No lie - I'm grateful you all push so hard for Activision.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Producer"

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

    I worked at Activision full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work. Very aggressive goals result in best-in-class creative and business performance.

    Cons

    Pressure to perform and time-requirements are challenging but result in great pay-off.

  8. "Product Manager"

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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 (More than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing brands, great people, challenging work and fun environment.

    Cons

    Inconsistent career pipelines within the business units.

    Advice to Management

    Add standardization for career progress throughout the organization.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Contractor working with Activision Employees"

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

    Pros

    Had a really great work environment with many very talented people. Was treated just like a normal employee, and I was given great amenities.

    Cons

    Some of the employees lacked direction which made it seem like they were just there to make a paycheck, and not really going above what was required. The senior management didn't seem to take note of it.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Marketing Manager"

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    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.


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