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Updated September 18, 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. "Could be more"

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

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

    Pros

    Passionate people who lead themselves.

    Cons

    Working at corporate feels cut throat. You never know when someone will stab you in the back to advance their own career.


  2. "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

  3. "Video Games!"

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

    I worked at Activision full-time

    Pros

    The People. The Video Game industry is just fantastic in relation to the people you meet and work with.

    Some fun Company activities.

    I was lucky enough to have good management during most of my tenure

    Cons

    Poor work/life balance but this should be expected during crunch time.

    Low wages for QA.

    Very few opportunities for upward mobility


  4. "A Great Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - QA Manager in Quebec, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - QA Manager in Quebec, QC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Activision full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits.
    The best in the business work there, so co-worker competency is usually very high.
    Very generous severance packages.

    Cons

    The salaries are a bit low due to the fact that it's a "passion industry", but not criminally low once you are above the entry level.

    Advice to Management

    Overall, there is a very heavy emphasis on pleasing the shareholders. That's the nature of the beast, however, and I don't hold that against management or Activision. Keep up the great work!


  5. "QA Tester"

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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

    Like-minded Co-workers
    Free Activision Merchandise
    Testing games is fun some of the time

    Cons

    Zero Work/Life Balance during crunch
    Stressful environment during crunch
    Some co-workers were not really taking the job seriously


  6. "Great Company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Senior Producer in Eden Prairie, MN
    Former Employee - Senior Producer in Eden Prairie, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, great company culture.

    Cons

    a lot of traveling and crunch periods.

    Advice to Management

    I worked in the MN office, advice would be just this. When you get a potentially huge license, give it the resources it needs to flourish and grow into a AAA franchise.


  7. "Chaotic"

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

    I worked at Activision full-time

    Pros

    Big budgets enable lots of new projects every year.

    Cons

    Totally chaotic, back-stabbing culture. Too many people doing the same job leads to overlap and internal competition.

    Advice to Management

    Hire a consultancy to simplify and improve work streams.

  8. "Project Managee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Activision full-time

    Pros

    Great company, good culture and benefits

    Cons

    Not many to mention, overall good


  9. "Not Great"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I liked my manager, free coffee

    Cons

    Really long hours, terrible pay

    Advice to Management

    Respect your employees more


  10. Helpful (1)

    "QA"

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    Former Employee - Testeur QA in Quebec, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Testeur QA in Quebec, QC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Les gens qui y travail sont vraiment exceptionnels, l'overtime n'est jamais une corvée avec cette équipe la et nos boss savaient garder la motivation.

    Cons

    Le salaire n'étais pas des plus motivant.


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