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Updated June 29, 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
  • Zero Work/Life Balance during crunch (in 16 reviews)

  • Can be long hours when working QA on a soon to be released project (in 20 reviews)

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  1. "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


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Great Place to work at!"

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    • 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.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "It's the people!"

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

    Pros

    I joined Activision about 2 years ago and it has been an amazing experience. The people are fabulous and everyone is welcoming and helpful. The work-balance is the best I've experienced in my career. With the work being very seasonal, everyone pushes up their sleeves and pitches in with long nights and weekends when necessary, but during the slower parts of the year you are not expected to burn yourself out doing the same just for the sake of appearances. The culture is very casual but employee-centric. Good work is recognized and appreciation is given. The continuous feedback process is the most mature of any company I have worked at -- it's not just lip service being paid, but regular checkins with your manager and thoughtful goals that are looked at not just at year end.

    Cons

    Although there are snacks and some perks like bagel and donut days, the benefits could be stronger to compete with the tech sector. Medical plans are awfully expensive and the 401k match could be better. Also even though there are game discounts, there aren't yet any employee discounts on digital content or extras that go with the games, so you are still paying full price for Season Passes for Call of Duty and toys for the Skylanders portal.

    Advice to Management

    Reconsider the extensive use of contract employees. Many of these folks are contributing as much or more to our collective success, but they are not treated the same in terms of invites to launch parties, benefits, swag, etc. It becomes uncomfortable for those of us in departments with mixed teams and can feel like the "haves" and the "have nots." I understand there will always be a need for seasonal help on a short-term basis, but keeping long-term employees in key roles on contract for years on end doesn't feel right (and ends up hurting their morale which in turn affects the entire team's morale).


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Awesome place, not for everyone"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent pay
    Excellent benefits
    Reward for performance
    "Cool factor"
    Work hard, play hard culture
    Leadership training

    Cons

    Crazy pace - not for everyone
    Executives don't always live the company values
    Very bottom line driven (but what for-profit company isn't?)


  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. Helpful (1)

    "Amazing Place to Work"

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    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. "Culture Misift"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Benefits, perks, company overall culture. They organization is all about rewarding its employees for hard work.

    Cons

    Mismatch between personnel and culture. A lot of intelligent people within Headquarters however there is a disconnect between the people and the image the organization gives off. This is mostly a headquarters issue as opposed to a studio (treyarch) issue.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Fun products to market."

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    • 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.


  9. "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.


  10. Helpful (7)

    "Fun Environment but Management needs help"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


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