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Updated May 11, 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 company with history of promoting strong performers."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  2. "Smart employees, top heavy management."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Production in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Activision full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Activision routinely hires some of the best and brightest around. Very accomplished people to work with. Company leadership is excellent at creating revenue.

    Cons

    Top heavy management. No openings for headcount at mid to junior level, however there will be a new SVP hired regularly. Prepare to do the job of two people.

    Advice to Management

    More indians, less chiefs.


  3. "Meh"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Activision full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great pay, free games, fun parties.

    Cons

    No room for growth, micro managers, poor talent, monotonous.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great company where you earn your keep."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst - Supply Chain in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst - Supply Chain in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Activision full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You'll likely be around top tier professionals. If you're not then you're in the wrong group. The culture is smart, hard working and filled with high performers.

    Cons

    You have to do your own work. Might sound silly, but this is not a place you can come on and survive on reputation and position alone

    Advice to Management

    Be aware of a "favorites" type culture. There are so many high quality people there, that it's actually easy to take for granted that quality. I've seen "glue guys" and girls overlooked simply because there isn't the need to appreciate them.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "As a QA test, a good summer-time job for a high schooler and nothing more."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - QA Tester in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - QA Tester in El Segundo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people, as you will be working alongside other gamers. You have opportunities to take leadership roles and feel that your contributions to the project are making an effect.

    Cons

    Low pay and almost zero upward mobility. The QA department is literally and figuratively separated from the rest of the company. You will not be able to interact or shadow technical, art, or production seniors and learn how to contribute more to the company. The test style is also antiquated, so staying with the company may prevent you from being marketable elsewhere. Expect large amounts of overtime and a seasonal hiring environment.

    Advice to Management

    Integrate fewer testers into a larger development team. Though this would require a rethinking of the entire development process, where testers are also engineers that develop tools alongside the programmers.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Fun company - no work/life balance"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Recruiter in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Recruiter in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Activision full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    hip culture, lots of freebies, fast paced

    Cons

    No work life balance, long hours, no career development, no long term vision

    Advice to Management

    don't overload people with so much work that they get burnt out and quit


  7. Helpful (13)

    "Beavis and Butthead meet Lord of the Flies"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Former Human Resources Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Former Human Resources Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Food (a fair amount of it)
    Location
    If you are young, love gaming, and need a job. It's not a bad place to start your career.

    Cons

    Non-executive employees are young, inexperienced, and not smart workers and worst of all, they don't realize it or desire to change it for the better

    You have to be immature to enjoy socializing with your coworkers… If you enjoy Beavis and Butthead or act like them, you will fit in great here

    Tribal, secretive, and dishonest coworkers that systematically gang up and try to destroy each other (Lord of the Flies style). It's cloaked under the perception that they are "high achievers" as opposed to them really just being tribal and willing to put others down to get ahead. This may exist at any employer, but it is to the extreme at Activision.

    Work/life balance is terrible. High turnover due to this and the culture.

    If you take your career seriously, do not work at 3100 despite how much money they throw at you. Studio locations may be worth it. Executive life may be worth it. Below that, stay away.

    Advice to Management

    Managers - Learn how to manage, develop employees, and address people issues
    Executives - Treat your employees like people and be nicer


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Ok at the time worked"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Activision full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Ok at the time worked

    Cons

    No room for career advancement

    Advice to Management

    None a this time


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Worked as a Functional QA tester for a summer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - QA Tester in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - QA Tester in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great summer job
    decent hourly wages
    fun environment
    fun job
    benefits including cheap video games

    Cons

    Some shifts are overnight shifts (round the clock testing)
    Long shifts at different points in development (12+) and 6 days a week (normally 8 hour days, 5 days a week)
    mandatory 1 hour unpaid lunch/dinner break

    Advice to Management

    Bring in food for long shifts


  10. "Decent place to work if you are looking for a stable job."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Level Designer in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Level Designer in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    decent pay, stable job, good opportunity.

    Cons

    very long crunch hours half of the time.


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