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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)

    "Love this place"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Activision full-time

    Pros

    -Great people pushing themselves to do their best work and inspire others.
    -The work is extremely rewarding.
    -Company parties, the gaming zone to play current games, and the mentality that we're all making entertainment creates an overall fun and positive environment.

    Cons

    -Long hours. Though it doesn't feel like it, if you're striving to do your very own best work, it's easy to suddenly look up at a clock and realize that it's 4am.

    Advice to Management

    Open communication, at the fundamental level, from the higher ups to the individuals could be more frequent and consistent. The game industry is constantly evolving, so it's understandable that something that worked a few months back no longer works today. It makes sense then and is probably more efficient to communicate that to everyone as soon as a decision to change directions is made from upper management.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Marketing Manager"

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

  3. Helpful (16)

    "Could be a great place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Activision Publishing - Corporate Salaried Role in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Activision Publishing - Corporate Salaried Role in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Activision full-time

    Pros

    The products you work on are culturally relevant, and exciting. You get a sense of pride when you tell people where you work. Depending on your role, you might have an Xbox of PS4 at your desk, which you can actually play during the day and no one will mind.

    - Competitive pay
    - Awesome product
    - 24 hour fitness next door
    - Great lunch options including 10-15 food trucks daily right outside
    - Endless amount of free swag
    - Free snacks

    Cons

    Worst leadership I've encountered in my career. However, if you are an executive, this is an amazing place to work, as they cater to you. Executives almost make it a point to make sure employees know that they're on top.

    Examples:
    - kick you out of your reserved conference room because "he's the CFO"
    - walking off stage while addressing the company at an off-site to take a phone call
    - strategically renovating areas where executive offices sit
    - telling employees that "we're in the same boat" when being told that our raises/bonuses may not be as expected

    Other cons:
    - crazy work schedule (you'll see people average 12-14 hours a day for half of the year, as well as consecutive weekends). Working you to death super evident in the company values. One of the values is "Good isn't good enough". Probably the worst "value" I've ever come across.
    - Clique mentality is rampant. The 'inner circle' becomes clear pretty quickly after you start
    - Toxic environment, employee morale is devastatingly low here
    - Pitiful 401k match
    - No ESPP
    - Insane turnover rate (I saw 50%+ yearly turnover)

    Advice to Management

    Start caring about your employees. You need to actually lead your employees.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Contractor working with Activision Employees"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  5. 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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "qa"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great people to with with. Always had a lot of fun. lots of jokes but hard workers were there too. management generally came up through the ranks of qa so they understood where you were coming from.

    Cons

    no real cons. it was a great place to work. some were too idiosyncratic to get along with the others but mostly everyone likes everyone else


  7. "Product Manager"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "QA Tester"

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    Former Employee - QA Tester in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - QA Tester in Las Vegas, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Activision (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good people in QA, down to Earth. Creative, cool people.....in QA.

    Cons

    Management has no clue what they are doing as far as relating to their employees or customers, it's a typical TAKE the money out of their pockets instead of make awesome products and shut up and let them give their money freely. Pointless politics, yada yada yada. It's the same crap everywhere in corporate America, you've heard it all before and nothing will change and eventually they will file for bankruptcy AGAIN like they did several years ago. I can't wait to see them and EA fail.

    Advice to Management

    lol not possible unless you pal up with the right people.


  9. 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.


  10. "Ehhh, not all it"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Logistics Manager in Vancouver, WA
    Former Employee - Logistics Manager in Vancouver, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Activision (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Fun environment, cool products and events.

    Cons

    Mgmt is out of touch, too many bad leaders, right hand not sure what the left hand isdoing.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it real


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