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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. Helpful (2)

    "Great for the people, not for the money."

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    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Tester in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Tester in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of great people to work with. I have met some very great friends.

    Cons

    No real way to get ahead unless you want to be the cool guy and impress your seniors somehow. "Good ol' boys" attitude.

    Advice to Management

    Treat people with ambition fairly. They are the ones that will keep your ship afloat.


  2. 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.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Driven by Internal Politics and Business"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Respectable pay. Ability to work on industry-leading games. Attempting to manufacture a palatable work culture.

    Cons

    Insular, political culture. Lack of clear decision-making authority. Bland, dated and depressing office space.

    Advice to Management

    Clarify project ownership, empower staff appropriately, update office space, stomp out the political culture and reward the true performers.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Can be fun and exciting, but the company demands ridiculous hours."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Activision full-time

    Pros

    Fun to make video games, can do some cool things if you're on the right licenses, most of the people are cool and good to work with.

    Cons

    70-80 hours/week consistently, no budgets, it's not about quality but rather how quickly and cheaply you can get something done.


  5. 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


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great Culture, Bad Management"

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    Current Employee - Artists in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Artists in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture, one of the most fun places I've ever worked.

    Cons

    Studio was held back by the same people that created the great culture. Not the most professional, and the overall quality / effectiveness of the studio suffered. The projects we got were not terribly interesting or creative, and I think this was due to the fact that on the whole, our work was average at best.

    Advice to Management

    As much as working with your close friends feels good, it is not a smart way to do business.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Only work here if you're desperate"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free bagels on Monday, Free donuts on Friday, Free soda and Free premium coffee such as Coffee Bean or Dunkin Donut, games at a discounted price

    Cons

    Outside of free stuff, everything else.

    Advice to Management

    No advice. Their current strategy has been working for over a decade. Keep it up.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Worked at Activision too long"

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    Former Employee - Producer in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Producer in Los Angeles, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There are GREAT people at Activision.
    The end of year bonus can be nice.
    There are occasional perks and sometimes they are good.

    Cons

    Very long hours, Activision will work you like crazy. This is mainly due to the fact they are understaffed.

    Upper management is very poor at making decisions. A lot of things are done last minute and the decision makes itself (usually at a cost of quality of life or the game). There is also a lot of committee decision making.


  9. Helpful (9)

    "Successful at serial products, in danger of talent drain"

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    Current Employee - Associate Producer in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Producer in Santa Monica, CA
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pros:
    - #1 publisher, recognizable on the resume
    - Enormous resources (if your project is deemed worthy)
    - Motivation comes from working with dedicated people (in production, not sure of other depts)

    Cons

    Cons:
    - milking the margins comes first. So, if you love games, be prepared to leave that love at the door
    - the project you're on matters a lot more than it should, even if you're doing as much or less than someone on a less prominent title. recognition and reward follows the revenue-generators only.
    - all other departments will get recognition before production (if production even gets recognized). it shows in the bonus/incentive structure. it shows in the promotion rate. it shows in all the company events that the executives speak in.
    - it always felt like the execs just want to be in hollywood. they make frequent, huge expenditures to play with hollywood instead of investing it back into the company (new IPs?) or its employees.

    Advice to Management

    you need to retain top talent through any 2 of the 3 (at least): compensation, growth opportunity, and security.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Ambitious and rushed don't make the best game possible."

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Monica, CA
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Working at Activision is great because we're the top publishing company of the game industry. The workplace is great, and the development team I'm in is very united. It's fun to make video games. The support and work perks are pretty good.

    Cons

    Its a little frustrating the poor work and life balance. I love making video games. I take pride in my work. I want to deliver a really good fun quality polished game, but certain conditions don't allow this. Rushing and crunching are bad. My heath suffers from it. Which makes me feel under-appreciated and disposable.

    Advice to Management

    If you want 100% you must give 700% back. 200% salary, 200% vacation, and 3 years development cycles. That would make me really happy.


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