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Updated August 27, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Lead Programmer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Atari full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good selection of IP for game development

    Cons

    Publisher meddles with Studio development practices

    Advice to Management

    Just let the teams who have performed well and had success for the company keep developing their games in the way that works best for them.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Stuck in the past"

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

    I worked at Atari full-time

    Pros

    Company has an interesting legacy.

    Cons

    Late to embrace changes in the gaming marketplace.

  3. "Meh"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A lot of good people trying to do good things.
    A lot of interesting IP.
    A lot of opportunity for motivated people.

    Cons

    Unrealistic & unachievable expectations given constraints.
    Short cuts were taken on projects due to schedule and budget issues.
    A lot of fire drills.
    A lot of priorities shifting without actually thinking through consequences.

    Advice to Management

    Plot your course carefully and be realistic about what is achievable. Don't hold people accountable for things that you've signed up for that were never possibilities.


  4. "Great Brand... Troubled Times"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Scarsdale, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Scarsdale, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Atari has some of the best classic IP for video game professionals to work on and a truly entrepreneurial environment to try new things.

    Cons

    The company has been broken for years and managed by one incompetent team after another. Sadly several of the recent owners haven't cared enough to revive the brand to it's glory days.

    Advice to Management

    I suggest you sell the company at a loss to someone who will optimize the brand and give consumers what they are looking for.


  5. "fun place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Atari full-time

    Pros

    relaxed casual environment, people very down to earth

    Cons

    company downsized and positions are few

    Advice to Management

    had a great time working there


  6. "Great place to work. I would work there again."

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

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

    Pros

    A very creative environment and a challenging business to be in. Video, PC and App games are still a forward-thinking industry with room for expansion.

    Cons

    There were frequent management changes resulting in a loss of direction. Also, there were times when no risk was taken as the company continued to shrink in the market.

    Advice to Management

    Hopefully, new management will get the company on track.


  7. "Sinking ship"

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Plenty of free E.T. games on hand

    Cons

    Bi Polar senior management. Seriously.

    Advice to Management

    None, management drove company out of business.

  8. "A sad ending to a once great company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The long and proud legacy of Atari still permeated the office, and there were some great people there who wanted to carry on.

    Cons

    A bloated infrastructure and an executive team and board that were not with the times brought the company down.


  9. "Soul-less"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing Pay. Golden handcuffs. Everyone that was not a vice-something was nice-hearted.

    Cons

    Mostly due to a lack of money, nothing of quality could get done. Because of this feeling, no one felt inspired to find creative solutions. Super corporate, very political, and very emotional. Note to anyone getting an executive/vice-something position: It was often said that having an office meant you were cursed to get fired within a year.

    Advice to Management

    Good luck


  10. "Investor Relations Vice President"

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    Current Employee - Investor Relations Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Investor Relations Vice President in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Atari full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Work atmosphere, casual dress code, fun atmosphere

    Cons

    Constantly restructuring, shouldn't be a public company

    Advice to Management

    Take pay cuts.


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