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Updated January 7, 2017
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  1. "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.


  2. "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.


  3. "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.


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  5. "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.


  6. "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


  7. "Interesting time in life."

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    Current Employee - Programmer in Los Gatos, CA
    Current Employee - Programmer in Los Gatos, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Old school fun, great people.

    Cons

    A little too old school thinking.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work and push forward.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "An iconic brand that is cursed"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Atari continues to be one of the most recognizable brands in the world and resonates with a broad demographic. It's just cool to say you work(ed) there.

    Cons

    The parent company was always a leach on this company and there is a lot to the urban legend the Atari Brand is cursed…everyone that takes over this brand believes they will be the ones to turn it around…but the results are always the same…

    Advice to Management

    Take a disciplined approach to development and where you spend your money. Content drives game sales not the brand. If you think the brand will sell your games then you have already failed…


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great Internship at Atari"

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    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    As an intern I had a lot of exposure to people very high up in the company. I always felt that I got sufficient praise for the work I did, and I had plenty of valuable work experiences to discuss when I was recruiting for a full time job. Additionally, my bosses were extraordinarily nice, and there were plenty of opportunities for socializing.

    Cons

    Occasionally, the hours could be fairly long, although that is to be expected when you're working New York City. Sometimes I felt that it really took a lot of initiative in order to get assigned enough tasks to fill my work day.

    Advice to Management

    Create a more structured internship program.


  10. "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.


  11. "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.


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