Infinity Ward Reviews

Updated Apr 15, 2021

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11 Ratings
  1. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Fun to work at

    Oct 23, 2020 - Software QA Tester in Woodland Hills, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Good community treated us right

    Cons

    QA will always be QA

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  2. 1.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    Worst Team to work with

    Apr 15, 2021 - QA Manager 
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    Pros

    There was nothing redeeming about working here

    Cons

    Too many to list accurately

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  3. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Awesome people and environment

    Sep 3, 2020 - QA Tester II in Woodland Hills, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Great people to work for and pay is ok.

    Cons

    If your not used to hours it could be taxing.

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  4. 4.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    here's my review

    Aug 29, 2020 - UI Engineer in Woodland Hills, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Good studio culture and benefits

    Cons

    Lots of crunch before release

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  5. 4.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Great place to work

    Jul 22, 2020 - Senior Software Engineer in Woodland Hills, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Very talented coworkers; great pride in work

    Cons

    minimal career improvement opportunities; low pay by industry standards

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  6. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 5 years

    Awesome people terrible "culture"

    Nov 18, 2018 - Designer in Encino, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Fair pay, very competent co-workers, good company perks

    Cons

    Stress, Crunch, Incompetent studio leadership, Poor project planning, Sociopath studio leadership, no actual studio identity as studio heads constantly rotate through Activision executives and high senior level turnover.

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  7. 4.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Friendly people, fun perks, long hours, slow advancement.

    Jun 28, 2017 - Technical Artist in Woodland Hills, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Most coworkers are super friendly and helpful. You'll make friends and learn a lot as long as you don't actively try to avoid people. There are plenty of sub-communities around playing board, card, video, and rec room games at lunch and doing things on the weekends like extreme sports, regular sports, karaoke, bar-hopping, etc. Catered lunches, lots of swag, fun (and fairly frequent) parties. Then there's the standard stuff like decent health insurance and vacation.

    Cons

    Pay raises are minimal, my rent increases at a much faster rate! Get a good wage going in; they won't do a proper cost-of-living adjustment unless you fight like hell and/or threaten to leave. Crunch isn't fun. Last project we had 12+ hr days every day for about half a year (felt like eternity) and some departments did it for much longer. Even normal days you're at work for 9+ hours because someone decided we need to 'make up' that lunch hour now. Most people don't even take an hour for lunch. What happened to the 9 to 5? RIP Dolly Parton.

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  8. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Best company I ever worked for!

    Jul 10, 2014 - Senior Technical Visual Effects Artist in Woodland Hills, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Fantastic environment, highly competitive salary and benefits. Incredibly talented and passionate group of people in the industry! Amazing project to work on with some of the minds that invented the most popular franchise in the entertainment history: Call of Duty! Fun work place with lots of amenities, parties and outdoor activities organization. Great technology to work with and ability to contribute to. Incredible sense of 'family' within everybody in the company from developers to high management. It's a company that believe in actions and not in mere words and talents will always be rewarded anytime it deserve. Great sense of justice and everybody share a strong vision and knowledge.

    Cons

    Long hours are needed during the last period but no surprise when you are working for such a big and well know franchise!

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  9. 1.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Never move up the ranks!!

    Sep 23, 2015 - Artist 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    The perks are great, you get free food everyday. So if that is more important to you then actually working for a company that you can possibly have room for advancement then great.

    Cons

    The management at this company is a joke. They pass you and ignore you and look down at you like your a piece of trash. They forget that without you they wouldn't have their ridiculous salary for doing nothing. I've seen the same 4 people move up and around this company but yet if you do good work and aren't part of a select few, you will not go anywhere. You aren't even acknowledged when you do a continuous fantastic job compared to those who are moving up. The pay scales are all over the place. I've been a senior for about 6 yrs but then you have newer people with less experience and less shipped AAA titles that are buying million dollar houses and super cars. Meanwhile, just chug away at your desk with your head down. Great morale boost.

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  10. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 5 years

    Great learning experience but terrible creative environment

    Sep 5, 2012 - Project Lead in Encino, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Fantastic compensation, good advancement opportunity to those willing to grow and learn, and plenty of resources and budget to get the job done. High profile studio name and franchises to work on that allow for good experience on large budget / large audience games. Free food in the kitchen and great studio amenities for the team (large kitchen, game room, theater, gym).

    Cons

    Creative culture is lacking due to projects confined to specific genres and mechanics and determined by publisher. Decisions, business and creative, are decided by committee on publisher level (too many cooks in the kitchen syndrome). Highly political environment focused on profit margins rather than design innovation. No freedom of expression in design, concepts, or new ideas. Business focused management out of touch with the creative and passionate side of the industry. Frequent crunch periods.

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