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Updated 22 May 2018
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  • Zero Work/Life Balance during crunch (in 18 reviews)

  • Long hours including many weekends - poor work life balance (in 24 reviews)

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  1. "QA Tester"

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    Former Employee - Localization QA Tester in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Former Employee - Localization QA Tester in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)

    I worked at Activision full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good and relaxed working environment, can dress very casually to work.

    Cons

    Very short-term contract, once project complete, will have to leave.


  2. "Good people, very top heavy"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Activision full-time

    Pros

    Great location, salary and benefits

    Cons

    Long hours, slow career progression, meaningless "values"

  3. "Cared little about the little people"

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

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

    Pros

    Good pay and royalties....

    Cons

    Pretty much everything else. They work you to the bone and have ZERO room for professional growth. They treat every employee as a number and completely replaceable. Gives a very clear view of how businessmen view creatives....

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your talent for what they do... you owe them for your success and paycheck, not the other way around.


  4. "Basement dwellers"

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    Former Employee - Basement Designer in Santa Monica, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Basement Designer in Santa Monica, CA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get to play video games when there’s nothing to do and by the looks of it, there is not much to do.

    Cons

    Pay sucks! Here editors run creative departments. Most of the employees look like they need more human contact and less video games. Did I mention that the pay here is pathetic. Sub $20 an hour salaries are the norm.

    Advice to Management

    Try coming up with “new” ideas for games


  5. "Fun place"

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    Current Employee - Senior Producer in Santa Monica, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Producer in Santa Monica, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I like working here very much.

    Cons

    Crazy goals that don't seem to be well thought out.

    Advice to Management

    Keep being awesome.


  6. "Great compensation & benefits but poor and uninspired leadership"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great compensation, benefits, bonuses, and good travel policies.

    Cons

    Poor work life balance, uninspiring upper and mid management, no clear roadmap for the next 3 years, needs to reinvent itself.

    Advice to Management

    Less MBA's more passion, need to develop new IP's


  7. "Amazing growth and learning potential, though certainly a challenging environment"

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    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

    Making an impact on some of the largest franchises in gaming, and not just an impact, but a significant impact, partly due to the fairly decentralized nature of the company, where each part of the business (studios, corporate teams, etc) are fairly small (<250 people).

    Cons

    On the flipside, the level of autonomy and decentralization does make decision making/follow-through an occasionally tumultuous process.

    Advice to Management

    Overarchingly, Activision shepherded through the top two selling games last year, with Destiny 2 and Call of Duty WWII, nevermind the Crash Bandicoot remaster being the top selling game of the year at the time of its launch (June), so keep doing what you're doing with the same emphasis on building top-selling, AAA franchises!

  8. "Opportunity abound, if you can survive the first 2 years"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Activision full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The People and their creativity and passion. We really love our jobs.

    Cons

    A culture of Us and Them.

    Advice to Management

    Authentically value what your employees bring to the company.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good start, perhaps wouldn't stay too long"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Activision full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    While working at Activision I found them to be generally well rounded, some good benefits such as the pension scheme, flexi-hours, passionate staff, and top talent to learn from.

    Great start to a career, opening many doors. Activision and their work is world-renowned, and since working there many opportunities have presentment themselves that otherwise may not have been a case of 'walking through the door'

    Cons

    Long hour had by myself and colleagues at times, however I've heard of much worse. Note, however, these long hours we not compensated through bonuses like other studios.

    Advice to Management

    Internal management was very passionate and valued all staff, however, those in higher places, sadly not so much.


  10. "Technical Director"

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    Former Employee - Technical Director in Santa Monica, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Technical Director in Santa Monica, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fast paced environment. Rewards merit, when tied with success of franchise.

    Cons

    Long hours, often determined by studio iteration cycles (they're all unique with specific requirements).

    Advice to Management

    Focus on delivering customer value.


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