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Updated 25 September 2018
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Pros
  • "Stable company since video game industry is booming" (in 13 reviews)

  • "Biggest publisher in the game industry" (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • "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. "Very good experience"

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

    I worked at Activision full-time

    Pros

    Great Atmosphere. The targets were easy to achieve with company's reputations

    Cons

    Too game-engine centric. Often resources were given to the game-engine team

    Advice to Management

    Follow the path


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Not a good place to start your career"

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Santa Monica, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Santa Monica, CA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great location and good name in the industry.

    Cons

    Low salary and mediocre benefits compared to some of the gaming /tech companies in LA. There are definitely some brilliant and visionary executives in the company but they are out-of-reach most of the time. Managers are mediocre and uninspiring and not good at managing and developing employees.

    Advice to Management

    Too much hierarchy. Hire more real talents for mid management.

  3. "Great team and fun, challenging work"

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    Former Employee - Localisation QA Tester
    Former Employee - Localisation QA Tester
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I will always remember my time at Activision fondly. From my very first day there I knew I would fit right in. There is always a great atmosphere in the office and there's a really satisfying team spirit.

    Cons

    The work can be challenging at times, and repetitive at others.


  4. "Great place to learn how AAA gets made."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Activision full-time

    Pros

    They provide you everything you need to make great games. Worked with great people. Your product will reach millions and millions of gamers.

    Cons

    Crunch, Crunch, Crunch. When it's time to ship, you'll have limited time with loved ones. Making games is a business. Some of the magic of making games is lost.


  5. "Higher paid EAs compared to other LA tech companies"

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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

    - Competitive salaries for EAs compared to other local tech companies
    - Good work/life balance for EAs compared to other tech startups
    - Proud to work for one of the best companies in the gaming industry

    Cons

    - Processes feel archaic compared to other tech startups
    - Perks not as great as other tech companies


  6. "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.


  7. "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"

  8. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "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!


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