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Updated 7 February 2019
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Pros
  • "Great way of starting your career in the video games field" (in 15 reviews)

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

Cons
  • "Zero Work/Life Balance during crunch" (in 18 reviews)

  • "Long hours, slow career progression, meaningless "values"" (in 25 reviews)

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  1. "Fun job,"

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    Current Employee - QA Tester in Minneapolis, MN (US)
    Current Employee - QA Tester in Minneapolis, MN (US)

    I have been working at Activision full-time

    Pros

    - Get to work on some of the most exciting video games in the industry.
    - Great, relevant, video game work experience.

    Cons

    - A frequent amount of changes in the daily tasks at hand, which can be hard to keep up for some.


  2. "Self-Inflicted Pain"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong culture, can-do attitude, in some parts of the company things get done quickly. Lots of really smart people working there.

    Cons

    Lack of planning and poor collaboration with studios leads to a lot of stress and just-in-time work. It will grind you up and spit you out. Most likely you're in for a long commute.

    Advice to Management

    It's said that most people at Activision are either on their way to -- or just arriving from -- agencies. This, plus the relentless calendar of each new COD means that there can be a lack of long-term investment sometimes, or a lack of planning. It's great that the studios are autonomous entities, but when it comes time to sell the game, you'll sell a lot more if you collaborate better with the studios. It felt way too antagonistic. Not just the stress of the deadlines snippyness, but sometimes goals that were at opposition and no incentive to work together.

  3. "Poor !"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Cant think of any, cons overtaken pros

    Cons

    Too many to list them

    Advice to Management

    Huge and immediate change needed.


  4. "Behind the times..."

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    Former Employee - Manager in Santa Monica, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Manager 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

    Fun employee events and free game time. Great if you’re a dude passionate about gaming.

    Cons

    Activision is an extremely siloed organization and the bonus system makes collaboration a non-starter (unless goals are aligned). If you aren’t a man, expect to be asked about your “passion for gaming” even after you are hired. They give lip service to diversity, but without cleaning house of the misogynists in leadership, nothing will ever change. Activision is a publisher in a time when indie studios can publish, distribute and support a game just fine without all the bloat of a traditional publisher. But, Activision isn’t making changes to make sure they survive, except yearly mass layoffs which kills morale.
    Also, be prepared to make way less than you are worth, be marginalized if you have ideas or come from a more forward-thinking company. It’s no wonder the C-suite is dropping like flies. No one wants to do anything different or move into the future—much less the present. They’re almost a year without a new CEO. That can’t be a good sign.

    Advice to Management

    Hire and develop people who aren’t like you.


  5. "Amazing company"

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    Former Employee - QA Director in Quebec, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - QA Director in Quebec, QC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great autonomy, fantastic products, wonderful team.

    Cons

    The QA group as shut down or I'd still be there. :)

    Advice to Management

    Reopen a QA group in Quebec City. :)


  6. "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


  7. 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.

  8. "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.


  9. "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.


  10. "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