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Updated 10 February 2018
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  • Zero Work/Life Balance during crunch (in 17 reviews)

  • Can be long hours when working QA on a soon to be released project (in 23 reviews)

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  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!


  2. "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.


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    "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.


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  5. "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.


  6. "QA"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Happy Hours on Fridays, Bagels, Free Lunch, Free swag

    Cons

    all contract work and no full time employment, they always let go of people right away


  7. "Greatest"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boscobel, WI (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boscobel, WI (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    greatest game creators ever love call of duty

    Cons

    can't really say no downsides really


  8. "Almost Perfect"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Activision full-time

    Pros

    Love working with the people on the best entertainment around. Actively improving employee life.

    Cons

    The building is dreadful, and the main concern is always the bottom line.

    Advice to Management

    Treat contract employees better, and explore how to invest in people long term.


  9. "Good"

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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

    Pros

    This is a very big and a good company

    Cons

    There is nothing bad really about this company


  10. "Environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Activision full-time

    Pros

    They well compensate you if you push base salary when you start.

    Cons

    It is a misogynistic environment. Nothing is ever good enough.


  11. "Great company for passionate gamers"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Monica, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Monica, CA (US)

    I worked at Activision (More than a year)

    Pros

    Really Passionate people, The atmosphere is amazing if you love gaming and there is no cut throat competition to outdo each other

    Cons

    The pay is not as good as some of the other top companies


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