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Updated 18 November 2018
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  1. "Awesome people terrible "culture""

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    Former Employee - Designer in Encino, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Designer in Encino, CA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    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.

    Advice to Management

    Remove studio heads from the company unless they receive training for how to make a game without forcing employees to crunch for two years.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Disappointing..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Infinity Ward full-time

    Pros

    Free lunch (dinner also if you work late).

    Cons

    -VERY low pay
    -Poor leadership
    -Slow Advancement
    -No one that is a part of leadership cares about you as an individual or your career path.
    -Cliquey
    -HR department lacking coordination, sympathy, and initiative

    Advice to Management

    Investing more into your already hardworking employees is way better than hiring a bunch of contractors every 6-12 months just so you can pay them a low wage. Perks are never better than benefits.

  3. Helpful (6)

    "Horrible HR"

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

    I worked at Infinity Ward full-time

    Pros

    Salary, daily great free lunch (and dinner when working overtime, which is pretty much all the time but varies from department to department, and bonus.

    Cons

    Don't look to HR for any kind of help. Longest hours I've experienced. Large company so some leads better qualified than others. Culture that rewards dishonesty, bullying and more.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your developer's complaints and take them seriously.

    Infinity Ward Response

    3 Jul 2018 – Sr. Manager, Talent Attraction

    Thank you for taking the time to provide us with feedback. We are committed to listening to our employees and have created several channels for them to share their concerns but unfortunately, we... More


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Dysfunctional Leadership, Long Hours, Low Pay"

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

    I worked at Infinity Ward full-time

    Pros

    *Nice facilities with big kitchens and a gym onsite. *Free lunches, dinners and snacks. *Lots of free swag and frequent parties/events.

    Cons

    *12+ hour days everyday for months on end. *Directors and leads that fight publicly amongst each other. *Lack of a clear vision for the project *Call of Duty is uninspiring to work on.

    Advice to Management

    It’ll be impossible for IW to make a great game with its current leadership. Establish clear roles/responsibilities and put an end to the fighting and undermining

    Talented employees can work anywhere they want in the current business landscape. Treat your employees with respect, pay them fairly, stop requiring overtime, and make sure you have qualified leaders to run your departments.


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

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    Former Employee - Technical Artist in Woodland Hills, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Technical Artist in Woodland Hills, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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.

    Advice to Management

    The studio has a lot going for it: cool people, cool perks, etc. But if you don't offer industry standard wages to long-term employees you initially nabbed cheap, you'll lose them. And don't make them fight for it, industry standard should be standard. Also, don't add crunch to the schedule, avoid it at all costs! Happier workers do better work and last longer.


  6. "Long hours, fun environment for some. Management needs work."

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    Former Employee - Technical Artist in Woodland Hills, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Technical Artist in Woodland Hills, CA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of perks, especially for gamers, and great environment for FPS game development with people who know their stuff. Decent health benefits.

    Cons

    Poor work-life balance. Mistakes from higher ups affect everyone negatively. Friction between leads. Located in the crappiest part of the Valley.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Interesting projects, need clear direction early"

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

    I have been working at Infinity Ward full-time

    Pros

    The compensation and benefits. Freedom to give feedback interdepartment. Location has a fair cost of living for the income. Project has breadth and depth, thus interesting challenges. Free food. Relaxed feel when not crunching.

    Cons

    The leadership does not seem confident of decisions made. Lacking clear direction in early projects. (Mostly art, some design) Lacking communication of vision thus lacking buy-in from implementers. Micro managed to some degree in the single player design department. Long crunches last year of each project.

    Advice to Management

    Wish directors have higher CoD IQ and tastes that's more in line of core audience. At the same time, should understand what is tiring to the audience and what needs advancement. Better interdepartmental planning to share assets, smart not brute forcing production.

  8. "IW great company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Infinity Ward part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Awesome high skilled coworkers. Interesting projects

    Cons

    Not a clear management structure.


  9. Helpful (10)

    "Never move up the ranks!!"

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    Current Employee - Artist
    Current Employee - Artist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Infinity Ward full-time (More than a year)

    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.

    Advice to Management

    Try hiring people fit for the job that know the core audience. There is actually zero direction and the art team has to define the looks of the level themselves.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Best company I ever worked for!"

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    Former Employee - Senior Technical Visual Effects Artist in Woodland Hills, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Visual Effects Artist in Woodland Hills, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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!

    Advice to Management

    You are just amazing, best managers in the industry!