Activision Reviews

Updated Jul 14, 2020

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3.2
46%
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Rob Kostich
13 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great way of starting your career in the video games field(in 18 reviews)

  • "Great people pushing themselves to do their best work and inspire others(in 16 reviews)

Cons
  • "Activision frequently required long hours with little notice(in 29 reviews)

  • "Abuse of workers, no respect for work/life balance(in 20 reviews)

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  1. "Amazing company"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - QA Director in Quebec, QC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Activision full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great autonomy, fantastic products, wonderful team.

    Cons

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

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  2. Helpful (2)

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

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Activision full-time for 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.

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  3. "A Great Place to Work"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - QA Manager in Quebec, QC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Activision full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great benefits. The best in the business work there, so co-worker competency is usually very high. Very generous severance packages.

    Cons

    The salaries are a bit low due to the fact that it's a "passion industry", but not criminally low once you are above the entry level.

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  4. Helpful (1)

    "QA"

    3.0
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    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Activision for less than a year

    Pros

    Pretty cool activities, beer on fridays, bagels, etc. Entire activision game library at a preferential price and the people are pretty fun too (the leads are saving them honestly, because the direction...well..... this is activision)

    Cons

    Dull and repetitive job, you're but a number , and you can be replaced, someone will make sure that you're aware of that info

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  5. "Really a great place to work"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Technical Art Director in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Activision full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Interesting and High Profile projects Good compensation Good Leadership

    Cons

    they are sometimes under tight deadlines

  6. "loving it so far"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Account Coordinator in Santa Monica, CA

    I have been working at Activision full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    you work with great people

    Cons

    I haven't run into anything yet

  7. Helpful (1)

    "Company not worth working for"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Product Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Activision full-time

    Pros

    name recognition, some lasting IPs

    Cons

    Horrible HR process, employee freedom and unprofessionalism

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  8. Helpful (1)

    "Horrible company to work for."

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Director in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Activision full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Living in Santa Monica is the only positive side of working at AB.

    Cons

    Management is horrible. Chief Communication Officer is awful, even worse than the previous one. The CEO is a joke. This should be a great and fun company to work, in reality it is quite the opposite. The CCO has no clue of what she is doing, she hired a bunch of minions and beleives that by retweeting stuff online, her job is done. Compensation is pretty bad. I'm glad I got a better offer and was able to escape this hell hole.

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  9. "Tough but Rewarding"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Tester in Bloomington, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Activision full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    great "nerd culture", ability to make a meaningful impact on games both pre- and post-release, optional night shift

    Cons

    lots of overtime with virtually no advance warning, very hard to organize people to complete tasks as a group, low pay

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  10. Helpful (2)

    "Waste of Life"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Activision full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - Free seasonal t-shirts - Fancy christmas parties (but contractors not allowed)

    Cons

    - No opportunities, no mobility - Pigeonholing of most skilled and capable, in service of nepotism - Low pay, even in senior/management positions - Abuse of workers, no respect for work/life balance

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