Cool Places to Work While Games Blast Hollywood

DICETV UPDATE: Can 6,700 college graduates be wrong about cool places to work? There’s some job cuts in the news, unfortunately… And Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 does some heavy damage to Hollywood’s box office numbers.

Google, Apple and Facebook. That’s where young people want to work nowadays. The Employment consulting firm Universum asked 6,700 college graduates under age 40 to pick their five ideal employers from a list of about 200. Eight of the top 15 are tech organizations: Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft, Sony, NASA and Electronic Arts. Turmoil or not, Yahoo’s number 16. Three other interesting tidbits: Sixty one percent of these professionals want to leave their current job in the next two years. Forty  percent say job stability is very important to them. And, a number that’s often forgotten: Unemployment for college graduates 25 and over stands at 4.4 percent – roughly half of the overall unemployment rate.

There are some job cuts going on this week. Adobe will 750 position as part of a restructuring plan to focus on digital media and digital marketing. About 200 of the cuts will occur in the Bay Area. Adobe will spend up to $75 million on severance packages. It also will end development of Flash’s mobile version Meanwhile: AMD Will Cut 1,400 positions, about 10 percent of its workforce. It will also end some contractual agreements. Its goals is to reduce operating costs by $118 million during 2012. AMD says it has other moves in mind to streamline its business, though it didn’t say what those are.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 pulled in $400 million in North America and Britain last Wednesday, it’s opening day. That’s a record opening. More than 6.5 million units moved. So Activision isn’t just calling this a game launch. It’s “the biggest entertainment launch ever.” To date, sales for the complete Call of Duty franchise exceed worldwide box office receipts for ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Lord of the Rings.’ Think about that one for a minute. To coincide with the launch, Activision donated $3 million to the Call of Duty Endowment, a non-profit that seeks to provide job placement and training for veterans. That’s a nice thing, given the kind of money it’s making with its military-themed titles. Meanwhile, Assassins Creed Revelations launched today. You know what I’ll be doing tonight.

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