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BioWare Reviews

Updated December 10, 2014
Updated December 10, 2014
20 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Excellent work environment, very open line of communication with superiors (in 7 reviews)

  • There are a great deal of developers here with their own families, so the work/life balance is admirable (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Unfortunately the gaming industry sees a lot of change from time to time, due to natural restructuring post lauch (in 8 reviews)

  • This creates a very distinct caste system between the "have's" (the full time employees) and the "have not's" (the contract workers) (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    When it's good it's real good.

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    Former Employee - QA Analyst in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - QA Analyst in Austin, TX

    I worked at BioWare full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great atmosphere. You feel like you are part of a large family.

    Cons

    When layoffs come, the stress level goes way up!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work, would have given up some of the benefits to avoid layoffs.

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    Former Employee - Operations/Project Management in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Operations/Project Management in Austin, TX

    I worked at BioWare full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Smart, dedicated co-workers. Internal processes good, could be be better. Fantastic benefits to the point of being extravagant, which may have contributed to all of the layoffs. This may no longer be the case, as I understand there have been major changes in this respect.

    Cons

    Lack of job security (like most game industry jobs).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Best time of my life

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Austin, TX

    I worked at BioWare full-time

    Pros

    At the time I was there I got to work with one of the best teams I ever had worked with and had the most fun I've ever had. I remember saying to a team member "Where could we ever go that would be better than here?"

    Cons

    Some of the senior management team is not well respected or well liked, but remain in their jobs despite massive complaints. I wish Upper Management would listen more and clean out the ranks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find the wink links and replace them - it'll keep the good people there.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great complete overview of the games industry as an entry level employee.

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    Former Employee - Platform QA Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Platform QA Engineer in Austin, TX

    I worked at BioWare full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great People
    Good learning experience
    Can learn many aspects of business from here

    Cons

    At the time it was a very large studio with 500+ people. So there is a lot of bureaucracy to communicate with anyone not part of your team. The approval processes and number of meetings can occasionally be disruptive to work flow.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Unique experience on a cool product

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    Former Employee - Associate Technical Artist in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Associate Technical Artist in Austin, TX

    I worked at BioWare full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Work with people very passionate about what they do.
    Great perks, excellent benefits
    Challenging work environment

    Cons

    Unstable future, your job is one failure away from being removed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more open to flexibility and listen to your employees as they give feedback. Sometimes ideas are just bad.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    A stimulating company that focuses on quality of life over speed of production.

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    Former Employee - Associate Designer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Associate Designer in Austin, TX

    I worked at BioWare full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Food, comfort, and happy people. BioWare is a comfortable place to work and a happy environment. You must find a healthy place in the corporate structure where creativity is allowed to thrive and corporate needs are sheltered by strong leads. There are some really creative people at BioWare, and it is an absolutely amazing environment to wet one's feet or season one's skills.

    Cons

    The large corporate mogul of EA opens doors but closes independent thought. Only on the micro-level may creativity thrive, for revolutionary ideas that can be iterated on rapidly in a small company setting turn into months-long trudge of certification, documentation, and stagnation. Long "assembly-line" like production pipelines turn great ideas into watered-down results, quashing the desire for creativity into production, as the outcome of both becomes identical.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Decrease employee turnover to perfect their skills instead of firing and re-hiring temporary workers. Eliminate work-flow pipeline issues by seasoning your people and unifying your technology. It should not take 6 months for a new designer to learn the ropes, and another 6 to master them. That's 4 and 8 months too long, where employees are gratuitously unproductive in comparison to seasoned veterans. On top of that, the forced turnover rate eliminates many of the seasoned workers before they can share their wealth of accumulated knowledge, leading to a downward spiral of production that can only end in one way.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    It is truly a learning experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at BioWare full-time

    Pros

    You can learn a lot about the game industry.

    Cons

    The game industry is based on people's extra income and as that shrinks, so does the studio.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In order to be a designer you need to play the games you design.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fun environment with interesting tech

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    Current Employee - Lead Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Lead Engineer in Austin, TX

    I have been working at BioWare full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    * Lots of room for learning new teach and solving problems
    * Smart people
    * Crunch periods are not that long

    Cons

    * Management communication leaves lots to be desired
    * Lots of "Tech Managers". Basically strong tech people with crappy management skills
    * Downsized recently, more work spread to few individuals

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to communicate with employees better. Secrecy is a killer

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    My first experience in the game industry, and I could not have asked for a better company to work for!

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    Former Contractor - Contract Worldbuilder in Austin, TX
    Former Contractor - Contract Worldbuilder in Austin, TX

    I worked at BioWare as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    -working on successful AAA titles
    -working along side talented people
    -quality of life and work balance

    Cons

    -big studio (if you like the more personal companies this isn't for you)
    -RPG focus if thats not your thing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to say no! Hahaha.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Experience, long hours

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BioWare full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fun people, the only big game company in Edmonton, good perks

    Cons

    long hours, crunch times. downhill since being bought by EA

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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