BioWare Reviews

Updated May 22, 2014
Updated May 22, 2014
54 Reviews

3.4
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Review Highlights

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

  • The tiny perks - free breakfast, ice cream, lax work environment (in 5 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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Best/smartest company I've worked for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Withheld  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Withheld in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Committed to product quality
    Committed to quality of life for employees
    Honest, committed management
    Company ran via analysis rather than emotion

    Cons

    Had challenges with integration with EA
    Loyalty to long term employees sometimes meant they were promoted beyond their capabilities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let Bioware be Bioware rather than EA!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company with great values.

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    Former Employee - Environment Artist  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Environment Artist in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Great IPs to work with, lots of emphasis on personal input, management is open to listening to your ideas and is generally concerned with your work satisfaction. There was a really great emphasis on work/life balance as well.

    Cons

    I don't have too many cons to report. I had a great experience during my tenure at the studio.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I really admire the company's core values. Keep adhering to them and you'll have a satisfied and enthusiastic team.

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

    Very challenging and satisfying.

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    Current Employee - Outsourcing Coordinator  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Outsourcing Coordinator in Austin, TX

    I have been working at BioWare

    Pros

    Great work environment. Everyone is hardworking and excited about the product. There are a lot of team buiding events that make the weeks enjoyable.

    Cons

    The only down side is that it is a volatile industry. Gaming companies have to stay competitive, and thuse there is a lot of transitions that happen within the departments, and between companies in the gaming industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication is a difficult aspect to manage in any company. Bioware has a lot of highly trained, technical people. These talented people dont necessarily communicate with eachother very well, however. My advice would be to cultivate leaders and managers that can pull these talented people together, and leverage their skills more effectively.

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  5.  

    Awesome place to Work!!!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I have been working at BioWare full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great projects and great teams!! There are so many passionate people that continue to push boundaries each and everyday. The studio has a deep desire to put the staff and fans first, which creates an awesome cultural work space.

    Cons

    Sometimes there are a few bad eggs that seem determined to derail the project or team goals or just simply have a hard time getting on board or fitting in. I don't think this is unique to BioWare, just something that becomes tiring.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work lining up amazing projects and continue to focus on staff and fans first. Senior management definitely takes to heart quality in the workplace and quality in the products.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very fulfilling

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    Current Employee - Production  in  Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Production in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    People, quality focus, strong leadership team, career opportunities, great culture.

    Cons

    Project size can be overwhelming

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    The best career decision of my life!!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BioWare

    Pros

    The people, the passion, the common goal

    Cons

    Unfortunately the gaming industry sees a lot of change from time to time, due to natural restructuring post lauch. I would liked to have had more time to work more closely with some industry geniuses.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    World class dev that really looks after its staff

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    Current Employee - Artist  in  Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Artist in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Fantastic projects with great subject matter and strong direction. Great teams with a lot of experience and drive as well as a positive atmosphere to work in.

    Cons

    The location and building for the studio isn't the best. The city isn't the greatest place in the world either but its not that bad either.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall, a great place to work!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Excellent work environment, very open line of communication with superiors. Information flow was superb. Pay was decent, and scheduling was flexible. Overall, a great place to work- I would recommend working here to anyone that can break in to the industry.

    Cons

    The gaming industry, owned by EA. Unfortunately, the industry can be very unforgiving, and when a game doesn't perform well (or as well as expected) operating costs get cut, which means people lose their jobs. Sometimes there is notice about being laid off, other times it is a very abrupt event.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In all honesty, there isn't much to be said. Management was awesome- although the parent company's involvement was, in my opinion, very detrimental to the project.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    You should work here.

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    Current Employee - QA Lead  in  Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - QA Lead in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Treated with respect, work with smart people, make video games, get paid well. What more do you want?

    Cons

    It's in Edmonton. Take that for what it's worth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Creative heaven

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BioWare

    Pros

    lots of opertunities to share oppion
    shape universes
    create intricate characters

    Cons

    long hours
    long development time
    crouded

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more coca cola in the fridge

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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