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BioWare Reviews

Updated September 28, 2014
Updated September 28, 2014
55 Reviews
3.5
55 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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Best/smartest company I've worked for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Withheld in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Withheld in Austin, TX

    I worked at BioWare full-time (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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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Environment Artist in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Environment Artist in Austin, TX

    I worked at BioWare full-time (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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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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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    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    A caring, highly motivated place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    This studio has some of the best talent I've ever had the pleasure of working with. A huge majority of the staff is sharp, passionate, but still family-friendly. There are a great deal of developers here with their own families, so the work/life balance is admirable. Very good pay and benefits.

    Cons

    I can still see some people, or even whole teams, that work a lot of hours during milestones. In some cases I think this is more due to lackluster anticipation of the actual needs to finish the product.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure everyone is giving absolute, honest estimates about work required. Projects are so huge these days, and the utmost care needs to be taken to make sure that all departments stay on the same page.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Awesome place to Work!!!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I have been working at BioWare full-time (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
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very fulfilling

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Production in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at BioWare full-time (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
  8.  

    The best career decision of my life!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  9.  

    World class dev that really looks after its staff

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Artist in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Artist in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at BioWare full-time (less than an 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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall, a great place to work!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BioWare full-time (less than an 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
  11.  

    You should work here.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - QA Lead in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - QA Lead in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at BioWare full-time (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

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