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Electronic Arts Reviews

Updated November 13, 2014
Updated November 13, 2014
821 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Managers do try to encourage workers to maintain a decent work/life balance (in 34 reviews)

  • Nice & friendly colleagues, which made for a really nice work environment despite the Cons (in 59 reviews)


Cons
  • Some staff will struggle with achieving work/life balance if they are not careful (in 39 reviews)

  • There are long hours at times, and there are usually cuts at least once a year (in 53 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great place to get started with game development

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Redwood City, CA

    I have been working at Electronic Arts full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    You'll work with smart people who are very passionate
    Cool perks if you love gaming
    An opportunity to try and learn many different things

    Cons

    Constant layoffs
    Definitely not a place to establish a long-term career
    Lack of promotion (unless you're a rockstar among rockstars )
    Way too much micro-management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    EA is very much a culture where marketing is in control. I would heed the warnings the late Steve Jobs once gave to old Apple.

    Manage as a united company, not as a single project.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    A collection of start-up like studios, riddled with too much middle management

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

    I worked at Electronic Arts full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - You can work on many video games you can name, and moving from studio to studio is of moderate difficulty.
    - Vacation policy is above average.
    - Stock options are a nice perk.
    - Amazingly passionate and brilliant talent.
    - Learn domain knowledge that is rarely found in other industries.
    - Good parties when your game succeeds.

    Cons

    - Bottom-line driven development: EA senior leadership cares only about appeasing shareholders at any expense, including overruling the experts they employ on creative/technical/morale impactful decisions, which often results in an overall longterm LOSS for short-term gains.
    - Crunch time is unhealthy; 100 hour weeks are common for 6 months at a time during gold-master/crunch.
    - Review process is a dog-pony show: promotions with no merit increases, RIFs during executive bonuses, and a consistent but tiny annual bonus are commonplace, save upper-middle management or higher.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - You attract some of the most talented and passionate people in the world, and have the ability to acquire/develop virtually any IP - leverage these tools to RETAIN and better manage your talent. Lessen middle-management and employ fewer, higher quality managers.
    - Listen to the people whom you pay for input when you ask them for input more often than you do currently; I can name a few large projects that failed due to smart being people overruled by executives, who years later were proven correct and said executives removed for ineptitude.
    - Reward the little/front line people more and the management less: managers don't create video games, then enable the creation of video games.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Hostile and demeaning

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - UI/User Experience Designer in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - UI/User Experience Designer in Sacramento, CA

    I worked at Electronic Arts full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Decent benefits, and lots of alcohol. Benefits were OK, but not nearly as good as you would think based on the size of the company. Culture, real culture, was basically non-existent. The entirety of the company culture revolved around getting drunk. Lot

    Cons

    Almost everyone, nearly without exception was pretty miserable. Either they hated their job, hated their managers or were just hate filled people. Work life balance was abysmal. It was expected that people, especially those of us actually making things would gladly work 12-18 hour days and even weekend during crunch time which was pretty much all the time. Overall, management was poor, salary was well below market average, benefits were OK, culture was non-existent and the place was generally full of yes men and a few boat rockers that were often immediately removed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some good management, we'll see how it goes from there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    A Learning Experience

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits are great and Regular Full Time employees are well taken care of, basically, if they like you as an employee, you've got it made

    Cons

    EGOS. It's all about egos here, from the assistants who have the executives ear to the game devs who think they are God's gift to creation. Good team = good work experience; Bad team = Another day in h%..I mean, paradise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actually follow the company statements presented as founding pillars in training, train your people well and keep your word. Stop throwing people out the door to cut costs. Stop investing in mediocre tech to try and stay relevant

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Perks but no job security

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Redwood Shores, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Redwood Shores, CA

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

    Pros

    Starbucks on campus, super cool parties

    Cons

    you're always fighting for your job. A popular saying is "if you hate your role wait a month, it will be completely different"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust in the people you hire and know their strengths.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    They train you up to leave and make money elsewhere

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior QA Tester/Designer in Maitland, FL
    Current Employee - Senior QA Tester/Designer in Maitland, FL

    I have been working at Electronic Arts full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    -Cool people
    -Working on video games

    Cons

    -Too much middle management
    -Pay is terrible
    -Work/life balance is terrible for months of the year (when games are in Alpha/Beta)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let people do their jobs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Program Manager

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

    I have been working at Electronic Arts

    Pros

    Fun company, encourages employees to take time and get to know company products (i.e. it's ok to play games on company time to get to know the product), year-end holiday party is absolutely a blast, CEO and his directs hold quartertly town hall meetings and you get a chance to ask any question

    Cons

    No meaningful process in place to deal with bad leaders (work for a manager who routinely disparages others, makes inappropriate sexually themed jokes, and bullies suborindates)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider creating an ombudsman role and having it report directly to the CEO

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Game Advisor

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Game Advisor in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Game Advisor in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at Electronic Arts full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    - fun working there
    - Co-workers are helpful and friendly
    - some supervisors

    Cons

    - you get praised and then fired
    - they work a lot with staffing agencies
    - through staffing absolutely no benefits
    - treated very differently when through staffing agency
    - no innovation
    - no way to grow with the company
    - knowledge of some supervisors not that great

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - keep your good staff instead on the cheap
    - why staffing agencies? Hire your employees directly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sad

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Electronic Arts

    Pros

    Working on video games is fun!

    Cons

    Poor work-life balance, compensation, and management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Even though many people want to work in games, investing in employees (rather than viewing them as disposable) would help the stock.

  11.  

    Contractors are second class citizens

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

    I worked at Electronic Arts as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    good people, nice benefits (gym, cafeteria's, starbucks, etc.); creativity is encouraged. even though the company went through many layoff rounds in 2013, managers and supervisors always were there if you needed to talk/vent; they care about your well being.

    Cons

    the company itself needs to understand that contract employees are still employees; they were not allowed to attend certain all staff, company wide meetings and also not even invited to the big company holiday party. wasn't a huge deal but definitely felt second class. had some very old fashioned practices as well. constantly went through layoff round after layoff round in 2013.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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