Electronic Arts Reviews

Updated September 24, 2014
Updated September 24, 2014
797 Reviews
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Electronic Arts CEO Andrew Wilson
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Managers do try to encourage workers to maintain a decent work/life balance (in 32 reviews)

  • Nice & friendly colleagues, which made for a really nice work environment despite the Cons (in 57 reviews)


Cons
  • Some staff will struggle with achieving work/life balance if they are not careful (in 38 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.  

    A Learning Experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Electronic Arts full-time for 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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Perks but no job security

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    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 for 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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    They train you up to leave and make money elsewhere

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    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 for 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
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  5.  

    Program Manager

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    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
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Game Advisor

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    Current Employee - Game Advisor  in  Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Game Advisor in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at Electronic Arts full-time for less than a 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
  7. 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.

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not that great experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Electronic Arts

    Pros

    Pros are some of the benefits and being casual at work. Team lunch at times and it is fun to be here during Christmas time.

    Cons

    The management is not that great and they don't have good hikes. They are flexible with work at times.

  9.  

    Contractors are second class citizens

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Electronic Arts as a contractor for more than a 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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great facilities, lousy management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Electronic Arts full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    EA has beautiful offices, nice gym, great food in the cafeteria. Games are a fun industry, and there are a lot of people who are proud to work at EA.

    Cons

    EA's management doesn't understand the industry it's in. They try anything and everything, and when things fail, they cut heads. It's a business fad driven company and it's balance sheet is deteriorating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pick a few games and really invest in them. Drop all the initiatives that are designed to drive revenues only.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    digital artist

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    Former Employee - Digital Artist  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Digital Artist in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Electronic Arts as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    good benefits, good pay, good compensation and time off policies

    Cons

    poor management, culture, long hours and treat us like slaves

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    take care of your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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