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Updated February 17, 2015
Updated February 17, 2015
228 Reviews
3.0
228 Reviews
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Pros
  • Managers do try to encourage workers to maintain a decent work/life balance (in 34 reviews)

  • That coupled with the passion for what we are doing makes for a wonderful work environment (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 52 reviews)

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  1.  

    Long days and longer nights

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great stock options, and benefits.

    Cons

    Long, long, long hours.Forget about work life balance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good experience with new executive management taking charge to control costs and listen to consumers.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Redwood City, CA

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

    Pros

    new CEO and CFO have really turned around the company by controlling costs and listening to consumers.

    Cons

    Old methods of working with studios are still causing alignment issues. annual merit increases are too low based on experience at other companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    rectify the alignment issue between studios and marketing.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good

    • Work/Life Balance
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Electronic Arts

    Pros

    Lot of new things to learn, it wasn't much corporate when I was working.less restrictions and more freedom to do code changes

    Cons

    Very fast paced, things change a lot, lot of new requirements all the time and crazy busy

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Worked as a UI Designer at EA

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Electronic Arts

    Pros

    The campus (HQ in Redwood City) is nice. You get good access to games.

    Cons

    Bad management. Projects get delayed and scrapped. Nothing gets done here!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Fun and rewarding experience.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - QA Analyst in Redwood City, CA
    Former Contractor - QA Analyst in Redwood City, CA

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

    Pros

    The name is probably the biggest perk where others would recognize you instantly when you are looking for other jobs.

    Decent amount of creative freedom.

    Cons

    Extra long hours and due to the many like-minded people applying, the turn over rate can be quite high.
    Work-life balance can be out of whack depending on what you are trying to get out of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more open to others.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Too Much Middle Management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Lots of freedom and rewards in the form of PTO.

    Cons

    Middle Management is thick, too many people in positions with no technical experience over others with more to offer. Too much contractor dependency as opposed to vested employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote your stars, thin your middle management to have a streamline form of communication as opposed to emails for emails, approvers for approvers...

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    served 2 years on commerce platform for automation testing

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Redwood Shores, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Redwood Shores, CA

    I have been working at Electronic Arts full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    work life balance
    good place for Chinese people, there are lots of Chinese people

    Cons

    just so so salary
    collages not work hard
    sometimes manager cannot see your effort

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

    My 3 years at EA was good but definitely not great. Lots of office politics at the managerial level, high turnover

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Redwood City, CA

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

    Pros

    Got exposed to a lot of projects, so I learnt a lot.

    Cons

    Politics! High Turnover! Pay not so competitive

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Good company but many layoffs

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good environment, great people, leadership tries hard to offer personal growth. Comfortable place to work overall, great benefits, decent work life balance.

    Cons

    There are many waves of layoffs. They staff up for a project and when it ships (or is cancelled), everyone is given pink slips.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Even out the cycle of layoffs

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

    Interesting projects to work on, very fast pace but a lot of politics and top project leaders are not always the best.

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    Current Employee - Development Director II in Redwood Shores, CA
    Current Employee - Development Director II in Redwood Shores, CA

    I have been working at Electronic Arts full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Working on with some of the best engineers and artists in the industry. The company is really full of incredibly smart and passionate people.
    You get to work on games ! so a lot of work conversations turn around how to make your product fun, look good, run fast, scale, etc.
    The EARS campus is great and EA benefits are top notch.

    Cons

    Politics. A lot of middle management left the company because they could not get promoted because they were not part of the close knit group that manages the project.
    The company has been slow to react. It is always late on new industry trends by few years. It is not surprising for such a big company with so many products but nonetheless frustrating.

    Overtime - while much better than what it used to be there are still a lot of periods of heavy overtime.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at inside of the teams to get feedback on were the industry is going. The EP's level of management seems often behind the curve as they are more "linked" to the marketing and sales teams.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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