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Electronic Arts Reviews

Updated January 28, 2015
Updated January 28, 2015
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Fun and rewarding experience.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - QA Analyst in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - 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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    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
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  5. 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
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Behind the curtain of OZ.

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    Former Employee - UI Artist in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - UI Artist in Redwood City, CA

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

    Pros

    Immediate team was great and supportive, food was very good, nice one for the resume.

    Cons

    Not much time for learning since it was crunch time from day one. As a contractor I felt like a red shirt from Star Trek just waiting to get eliminated, not a very secure feeling when trying to make something good happen. Work space was a bit cramped although there was plenty of extra room on our floor to spread things out a bit.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 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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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Interesting projects and great co-workers amidst massive corporate dysfunction.

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

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

    Pros

    I have been very lucky to have had the privilege to work with so many intelligent, creative and passionate individuals on a wide range of projects across several studios at EA.

    Cons

    The enormous layering of middle and upper management creates a vacuum which has a tendency to destroy creativity and idea exploration on game teams. The senior level structure within EA is unfortunately more interested in the preservation of their own roles within the company than in creating really great games. Additionally, this company is extremely risk adverse and beholden to their quarterly reports which ensures that they will continue to follow the trends rather than create them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Flatten the corporate structure and trim the fat where it’s truly needed so you can get back to focusing on what's important - the games.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    No future career here

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Electronic Arts full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent health insurance and stock purchasing program

    Cons

    A just part of big running machine. Do not expect any respect no matter how long you have served. All result driven and constant reconstructing business structure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop looking after yourself, start paying attention to your team. Give ownership back to devs who actually work on projects. Stop treating projects as your own personal pet projects, And please play games that you are making once in a while.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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