Electronic Arts
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Updated Jul 9, 2014
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Electronic Arts CEO Andrew Wilson

Andrew Wilson

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67% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    EA is quite a ride. Different for different groups.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsWorking in Consumer Marketing is a blast, but also a slog. Tons of great subjects to build marketing and creative around, with a high degree of quality and sometimes ridiculous budgets thrown at the work. That makes it fun, even if it's also wasteful and convoluted.

    ConsDifferent silos within the company are constantly at each others throats trying to get more power and more control over decision making. Unbelievably inefficient and there is a culture of fear in Product Marketing and on studio teams. That filters out to everything it touches and makes it harder to get good ideas approved.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLess focus on the immediate go to market strategy of each game and more on the longer arc of a franchise will give you more traction for more titles for a longer period of time.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Be prepared to work like a dog

    Technical Director (Former Employee)
    Maitland, FL

    ProsCool factor - EA makes some of the best games out there and certainly is one of the best known studios. For a recent grad, working here will help launch your career - and EA knows it. They provide a great looking workplace and many benefits you will never use because you're too busy working long hours.

    ConsLoooong hours. EA STILL has no concept of work-life balance. They know people are eager to work there so they consider everyone a disposable resource. Burn you out and toss you aside. Because you live or die by game ratings, there are often rounds of layoffs if you end up on an unsuccessful game. Lowest hourly salary I made in years and I almost forgot what family and hobbies were like.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou've created many of your problems due to the HUGE turnover and hiring recent grads with little experience. If you'll get some work-life balance and plan your releases realistically, you could be SO much more! It's been shown over and over that after 40 hours productivity drops sharply.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good company with great benefits but bad politics and brand issues

    Anonymous (Former Employee)

    Pros-Access to a lot of technology and resources
    -great benefits and perks
    -challenging work and products
    -great, smart dev teams at the studios

    Cons-seems stuck in the 8
     90's product line, continually releasing remake after remake rather than innovating new IP
    -corporate politics are nasty. Felt like grade school trying to win the favor of executive x,y,z so you can get your game green-lit
    -too many yearly staff reductions which led to bad morale and talent loss

    Advice to Senior ManagementWork on ways to get individual studios communicating and sharing tech more. Try not to behave like you are so beholden to the stockholders and allow your teams to innovate and take risks.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Disaster in hiring senior execs

    Senior QA Director (Current Employee)
    Redwood City, CA

    ProsHuge company has many cultural "zones". I used to be in a high performing team full of motivated engineering colleagues win a high level of pride in what we did.

    I knew a lot of great developers and managers that loved their game or feature team at EA, and stayed forever. There are surely some good spots in the company, but beware its a mixed bag, YMMV

    ConsUpheaval in senior executives brought is a horrible phase in 2011-2012 that drove out literally half of my engineering org due to bozo leadership. I have read that a pair of top execs responsible for a lot of this disaster have moved on, so maybe that's a past issue now.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't wield the big hammer of fear, respect your teams. Relax the ship date obsession, products should be great above shipping on time. Watch valve do this well.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    You'll learn

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsYou will have to be fast and think on your feet, but in the survivalist environment of pushing out projects as quickly as EA does, you learn a lot.

    ConsThe organization is slow to respond and it is very profit driven, but teams/studios vary

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    Favoritism runs rampant

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsIf you're lucky enough to be in a main/large office (L.A., Montreal), there's some good perks. 401k, and health benefits were nice. Receive yearly allowance to purchase EA titles (or use on Origin), even new releases.

    ConsWorking at a smaller office, we were largely ignored for benefits. Project decision makers were all over the place and would often wait until a project was almost finished before requesting a change to something that had been in it from day 1, followed by the same decision makers wondering why the project is being pushed back another week+. Favoritism allowed our regional qa manager to promote his favorites to higher paying positions while some that worked harder (i.e. worked on improving qa ability instead of playing games or looking through plenty of fish) continued to be at the nominal pay and responsibilities.

    Getting monitors 2 months after our company being bought, with labels from a previously bought and closed studio isn't a good sign.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTry and look at who's trying to improve the company versus those with a brown nose and allergies to work.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsEasy access to many benefits. Very structured

    ConsPeople Management, Lots of pressure to perform

    Advice to Senior ManagementPersonal Growth, Training of employees

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    Lots of smart developers continuously tripped up by sub-par management.

    Software Engineer III (Current Employee)
    Redwood City, CA

    ProsEA can attract some very good talent; opportunities to do new things and move up are real possibilities since it's a large company.

    ConsShipping by "the end of the quarter" causes grief; we know we need to ship to earn a paycheck.
    But having any semblance of quality usually necessitates gobs of overtime; overtime can often be directly attributed to sub par management not having clear product vision.
    "It's not *me* causing this overtime grief, it's *him*."

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Fun place to work because of the nice campus but pay is not great.

    Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Redwood City, CA

    ProsVery nice campus. The gym is also great.

    ConsPay is below industrial standards. There are many studios within EA but you don't get to work with any other studio but the one you are in. It's very hard to meet other people outside your studio. Deadlines can be tough and will require you to do overtime.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThey need better talent managing. Make sure your employees are happy first.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Big, Slow-moving Company with Great Benefits

    Producer (Former Employee)
    Redwood City, CA

    ProsGreat healthcare, facilities. High level of talent

    ConsRisk-averse management often incapable of making decisions.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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