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Electronic Arts Reviews

Updated November 18, 2014
Updated November 18, 2014
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Electronic Arts CEO Andrew Wilson
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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.  

    A huge American game company, finally showing cohesion after 30+ years.

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

    I worked at Electronic Arts full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    - Excellent employee services (HR, EA University, policies, performance management, benefits, facilities, equipment). A good, solid, professional place to work (somewhat rare in the game industry).
    - Good pay
    - Really bright, hard-working people that care about their output. They really do. EA hires the best in the industry. This isn't always apparent to the public, who get caught up on occasional poor marketing schemes or design decisions; but if they knew how much people BLED to make these products happen, they might curb the vitriol.
    - Exceptionally strong operational and marketing orgs; best in business and EA's real secret weapon. Like the USS Enterprise, you can do anything with Scotty in the engine room.
    - Recent focus on Customer Experience, throughout all levels of the company, is bearing fruit. Such as the discontinuation of Online Pass, and the launch of EA Access. EA is moving the needle on how customers consume games in the modern era, while other companies lag.
    - Some truly great leaders at the exec level

    Cons

    - No matter how hard you work, and how well you meet your objectives, in my experience, you will never succeed. EA suffers from intense 'blame culture', which like politicians in office, causes people to spend precious time on 'CYA' measures rather than executing better at their job, resulting in a self-fulfilling prophecy of inefficiency. There was a time when this kind of internal scrutiny was needed (EA was a conglomerate of different companies all operating differently, very chaotic), but in many ways it's now time to take the old breaks off, let the professional people do their thing without all the extra micro-managing. There are many junior execs and middle management geared simply toward challenging other people's business. Useful 2 out of 10 times, distasteful 10 out of 10. Did you graduate college to work at a place that often treats you like a kindergartner?
    - In its beginnings, EA was a place where new game ideas and creativity could thrive. It's now a corporate battleship, taking monumental effort (if any) to steer it off its course of trusted franchises (Madden, Sims, Battlefield, etc). If you've got plans to get your game idea developed - there's an exceptionally low chance of that at EA, with the possible exception of casual apps. EA wants your creativity - on how to maximize profits of its existing products.
    - Some truly awful leaders at the exec level

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I believe Andrew Wilson may be taking the company in the right direction, time will tell - but so long as they stay connected and true to people that actually play games (rather than to those that just check balance sheets, or to those internal hubris swaggerers) good things are bound to happen. They call themselves Electronic Arts... they should make ART the priority as it was in the company's beginning, and let the money follow. Also, they need to build a lifelong fan base; making more non-sports products for the younger audience (E rated franchises). Video games should not be the domain solely of the M rated crowd.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    The people rock and the technology is constantly interesting.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Recruiter in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Recruiter in Redwood City, CA

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

    Pros

    With so many options here in Silicon Valley, a company needs to provide a good environment and keep you interested and engaged. EA does all of that. The number one thing keeping me here is the people. For the most part, the people here are smart, engaged, fun, and willing to take risks. That coupled with the passion for what we are doing makes for a wonderful work environment.

    In addition, EA offers wonderful benefits. The healthcare coverage is the best I have ever had. The holiday shut-down from Christmas Eve through the new year is included in the company holidays, whereas most companies "force" you to use your PTO over a shut-down period. This year they even added Pet Insurance as one of our elective benefits.

    Cons

    It is definitely a fast pace, a heavy workload, and a high bar in terms of quality expectations. The organization also goes through a lot of structural changes, which can be frustrating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The onsite daycare is awesome. Let's do onsite dog daycare.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Not Bad

    • 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 8 years)

    Pros

    Great Hours, Great Benefits, Great Location, No Weekends

    Cons

    Pay slightly less than average

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Laid Back, Friendly, a bit cliqueish

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Designer and Artist in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Designer and Artist in Redwood City, CA

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

    Pros

    Great facilities, friendly people, overall pleasant culture. In the past it has a reputation of overworking employees, but it has gotten A LOT better. Everything closes at 5 except the gym, which encourages everyone to leave. Gym is great, you can even rent bikes. Walking paths around the building are nice (just watch out for duck poo) which is great for people like me who get antsy when sitting too long. They have a starbucks in the main building, a lifesaver.

    Cons

    A bit tough if you're new to break into cliques and meet people. There are a few egos here and there, mainly in the higher level designers and programmers, but most employees are nice enough.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Don't Work For SWTOR

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

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

    Pros

    Set schedule, Set Days, Low Work Flow

    Cons

    Stressed start up culture in SWTOR. The rest of the company is stressed since changing to CBR and they have more stress around schedules, but the availability to move up is much more open because of the amount of games supported. There is a huge fault in the way information is communicated by the SWTOR higher ups, and our team is often kept out of the loop on most everything. It is such a different environment from the rest of EA. It's bitter and disappointing.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Fun place to work, great people!

    • 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

    Very creative atmosphere, people are passionate about their work and the culture shows that.

    Cons

    Often wonder if the big company structure works well for game development and workforce planning. There have been rounds of layoffs in various studios that could be avoided with better workforce planning.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work/life balance is key as well as good workforce planning for your employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good game company to work

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

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

    Pros

    * Free games to play
    * Fun work environment
    * Very active and friendly team to work with
    * A lot of going-on, high front-edge tech you can learn and promote yourself

    Cons

    * Big company, so promotion opportunity is limited
    * Salary relative low comparing to other highly recognized IT and game company
    * No free lunch

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Depends on team, i am on a very good team with a very good manager. But also knows some teams are not that ideal.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Really Solid Experience With EA

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

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

    Pros

    The Redwood City campus is gorgeous with a ton to do (when you're not working like crazy). Discounts on games are definitely a plus. The individual teams are compartmentalized so you get a good chance to meet everyone within your area. The people all seem to be really nice. Cafeteria is actually really good. Lot's of variety.

    Cons

    Lack of certain benefits for contract employees are a pain. Sometimes fear-driven executive decisions can hurt progress and really suck creativity out of a project.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Community Coordinator

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Community Coordinator in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Community Coordinator in Redwood City, CA

    I worked at Electronic Arts part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Loved my position and team
    Ability to learn a lot and get a great introduction into tech & video games. I expanded into many areas during my team there. I felt like I got a holistic view of our product and company.
    Fun perks at the beginning that slowly diminished
    Decent benefits

    Cons

    Compensation was low.
    Lay offs all the time. Only one person from my group of 20 or so is still there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good company, low pay

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Compliance Specialist in Baton Rouge, LA
    Current Employee - Compliance Specialist in Baton Rouge, LA

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

    Pros

    Reall good work environment and stability.

    Cons

    Have to take off 3 months every 12 months worked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less contract employees, more permanent ones.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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