Electronic Arts Reviews

Updated October 21, 2014
Updated October 21, 2014
806 Reviews
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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 58 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.  

    Fun place to work, great people!

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    • 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
  2.  

    Don't Work For SWTOR

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    • 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
  3.  

    Good game company to work

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    • 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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Really Solid Experience With EA

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Community Coordinator

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    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
  7.  

    Good company, low pay

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    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
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Excellent culture, challenging assignments.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA

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

    Pros

    I spent a long time working with video game studios at EA. The individuals in the studios were some of the most brilliant, creative, awesome people I have ever met. The culture of the studios I worked for was always stressful, but incredibly supportive. They expect you to manage your own career and be proactive about taking on challenging assignments, and when you do they genuinely support you. While I had a lot of manager turnover, almost all of my managers were incredibly effective and capable of building strong relationships.

    Benefits were outstanding and pay was at my expectation. I seldom had concerns with the facilities, technology, etc. It's a great surrounding.

    Cons

    The industry is really tough. There were frequent layoffs due to the immediate lack of success of an individual game and/or not having work after a game launch. It seemed like you were constantly wondering when the next one would happen. This is industry wide, but EA certainly had this issue.

    The culture can get aggressive. It's nice to not have to worry if there are back door maneuvering, but the 'frankness' of the EA culture leads to in-your-face aggression.

    One of the few concerns I had with facilities was that the environment was a bit dated and the bathrooms at HQ are disgusting to sight and smell.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Obviously this is hard, but create long term business strategy that accounts for the chaotic nature of this industry. It can't be impossible! The constant fear that missing an objective means you lose a % of your team is the single biggest issue on the dev teams (imo).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Overall not too bad.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Electronic Arts full-time

    Pros

    Got a lot of resources to throw at problems.

    Cons

    Got a lot of problems to throw resources at.

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Unique place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA

    I worked at Electronic Arts full-time

    Pros

    Highly creative and diverse team of people creating innovation. Very driven at the same time fun place to work.

    Cons

    Really not much I can think of. It's ideal for people who enjoy rapid changes, some amount of uncertainities.

    Recommends
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Returning for a 2nd adventure!!

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    - Cantina's around each major group is a nice idea, lots of tea/coffee and things to nom on
    - Wage and benefits is great, certainly helps me and my family.
    - Communication is a lot better than it used to be, but I guess I am lucky with great management who are very supportive and care about work/life balance (which is give and take..)
    - Teams have made lots of changes, but communication internally has improved to points where people are ok 'making more changes', very relaxed
    - EA are really trying to change there image from before, where cliches existed, and its a lot different than that now, far more welcoming and rewarding.

    Cons

    - Relocation can be tough, more some from Europe to US
    - Finding help, at the start, can be problematic, but overall your team will help you out with anything big
    - If you move to Austin, be careful of the tax's and other filings.. the US loves paperwork!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing, huge changes from when I was last here, and it is really refreshing to see feedback during that time is taken and used for positive action. New CEO and CTO's seem like top blokes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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