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Updated February 6, 2015
Updated February 6, 2015
333 Reviews
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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.  

    Positive and fun work environment, especially for those who love the industry!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Electronic Arts

    Pros

    It has a creative and fun environment.

    Cons

    At times can be challenging to balance work and life.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Great opportunity to get into the software quality assurance industry

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    Current Employee - Lead Tester in Baton Rouge, LA
    Current Employee - Lead Tester in Baton Rouge, LA

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

    Pros

    Foot in the door opportunity

    Cons

    low pay, micro managers make job more tedious than it should be

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Awesome Culture

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    Former Employee - Web Developer in Redwood Shores, CA
    Former Employee - Web Developer in Redwood Shores, CA

    I worked at Electronic Arts

    Pros

    Great Perks, good cafe food, great gym, awesome employee events

    Cons

    Mid Tier Salary, needs to be more competitive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Work Culture

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

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

    Pros

    Its an exciting place to work.

    Cons

    Not easy to get up the ladder.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Big Fish in a Huge Ocean

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The name carries weight. If you say you work at EA, people listen. Great teammates and the potential to meet amazing people in the industry. So many perks and benefits, I can't list them all.

    Cons

    Easy to get lost in the shuffle. Hard to be noticed. Difficult to switch or grow into other roles and positions. Not as innovative as smaller hungrier companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to your team. Judge people on their talent and not their 'talk.' There are some amazing people with incredible talent not being recognized or stuck in mundane roles. Rather than plucking them out and letting them shine, they get overlooked and end of leaving to the competition.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Fun Work Culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Electronic Arts

    Pros

    Fun, passionate and driven culture
    Exciting events
    Great atmosphere
    Ton of projects to be involved in
    Work shuttles to and from

    Cons

    Commute to San HQ is long, but the shuttles are a huge plus

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Some roles better than others

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Electronic Arts

    Pros

    Working in game development was a blast. Other roles (services) not at fulfilling.

    Cons

    It's a big company, which like most, reviews on a curve, so likely your review (and compensation) will be affected by the performance of others.

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

    Great job for those that enjoy video games

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Electronic Arts

    Pros

    It is a great working environment and is laid back. The perfect place to work for people that enjoy video games.

    Cons

    Contract work, and not room for growth within the company. Requires more time and effort to move up.

  10. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    The people rock and the technology is constantly interesting.

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    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

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