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Electronic Arts Reviews

Updated December 20, 2014
Updated December 20, 2014
832 Reviews
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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.  

    Quality Assurance Tester

    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Tester in Baton Rouge, LA
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Tester in Baton Rouge, LA

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

    Pros

    Loved helping to improve gamer's evperience. Great opportunities to network in the field. Fun fast paced environment.

    Cons

    Highly beurocratic and structured environment. Slightly stresful with communication breakdowns with other offices and company functional unite. Very siloed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut back on the siloed business units, and let the testers do what they need to do to make the product better.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Amazing opportunity.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - QA Tester in Baton Rouge, LA
    Former Employee - QA Tester in Baton Rouge, LA

    I worked at Electronic Arts full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    There is a week of paid training. The hours are steady and there can be a lot of optional overtime. The environment is fun and casual, but remains productive and goal oriented. The sky is the limit, from basic contractor work all the way to being employed by EA directly.

    Cons

    Most start as contract work through a separate entity that works with EA. This management will sometimes force people onto the three month furlough depending on what time of the year their contract is to end.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is a serious break between the testing center in Baton Rouge and the development group in Tiburon.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to work--passionate people, smart leadership, and tremendous opportunity.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Management in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Management in Redwood City, CA

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

    Pros

    work hard--play hard. Great environment for creative, smart like-minded people.

    Cons

    In a creative environment the work-like balance can be a challenge to achieve--that is especially true at EA. There is always a lot of pressure to complete projects that are on extremely aggressive timelines. Ownership is highly regarded but there will always be multiple inputs from executive layers that make it impossible to "own". Thin-skinned, overly-sensitive type personalities will not be happy working at EA.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Fast paced and technologically current!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Maitland, FL
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Maitland, FL

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

    Pros

    This organization and industry is extremely fun to work for! Fast paced evolution of systems and processes is a business analyst/project managers dream environment. All resources are collaborative.

    The management system is designed to allow for personal development of subordinates and ultimately career growth for those that aspire for such growth.

    Work life balance is highly valued. For example, vacations, medical appointments and exercise are all highly encouraged activities. It is the norm for people to take an hour and a half lunch to go workout.

    Cons

    So many brilliant developers are given ability to develop solutions/tools to meet their immediate needs creating a challenge for central teams to support all of the disparate tech and processes.
    Very liquid reporting structure which has many benefits but creates a bit of uncertainty for people who like predictability.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Got good and best work experience in oracle Appications

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Louisville, KY
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Louisville, KY

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

    Pros

    Good & Safe Environment
    Hard Working and good learning to complete deliveries in time
    Experience with different people and expertize managers

    Cons

    Project Go-Live Completion with 100% Quality

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Working Hours for employees need to be comfort

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Love it here!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director, Human Resources
    Current Employee - Director, Human Resources

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

    Pros

    This has been the best company I've ever worked for. They try to give you career opportunities and really do care about their people. My experience has been that EA is not the corporate monster that some in the media like to portray them as. Other pros are the benefits and pay--they are very competitive! I also feel that EA is back on track in the games industry in regards to the product and quality bar of said products. Keep it up, team!

    Cons

    There can be some burn out because people need to be "always on" and the crunch that tends to happen when delivering high quality games.
    There also seem to be some gaps in exec leadership on the dev side, both console and mobile, but I believe (hope!) those are being addressed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to insist on high quality products, even if that means pushing out ship dates. Also, once a decision is made, stick to it rather than starting and stopping initiatives and projects so often.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fun job, great experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - QA Tester in Redwood Shores, CA
    Former Employee - QA Tester in Redwood Shores, CA

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

    Pros

    Fun job. Cool and good people. Was given the freedom to test what I wanted - didn't feel too micromanaged. Tasty food in the cafeteria. Fun campus events. Big gym available to everyone, also a daycare center for children.

    Cons

    Long overtime hours during crunch time, but that's typical in this industry. Felt disconnected to anyone above my supervisor.

    Recommends
  9.  

    An excellent, innovative employer!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Redwood City, CA

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

    Pros

    I am about to head off on a 7-week sabbatical for 7 years of service to EA! This is a great company with excellent compensation and benefits, innovative leadership and a real "putting our players first" attitude across all initatives.

    Cons

    Sometimes we work hard, but are fairly rewarded, so not a con per-se.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep putting players first, keep innovating, keep creating top-rated games!

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

    Great company and employees

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

    I worked at Electronic Arts part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Compensation is great. It's working with employees that want to be there and the pay is good. EA also has a strong benefits package. Lot's of inspiring and resonable people to work with. Creativity is encouraged within the comapny which was a huge plus for me.

    Cons

    Not many cons other maybe having to deal with the gamer culture. Other than that I can't think of many cons.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what your doing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    EA Rocks

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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 an year)

    Pros

    Lot of talent people thee.

    Cons

    long hours, for little pay!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I miss the Trip and Larry Probst days

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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