BioWare Reviews

Updated July 27, 2015
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  1. Awesome place to Work!!!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BioWare full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great projects and great teams!! There are so many passionate people that continue to push boundaries each and everyday. The studio has a deep desire to put the staff and fans first, which creates an awesome cultural work space.

    Cons

    Sometimes there are a few bad eggs that seem determined to derail the project or team goals or just simply have a hard time getting on board or fitting in. I don't think this is unique to BioWare, just something that becomes tiring.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work lining up amazing projects and continue to focus on staff and fans first. Senior management definitely takes to heart quality in the workplace and quality in the products.


  2. Helpful (7)

    Schizophrenic and arrogant, working here left scars

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BioWare full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Portions of the development teams do incredibly exciting things. Small portions of what made this company great still remain. If you get attached to one of these parts of the organization you will have an amazing experience. A reasonable amount of free beer. About the only option if you want to work somewhere exciting and live in Edmonton.

    Cons

    ...the rest of the company is a bloated ineffective organization plagued by immature behaviors and a lack of big picture thinking. Personal agendas run wild, with the kind of backstabbing you'd expect from an all girls high school. People who try to assess/address/improve the situation are singled out and persecuted, and their turnover is high - almost all of them moving on to better companies. My departure from the company was one of the most unprofessional and inhuman experiences I've had. I am shocked to see the gap between what they profess as values and how they conduct themselves in person.

    Advice to Management

    You profess humility. Perhaps learn what it means.


  3. Overall a great company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BioWare full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Company values focused on people and a really good work/life balance

    Cons

    not enough career opportunities to move up

    Advice to Management

    Provide more career opportunities of growth internally of the company


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Could be so much better.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Galway (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Galway (Ireland)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BioWare full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits are pretty nice - the salary for such a position is quite high. Add in game points, allowances for hardware, and so on, and it's not bad. You also get your fingers in a /lot/ of EA games, if you don't mind a support position. A huge number are supported here. Culture is mostly good - lots of employees are gamers as well, and it's easy to chat them up.

    Cons

    However, support seems to be the limitation. There is very little opportunities to advance in any meaningful way. There is little to no help with career progression short of the occasional suggestion of an opening in the same studio. There is no progression to Senior representative or Team leader - if you're at the base Customer Service job, you're staying there unless you find another employer, or know someone in another studio in the first place. Work hours fit the customer base demands, but are rather brutal on the free time - even if you feel like doing things, you're often too tired to do so for a day.

    Advice to Management

    More opportunities, more help with advancement, and more actually giving credit to people who do a lot of the hard work.


  6. Helpful (4)

    A great company in a mediocre city

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BioWare full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good work-life balance. A lot of employees are older, with kids; as a result, the focus is on sustainable work practices rather than a bunch of twenty-somethings competing to see who can work the most hours in a week. Although crunch does occur now and then, the company makes an effort to minimize it. Lots of friendly, intelligent coworkers. Generous time off allowance at Christmas. Free breakfast. Plenty of opportunities to work on high-profile, AAA projects. Good job security; although there have been selected layoffs, BioWare has largely been unaffected by sweeping cuts. The studio general manager, Aaryn Flynn is a genuinely nice guy who cares about his employees. Alberta has the lowest tax rate in all of Canada.

    Cons

    Edmonton is an ugly, boring city. The winters are cold, dark and long -- and as a result, BioWare has a tough time recruiting new talent. There is no significant "tech" presence in the city; if you get laid off, your only other option is to go work for the oilfield. Cost of living in Edmonton is high (although not as high as say, Vancouver.) Salaries are lower than what you could be making elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Be daring & confident -- blaze your own trail rather than constantly trying to follow in the footsteps of other successful games. Be accountable -- recognize and correct failures of leadership. Continue to hire aggressively from around the industry. Raise salaries to attract and retain top talent.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Comfy, Casual, Underwhelming

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Artist in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Artist in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BioWare full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Stable work environment Good pay and benefits Friendly Management

    Cons

    Short sighted decision making "Old guard" preventing any new tech/ideas Antiquated quality goals, need to match industry bests No room to move up from within. Need to leave the studio and come back to get promoted.

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within and get some junior level new blood in.


  8. Great learning experience working with top talent on top titles.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BioWare full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very talented and very friendly colleagues. Project direction is very strong, and I think many companies could learn from BioWare's professionalism. The company is spending a lot of resources on teaching and growing employees skills. Challenging, but very rewarding. Company culture is open and fun with lots of social events, friendships and beer!

    Cons

    Bioware is a big company, and while they mainly run things their own way, the are also part of en even bigger corporation, EA. The higher levels of management can feel very corporate and not transparent. The strong project direction has a downside too - you have to deal with very strong egos and some arrogance.

    Advice to Management

    Hold on to a more family-like company culture, try and be more open and transparent on the managing side.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Was fun to work at Bioware label, not so much for EA

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at BioWare full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Given chance to build own team - Worked with some of the industry best

    Cons

    - Lots of people promoted as 'industry experts' but without the skill - Hired from bad companies in Europe - No career improvement, even when working at a higher level - All approvals had to go through the US, so there was often no '24x7' until someone in US came in. - Rely to heavily on 'well it worked for us before' than designing or investigating new solutions - Like much of the game industry, expected to work until you break down. Many people working 90+ hour weeks.

    Advice to Management

    Empower the good people who want to do great things


  10. Helpful (3)

    Ups and Downs

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Animator
    Current Employee - Technical Animator
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BioWare full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    friendly co-workers here, some people that have remained for a long time which shows loyalty. They supply a fun games room and regularly stock ice cream treats in the kitchen. An active living rebate and a games console rebate are nice additions as well

    Cons

    EA has taken over and everything is about the finances now unfortunately. Seems like much of the soul of the company as a whole has left

    Advice to Management

    think back to how things were before EA


  11. Helpful (5)

    Creative work in an environment of worsening office politics

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at BioWare full-time

    Pros

    Creative work, large challenges to solve. Most co-workers are great, and people are always interested in what is being worked on currently.

    Cons

    Since EA's purchase of BioWare, new executives and office politics greatly decreased the fun of working there. Building good teams and helping people fulfill their potential has taken a back seat to office politics unfortunately.

    Advice to Management

    Replace parts of management with people who want to build great products, terrific teams, and make the customers happy. Learn to recognize good managers from bad when hiring.



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