Electronic Arts Reviews

Updated March 7, 2015
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  1. Good for the freshers looking to start working in gaming industry

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    Former Contractor - QA Tester in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Former Contractor - QA Tester in Burnaby, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    State of the art work environment and the experience is appreciated by most of the gaming companies

    Cons

    Long hours mean that work-life balance is sometimes deteriorated

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Loved my experience

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    Former Employee - Development Director II in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Development Director II in Burnaby, BC (Canada)

    I worked at Electronic Arts full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    great pay, excellent campus, perks, benefits, good team culture

    Cons

    long hours, high expectations with a lack of work/life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    mentor employees, ensure they get to maintain training and education, balance the workload when possible

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Your coworkers are the best thing about working at EA.

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    Former Employee - TFT ID in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - TFT ID in Burnaby, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Large variety of work. Tons of smart people. Cool work environment. Lots of perks. Decent gym. Bad coworkers don't last very long.

    Cons

    EA is huge. You will get ground down by management. Your friends will get laid off. Lots of producer types trying to make their mark at any cost. Crunch time is often driven by bad decisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciation goes a long way. Management is a bunch of dudes for the most part so brogrammer culture is still pretty heavy. Hire more female DDs. Hire more female everything. Could TABU be more male dominated?

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. A positive work environment that values consistency and efficiency over creative expression. EA plays it safe.

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    Current Employee - Modeling Artist in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Modeling Artist in Burnaby, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at Electronic Arts full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    - Great facility
    - Friendly environment

    Cons

    - Not a lot of variety on the art side

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let's try to level out the annual production spikes.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6. Fun atmosphere

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    Current Employee - Web Developer in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Web Developer in Burnaby, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at Electronic Arts

    Pros

    Relaxed work environment, pet friendly

    Cons

    Poor benefits for contractors/temporary employees

  7. Work and Play at EA

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Burnaby, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Great facilities, Great Management and good culture.

    Cons

    You can easily get distracted.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. Big company, poor people management

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    Current Employee - QA Tester in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - QA Tester in Burnaby, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at Electronic Arts

    Pros

    Employee benefits, gym, stock options

    Cons

    Poor management teams, never good enough and constantly demand more from people and not in a good way

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take proper management training, develop better people skills

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    not as good as expected

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Burnaby, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    beautiful campus in burnaby, great library where you can find many great books and you can rent game and game console for free. soccer field, in-door basketball

    Cons

    no promotion for long time, manager not care about your career, only a few talented people working there. no free food.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 6 people found this helpful

    Best paying worst job I've ever had

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burnaby, BC (Canada)

    I worked at Electronic Arts full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    - high salary and generous bonus
    - perks (free dinner, pop, cheap video games)
    - facilities (cafeteria, gym)
    - company parties and giveaways
    - interesting domain (video games!)

    Cons

    - none of the pros matter when you don't like your job
    - ridiculous, I mean ridiculous work hours for all levels of employees (easily 60+ per week). Forget having a family life unless you have a stay-at-home wife. This also explains the lack of women at the company.
    - high stress and tons of operational and technical problems which are never solved properly since everything is rushed
    - unhealthy culture and climate: harsh, confrontational, unsupportive. Management constantly complaining of the quality of staff and focuses on the negative - everyone appears to be on the verge of getting fired
    - I was shocked to find that very few mid to senior-level people actually have degrees in areas they work, which means they just execute in the same substandard way they learned at EA year after year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - hire the right number of people to ensure that regular hours can be maintained in order to improve morale and reduce attrition. Even if you have no heart, crunch the numbers and realize its a good business decision as rehiring and ramping up is expensive
    - give people the time and tools to do their job well and write quality code. Cracking the whip to push out products = rushed band-aid solutions using substandard practices which you pay for later
    - please hire managers that know how to support and grow people and technical teams. Don't just plop people with EA experience who started in the mail room or QA in leadership positions. They know how to follow the EA way but that's it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Fun, exciting workplace.

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    Former Contractor - QA Analyst in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Former Contractor - QA Analyst in Burnaby, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Working on video games, state of the art facilities.

    Cons

    Working overtime. Some of the work becomes quite repetitive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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