Electronic Arts
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Electronic Arts Reviews in Burnaby, BC

Updated Apr 10, 2014
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3.4 54 reviews

                             

50% Approve of the CEO

Electronic Arts CEO Andrew Wilson

Andrew Wilson

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67% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Good learning experience with talented software engineers.

Software Engineer II (Former Employee)
Burnaby, BC (Canada)

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

ProsSolid pay and benefits. Always opportunities to learn with wide variety of talent.

ConsLong hours. Somewhat poor, inflexible management. Too many layers...

Advice to Senior ManagementBe more agile and flat. Always open the door for closer team work.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Management circle jerk

Senior Systems Engineer - Linux/Unix (Former Employee)
Burnaby, BC (Canada)

I worked at Electronic Arts as a contractor for less than a year

ProsLooks great on a resume.
Pay was pretty good.

ConsWay too many managers involved with every project
No leadership or vision from management
Focus was on solving problems that don't exist

Advice to Senior ManagementAsk yourself what value you are really adding to the product. Does everything one does really need to be reflected in a Jira ticket?

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great people to work with. Not so good corporate culture.

Junior Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Burnaby, BC (Canada)

I have been working at Electronic Arts as a contractor for more than 8 years

ProsSuper talented and hardworking colleagues. The sense of teamwork and collective advancement is very strong.

Conslong hours without reasonable compensation. I was hired as a junior engineer and was given tasks I was not yet qualified to do and I wasn't receiving any proper training .

Advice to Senior ManagementPut the effort in training junior engineers and facilitate their connection to more experienced people. Also try to hire more staff for teams that are under a lot of pressure.

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Opportunities to excel at every corner

Software Engineer (Former Employee)
Burnaby, BC (Canada)

I worked at Electronic Arts full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGreat people to work with, open door, easy to ask for help or sign up a new mentor. Knowledge sharing with in house classes, presentations, library, and share drive of resources. Many projects to try. Managers are always there to listen to your feedback, and they provide good feedback for you.

ConsSome engineering work can be tedious especially if your team is large and you only focus on a specific part of the game.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great company but you need to love it.

Assistant Producer (Current Employee)
Burnaby, BC (Canada)

I have been working at Electronic Arts as a contractor for more than a year

Pros- Amazing people.
- Great building.
- Lots of free food and drinks.
- Free gym and sports groups.
- Exciting projects.

Cons- Big company with the problems that size brings.
- Lots of overtime (mostly unpaid).
- Focus on contract positions.
- Contracts are rarely turned into permanent position and even then any decision is always left to the very end.

Advice to Senior ManagementMake sure you can speed up the decision making, try and get more manageable scopes so overtime is not so intense, and hopefully cut back on contracts and/or give better/quicker response to contractors.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Associate System engineer

Associate Software Engineer (Former Employee)
Burnaby, BC (Canada)

I worked at Electronic Arts full-time for less than a year

ProsFree hours, ease environment and free icecream

ConsBoring coding, overtime works, fighting with memory issues all the time

Advice to Senior ManagementDave Grant is awesome. Thanks for your support and help

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great place to work at

QA Tester (Former Employee)
Burnaby, BC (Canada)

I worked at Electronic Arts as a contractor for less than a year

ProsFriendly people, great amenity, they encourage work hard and play hard. They will not underpay you. If you do a lot of work for them, they will acknowledge it.

I really like how they can bring pets to work. They have their own cafe, soccer field, beach volleyball court.

ConsBeing a QA tester might be fun at first, but feels quite brainless after awhile. I think maybe that's just the position. Didn't like the set up of the QA department, feels like I'm working in a sweat shop/factory.

Advice to Senior ManagementNeed more team events to create better bonding.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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pleasant

Artist (Current Employee)
Burnaby, BC (Canada)

I have been working at Electronic Arts full-time

ProsGood work/life balance for artists at the Burnaby studio. Very nice studio. Allow autonomy.

ConsDated technology. Work is repetitive. Try to promote "culture" too often. Can feel a lot more like a factory than a creative institution.

Advice to Senior ManagementDo not hire a CEO. You, the executive team seem to be doing fine without one. In addition, I prefer the group based town hall presentations to the one man shows of previous years.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Slave factory

Quality Assurance (Former Employee)
Burnaby, BC (Canada)

I worked at Electronic Arts as a contractor for more than a year

Pros- the people I was working with had a real passion for games

Cons- pay remains the same despite experience or skill level
- promotion based on favoritism more than skill
- toxic work environment with low morale everywhere

Advice to Senior ManagementHaha good luck in telling management what to do! Their response would be simply "you're fired"

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Awesome job and projects, great and smart people

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

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

ProsWorking environment, great office, great teams

ConsOften overtime work, slow adoption of new technologies

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