Electronic Arts Reviews

Updated August 25, 2015
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Pros
  • Work/life balance is very good for the game industry (in 34 reviews)

  • That coupled with the passion for what we are doing makes for a wonderful work environment (in 59 reviews)

Cons
  • EA STILL has no concept of work-life balance (in 39 reviews)

  • long hours without reasonable compensation (in 52 reviews)

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  1. Work Hard Play Hard

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Great Campus with many amenities for fun and play - High profile products and brand name - Great atmosphere if you like big challenges

    Cons

    Addiction to urgency - Everything needs to be done now Can be overwhelming for new people


  2. Fifa gameplay animator

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    Former Contractor - Associate Animator in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Former Contractor - Associate Animator in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing company infrastructure, great team to work with in terms of people and benefits given after 6 months of employment

    Cons

    The work was very boring and didn't involve much animation at all. Most of the work is mocap cleanup and working with stateflows in proprietary software.


  3. Can be great on the right project

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and perks. Depending on the people and project it's one of the best places to work. New management is quite forward with the employees and the company is doing extremely well. Really casual environment, beer Fridays, lunches, BBQ's. Interesting work. Easy to move around and try new things.

    Cons

    On the wrong project, can be awful. A lot of people work here, you might not mesh with all of them. Some of the projects feel like a waste of time. A lot of middle management and everyone wants their fingers in the pot. Some really minor issues have a ton of red tape and need lots of approval.

    Advice to Management

    Keep being open with the employees. Cut out some of the red tape.


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  5. Depends on your boss

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    Former Contractor - Video Editor in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Former Contractor - Video Editor in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting place to work... Lots of coffee and sports. (If you have time).

    Cons

    If your manager is an idiot, it's like working in hell...

    Advice to Management

    Review who you hire and promote.


  6. Software Developer

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of really smart people work there, and the pay is good. Projects are challenging.

    Cons

    Not a lot of momentum on some projects, and a lot of pushing the goalposts back. Project managers (Development Directors) often just want a number from you for their spreadsheet.

    Advice to Management

    Remove DDs as a developer's "reports to" and give it to the Tech Directors instead.


  7. Great workplace

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Electronic Arts (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Awesome workspace - Good people - You are respected - Random benefits; the company does a great job at at least trying to emulate that 'game development' atmosphere that smaller companies have.

    Cons

    - Large company means creativity is stifled and you don't get much impact on the final product - They have a policy about keeping employees on contract for as long as possible

    Advice to Management

    Gameify the workplace more and encourage eager creatives to reach out and apply their talents to whatever their passion is.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Good place to get experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    great people good environment great perks get to work on global products and make great industry connections, you get to work with people from various industries and backgrounds and build a great network

    Cons

    low pay, always on contract. always job uncertainty..if a product does not do well you could lose your job company does not commit to the employees by hiring full time, they keep most people on contracts


  9. Helpful (1)

    Development Manager

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    Current Contractor - Development Manager in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Current Contractor - Development Manager in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Electronic Arts as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Fun, exciting and challenging work environment. Real sense of being part of a team. I have had the opportunity to work with amazing managers and learned tons of valuable things from them.

    Cons

    Temporary contracts are not my ideal situation, as a temp you can only be employed for one year, then you have to take a 3 month break if you want to go back as a temp again.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Patience please

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Electronic Arts full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, salary & studio with casual setting (wear flip flops & sweatpants if you want) Lots of young people so it's a fun vibe I've always have had pretty fun managers Room to move around & up and if you are a keener

    Cons

    Constant reorgs makes for a lot of starts/stops, changing vision & direction Slow to get buy-in for change due to number of stakeholders Very political (I guess this is standard for large orgs) Doesn't encourage learning from failure so a lot of BS around so-called successes instead of truthfully calling out what didn't work and how we can do things differently next time. Not data-driven even though management says they are. As a result, same mistakes keep happening over and over (very frustrating)

    Advice to Management

    Not sure you can do much about the reorgs and political nature of large orgs, but we can do better about being honest about failures and learn from them rather than "punishing" teams for them. This will lead to a culture of innovation rather than playing it safe and doing the same old same old.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Enterprise Environment not for me

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer I in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer I in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Compensation was great and the facilities even better, Worked with great people doing work on a platform that serves millions

    Cons

    Management would force technical decisions down on the engineers without really consulting them first. A very Us vs Them mentality between the devs and the management.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your engineers when they write a 20 page case study on why a full rewrite in angular is a bad idea.



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