Electronic Arts Reviews

Updated June 14, 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. Great workplace

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burnaby, BC (Canada)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Good place to get experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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


  3. Helpful (1)

    Development Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Development Manager in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Current Contractor - Development Manager in Burnaby, BC (Canada)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


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    Patience please

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burnaby, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at Electronic Arts full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Enterprise Environment not for me

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer I in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer I in Burnaby, BC (Canada)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


  7. Software Engineer

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Burnaby, BC (Canada)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Intelligent and professional people.
    Challenging work.
    Excellent pay and benefits.
    Excellent facilities.

    Cons

    Frequent layoffs, especially in low-profit years.
    Can be some time pressure and overtime, especially on game teams.

    Advice to Management

    Work/life balance still needs improvement.


  8. Good for the freshers looking to start working in gaming industry

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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


  9. Loved my experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

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


  10. Your coworkers are the best thing about working at EA.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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?


  11. A positive work environment that values consistency and efficiency over creative expression. EA plays it safe.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    - Great facility
    - Friendly environment

    Cons

    - Not a lot of variety on the art side

    Advice to Management

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



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