Electronic Arts Reviews in Canada

Updated August 25, 2014
Updated August 25, 2014
780 Reviews
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Pros
  • Managers do try to encourage workers to maintain a decent work/life balance (in 29 reviews)

  • Nice & friendly colleagues, which made for a really nice work environment despite the Cons (in 54 reviews)


Cons
  • Some staff will struggle with achieving work/life balance if they are not careful (in 36 reviews)

  • Extremely long hours, if you aren't living at the job you aren't fitting in (in 51 reviews)

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  1.  

    Director of Communications

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    Former Employee - Communications Director  in  Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Communications Director in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I worked at Electronic Arts full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Global opportunity, excellent corporate culture, great compensation and benefits packages, interesting work, great people.

    Cons

    The size and scale of the company adds a lot of red tape to day to day work environment. There is a tendency to re-organize departments frequently to react to market forces.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Fun, exciting workplace.

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

    I worked at Electronic Arts as a contractor for 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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    Contractors treatment

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

    I have been working at Electronic Arts as a contractor for more than 5 years

    Pros

    There is a policy of full time sponsorship that allows contractors to access to certain campus facilities (like the gym) for free, or buy games in a lower price, if a full time employee contribute.

    Cons

    There is a very clear wall between Full time and Contractors, by example every 6 months there are group events to celebrate the goals reached on each project during that period and contractors are not invited even tho they have been part of those projects and contributed on that success.

    Promotions are not a common thing.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Producer

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Electronic Arts

    Pros

    Beautiful work place with great amenities

    Cons

    Low Salary, long working hours, limited room for growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on carrer development and work life balance.

  6.  

    Loved working here

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

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

    Pros

    Worked with smart people on interesting projects. Lots of perks, and they take care of their employees. They get a bad reputation but, I don't know why - I would definitely work here again.

    Cons

    I worked on a new team, so their processes were still being fleshed out, which made it sometimes difficult to get work done easily.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Fun environment, many hours of work.

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    Current Employee - Software Developer  in  Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at Electronic Arts as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    * Nice, friendly and laid back environment

    Cons

    They make you work as much as you can. Weekends, holidays, overtime.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Overall, a great place to work

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

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

    Pros

    The managers and the company treat the employees very well; the pay is decent (in line with the market); the office closes for a week between Christmas and New Years so it's like getting an additional 1 week vacation with pay; the work is mostly interesting.

    Cons

    The product and project managers sometimes have too much confidence in the judgement and competence of the team leads and some very poor decisions get executed by those team leads. Sometimes deadlines are missed or you have to work late to fix problems resulting from such bad team lead decisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Generally, keep doing what you're doing, except, perhaps occasionally solicit feedback from the team members on what they think of their team lead.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Challenging in 2 ways

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Good people and helpful
    Good environment
    Have resources & budget to help support projects

    Cons

    Too much management, especially off-site
    Senior Management mostly EA lifers and have limited exposure to different ways of doing things
    Not enough autonomy, stifles creativity and reduces potential

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Chop the dead wood at the Management level, focus on results
    Get rid of toxic people

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    It's in the game because the programmers worked day and night to put it there.

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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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good benefits for full-timers, industry average payscale, and the Gym is pretty handy to have around if you're in need of a brain break. This is a good place to start out and get some experience in how to and not do do things in this industry but I'd advise against a long term stay.

    With that said, you'll work with some really great people, a few (but rather vocal) not-as-great people, and it's worth it to stick out a few years just for that sake.

    Cons

    Firstly, you're going to get slotted wherever you're needed. Management will often state that the "good" people get their pick of projects, but ultimately you only go where it suits management to put you, and you only progress in your career when it is advantageous for management to put you there.

    Secondly, if you want to keep off the overtime train, you need to set up some very clear and firm boundaries with your manager. This means every new manager on every new project, you need to keep those boundaries firm, or you're in for the deathmarch of your life with little to no actual need on the project side of things.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You've got to do something about career progression. I've met many people who are frustrated with the lack of progression over their years, and the lack of choice in what they are doing. There needs to be a more functional, employee-driven process to progression, that is less dependent on the whims and moods of whichever manager holds their fate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    A company barely keeping from collapsing under its own weight.

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

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

    Pros

    Many experienced people to learn from. Some great internal technology if you know where to find it.

    Cons

    Tons of incompetent people who lack vision. A mountain of internal technology that reduces workflow efficiency to a crawl.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop letting elementary understanding of the tech stack influence political decisions which end up killing projects. Every project should be able to run with some independence, and choose which technology to use to best solve its problems.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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