Electronic Arts Reviews in Los Angeles, CA

Updated May 29, 2014
Updated May 29, 2014
771 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Director  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Electronic Arts full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Overall the company takes care of employees. Gaming company, good benefits and great culture.

    Cons

    Big company, a lot of process and bureaucracy. Slow to change and implement new ideas

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    New CEO and CFO are doing a great job, the company seems more focused

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Work hard play hard

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    Former Employee - Artist  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Artist in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    EA is a great company to work for.

    Cons

    None and really not any.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    awesome

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    digital artist

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    Former Employee - Digital Artist  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Digital Artist in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    good benefits, good pay, good compensation and time off policies

    Cons

    poor management, culture, long hours and treat us like slaves

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    take care of your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good experience generally but had some bad times and manager did not appreciate me

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer III  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer III in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Was pretty stable (not any more), got a lot of benefits

    Cons

    Long hours, death march, not good time management on projects

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve work-life balance - and enforce it, dont let middle managers extort work

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    terrible

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    Former Employee - Senior Technical Artist  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Artist in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    The pay was competitive, the bonus was good.

    Cons

    Senior management was dishonest, incompetent, and protective of their jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    care more about customers, and the product, and less about job security and politics.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people that I was able to work with, management drew the life out of it.

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Playa del Rey, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Playa del Rey, CA

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

    Pros

    My immediate manager and the people I worked with were awesome, and put a lot of effort into finding the next project for the studio to work on.

    Cons

    At least for the studio I worked at, upper management seemed to make a lot of promises about changes and direction, but failed to either provide one, or support the studio when we tried to take the initiative.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more up front about plans for teams, even if it's "We don't know what's going on for your future, but we need to solve this problem right now."

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    One of the best experiences of my career.

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Very fun to work on video games.

    Cons

    Can be chaotic and plans can change on a dime.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Terrible company, shoddy business practice

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    Former Employee - Game Designer  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Game Designer in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    The pay is okay for such a hard industry

    Cons

    You are always pressured on project and it's a revolving door of employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    change it

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Got rid of me before I was even employed for a year to avoid providing health benefits

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    Former Employee - Game Tester  in  Marina del Rey, CA
    Former Employee - Game Tester in Marina del Rey, CA

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

    Pros

    Testing video games wasn't an overly difficult job and the people I worked with were great. Management was exceptional

    Cons

    Company was more worried about "incurring more costs related to employment" i.e. being forced to provide health benefits to hourly employees than it was about timing of 'layoffs'

    Doesn't Recommend
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    very political, either make money (or support this function) or make games quickly and cheaply

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    Current Employee - Director of Business Development  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Director of Business Development in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Electronic Arts full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great company to enter the gaming industry. Can learn broad industry knowledge and high level visibility to market trends (social, mobile, comsole, etc)
    Most people have the right intentions and motivations. Most are collegial and friendly

    Cons

    For Studios, you have a 'P&L' and need to have a strong business case to develop games (confused as this is the function of Publishing)
    For Publishing, need to get approval from Studios for their psuedo 'P&L' requirements
    Company unclear who is running the business
    Very short terms driven all based on quarterly results (chase the money this quarter)
    Lack of any creativity in making fun games

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    bite the bulltet and think longer term
    try to trully assess value of employees and empower good employees and get rid of insecure 'politicians' that add nothing to the company

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