Electronic Arts Reviews

Updated February 17, 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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24 Employee Reviews

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Electronic Arts full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    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 Management

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


  2. EA Software Engineer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer II in Playa Vista, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer II in Playa Vista, CA

    I worked at Electronic Arts

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    bball, discount and free games, free gym, good benefits, great co-workers

    Cons

    typically sub median pay, questionable management decisions

    Advice to Management

    less politics and make more quality products


  3. Good

    • Work/Life Balance
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Electronic Arts

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Lot of new things to learn, it wasn't much corporate when I was working.less restrictions and more freedom to do code changes

    Cons

    Very fast paced, things change a lot, lot of new requirements all the time and crazy busy


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  5. Helpful (3)

    A tough environment, expect to be pushed around quite a bit.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Los Angeles, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Great resources to play with and definitely an environment where things move constantly. You won't get bored at all working at EA.

    Cons

    The biggest challenge is pushing off te 1000 people who want something from you. There's always someone who wants some data or needs your input on something. Sometimes you can spend 8+ hours in meetings but get none of your own work done so it becomes very stressful.

    Advice to Management

    Create a vision for the company that is properly communicated down to each game team. I often found that there was a disconnect with the regional offices and what top management was doing in LA or San Fran.


  6. Work hard play hard

    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Artist in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Artist in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Electronic Arts full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    EA is a great company to work for.

    Cons

    None and really not any.

    Advice to Management

    awesome


  7. Helpful (1)

    digital artist

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Digital Artist in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Contractor - Digital Artist in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    take care of your employees


  8. Helpful (2)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (More than 5 years)

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

    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 Management

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


  9. Helpful (2)

    terrible

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The pay was competitive, the bonus was good.

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

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


  10. Helpful (1)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (Less than a year)

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

    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 Management

    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."


  11. One of the best experiences of my career.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Electronic Arts full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Very fun to work on video games.

    Cons

    Can be chaotic and plans can change on a dime.



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