Electronic Arts Reviews

Updated April 9, 2015
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  1. Software Engineer III

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Montreal, QC (Canada)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good environment, nice benefits, game industry.

    Cons

    Lots of crunch time. Not so great pay.

    Advice to Management

    Lead programmers need more time to program. That requires more Development Directors.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Quality assurance tester, inspector

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    Former Employee - QA Tester in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - QA Tester in Montreal, QC (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 atmosphere, and excellent employees. Great pay for the work you're given, and very reasonable expectations for your projects.

    Cons

    Not many, but it is repetitive work, so if you're a person that needs to be entertained constantly, I wouldn't recommend this to you.

  3. Challenging in 2 ways

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (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

    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 Management

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

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  5. Dream job except for salary and company outlook

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer I in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer I in Montreal, QC (Canada)

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great team, great location and great projects!

    Cons

    The company is in transition and further waves of layoffs should be expected.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on building good IP not marketing!

  6. An amazing learning experience!

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    Current Employee - Project Lead in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Project Lead in Montreal, QC (Canada)

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent support structure from my managers. Learning and knowledge sharing tools are available. Teams are mature and structured.

    Cons

    Pay is not as high as other companies in the software industry.

  7. Software developer

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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 (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    Worked with the latest technologies

    Cons

    Bad management and always changing direction

  8. Helpful (1)

    Game Tester

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    Current Employee - Game Tester in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Game Tester in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I have been working at Electronic Arts part-time (less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Good working environment, flexible working hour, open working environment, people are friendly and helping with each other.

    Cons

    Salary is pretty low, just the minimum pay above the lowest level; sometime job is quite boring.

  9. Helpful (2)

    Inadequate compensation in QA

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    Former Employee - QA Project Lead in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - QA Project Lead in Montreal, QC (Canada)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - A lot of advancement opportunities
    - Great office looks and feel

    Cons

    - Cutthroat culture
    - Incredibly horrible compensation, even after several years of work and 2 promotions (more responsibilities and stress but no salary adjustment)
    - Preferred quantity over quality in workforce, resulting in poor work environment and unacceptable productivity/headcount ratio

    Advice to Management

    - Hire career QA staff
    - Pay within the norm of software quality assurance

  10. Helpful (3)

    Nice to see inside game industry, but get out the first chance you get

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    Former Employee - Senior QA Tester in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior QA Tester in Montreal, QC (Canada)

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

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

    Pros

    - Fun times with great coworkers, that is when not being demolished by "voluntary" overtime
    - Company events can be very fun
    - Nice work utilities and benefits
    - Some games were fun to test, but most were useless filth.

    Getting out of this company was probably the best decision I made.

    Cons

    - Insanely bad salary. Nothing compared to software industry standards. Continuously fed lies about raises ... which were delayed until after I left.
    - Moving up can be possible, but way too much "buddy-buddy" system going on. The higher you move up, the more "friends" you have.
    - Testers still viewed as replaceable. The more they treat them like that, the higher the turnover will be.
    - Developers hardly listen to ideas/advice from testers. Some stupid ideas made by a few idiots have cost the jobs of the entire development team.

    Advice to Management

    - Instead of giving programers so much money, give testers what they deserve as well. Especially considering the bugs testers find is due to some coded garbage.
    - Fire managers who keep on making stupid decisions. There's a reason why EA's stock is no longer in the top 100 NASDAQ Index.
    - Facilitate career development for testers, don't base it on friends but instead on performance reviews.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Good one day, bad another

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    Former Employee - Sound Software Engineer in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Sound Software Engineer in Montreal, QC (Canada)

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

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

    Pros

    Nice people to meet.
    Was good few years
    Overtime added up to your vacations
    Good workspace and equipment

    Cons

    When times go bad it is a bad time to be
    Lots of career politics
    Overtimes
    Lack of long term goals. Invest in a foundation more now, so it will pay longer term. Rather than quickly patch up this Frankenstein for a "his Majesty" today and it goes down the drain tomorrow at best
    Stupid "My game plan" self review each year.
    Left hand does not know what right hand does.

    Advice to Management

    "My game plan" - it is useless. It might be used to show the employee it's place to be and be humble. However, this mist is quickly blown away if employee will attach what competitors are offering. Market dictates a price for the head, not a MPG

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