Electronic Arts Reviews in Montreal, QC

Updated June 10, 2014
Updated June 10, 2014
772 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.  

    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 for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great team, great location and great projects!

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on building good IP not marketing!

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    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 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
  3.  

    An amazing learning experience!

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 for more than 3 years

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    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 for more than a year

    Pros

    Worked with the latest technologies

    Cons

    Bad management and always changing direction

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 for less than a year

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    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 for more than 5 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    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 for more than 3 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    - 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 for more than 5 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    "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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    gained a lot of good experience. would not recommend anyone to work there.

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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 3 years

    Pros

    - good benefits package (excluding compensation)
    - good training programs
    - lots of parties
    - flexible schedule

    Cons

    - underpaid (bad enough when your manager admits this too)
    - management changing frequently
    - too much overtime (but you get compensated for it)
    - not many career opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    i don't know anyone who plans on staying at ea for more than 5 years. everyone knows you can get paid better elsewhere doing less work. i know quite a few people who are only at ea for experience and they plan to leave after x amount of years because they know they can get a better paying job with less work. give people a reason to want to stay at ea longterm. you're losing good people because your pay is below average, and you expect way too much from people. you should look into increasing your psychological benefits, because a lot of people get burnouts from working at ea.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good experience, though lack of career path

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

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

    Pros

    The Benefits were really good, though they were not matched with the financial compensation. The people are great to work with and the QA management is mostly quite awesome. They were always receptive of ideas and would be willing to help people advance as much as they could, which was limited due to all the required approvals. End of Projects were often accompanied by Paid time off.

    Cons

    Though there are a lot of benefits there is very little career growth. Every promotion and significant raise I received was preceded by a discussion of my dissatisfaction and an ultimatum of raise/promotion or I would need to look for work elsewhere. This continued till I was approached by another company who gave me an offer greater then what I had previously asked for with EA.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote people and give raises without them having to threaten to quit.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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