Electronic Arts
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Updated Apr 5, 2014
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Electronic Arts CEO Andrew Wilson

Andrew Wilson

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Great place to work

Financial Analyst (Former Employee)
Redwood City, CA

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

ProsBeautiful campus and perks and excellent sense of community.

ConsLack of senior management direction and focus.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good Company to start your career

Engineering Manager (Current Employee)
Redwood City, CA

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

ProsFreedom in work areas, amazing set of people, Decent perks,

ConsLong working hours, Confusing leadership, Recent high profile exits

Advice to Senior ManagementImprove tools for speedy execution,

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good company to work for

Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Redwood City, CA

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

Pros- Big name which is great for your career
- Good compensation and benefits compared to most of other companies
- Great learning opportunities in my team
- Fun working environment, especially working in game studios

Cons- Politics across teams, especially non-game positions like marketing/HR
- Not much breakthrough in the past years
- No free food

Advice to Senior ManagementTake more time thinking about EA's future, as game industry is not in a good state. EA needs breakthroughs as badly as making money

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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It's more about how you schmooze than how well you do your job

Senior Artist (Current Employee)
Redwood City, CA

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

ProsGreat benefits; fun work atmosphere; if you are good at schmoozing, you can go far

ConsIt really depends on the team, but worst case is you can get locked into doing the same thing, not growing your skill set.

Advice to Senior ManagementNot all managers are created equal! For many, a good manager makes a big difference in how well the employee performs and grows. More attention should be paid to those in managerial positions to make sure they are worthy of the title!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great first internship, a little awkward though

Software Engineer Intern (Former Employee)
Redwood City, CA

I worked at Electronic Arts as an intern for less than a year

ProsFun, interesting problems to solve. Worked on a new team, so the feel was less gamer-focused and more tech company, which I enjoyed and wanted to experience. Great engagement with managers, a lot of continual feedback and excitement about projects. As an intern, it was great to be able to take the lead on a project.

ConsThe office itself was a little stale and quiet. Sitting in cubicles didn't help. The team was pretty new, so it seemed like people didn't really hang out.

You have to buy lunch.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Ruthless meritocracy, reputation-based decision-making, strong talent

General Manager (Current Employee)
Redwood City, CA

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

Pros1. High talent density
2. Performance based merit (mostly)
3. Reputation and credibility more powerful/influential than title
4. Mostly work/life balance
5. Superb at taking a game that works and making it super high quality & iterating on it
6. Frequent internal employee surveys

Cons1. Obsessively process driven
2. Nearly impossible to develop new IP that isn't mostly derivative
3. Yearly re-orgs: studio closures/consolidations/lay offs/re-assignments
4. Internal competition for IP
5. Sometimes "who you know" is more important than "what you know"

Advice to Senior ManagementLess re-orgs please

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Boring, unchallenging internship.

Software Engineer Intern (Former Employee)
Redwood City, CA

I worked at Electronic Arts as an intern for less than a year

Pros- Nice campus.
- Weekly barbecue on campus, but not free.
- Nice goodies and welcome gifts for new interns.
- Free shuttles from/to San Carlos Station.

Cons- Little to entirely no attention for interns.
- My biggest challenge was to stay awake! I'm not kidding, I had to come up with my own tasks and methods to stay awake. I *fell asleep* several times because of the unprecedented boredom. Insistence to get real and more assignments did not prove useful.
- Very slow-paced and boring environment.

To be fair, the other interns seemed like they had good time, but they were young college kids and it seemed like they were only in it for the fun. It was all about silly and immature pranks. I would hear constant loud laughters and noises when they were playing in the office - it literally felt like high-school. However, I personally was extremely disappointed, I thought I was getting access to one of the most advanced software development practices in the industry -- given the name of the company, but I was instead thrown into a corner cubicle (the cube area was large and comfortable though) and had little to no human interaction in most days. Complaining about the lack of assignments was not taken seriously.

Advice to Senior ManagementDo not think of interns as just young kids who are there to entertain and be entertained. Also an advice to EA Academy or EA University Relations, instead of organizing all these campus events for interns, encourage managers to give interns real and challenging tasks that are part of what you do so they can get back to their university feeling proud of the contributions they made and become more attached to the company.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Amazing People. Lack of Innovation. Management Issues.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Redwood City, CA

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

ProsIt's all about the people you work with. It's a big company, but I can genuinely say that during my career at EA, I've really only met 2 people who weren't genuinely kind, collaborative, and great to work with - even if we don't always agree about work issues.

ConsEA started as a small software company and then cobbled together studios to form a huge company - this could go 1 of 2 ways - a strong central org empowering creative in the studios... or a disorganized central org that just sucks the creativity out of everything it touches. I'll let you guess which one we tend to be. Emphasis tends to be on technology, change, and other buzz words instead of fun and innovation.

Advice to Senior ManagementEncourage your teams to make cool, FUN games. It doesn't matter how pretty they look if no one wants to play them. Invest in your studios but make them focus on what they do best -- don't let them get too confident that they start over stretching. You have an entire company of people meant to support the work they do -- they don't need to do everyone else's job... just make great games (that work). Oh... and I really recommend changing the EA values so that career success isn't so dependent upon the will of the employee. You lose a lot of great people because you don't develop employees.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Very professional company, with a bit too much politics going on. Slow to move to new markets.

Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Redwood City, CA

I have been working at Electronic Arts full-time for more than 10 years

ProsProjects you work on are among the bigger ones in the industry.
Engineering processes are pretty good (depending on the team you are on)
Benefits and campus

ConsPolitics
Career path, when you reach senior level, gets very limited.
The only option tends to work on massive projects. Very few opportunities to work on small projects that try to innovate quickly. That might change with the push to go to mobile.

Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your teams. Most top level managers (VP, GM's) are always behind the trends in the industry. One the other hand on the game teams, people tend to know what concepts are working out there. Get their feedback and ideas!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Very fun place to work!

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Redwood City, CA

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

ProsGreat people, very innovative and creative

Conschallenging organization to navigate and manage

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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