Electronic Arts Reviews

Updated June 28, 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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  1. Helpful (1)

    We work on exciting entertainment

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Visual Effects Artist in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Visual Effects Artist in Redwood City, CA

    I have been working at Electronic Arts full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Great people and atmosphere. Voices are heard and management cares about what our concerns are. I love working at this studio.

    Cons

    Crunch time can be hard on your personal life, you just need to find that balance that works for you.

    Advice to Management

    Two thumbs up


  2. Helpful (2)

    Heading the right direction... slowly

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Redwood City, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - Passionate people who love working on games
    - The new CEO seems to be turning the business around, focusing on quality over quantity
    - It's slowly adapting and adopting many best practices from the tech industry

    Cons

    - Still a good ol' boys club at times
    - Managers receive little to no training
    - Most management is fairly inexperienced
    - Good employees do not get rewarded
    - HR does not do much

    Advice to Management

    - Do better keeping quality employees
    - EA hemorrhages talent to other tech companies like Google and Facebook. You need to give them a reason to stay at EA.


  3. Helpful (1)

    planning

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA

    I worked at Electronic Arts full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    good company, culture, product, opportunity for advancement, food, leaderhip, stock options, bonus, benefits

    Cons

    toxic people in key areas, eliminates people who have "key knowledge" (secrets)

    Advice to Management

    remove those people


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  5. Great Work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA

    I have been working at Electronic Arts (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Worked 9-6pm Monday through Friday and you will be just fine not answering emails or even thinking about work outside of business hours.

    Cons

    Below average salary, budget, budget, budget.

    Advice to Management

    Tak


  6. Incompetent Leadership

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Producer in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Producer in Redwood City, 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

    They have the usual benefits which are actually quite good assuming you actually have a job after a year of working there. That's about all I can say for this place. There were some nice people, but most were not trustworthy.

    Cons

    I got hired in June of 2014 and was laid off in November of 2014. I came into a very bad game team who was bleeding money left and right. They had no real strategy for their game and they constantly spent money on creating useless game objects which added no value to their product.

    They hired me to do a specific job but never set me up to succeed. They provided no, goals, leadership, resources or direction. My manager was never around and set me up with the weakest producers of the group to be on my team. She often would support me in private, but then totally change her position in front of the team. She tried to force me to quit because she realized later on that she needed someone with "different" experience from what I had. I never lied about my experience or pretended to be something I was not, but that didn't stop her. EA's HR people did nothing but protect her and the company.

    In the end, I was laid off and given a small, pathetic severance. Very small compared to the thousands of dollars I lost in RSUs and other bonuses due to my managers complete incompetence. Even after I was laid off, my manager tried to get me to send an email to the team pretending I had left on my own accord. She was truly an unethical person who abused her power.

    She wasn't the only one, the entire leadership team was full of toxic and incompetent people. The top person had no good ideas and only preached the usual leadership rubbish when her game was going down the tubes. SHE should have gotten laid off as the game team problems were mostly attributed to her bad decisions and not the other people who were only following her poor direction time and time again.

    HR was a joke and only cared about protecting EA.They did nothing but tow the company line. I got totally screwed by these people BIG TIME, but to them it was just "another lay off".

    I would NEVER recommend EA to anyone. Don't go near this place. This place is a joke. The only people who work here are immature gamers who have very few social skills and who end up backstabbing each other in the end. If you do not fit this description, please just look for work somewhere else. You will get screwed by these people as they do not care about their workforce.

    Advice to Management

    Get your act together and don't hire people if you're going to lay the off after 5 months of employment. Don't hire people to be scapegoats for your own incompetence (you know who you are). Think about the families you screw over beyond the employees you lay off whenever your P&L numbers fall short due to your own poor management and bad decisions. Being a leader isn't getting up and delivering a pretty speech to your team to "inspire" people. It's having integrity and standing behind your people. It's being someone who people want to follow. Not just finding someone you can blame when things go south on you. You should be ashamed of yourselves.


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    Current Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Redwood City, CA

    I have been working at Electronic Arts

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    I haven't found any pros

    Cons

    I was working at the nth floor of some building at EA. For whatever reason unknown, the snacks on the (n-1)th floor are better and people on that floor don't eat too much. One day, the snacks at nth floor were eaten up. So I went to (n-1)th floor to collect some snacks for breakfast. Then someone sitting besides the snacks standing up and asking me in which department I am. It was like I was trying to steal something and the words made me feel really uncomfortable.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Senior Site Reliability Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Site Reliability Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Site Reliability Engineer in Redwood City, CA

    I have been working at Electronic Arts full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    gaming industry. super sharp and creative people. great work life balance outside of crunches for launch.

    Cons

    silos. politics. crunches (it's possible to avoid with proper project management!)

    Advice to Management

    hire fewer people managers and more engineers.


  9. Helpful (2)

    I love this place and all of the crazy, smart, passionate people that I work with.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Recruiter in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Recruiter in Redwood City, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - We make really cool products
    - The people are amazing
    - Awesome benefits: pet insurance, onsite gym, amazing campus, shuttles, generous PTO, 401K matching, holiday shutdown, amazing health coverage, and more

    Cons

    - We work hard in order to play hard


  10. Overall, I enjoyed working at EA.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Quality Assurance in Redwood City, CA
    Former Contractor - Quality Assurance in Redwood City, CA

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

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

    Pros

    EA had nice fairly amenities & location. I thought the cafeteria & lounge areas were enjoyable. The overall vibe was relatively mellow.

    Cons

    Parking my vehicle was tough at times. QA was not particularly exciting on the Sims team, but it wasn't a busy period.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Visual Designer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Visual Designer in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Visual Designer in Redwood City, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Cool campus, nice gym, cheap games

    Cons

    not much room for growth in my specific team



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