Electronic Arts Reviews in Redwood City, CA

Updated October 21, 2014
Updated October 21, 2014
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Pros
  • Managers do try to encourage workers to maintain a decent work/life balance (in 34 reviews)

  • Nice & friendly colleagues, which made for a really nice work environment despite the Cons (in 58 reviews)


Cons
  • Some staff will struggle with achieving work/life balance if they are not careful (in 38 reviews)

  • There are long hours at times, and there are usually cuts at least once a year (in 53 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Unique place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA

    I worked at Electronic Arts full-time

    Pros

    Highly creative and diverse team of people creating innovation. Very driven at the same time fun place to work.

    Cons

    Really not much I can think of. It's ideal for people who enjoy rapid changes, some amount of uncertainities.

    Recommends
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Software Engineer EA Digital Platform

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Redwood City, CA

    I have been working at Electronic Arts full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There are a lot of place to grow, try new things, and make a concrete impact.
    The teams are very young and the initiative of creating a digital platform is still fairly new.
    A lot of freedom and trust is given to the engineer

    Cons

    As a Large company, it is sometimes difficult to coordinate things and we often end up doing some work that already been done before.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Best experience of my life... also the worst at times.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA

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

    Pros

    There is an unbelievable amount of talented and creative people at EA. Great benefits. Loads of fun building cool games that millions of people all over the world enjoy. The people who voted EA "worst company in America" should move out of their mom's basement. :) I mean really... we beat out Bank of America and any number of oil companies!

    Cons

    Silos within the company mean wasted resources due solving the same problems over and over and over. Poor management and leadership at all levels. Poor work / life balance at times due to poor project/time management failure. Middle management bloat.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Break down the silos... facilitate communication and learning among the studios. Give all employees an opportunity to have their voice heard.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Excellent career opportunities, great culture

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA

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

    Pros

    A very entrepreneurial culture where you can make a lot of your own opportunities and really stretch yourself, and the company is really driving new creative programs. Everyone who works here is extremely passionate about games and it's a very creative group of people. Everyone is encouraged to be themselves and speak up if they have ideas or opinions. Nice perks as well.

    Cons

    Teams can be very focused in on their own work and not as willing to collaborate across teams to make things happen.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Cool but challenging

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Information Technology in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Information Technology in Redwood City, CA

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

    Pros

    Fun environment, "cool" factor of working for a gaming company, great campus (Redwood Shores), good team work within organization (IT), casual, good benefits, global company and related opportunities.

    Cons

    Company direction (was struggling at the time, still seems to be struggling), Senior leadership (power seemed to reside with the labels/studios, lots of leadership change over the past years, lots of politics), New Products (seem to continue to rely on existing franchises - FIFA, Sims, etc.), Internal inefficiencies, IT contribution not valued

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue focus on company vision and direction, stabilize management, continue to invest in improving internal efficiency, recognize value of IT and invest in IT

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    EA set my standard for teamwork and professional growth

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior, Director of Product Development in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Senior, Director of Product Development in Redwood City, CA

    I worked at Electronic Arts full-time

    Pros

    The game teams are professionals. People are truly there to build great games. Through my many years there, I feel supported by my managers and my peers. Over time, I learned not only how to build great, high caliber games but how to work with different people with different personalities, opinions and skills. I also loved the onsite gym. There is onsite daycare. Benefits are great.

    Cons

    It's a big company. You have to be OK with that. Sometimes the bureaucracy can get to you. Team sizes can get very large which is fine for some, not OK for others.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    All things considered, a great place to work with great people to make great things.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA

    I worked at Electronic Arts full-time

    Pros

    very smart people, fantastic gym (EARS), variety of projects to work on. They provide training in most areas, and there are many services available to employees.

    Cons

    can be highly political, difficult to get innovative work green lit. Senior staff have been entrenched for a very long time. Depending on individuals location, the commute can be a grind.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It can be quite difficult to get promoted at EA, resulting in having to leave the company to advance. There are numerous groups with deep gaps between senior leadership and the rest of the team - this does not give the perception of upward mobility.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Environmental Artist

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    Former Employee - Environment Artist in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Environment Artist in Redwood City, CA

    I worked at Electronic Arts full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Terrific fellow artists. Genius engineers.

    Cons

    Unpredictable firing and layoffs of everyone, including management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Know your employees and try to keep the best, not just the cheapest.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Disaster in hiring senior execs

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior QA Director in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Senior QA Director in Redwood City, CA

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

    Pros

    Huge company has many cultural "zones". I used to be in a high performing team full of motivated engineering colleagues win a high level of pride in what we did.

    I knew a lot of great developers and managers that loved their game or feature team at EA, and stayed forever. There are surely some good spots in the company, but beware its a mixed bag, YMMV

    Cons

    Upheaval in senior executives brought is a horrible phase in 2011-2012 that drove out literally half of my engineering org due to bozo leadership. I have read that a pair of top execs responsible for a lot of this disaster have moved on, so maybe that's a past issue now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't wield the big hammer of fear, respect your teams. Relax the ship date obsession, products should be great above shipping on time. Watch valve do this well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Six Good Years at EA

    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Redwood City, CA

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

    Pros

    Working with some of the strongest software in the video games industry was an absolute pleasure. After departing for business school after six years in marketing and sales, I cannot say enough about the atmosphere and enthusiasm that EA has developed.

    Cons

    Many that I worked with expressed a sense of disenfranchisement resulting from a decision making process driven by mid-upper management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower those that are closest to the information to make the decisions

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