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Electronic Arts Reviews

Updated December 20, 2014
Updated December 20, 2014
832 Reviews
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Electronic Arts CEO Andrew Wilson
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Review Highlights

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

  • That coupled with the passion for what we are doing makes for a wonderful work environment (in 59 reviews)


Cons
  • Some staff will struggle with achieving work/life balance if they are not careful (in 39 reviews)

  • There are long hours at times, and there are usually cuts at least once a year (in 52 reviews)

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  1.  

    Quality Assurance Tester

    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Tester in Baton Rouge, LA
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Tester in Baton Rouge, LA

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

    Pros

    Loved helping to improve gamer's evperience. Great opportunities to network in the field. Fun fast paced environment.

    Cons

    Highly beurocratic and structured environment. Slightly stresful with communication breakdowns with other offices and company functional unite. Very siloed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut back on the siloed business units, and let the testers do what they need to do to make the product better.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great job for those that enjoy video games

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Electronic Arts

    Pros

    It is a great working environment and is laid back. The perfect place to work for people that enjoy video games.

    Cons

    Contract work, and not room for growth within the company. Requires more time and effort to move up.

  3.  

    Great products, miserable staff

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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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    You learn A LOT
    Free games
    Great campus
    Child care! Child care! Child care!

    Cons

    The most backstabbing, non-supportive place on the planet. The staff spends so much time covering their back it's amazing any work gets done. Incredibly immature people, leading to unnecessary politics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop encouraging the petty politics. Stop re-organizing the company. It's not the structure, it's handing out VP titles like candy and pushing out solid managers that makes the inner workings so horrible.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Behind the curtain of OZ.

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

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

    Pros

    Immediate team was great and supportive, food was very good, nice one for the resume.

    Cons

    Not much time for learning since it was crunch time from day one. As a contractor I felt like a red shirt from Star Trek just waiting to get eliminated, not a very secure feeling when trying to make something good happen. Work space was a bit cramped although there was plenty of extra room on our floor to spread things out a bit.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Interesting projects to work on, very fast pace but a lot of politics and top project leaders are not always the best.

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    Current Employee - Development Director II in Redwood Shores, CA
    Current Employee - Development Director II in Redwood Shores, CA

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

    Pros

    Working on with some of the best engineers and artists in the industry. The company is really full of incredibly smart and passionate people.
    You get to work on games ! so a lot of work conversations turn around how to make your product fun, look good, run fast, scale, etc.
    The EARS campus is great and EA benefits are top notch.

    Cons

    Politics. A lot of middle management left the company because they could not get promoted because they were not part of the close knit group that manages the project.
    The company has been slow to react. It is always late on new industry trends by few years. It is not surprising for such a big company with so many products but nonetheless frustrating.

    Overtime - while much better than what it used to be there are still a lot of periods of heavy overtime.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at inside of the teams to get feedback on were the industry is going. The EP's level of management seems often behind the curve as they are more "linked" to the marketing and sales teams.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    A huge American game company, finally showing cohesion after 30+ years.

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Redwood City, CA

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

    Pros

    - Excellent employee services (HR, EA University, policies, performance management, benefits, facilities, equipment). A good, solid, professional place to work (somewhat rare in the game industry).
    - Good pay
    - Really bright, hard-working people that care about their output. They really do. EA hires the best in the industry. This isn't always apparent to the public, who get caught up on occasional poor marketing schemes or design decisions; but if they knew how much people BLED to make these products happen, they might curb the vitriol.
    - Exceptionally strong operational and marketing orgs; best in business and EA's real secret weapon. Like the USS Enterprise, you can do anything with Scotty in the engine room.
    - Recent focus on Customer Experience, throughout all levels of the company, is bearing fruit. Such as the discontinuation of Online Pass, and the launch of EA Access. EA is moving the needle on how customers consume games in the modern era, while other companies lag.
    - Some truly great leaders at the exec level

    Cons

    - No matter how hard you work, and how well you meet your objectives, in my experience, you will never succeed. EA suffers from intense 'blame culture', which like politicians in office, causes people to spend precious time on 'CYA' measures rather than executing better at their job, resulting in a self-fulfilling prophecy of inefficiency. There was a time when this kind of internal scrutiny was needed (EA was a conglomerate of different companies all operating differently, very chaotic), but in many ways it's now time to take the old breaks off, let the professional people do their thing without all the extra micro-managing. There are many junior execs and middle management geared simply toward challenging other people's business. Useful 2 out of 10 times, distasteful 10 out of 10. Did you graduate college to work at a place that often treats you like a kindergartner?
    - In its beginnings, EA was a place where new game ideas and creativity could thrive. It's now a corporate battleship, taking monumental effort (if any) to steer it off its course of trusted franchises (Madden, Sims, Battlefield, etc). If you've got plans to get your game idea developed - there's an exceptionally low chance of that at EA, with the possible exception of casual apps. EA wants your creativity - on how to maximize profits of its existing products.
    - Some truly awful leaders at the exec level

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I believe Andrew Wilson may be taking the company in the right direction, time will tell - but so long as they stay connected and true to people that actually play games (rather than to those that just check balance sheets, or to those internal hubris swaggerers) good things are bound to happen. They call themselves Electronic Arts... they should make ART the priority as it was in the company's beginning, and let the money follow. Also, they need to build a lifelong fan base; making more non-sports products for the younger audience (E rated franchises). Video games should not be the domain solely of the M rated crowd.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Amazing opportunity.

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    Former Employee - QA Tester in Baton Rouge, LA
    Former Employee - QA Tester in Baton Rouge, LA

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

    Pros

    There is a week of paid training. The hours are steady and there can be a lot of optional overtime. The environment is fun and casual, but remains productive and goal oriented. The sky is the limit, from basic contractor work all the way to being employed by EA directly.

    Cons

    Most start as contract work through a separate entity that works with EA. This management will sometimes force people onto the three month furlough depending on what time of the year their contract is to end.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is a serious break between the testing center in Baton Rouge and the development group in Tiburon.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    The people rock and the technology is constantly interesting.

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    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)

    Pros

    With so many options here in Silicon Valley, a company needs to provide a good environment and keep you interested and engaged. EA does all of that. The number one thing keeping me here is the people. For the most part, the people here are smart, engaged, fun, and willing to take risks. That coupled with the passion for what we are doing makes for a wonderful work environment.

    In addition, EA offers wonderful benefits. The healthcare coverage is the best I have ever had. The holiday shut-down from Christmas Eve through the new year is included in the company holidays, whereas most companies "force" you to use your PTO over a shut-down period. This year they even added Pet Insurance as one of our elective benefits.

    Cons

    It is definitely a fast pace, a heavy workload, and a high bar in terms of quality expectations. The organization also goes through a lot of structural changes, which can be frustrating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The onsite daycare is awesome. Let's do onsite dog daycare.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Not Bad

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great Hours, Great Benefits, Great Location, No Weekends

    Cons

    Pay slightly less than average

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to be for only a year so...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Electronic Arts

    Pros

    Work on some of the most popular video games in the world. Work with a few awesome individuals & make lfriends for life. On site game store with generous discounts. Opportunities for advancement for certain disciplines.

    Cons

    Lower level employees dealt with sexism & favoritism despite skill & experience level. Too many beefcake bros looking out for bros until pressure was applied from the managers, then vicious backstabbing would occur to each other and the TFTs they managed. Managers lying to ur face about full time employment possibilities & caring about ur complaints. Experience & seniority didn't seem to matter when it came to layoffs. they'd let go older employees frequently because of over budgeting & then in turn give jobs to others based off of looks and/or friendships. Instead of trying to keep these seemingly irreplaceable/ valuable employes they'd would instead spend money re-modeling the interior of they're building, pay Internet celebrities to appear, play expensive pranks on each other and/or would have expensive elaborate launch parties for games... even if those games were expected to not do well. And lastly, leads "walking home" with people that worked "underneath" them... & then these people getting fulltime jobs. Sounds unbelievable... I know.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop protecting leads during crisis and do what's right.

    Disapproves of CEO

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