Electronic Arts Reviews

Updated October 21, 2014
Updated October 21, 2014
806 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)

  • 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great place to work--passionate people, smart leadership, and tremendous opportunity.

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    Former Employee - Sales Management in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Management in Redwood City, CA

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

    Pros

    work hard--play hard. Great environment for creative, smart like-minded people.

    Cons

    In a creative environment the work-like balance can be a challenge to achieve--that is especially true at EA. There is always a lot of pressure to complete projects that are on extremely aggressive timelines. Ownership is highly regarded but there will always be multiple inputs from executive layers that make it impossible to "own". Thin-skinned, overly-sensitive type personalities will not be happy working at EA.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Don't Work For SWTOR

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    Current Employee - Game Advisor in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Game Advisor in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Set schedule, Set Days, Low Work Flow

    Cons

    Stressed start up culture in SWTOR. The rest of the company is stressed since changing to CBR and they have more stress around schedules, but the availability to move up is much more open because of the amount of games supported. There is a huge fault in the way information is communicated by the SWTOR higher ups, and our team is often kept out of the loop on most everything. It is such a different environment from the rest of EA. It's bitter and disappointing.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Fun place to work, great people!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Very creative atmosphere, people are passionate about their work and the culture shows that.

    Cons

    Often wonder if the big company structure works well for game development and workforce planning. There have been rounds of layoffs in various studios that could be avoided with better workforce planning.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work/life balance is key as well as good workforce planning for your employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good game company to work

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    • 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 5 years)

    Pros

    * Free games to play
    * Fun work environment
    * Very active and friendly team to work with
    * A lot of going-on, high front-edge tech you can learn and promote yourself

    Cons

    * Big company, so promotion opportunity is limited
    * Salary relative low comparing to other highly recognized IT and game company
    * No free lunch

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Depends on team, i am on a very good team with a very good manager. But also knows some teams are not that ideal.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Really Solid Experience With EA

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    Former Employee - Contractor
    Former Employee - Contractor

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

    Pros

    The Redwood City campus is gorgeous with a ton to do (when you're not working like crazy). Discounts on games are definitely a plus. The individual teams are compartmentalized so you get a good chance to meet everyone within your area. The people all seem to be really nice. Cafeteria is actually really good. Lot's of variety.

    Cons

    Lack of certain benefits for contract employees are a pain. Sometimes fear-driven executive decisions can hurt progress and really suck creativity out of a project.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Fast paced and technologically current!

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Maitland, FL
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Maitland, FL

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

    Pros

    This organization and industry is extremely fun to work for! Fast paced evolution of systems and processes is a business analyst/project managers dream environment. All resources are collaborative.

    The management system is designed to allow for personal development of subordinates and ultimately career growth for those that aspire for such growth.

    Work life balance is highly valued. For example, vacations, medical appointments and exercise are all highly encouraged activities. It is the norm for people to take an hour and a half lunch to go workout.

    Cons

    So many brilliant developers are given ability to develop solutions/tools to meet their immediate needs creating a challenge for central teams to support all of the disparate tech and processes.
    Very liquid reporting structure which has many benefits but creates a bit of uncertainty for people who like predictability.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Lots of freedom, but anti-social coworkers

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

    I have been working at Electronic Arts as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Work-life balance
    HR was helpful and made the internship fun
    Got to watch world cup during work hours

    Cons

    Anti-social IT crowd
    Redwood City is far from everything

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Director, Shared Services

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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 5 years)

    Pros

    There is a lot of opportunity for movement around the company

    Cons

    There is a boys club attitude and so a hindrance to women moving up. There is also a disconnect between senior management and employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be human and down to earth. Spend a day in the life of some of your employees

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Overall . It's fine.

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    Current Employee - Data Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Data Engineer in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    salary and it's benefits. Get to know new technologies.

    Cons

    work life balance & internal politics.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Got good and best work experience in oracle Appications

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Louisville, KY
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Louisville, KY

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

    Pros

    Good & Safe Environment
    Hard Working and good learning to complete deliveries in time
    Experience with different people and expertize managers

    Cons

    Project Go-Live Completion with 100% Quality

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Working Hours for employees need to be comfort

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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