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Electronic Arts Reviews

Updated February 26, 2015
Updated February 26, 2015
869 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    QA Tester ((2006: it didn't have the option to go back that far))

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Electronic Arts

    Pros

    Fun, clean campus, very friendly people

    Cons

    It would have been nice to have been given more job/career opportunities while there

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great job keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    EA is a fun company to work for.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    EA is a fun company to work for. My teenage cousin adores me during the time when I worked for EA. You get to keep update what's new and exciting events happening in the game industry. You get to play board games with your co-workers during lunch break.

    Cons

    Sometimes you have to work hard to meet deadlines.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Positive and fun work environment, especially for those who love the industry!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Electronic Arts

    Pros

    It has a creative and fun environment.

    Cons

    At times can be challenging to balance work and life.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awesome and cool artists, terrible company culture

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

    I worked at Electronic Arts

    Pros

    Incredible campus with huge built in perks to keep your friends and family jealous when you show them where you work. On-site gym, game store, arcade, Starbucks, and two cafeterias. The people making the game, specifically the artists and programmers, are mostly good-hearted, hard working people.

    Cons

    Terrible creative atmosphere. Everyone is worried about their position and security so no true selflessness and teamwork really formulate. The people in charge care about the bottom line and very little else. Hierarchy and bureaucracy completely dominate in this company, when there should be a greater focus on the art and tech and changing the company culture for allowing it's employees to flourish.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A revamp of corporate, whose focus seems to be maintaining their immediate goals that create huge annual bonuses.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    EA Software Engineer

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer II in Playa Vista, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer II in Playa Vista, CA

    I worked at Electronic Arts

    Pros

    bball, discount and free games, free gym, good benefits, great co-workers

    Cons

    typically sub median pay, questionable management decisions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    less politics and make more quality products

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

    Long days and longer nights

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great stock options, and benefits.

    Cons

    Long, long, long hours.Forget about work life balance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good experience with new executive management taking charge to control costs and listen to consumers.

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    Current Employee - Senior Director in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Redwood City, CA

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

    Pros

    new CEO and CFO have really turned around the company by controlling costs and listening to consumers.

    Cons

    Old methods of working with studios are still causing alignment issues. annual merit increases are too low based on experience at other companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    rectify the alignment issue between studios and marketing.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Politically charged environment

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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

    If you work for one of the non core groups like legal, accounting, HR etc. you'll love this place. There's very little to do, and lots of perks to enjoy (cafe, gym, gorgeous outdoors, and, of-course, video games). The stock is on a tear too - so if you get lots of stock options, you'll love the money coming in.

    Cons

    When a core policy of a company is "Be Human First", you've gotta start wondering. I mean, what company has "Don't tell lies" as their core policy? And, being human is something EA is not good at. Leadership will exert whatever pressure they can on you to get what they want. They boast of an average tenure of 7 years - I don't know of many people who last that long. From what I've seen, most people leave after 2 years - and are usually burnt out. To top it all, the environment is politically charged. The game studios don't care about other groups, because they are the ones that make the money. And the other groups do everything to jokey for whatever few positions there are at the top. So, here are all the cons
    1. Politically Charged
    2. Most people are overworked (if you love programming video games and don't care about having a life or being belittled, this is the place for you)
    3. An older leadership team trying to sell stuff to a younger clientele (it's hilarious at times)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    He human first?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Big Fish in a Huge Ocean

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The name carries weight. If you say you work at EA, people listen. Great teammates and the potential to meet amazing people in the industry. So many perks and benefits, I can't list them all.

    Cons

    Easy to get lost in the shuffle. Hard to be noticed. Difficult to switch or grow into other roles and positions. Not as innovative as smaller hungrier companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to your team. Judge people on their talent and not their 'talk.' There are some amazing people with incredible talent not being recognized or stuck in mundane roles. Rather than plucking them out and letting them shine, they get overlooked and end of leaving to the competition.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Awesome Culture

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    Former Employee - Web Developer in Redwood Shores, CA
    Former Employee - Web Developer in Redwood Shores, CA

    I worked at Electronic Arts

    Pros

    Great Perks, good cafe food, great gym, awesome employee events

    Cons

    Mid Tier Salary, needs to be more competitive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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