Electronic Arts
3.3 of 5 677 reviews
www.ea.com Redwood City, CA 5000+ Employees

Electronic Arts Reviews

Updated Apr 18, 2014
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69% Approve of the CEO

Electronic Arts CEO Andrew Wilson

Andrew Wilson

(51 ratings)

67% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Managers do try to encourage workers to maintain a decent work/life balance"
    in 27 reviews
  • "Nice & friendly colleagues, which made for a really nice work environment despite the Cons"
    in 49 reviews
Cons:
  • "Some staff will struggle with achieving work/life balance if they are not careful"
    in 31 reviews
  • "Long hours, death march, not good time management on projects"
    in 47 reviews
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Work hard play hard

Artist (Former Employee)
Los Angeles, CA

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

ProsEA is a great company to work for.

ConsNone and really not any.

Advice to Senior Managementawesome

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Fun, challenging work.

Senior Software Engineer I (Current Employee)
Salt Lake City, UT

I have been working at Electronic Arts full-time for more than a year

ProsGreat benefits and compensation. Projects always present a challenge. By the nature of the gaming industry, you may get the opportunity to work on several different technologies. It's a great learning experience.

ConsIt's all about the bottom line. It's clear throughout the company that if your studio isn't grossing huge revenues, you will undoubtedly be closed.

Advice to Senior ManagementLook farther ahead than 6 months.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great company

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Electronic Arts as an intern

ProsFlexible environment. People are friendly.

Conswork more hours than expected.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Electronic Arts

ProsFast Paced Game Production. Very smart crew of people. Yearly Product Cycle

ConsThey use a matrix-management structure so your managers don't do technical and their leads aren't in charge of your deliverables

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great Company, Great place to work

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

ProsHigh quality work environment, great products, smart & motivated people
Excellence is awarded
New leadership has a great vision and is moving the company in the right direction

ConsLarge company politics/policies in a company that is not that large
Slow moving to adapt to change

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great people and floor managers, frustrating upper management

Software Engineer III (Former Employee)
Redwood Shores, CA

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

ProsI worked in Maxis RWS working on Sims 3 and Sims 4. Lots of fun, down-to-earth, really smart people to work with, and great managers. It's a great place to start your career- I grew a ton and my managers really cared about my career growth. Good pay, great benefits (Schwab 401k, health care, gym, cheap good food at the cafeteria, free games).

ConsExecutive level management is very disconnected from what's happening at the studio level. Studio leadership is beholden to executive management and to the stockholders, and so hitting numbers on the plan is very important. This means that poor creative and planning decisions early on can sometimes doom a project to long crunches just to try to hit dates that everyone knows won't happen. And then at the last minute, executive leadership finally caves and extends the project, which just means more crunching. Morale can be low in these situations. Accountability at the executive leadership for these issue doesn't usually happen.

Advice to Senior ManagementOwn your mistakes, and own them early so we can get projects on track sooner rather than pushing for arbitrary ship dates.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Big, Slow-moving Company with Great Benefits

Producer (Former Employee)
Redwood City, CA

I worked at Electronic Arts full-time

ProsGreat healthcare, facilities. High level of talent

ConsRisk-averse management often incapable of making decisions.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great Learning Experience

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Salt Lake City, UT

I worked at Electronic Arts full-time for more than 8 years

ProsCoworkers are great, very personable, and easy to collaborate with. More work on E-T games so if you don't want to work violent or otherwise mature titles this is a great studio. TGIF or breakfast provided every other Friday was good for socializing.

ConsFalse sense of career advancement, and opportunities for growth internally are few and far between. New management was never advanced from lower positions and always brought in from other EA studios with more clout and corporate brown nosing. Projects constantly green-lit then canceled by alpha for the next shiny thing. Following market trends 1-2 years late and never being and innovator or industry leader.

Advice to Senior ManagementTrust your team, and stick with decisions you have made. Be an advocate for what you believe in and don't bow to corporate BS. The EA Core Values are a joke, but they are there for a reason. Try changing a few things, here are some places to start. I never once heard of anyone making a decision for anything other than the bottom line. Blatant disregard for consumers and what they want. Always going for the safe choice instead of trying new things.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great facilities, lousy management

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Electronic Arts full-time for more than a year

ProsEA has beautiful offices, nice gym, great food in the cafeteria. Games are a fun industry, and there are a lot of people who are proud to work at EA.

ConsEA's management doesn't understand the industry it's in. They try anything and everything, and when things fail, they cut heads. It's a business fad driven company and it's balance sheet is deteriorating.

Advice to Senior ManagementPick a few games and really invest in them. Drop all the initiatives that are designed to drive revenues only.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Good Company to start your career

Engineering Manager (Current Employee)
Redwood City, CA

I have been working at Electronic Arts full-time for less than a year

ProsFreedom in work areas, amazing set of people, Decent perks,

ConsLong working hours, Confusing leadership, Recent high profile exits

Advice to Senior ManagementImprove tools for speedy execution,

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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