Electronic Arts Reviews

Updated August 25, 2015
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Electronic Arts CEO Andrew Wilson
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Pros
  • Work/life balance is very good for the game industry (in 34 reviews)

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

Cons
  • EA STILL has no concept of work-life balance (in 39 reviews)

  • long hours without reasonable compensation (in 52 reviews)

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  1. Fun place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Electronic Arts full-time

    Pros

    Work with smart people with amazing ideas. Superb studio with amazing facilities. Fun workplace!

    Cons

    Depending on the team, you may be unlucky enough to get crappy managers who only care about their own reputation and timelines. Will force you to do things outside of your role and then give you below average rating on your review even when you work hard and contribute significantly to team. Other Managers are awesome though and they really look out for you and care about your career


  2. QA Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of fun events & great benefits

    Cons

    Very strict on deadlines. Working with the Hyderabad QA team was a huge struggle.


  3. Depends on your lifestyle

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Electronic Arts full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Entertaining people- things to brag about very good insurance and benefit plan something good to have on your resume

    Cons

    people with strict faces corp job sometimes could be depressing

    Advice to Management

    nahh


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  5. Product

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Electronic Arts full-time

    Pros

    Great team structure with the resources and platform to succeed on next gen platforms. C-level execs are thoughtful about the business and strategic in direction of the company in an extremely competitive space

    Cons

    All things with a large company with multiple layers of management. To be great will get you so far but also need to be thoughtful in relationships and within corporate

    Advice to Management

    Great leadership with opportunities to grow. They are thoughtful in promoting from within and allowing great people to grow with brands.


  6. Graphic Designer

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    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Electronic Arts (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great company. Fun to work for.

    Cons

    The contract for work ended to soon.


  7. Executive Assistant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Groveland, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Groveland, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Electronic Arts (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great environment and location. Workers are mostly standoffish but just take time to get to know.

    Cons

    Management is extremely full of themselves by not sharing best practices so that their co-workers can be successful. They seem to look for failings rather than coach for success - seems easier that way. Somewhat unstable feel of the place as far as your future there.

    Advice to Management

    Train the leaders on how to lead


  8. Software Engineer 3

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer III in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer III in Redwood City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    * Good benefits - employee stock purchase plan, discounts at company store, IRC (a place where you can check out games or movies for free for a week, which really helps you keep up to date on games and research games that you wouldn't normally buy) * Organized process - production staff is good at running teams efficiently and communicating across teams, as well as maintaining task schedules and making sure deadlines are transparent and well communicated to the team * Strong mentorship culture - I always felt like I had a clear go-to senior engineer for mentorship, and the mentor was spent enough time to help me grow in the technical skills that would allow me to proceed in my career path

    Cons

    * Top-down management: I often felt that game designs were handed down to me to be implemented to a spec, as opposed to feeling like I could be part of a creative process. Attempts to improve upon the spec were not impossible to get designers and production to buy into, but I never felt rewarded for doing so. It was generally more rewarded to deliver work on schedule than to actually deliver fun gameplay. * Professionalism - depending on what team you are on, you may run into team members that act kind of frat boy-ish. On the Sims team, there was a shipping tradition that the team called "Forties to Final" where team members drank way too much alcohol to celebrate shipping a finished expansion pack. It used to be conducted during work hours and in the same offices where you worked, which was a little uncomfortable if you didn't want to participate. I think this kind of culture may be just on the Sims, and if you are on a different team the experience may vary. * Poor work life balance - When the game is close to shipping, you should expect to live at work for several months to a year. My team had a policy that when we were close to ship, you had to be at zero bugs everyday before you went home. But sometimes bugs came in late in the day that could take up to a whole day to fix. That basically meant you couldn't go home that night. I have no idea how that policy was fair.

    Advice to Management

    EA's methods are pretty efficient at games on time and on budget that are just high enough quality to sell and make money, so I feel like from a business perspective EA is actually pretty strong. And you will be treated with respect relative to other game companies that exist in the industry. But I do think EA's talent good produce better games if the culture rewarded building fun gameplay in addition to hitting deadlines.


  9. Great People, Questionable Direction

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Electronic Arts full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with, smart, with good experience.

    Cons

    For my team we didnt really seem to have a direction, instead we were being used to supplement whatever mobile studio needed help at the time, it felt like management didn't really see how we fit in.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Great company but depends on the group

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    * Amazing campus * Talented and smart collegues

    Cons

    * Management is going nuts with the cost saving by not hiring enough people.


  11. Great Company

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    Former Employee - Technical Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People are hardworking, passionate. Leadership is incredibly strong

    Cons

    Slow to enter new markets, business models. Not /the/ leader in mobile

    Advice to Management

    Keep focusing on Player First. Andrew, you're doing a great job!



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