Electronic Arts Reviews

Updated July 4, 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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858 Employee Reviews

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  1. Bright Future

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Game Designer in Redwood Shores, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Game Designer in Redwood Shores, CA

    I have been working at Electronic Arts full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Opportunities for career development.
    -Great perks for full-time developers.
    -Highly skilled content creators.
    -Variety of successful IP.

    Cons

    -Has been known for being management heavy.
    -Renewal of contracts at last minute.
    -The work space is dated and crowded.

    Advice to Management

    -Stay the course on revitalizing the EA culture.
    -Profits are up yet anaual bonus remains meh.


  2. Great Team

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Electronic Arts full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    the people are passionate and exceptionally talented, great people to work with

    Cons

    Quebec employment laws are some of the worst to deal with when you have poor performing people


  3. Great people!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    1. Great people who (for the most part) care about the work that they do.
    2. Culture is great. It has a start-up kind of vibe for a company that's been around for a long time.
    3. Cool perks - gym, bus to/from the city

    Cons

    1. Takes time for decisions to trickle down from executive meetings
    2. Can have a lot of cooks in the kitchen
    3. Can seem hierarchical at time. Job progression can be tough if you're not in the right place at the right time.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    EA Optimist

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Creative Director
    Current Employee - Creative Director

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Free games, great fans, huge hit titles, famous brands, excellent facilities, good benefits, excellent communication and hands-on direction from leadership

    Cons

    Occasional crunch periods, not as much creative flexibility as Indie Game studios have, work environment and work-life balance varies widely by product team, as does the effectiveness of your manager

    Advice to Management

    Teach managers better. Keep up the communication


  6. Helpful (2)

    Heading the right direction... slowly

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Redwood City, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - Passionate people who love working on games
    - The new CEO seems to be turning the business around, focusing on quality over quantity
    - It's slowly adapting and adopting many best practices from the tech industry

    Cons

    - Still a good ol' boys club at times
    - Managers receive little to no training
    - Most management is fairly inexperienced
    - Good employees do not get rewarded
    - HR does not do much

    Advice to Management

    - Do better keeping quality employees
    - EA hemorrhages talent to other tech companies like Google and Facebook. You need to give them a reason to stay at EA.


  7. Great Place to Work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Electronic Arts full-time

    Pros

    Fun culture to work at. Products are easily recognizable to public. Work life balance most of the time.

    Cons

    Projects seem long. Wouldn't want to stay for too long. Already looking for next move.


  8. Fantastic Company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Electronic Arts

    Pros

    On a roll, great games, great people,

    Cons

    Still focusing on staying in the groove...


  9. Helpful (1)

    Great company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Director in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Director in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Electronic Arts full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Incredibly dynamic industry with a leadership that understands how quickly things are evolving and how they need to position the company to keep it thriving through the changes.

    Cons

    Still leans to silos even though great effort is being made to break them down. Little attention paid to redundant efforts across different organizational areas.


  10. Great experience with the right team

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Electronic Arts

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Really solid company with a great ceo

    Cons

    Lots of bureaucracy to navigate and lots of turniver

    Advice to Management

    Easier access to decision makers would be valuable


  11. Helpful (1)

    Micro management

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Designer in Redwood Shores, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Designer in Redwood Shores, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Nice campus
    Nice gym
    Nice cafeteria
    Nice people

    Cons

    Clueless non-gamer leadership
    Marketing drives game design
    Micro management, yet misses dates consistently

    Advice to Management

    Trust your employees



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