Electronic Arts
3.3 of 5 671 reviews
www.ea.com Redwood City, CA 5000+ Employees

Electronic Arts Reviews

Updated Apr 10, 2014
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68% Approve of the CEO

Electronic Arts CEO Andrew Wilson

Andrew Wilson

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68% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Managers do try to encourage workers to maintain a decent work/life balance"
    in 26 reviews
  • "Nice & friendly colleagues, which made for a really nice work environment despite the Cons"
    in 46 reviews
Cons:
  • "Massive overtime required well before "crunch time"; work/life balance issues"
    in 29 reviews
  • "Extremely long hours, if you aren't living at the job you aren't fitting in"
    in 45 reviews
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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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Great place to work

Financial Analyst (Former Employee)
Redwood City, CA

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

ProsBeautiful campus and perks and excellent sense of community.

ConsLack of senior management direction and focus.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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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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Good experience generally but had some bad times and manager did not appreciate me

Software Engineer III (Former Employee)
Los Angeles, CA

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

ProsWas pretty stable (not any more), got a lot of benefits

ConsLong hours, death march, not good time management on projects

Advice to Senior ManagementImprove work-life balance - and enforce it, dont let middle managers extort work

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

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Digital Artist (Former Employee)
Los Angeles, CA

I worked at Electronic Arts as a contractor for less than a year

Prosgood benefits, good pay, good compensation and time off policies

Conspoor management, culture, long hours and treat us like slaves

Advice to Senior Managementtake care of your employees

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

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Take the good with the bad

QA Test Lead (Former Employee)
Baton Rouge, LA

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

ProsThere are tons of resources on hand to improve yourself if you look for them, tons of employee initiatives to be a part off, and they are very involved in the community.

Some of the best people I ever worked with in my life.

ConsThings easily get swept under the rug, smaller projects are often ignored and given way less resources, there is no real training for new employees offered and you are often expected to work at a higher level but will not be paid for it.

Advice to Senior ManagementActually have new hire orientation, reward successful people and more perks for your non-Dev QA.

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

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