Electronic Arts Reviews

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
784 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 29 reviews)

  • Nice & friendly colleagues, which made for a really nice work environment despite the Cons (in 54 reviews)


Cons
  • Some staff will struggle with achieving work/life balance if they are not careful (in 36 reviews)

  • Extremely long hours, if you aren't living at the job you aren't fitting in (in 51 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good place to get started

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    Current Employee - Artist  in  Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Artist in Sacramento, CA

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

    Pros

    We work on killer IPs, there's free food, cool people, and it's definitely a pet-friendly office. We can pretty much get anything we want, from food to supplies.

    Cons

    Lots of politics; if you're not friends with the right people, you will have a harder time advancing or even getting your voice heard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your people; there's still a lot of people here that are undervalued, underpaid and in the wrong positions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A Learning Experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Benefits are great and Regular Full Time employees are well taken care of, basically, if they like you as an employee, you've got it made

    Cons

    EGOS. It's all about egos here, from the assistants who have the executives ear to the game devs who think they are God's gift to creation. Good team = good work experience; Bad team = Another day in h%..I mean, paradise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actually follow the company statements presented as founding pillars in training, train your people well and keep your word. Stop throwing people out the door to cut costs. Stop investing in mediocre tech to try and stay relevant

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Awesome

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer II  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Its very competitive and requires a lot o f patience

    Cons

    Things can get really crazy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NOthing really

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Fun and Challenging

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Electronic Arts values hard work and creativity

    Cons

    Must have a sense of humor

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Best experience of my life... also the worst at times.

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA

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

    Pros

    There is an unbelievable amount of talented and creative people at EA. Great benefits. Loads of fun building cool games that millions of people all over the world enjoy. The people who voted EA "worst company in America" should move out of their mom's basement. :) I mean really... we beat out Bank of America and any number of oil companies!

    Cons

    Silos within the company mean wasted resources due solving the same problems over and over and over. Poor management and leadership at all levels. Poor work / life balance at times due to poor project/time management failure. Middle management bloat.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Break down the silos... facilitate communication and learning among the studios. Give all employees an opportunity to have their voice heard.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work, but organization could be optimized to get the most out of their talented workforce

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Redwood Shores, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood Shores, CA

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

    Pros

    Great management that really valued life/work balance for employees.
    Very flexible in accommodating employee needs.
    Plenty of passionate people to learn and get inspiration from.
    Good facilities and comfortable workplace environment for team building.

    Cons

    A very large team with a lot of dependencies makes interdisciplinary organization a challenge.
    Due to the nature of the product/industry, working in an environment where your goals are constantly changed and the future is unclear can be frustrating over time.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good environment but working fast-paced is expected

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    The environment is progressive and comfortable, to reflect the style of gamers. They encourage creativity and imagination, and seem to be focusing on changing their perception to their consumers. They appear to really be reworking the whole company from the ground up to make their consumers (gamers) happy. The opportunities to grow your career here are very good, if you prove yourself hard working.

    Cons

    Work here is very fast-paced and the hours can be long. Because of the relative newness of some departments, their organization and structure of projects is chaotic and can change on a dime. You have to be very flexible, able to roll-with-the-punches, and really know your stuff. So far, salary doesn't match the experience and effort expended, although benefits & perks are good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Begin asking your actual workers what they need to help them work more efficiently. Ask them about what they know about, and have them put that expertise into the projects they work on, instead of just making typical management decisions that can set them up to fail.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Changes

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    Current Employee - Analyst  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Analyst in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Plenty of change that can result in opportunity

    Cons

    Continual switching of priorities and constant change in management. After awhile, the constantly evolving environment gets tiresome.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Excellent career opportunities, great culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA

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

    Pros

    A very entrepreneurial culture where you can make a lot of your own opportunities and really stretch yourself, and the company is really driving new creative programs. Everyone who works here is extremely passionate about games and it's a very creative group of people. Everyone is encouraged to be themselves and speak up if they have ideas or opinions. Nice perks as well.

    Cons

    Teams can be very focused in on their own work and not as willing to collaborate across teams to make things happen.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Be prepared to work like a dog

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    Former Employee - Technical Director  in  Maitland, FL
    Former Employee - Technical Director in Maitland, FL

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

    Pros

    Cool factor - EA makes some of the best games out there and certainly is one of the best known studios. For a recent grad, working here will help launch your career - and EA knows it. They provide a great looking workplace and many benefits you will never use because you're too busy working long hours.

    Cons

    Loooong hours. EA STILL has no concept of work-life balance. They know people are eager to work there so they consider everyone a disposable resource. Burn you out and toss you aside. Because you live or die by game ratings, there are often rounds of layoffs if you end up on an unsuccessful game. Lowest hourly salary I made in years and I almost forgot what family and hobbies were like.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You've created many of your problems due to the HUGE turnover and hiring recent grads with little experience. If you'll get some work-life balance and plan your releases realistically, you could be SO much more! It's been shown over and over that after 40 hours productivity drops sharply.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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