Electronic Arts Reviews

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
781 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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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Environmental Artist

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    Former Employee - Environment Artist  in  Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Environment Artist in Redwood City, CA

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

    Pros

    Terrific fellow artists. Genius engineers.

    Cons

    Unpredictable firing and layoffs of everyone, including management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Know your employees and try to keep the best, not just the cheapest.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Fun, but could be disorganized

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Electronic Arts as a contractor

    Pros

    I liked EA. I met a lot of fun people and did some interesting work, The campus at Redwood Shores is beautiful.

    Cons

    High management was not really sure what it's strategy was while I was there, so a lot of projects were fairly disorganized. Little space to move up in the organization.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Six Good Years at EA

    Current Employee - Marketing Manager  in  Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Redwood City, CA

    I have been working at Electronic Arts full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Working with some of the strongest software in the video games industry was an absolute pleasure. After departing for business school after six years in marketing and sales, I cannot say enough about the atmosphere and enthusiasm that EA has developed.

    Cons

    Many that I worked with expressed a sense of disenfranchisement resulting from a decision making process driven by mid-upper management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower those that are closest to the information to make the decisions

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Director  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Electronic Arts full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Overall the company takes care of employees. Gaming company, good benefits and great culture.

    Cons

    Big company, a lot of process and bureaucracy. Slow to change and implement new ideas

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    New CEO and CFO are doing a great job, the company seems more focused

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Excellent place to work with the greatest environment

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    Current Employee - Network Engineer  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Network Engineer in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Pool table, free videogames, breakfast, gym, RSU package and more

    Cons

    No CONS all is great

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NA

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Game Advisor

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    Current Employee - Game Advisor  in  Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Game Advisor in Orlando, FL

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

    Pros

    - fun working there
    - Co-workers are helpful and friendly
    - some supervisors

    Cons

    - you get praised and then fired
    - they work a lot with staffing agencies
    - through staffing absolutely no benefits
    - treated very differently when through staffing agency
    - no innovation
    - no way to grow with the company
    - knowledge of some supervisors not that great

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - keep your good staff instead on the cheap
    - why staffing agencies? Hire your employees directly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sad

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Electronic Arts

    Pros

    Working on video games is fun!

    Cons

    Poor work-life balance, compensation, and management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Even though many people want to work in games, investing in employees (rather than viewing them as disposable) would help the stock.

  9.  

    Disaster in hiring senior execs

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    Current Employee - Senior QA Director  in  Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Senior QA Director in Redwood City, CA

    I have been working at Electronic Arts full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Huge company has many cultural "zones". I used to be in a high performing team full of motivated engineering colleagues win a high level of pride in what we did.

    I knew a lot of great developers and managers that loved their game or feature team at EA, and stayed forever. There are surely some good spots in the company, but beware its a mixed bag, YMMV

    Cons

    Upheaval in senior executives brought is a horrible phase in 2011-2012 that drove out literally half of my engineering org due to bozo leadership. I have read that a pair of top execs responsible for a lot of this disaster have moved on, so maybe that's a past issue now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't wield the big hammer of fear, respect your teams. Relax the ship date obsession, products should be great above shipping on time. Watch valve do this well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    You'll learn

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Electronic Arts

    Pros

    You will have to be fast and think on your feet, but in the survivalist environment of pushing out projects as quickly as EA does, you learn a lot.

    Cons

    The organization is slow to respond and it is very profit driven, but teams/studios vary

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not that great experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Electronic Arts

    Pros

    Pros are some of the benefits and being casual at work. Team lunch at times and it is fun to be here during Christmas time.

    Cons

    The management is not that great and they don't have good hikes. They are flexible with work at times.

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