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Electronic Arts Reviews

Updated November 23, 2014
Updated November 23, 2014
822 Reviews
3.5
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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 34 reviews)

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


Cons
  • Some staff will struggle with achieving work/life balance if they are not careful (in 39 reviews)

  • There are long hours at times, and there are usually cuts at least once a year (in 52 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good place to get started

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Artist in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Artist in Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at Electronic Arts full-time (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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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Electronic Arts full-time (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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Returning for a 2nd adventure!!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Electronic Arts full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    - Cantina's around each major group is a nice idea, lots of tea/coffee and things to nom on
    - Wage and benefits is great, certainly helps me and my family.
    - Communication is a lot better than it used to be, but I guess I am lucky with great management who are very supportive and care about work/life balance (which is give and take..)
    - Teams have made lots of changes, but communication internally has improved to points where people are ok 'making more changes', very relaxed
    - EA are really trying to change there image from before, where cliches existed, and its a lot different than that now, far more welcoming and rewarding.

    Cons

    - Relocation can be tough, more some from Europe to US
    - Finding help, at the start, can be problematic, but overall your team will help you out with anything big
    - If you move to Austin, be careful of the tax's and other filings.. the US loves paperwork!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing, huge changes from when I was last here, and it is really refreshing to see feedback during that time is taken and used for positive action. New CEO and CTO's seem like top blokes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Software Engineer EA Digital Platform

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Redwood City, CA

    I have been working at Electronic Arts full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There are a lot of place to grow, try new things, and make a concrete impact.
    The teams are very young and the initiative of creating a digital platform is still fairly new.
    A lot of freedom and trust is given to the engineer

    Cons

    As a Large company, it is sometimes difficult to coordinate things and we often end up doing some work that already been done before.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to work at

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accounting Manager in Redwood Shores, CA
    Current Employee - Accounting Manager in Redwood Shores, CA

    I have been working at Electronic Arts full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, perks, work life balance, tons of growth opportunities.

    Cons

    I did not see any strong cons. It is a really good place!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Fun and Challenging

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Electronic Arts (less than an year)

    Pros

    Electronic Arts values hard work and creativity

    Cons

    Must have a sense of humor

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Awesome

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (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
  9.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood Shores, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood Shores, CA

    I worked at Electronic Arts as a contractor (less than an 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
  10.  

    Good environment but working fast-paced is expected

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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 (more than an 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
  11.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (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

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