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Electronic Arts Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated January 18, 2015
Updated January 18, 2015
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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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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA

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

    Pros

    Its an exciting place to work.

    Cons

    Not easy to get up the ladder.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    My 3 years at EA was good but definitely not great. Lots of office politics at the managerial level, high turnover

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Redwood City, CA

    I worked at Electronic Arts full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Got exposed to a lot of projects, so I learnt a lot.

    Cons

    Politics! High Turnover! Pay not so competitive

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great products, miserable staff

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

    I worked at Electronic Arts full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    You learn A LOT
    Free games
    Great campus
    Child care! Child care! Child care!

    Cons

    The most backstabbing, non-supportive place on the planet. The staff spends so much time covering their back it's amazing any work gets done. Incredibly immature people, leading to unnecessary politics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop encouraging the petty politics. Stop re-organizing the company. It's not the structure, it's handing out VP titles like candy and pushing out solid managers that makes the inner workings so horrible.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Behind the curtain of OZ.

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

    I worked at Electronic Arts as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Immediate team was great and supportive, food was very good, nice one for the resume.

    Cons

    Not much time for learning since it was crunch time from day one. As a contractor I felt like a red shirt from Star Trek just waiting to get eliminated, not a very secure feeling when trying to make something good happen. Work space was a bit cramped although there was plenty of extra room on our floor to spread things out a bit.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    A huge American game company, finally showing cohesion after 30+ years.

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Redwood City, CA

    I worked at Electronic Arts full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    - Excellent employee services (HR, EA University, policies, performance management, benefits, facilities, equipment). A good, solid, professional place to work (somewhat rare in the game industry).
    - Good pay
    - Really bright, hard-working people that care about their output. They really do. EA hires the best in the industry. This isn't always apparent to the public, who get caught up on occasional poor marketing schemes or design decisions; but if they knew how much people BLED to make these products happen, they might curb the vitriol.
    - Exceptionally strong operational and marketing orgs; best in business and EA's real secret weapon. Like the USS Enterprise, you can do anything with Scotty in the engine room.
    - Recent focus on Customer Experience, throughout all levels of the company, is bearing fruit. Such as the discontinuation of Online Pass, and the launch of EA Access. EA is moving the needle on how customers consume games in the modern era, while other companies lag.
    - Some truly great leaders at the exec level

    Cons

    - No matter how hard you work, and how well you meet your objectives, in my experience, you will never succeed. EA suffers from intense 'blame culture', which like politicians in office, causes people to spend precious time on 'CYA' measures rather than executing better at their job, resulting in a self-fulfilling prophecy of inefficiency. There was a time when this kind of internal scrutiny was needed (EA was a conglomerate of different companies all operating differently, very chaotic), but in many ways it's now time to take the old breaks off, let the professional people do their thing without all the extra micro-managing. There are many junior execs and middle management geared simply toward challenging other people's business. Useful 2 out of 10 times, distasteful 10 out of 10. Did you graduate college to work at a place that often treats you like a kindergartner?
    - In its beginnings, EA was a place where new game ideas and creativity could thrive. It's now a corporate battleship, taking monumental effort (if any) to steer it off its course of trusted franchises (Madden, Sims, Battlefield, etc). If you've got plans to get your game idea developed - there's an exceptionally low chance of that at EA, with the possible exception of casual apps. EA wants your creativity - on how to maximize profits of its existing products.
    - Some truly awful leaders at the exec level

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I believe Andrew Wilson may be taking the company in the right direction, time will tell - but so long as they stay connected and true to people that actually play games (rather than to those that just check balance sheets, or to those internal hubris swaggerers) good things are bound to happen. They call themselves Electronic Arts... they should make ART the priority as it was in the company's beginning, and let the money follow. Also, they need to build a lifelong fan base; making more non-sports products for the younger audience (E rated franchises). Video games should not be the domain solely of the M rated crowd.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    The people rock and the technology is constantly interesting.

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    Current Employee - Senior Recruiter in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Recruiter in Redwood City, CA

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

    Pros

    With so many options here in Silicon Valley, a company needs to provide a good environment and keep you interested and engaged. EA does all of that. The number one thing keeping me here is the people. For the most part, the people here are smart, engaged, fun, and willing to take risks. That coupled with the passion for what we are doing makes for a wonderful work environment.

    In addition, EA offers wonderful benefits. The healthcare coverage is the best I have ever had. The holiday shut-down from Christmas Eve through the new year is included in the company holidays, whereas most companies "force" you to use your PTO over a shut-down period. This year they even added Pet Insurance as one of our elective benefits.

    Cons

    It is definitely a fast pace, a heavy workload, and a high bar in terms of quality expectations. The organization also goes through a lot of structural changes, which can be frustrating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The onsite daycare is awesome. Let's do onsite dog daycare.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to get started with game development

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    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 8 years)

    Pros

    You'll work with smart people who are very passionate
    Cool perks if you love gaming
    An opportunity to try and learn many different things

    Cons

    Constant layoffs
    Definitely not a place to establish a long-term career
    Lack of promotion (unless you're a rockstar among rockstars )
    Way too much micro-management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    EA is very much a culture where marketing is in control. I would heed the warnings the late Steve Jobs once gave to old Apple.

    Manage as a united company, not as a single project.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work--passionate people, smart leadership, and tremendous opportunity.

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    Former Employee - Sales Management in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Management in Redwood City, CA

    I worked at Electronic Arts full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    work hard--play hard. Great environment for creative, smart like-minded people.

    Cons

    In a creative environment the work-like balance can be a challenge to achieve--that is especially true at EA. There is always a lot of pressure to complete projects that are on extremely aggressive timelines. Ownership is highly regarded but there will always be multiple inputs from executive layers that make it impossible to "own". Thin-skinned, overly-sensitive type personalities will not be happy working at EA.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Laid Back, Friendly, a bit cliqueish

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    Former Employee - Designer and Artist in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Designer and Artist in Redwood City, CA

    I worked at Electronic Arts as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great facilities, friendly people, overall pleasant culture. In the past it has a reputation of overworking employees, but it has gotten A LOT better. Everything closes at 5 except the gym, which encourages everyone to leave. Gym is great, you can even rent bikes. Walking paths around the building are nice (just watch out for duck poo) which is great for people like me who get antsy when sitting too long. They have a starbucks in the main building, a lifesaver.

    Cons

    A bit tough if you're new to break into cliques and meet people. There are a few egos here and there, mainly in the higher level designers and programmers, but most employees are nice enough.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good game company to work

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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 (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    * Free games to play
    * Fun work environment
    * Very active and friendly team to work with
    * A lot of going-on, high front-edge tech you can learn and promote yourself

    Cons

    * Big company, so promotion opportunity is limited
    * Salary relative low comparing to other highly recognized IT and game company
    * No free lunch

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Depends on team, i am on a very good team with a very good manager. But also knows some teams are not that ideal.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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