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Electronic Arts Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated November 13, 2014
Updated November 13, 2014
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Electronic Arts CEO Andrew Wilson
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Pros
  • Managers do try to encourage workers to maintain a decent work/life balance (in 34 reviews)

  • Nice & friendly colleagues, which made for a really nice work environment despite the Cons (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 53 reviews)

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  1.  

    The people rock and the technology is constantly interesting.

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

    Great place to get started with game development

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    • Senior Management
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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
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    Good game company to work

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    • 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 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
  8.  

    Lots of freedom, but anti-social coworkers

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Intern in Redwood City, CA

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance
    HR was helpful and made the internship fun
    Got to watch world cup during work hours

    Cons

    Anti-social IT crowd
    Redwood City is far from everything

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Director, Shared Services

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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 5 years)

    Pros

    There is a lot of opportunity for movement around the company

    Cons

    There is a boys club attitude and so a hindrance to women moving up. There is also a disconnect between senior management and employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be human and down to earth. Spend a day in the life of some of your employees

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Community Coordinator

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Community Coordinator in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Community Coordinator in Redwood City, CA

    I worked at Electronic Arts part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Loved my position and team
    Ability to learn a lot and get a great introduction into tech & video games. I expanded into many areas during my team there. I felt like I got a holistic view of our product and company.
    Fun perks at the beginning that slowly diminished
    Decent benefits

    Cons

    Compensation was low.
    Lay offs all the time. Only one person from my group of 20 or so is still there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Highly political place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA

    I worked at Electronic Arts full-time

    Pros

    * Company store discount
    * Excellent benefits
    * Decent but not great salary
    * FIFA is a great game
    * Decent work-life balance (for a game company)

    Cons

    * Highly political atmosphere. Its about who you know and who you are friends with, not results. This is magnifies as you move up the management chain (Director, Sr. Director, etc.).

    * Lots of layoffs in the past year amplifies the political environment (dog eat dog) and more layoffs coming. They are laying off employees to drive up the stock price and enrich the top executives. LIttle to know top-line revenue growth.

    * Very little diversity at senior levels of the company. Great place if you are from the UK (you are part of the club) but even the Redwood City (HQ) office has very little diversity given the area.

    * Too early to tell if Andrew Wilson will deliver. Lots of talk but most of the recent game launches have been financial of quality disappointments. Mobile business' performance is terrible and games underperform. Sims, Battlefield, etc., recent releases have had lots of problems. If it wasn't for FIFA the company would miss numbers and the stock will tank. Will FIFA save EA again in 2014?

    * They just don't get the Internet. Still stuck in the old way of thinking and despite trying, they just can't seem to turn the corner.

    * Talent of co-workers isn't impressive. The bar for hiring is not consistent or high. If you are a culture fit or have friends, then you are hired. But this leads to lots of individuals who aren't particularly talented, which leads to the performance issues the company has been struggling with. If you have the talent/IQ to work at an Amazon, Google, LInkedIn, Salesforce, etc., you will be very frustrated by the talent & intelligence of your co-workers if you come here.

    * Very limited upward mobility given the constraints today. You may get to Director, but then you are done. Unless of course you have the right internal friends.

    * Executive management is a bit sketchy. Not totally trustworthy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    * Enough with the "relationship oriented" nonsense. If you want to be "digital first" you need to focus on raw intellectual horsepower just like every other successful Internet oriented company.

    * Coming from the UK or being friends with the right people won't keep your servers up, won't keep your games/servers from crashing, won't prevent security breaches, etc. You actually need IQ, talent, and skills.

    * Treat employees better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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