Electronic Arts
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Electronic Arts Reviews in Vancouver, BC Canada

Updated Apr 10, 2014
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3.5 93 reviews

                             

67% Approve of the CEO

Electronic Arts CEO Andrew Wilson

Andrew Wilson

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71% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Great people, great games, too bad for management getting in the way

Technical Director (Former Employee)
Vancouver, BC (Canada)

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

ProsExtremely passionate developers of sports games, with clear ideas on how to build the best possible tech for these.

Excellent facilities, gym, soccer pitch, beach volleyball court and Friday afternoon BBQ on the roof at EAC are great for team building and general relaxation.

ConsManagement had little clue as to how technology dependent games are, and how investing in technology pays for itself on cyclic-games like sports titles.

Advice to Senior ManagementStart walking the walking of YOUR cultural values.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Lots of good, lots of bad. Best reason to work here: opportunity.

Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Burnaby, BC (Canada)

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

ProsOpportunity to work on high profile projects, corporate culture, good technology.

ConsBureaucratic, plenty of blame shifting, difficult to get things done due to lots of stakeholders--pretty typical big company woes.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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10 great years and still love coming to work

Program Manager (Current Employee)
Vancouver, BC (Canada)

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

ProsAutonomy. Travel. Learn and grow every day.

ConsTypical corporate bureaucracy. Regular layoffs.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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There Are Better Companies Out There.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Burnaby, BC (Canada)

I have been working at Electronic Arts full-time

ProsOther employers regard EA as a top tier company.
You get to say you work at "EA".

ConsPoor leadership - A few excellent leaders in EA. But more prevalent are some unqualified individual contributors are bubbled up as managers and aren't qualified to manage people.
Poor recruiting practices - Job descriptions are works of fiction.
Work-life balance - Depending upon the team, work life balance can be an issue. Be prepared to work long hours and weekends.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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A production oriented company

Senior Engineer (Former Employee)
Vancouver, BC (Canada)

I worked at Electronic Arts full-time for more than 8 years

ProsThey know how to ship high quality games. The company is entirely focused on shipping highly polished games on time and mostly on budget. They have a huge war chest so if they are interested in a project they will fund it.

ConsNot great place for innovation. Pick other companies if you want to work on anything that looks like an indy game. The company is profit driven and they will cancel projects if they believe they are going to take a soaking on it.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good Place to work, but...

IT Manager (Current Employee)
Vancouver, BC (Canada)

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

ProsGood Benefits, Great onsite perks.

ConsGreat place for single people with no family life. Expectations are high to work long hours, weekends and even during vacation.

Advice to Senior ManagementWork Life Balance is important.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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great people, boring work conditions

Quality Assurance (Current Employee)
Burnaby, BC (Canada)

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

Prosgreat employees and quite pleasant people. being around other young people is great.

Consjobs is pretty boring and lame. the purpose of making games is not that fulfilling.

Advice to Senior Managementneed more meaningful employment

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great growing experience

Assistant Producer (Former Employee)
Vancouver, BC (Canada)

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

ProsWas promoted from a game testing position before I graduated college. I stayed here for little over 1 year.

-Great talents. Lots of personal growth opportunities. Lots of people with wide perception and long-term vision.
-People genuinely care about their products(at least in the FIFA studio)
-Beautiful building. Good cafeteria and services. Sort of like a mini city inside.
-Great benefits and perks outside of your base salary.
-If you speak up and have good logic behind it, you'll largely get your voice heard.

ConsThe easiest problem to see in this big company: Slow and sluggish.

-Managers are often in meetings and are unavailable. Have very little time to look after employees

-Vancouver building is huge. It's hard to find people and places. If meetings are on different floors of different buildings, it consumes a good amount of time.

-Above 2 points slows down the decision making process. Significantly.

-It doesn't help that there are often no clear person in responsibility that 'calls the shots'. It's democratic, but too democratic sometimes, hence things don't get done.

-Crunch time. Very stressful. Managers get pretty unethical around these times if schedule becomes really tight.

-There are great Project Managers and some mediocre ones. The mediocre ones stick to their own line of thought far too much and leaves no room for improvement. Instead identifying bottlenecks in the process and optimizing them, they tend to stick to poor, "do it now" methodologies. The whole project suffered a bit from these people.

-The worst of the Project Managers had very little understanding of software development management. This is years after being in the industry. It didn't seem like they learned anything.

Advice to Senior ManagementBe liberal in your thinking, and analyse the process from all point of views. Software development isn't just "do it now, get it done". Identify bottlenecks, eliminate them, and lean up the process as a whole. It feels like a waste in terms of how much talent is getting wasted around here.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great people, great facility

Content Manager (Current Employee)
Burnaby, BC (Canada)

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

ProsWorking with some very smart people. Decent compensation. We produce some great products.

ConsHuge...too many managers. Some of them entirely useless. Company seems to have no direction, fingers in too many pies. Contractors are used as full time employees but without the benefits. There are some members of the team that seem to have no purpose yet mysteriously float to the top.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good job if you can get it

Senior Engineer (Current Employee)
Burnaby, BC (Canada)

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

ProsMature company that normally get it. There are lots of senior engineers that will not put up with crazy over time and the like. Not to say it is easy but that is part of the fun too.

ConsIt will depend a lot on the team however. Starting out in games is hard however once you have worked a few years things get better.

Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to take risks on good games. We have spent too much on some of the companies we have bought. Star wars didn't turn out so well.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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