Electronic Arts Reviews

Updated December 17, 2014
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  1. Excellent place to work

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    Current Employee - Assistant Producer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Assistant Producer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    - Great environment.
    - Talented people.
    - Excellent amenities.

    Cons

    - Large company.
    - Bureaucracy.
    - Overly structured.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look to your middle people, the ones that love and truly understand games, and raise them up to have meaningful importance and decision making in the company.

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

    Solid at the top, but too many politics

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    Current Employee - Producer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Producer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Great environment, and most people are just trying to do their best. Benefits and campus are awesome.

    Cons

    A lot of inter-company politics can make it hard to stay motivated sometimes. Also the approach to retaining top-talent is highly misguided, and HR is extremely weak. Trying to get stuff done with lots of central groups means there is always lots of politics and people aren;t honest with each other why things go sideways, so the same mistakes get made a lot.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of a lot of the middle management and allow successful game teams to make more of their own investment decisions.

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

    Great place to work

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer II in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer II in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I worked at Electronic Arts (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great culture, smart people, great technology

    Cons

    I cant think of any cons.

    Recommends
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    Director of Communications

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    Former Employee - Communications Director in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Communications Director in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Global opportunity, excellent corporate culture, great compensation and benefits packages, interesting work, great people.

    Cons

    The size and scale of the company adds a lot of red tape to day to day work environment. There is a tendency to re-organize departments frequently to react to market forces.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Contractors treatment

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    Current Contractor - Software Engineer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Contractor - Software Engineer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at Electronic Arts as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    There is a policy of full time sponsorship that allows contractors to access to certain campus facilities (like the gym) for free, or buy games in a lower price, if a full time employee contribute.

    Cons

    There is a very clear wall between Full time and Contractors, by example every 6 months there are group events to celebrate the goals reached on each project during that period and contractors are not invited even tho they have been part of those projects and contributed on that success.

    Promotions are not a common thing.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Fun environment, many hours of work.

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    Current Intern - Software Developer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Intern - Software Developer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    * Nice, friendly and laid back environment

    Cons

    They make you work as much as you can. Weekends, holidays, overtime.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. Internal tech team is stable, interesting, diverse, and challenging.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer I in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer I in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Great people, consideration for live-work balance, opportunity for growth, excellent management. The facility in Burnaby is beautiful, the food is good enough, the health benefits are great, and the stock purchase plan is a nice perk. Overall this (the internal technologies group) is an excellent environment to learn and grow.

    Cons

    Time off allowance is pitiful and increases very slowly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Time off is the biggest reason I would look elsewhere.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Great opportunity, great 4 year learning experience, too much management of managers

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Probably the most talented group of individuals i've ever worked with. Very progressive in thinking and problem solving. Ultimately creating the best entertainment experiences in the industry.
    Early on got to dream big with marketing campaigns and had great autonomy to promote games to our consumers.

    Cons

    Victims of being a large public company. Many titles releases well before they should be to ensure financial goals are met. Instead of giving projects the right amount of time to be completed.
    Poor work/life balance. Long hours. Working well into the evenings and on weekends.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Challenging problems and fast-paced environment.

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Development Director in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Development Director in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at Electronic Arts full-time

    Pros

    Many difficult problems to solve. A lot of lateral growth opportunities.

    Cons

    Depending on the team you are part of, you may have to be available during off-hours for months at a time. However, you can rotate your "shifts" with colleagues so you get some evenings and weekends off.

    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Disappointing Experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Is a big company that just looks for money not to make games or allow room to innovation or new things.

    Basically the company has two types of employees (regular and temporary) if you manage to get a regular position which is nearly impossible then you are ok at least until you want to keep growing otherwise you are just for a limited time which is basically the 60% of the workforce.

    Big company lots of perks.
    Good benefits (if you manage to become a regular employee which is rare).

    Cons

    Not a career more like a job.
    Too much management not even room for innovation or try new things.
    Push the same product over and over again with minor changes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the talent on the company and develop careers, allow the employees to apply their skills their innovation do not limit them but since I know that the owners just care about numbers then never mind I believe the company will keep the same as a money maker not as a video game giant.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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