Electronic Arts Reviews in Vancouver, BC

Updated August 25, 2014
Updated August 25, 2014
774 Reviews

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Pros
  • Managers do try to encourage workers to maintain a decent work/life balance (in 29 reviews)

  • Nice & friendly colleagues, which made for a really nice work environment despite the Cons (in 54 reviews)


Cons
  • Some staff will struggle with achieving work/life balance if they are not careful (in 36 reviews)

  • Extremely long hours, if you aren't living at the job you aren't fitting in (in 51 reviews)

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  1.  

    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 for 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
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    Contractors treatment

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

    I have been working at Electronic Arts as a contractor for 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
  3.  

    Fun environment, many hours of work.

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

    I have been working at Electronic Arts as an intern for 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
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    Internal tech team is stable, interesting, diverse, and challenging.

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    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 for 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
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    Great opportunity, great 4 year learning experience, too much management of managers

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

    I worked at Electronic Arts full-time for 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
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    Great working environment, Not a place for career development

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

    I have been working at Electronic Arts as a contractor

    Pros

    The work environment is superb, definitely one of the very best in town; the large open space cubical, ergonomic chair, impressive interior design, free coffee. A great place to start for new grads. Constantly updating company Library of books, games, consoles, videos, magazines and other resources. Large mail room. Free, old, arcade games and pinball. You get discounts for many commercial stores outside EA. Many (not free) onsite services including gym, massage, haircut, car wash, etc.. Coworkers are very friendly and pleasant to work with. Overtime pay reinforced.

    Cons

    The work contents can be extremely dry and boring. Creative works are almost completely absent due to outsourcing and the nature of projects. No career development, no advancement, no regular full time opportunity and many people keep signing contracts here for years. working hours can be very hectic depending on projects and management - they may hire people during crunch time, so be prepared to work long hours for several months including weekends and stat holidays. If possible, consider companies elsewhere for your career, especially for artists alike.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Challenging problems and fast-paced environment.

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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
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    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 for 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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    Great opportunities for professional growth

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

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

    Pros

    This is a company where you can really build your career if you are willing to drive it yourself. There are many resources available and strong support provided. An internal knowledge base not only helps staff teach each other new things, but gives you a chance to write blogs, white papers and get recognized for it.

    There are also lots of opportunities to move around the company if you are willing to relocate and are good at your job. Additionally, I have seen many people make big changes in their careers while at EA - for example, moving from an engineering or art role to project management or production.

    Time off policies, annual bonuses and flexible hours are all positives.

    Cons

    Can be an 'old boy's club' and very political and 'clique' like. Promotions are in theory based on individual merits and business need but at times feels very unfair and more of a tool to retain staff that might leave otherwise.

    Some staff will struggle with achieving work/life balance if they are not careful. This is in the hands of the employee - no one is going to tell you to work crazy, long hours but it may often feel like it is being encouraged.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We need to treat our QA teams better. It has improved over the years but I still feel like they are under appreciated given the importance of their roles.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great company to work for

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

    I worked at Electronic Arts as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Lots of perks of the job, good working conditions, excellent facilities and latest technologies in use.

    Cons

    Bigger monitors would be nice

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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