Electronic Arts Reviews

Updated April 29, 2015
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Pros
  • Work/life balance is very good for the game industry (in 34 reviews)

  • That coupled with the passion for what we are doing makes for a wonderful work environment (in 59 reviews)

Cons
  • EA STILL has no concept of work-life balance (in 39 reviews)

  • long hours without reasonable compensation (in 52 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Great work environment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    We have a gym with many workout options and classes on site. A big cafeteria with lots of options. A library to borrow games, movies and books from. We get so many free games a year from our in-house store. Great health and dental coverage and other benefits.

    Cons

    It is a big corporation that has done some questionable things so sometimes you can feel like a drone that has no influence on the bigger picture.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Great co-workers, great perks, bad facilities, not so great career development

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - great and smart co-workers makes it a fun place to work - being part of game development is exciting - great perks like gym or free games

    Cons

    - Few nice office spaces - Career development is limited

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in career development


  3. Helpful (1)

    A very good employer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Programmer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Programmer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I worked at Electronic Arts

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great access to resources companywide, great infrastructure, very few unprofessional colleagues, very organized processes, treats employees well.

    Cons

    Poor decisions at highest levels have terrible consequences, e.g. investing in wrong technology, killing a good franchise, promoting a poor franchise.

    Advice to Management

    Leverage broader range of employee opinions on all critical decisions.


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  5. Excellent place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    - Large company. - Bureaucracy. - Overly structured.

    Advice to Management

    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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Solid at the top, but too many politics

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  7. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great culture, smart people, great technology

    Cons

    I cant think of any cons.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Director of Communications

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  9. Contractors treatment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


  10. Fun environment, many hours of work.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    * Nice, friendly and laid back environment

    Cons

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


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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.



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