BioWare

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Fun environment with interesting tech

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  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Lead Engineer in Austin, TX
Current Employee - Lead Engineer in Austin, TX

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

Pros

* Lots of room for learning new teach and solving problems
* Smart people
* Crunch periods are not that long

Cons

* Management communication leaves lots to be desired
* Lots of "Tech Managers". Basically strong tech people with crappy management skills
* Downsized recently, more work spread to few individuals

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Learn to communicate with employees better. Secrecy is a killer

Recommends
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  1. 7 people found this helpful  

    Led on by false promises of a full-time position

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    Former Employee - QA Analyst in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - QA Analyst in Austin, TX

    I worked at BioWare

    Pros

    Free breakfast catering and ice cream stocked weekly. Generally lax work environment. Decent pay. Hours aren't as overburdening as most other QA positions. Immediate supervisors were good people who respected the team.

    Cons

    Employs a ridiculous amount of contractors with almost no capability for advancement into full-time positions as the company is too stingy to pay for benefits. Regardless, employees are promised a chance of getting full-time if they work hard enough, which is a blatant lie: even my friend who was one of the most important tech staff in the studio, who often outpaced his full-time coworkers, was not brought on after the end of his contract.

    Most of the full-time staff looks down on the contractors and sometimes even takes credit for their work. Senior management almost never communicates or even acknowledges contract staff. Very cloak-and-dagger about unannounced information, to the point of management outright threatening employees that they would intentionally ruin their career in the gaming industry if they said leaked a word of new content.

    Horrible software and often dysfunctional hardware supported. Benefits are barely worth mentioning.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop cycling out contractors and leading them on, hire internally for full-time positions. Actually acknowledge your contract staff and realize how important more full-time staff are for long-term project quality.

    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    You only move ahead if you have a friendship or past working relationship with the "choice makers".

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I worked at BioWare

    Pros

    A lot going on day to day. A lot of work but mostly because the servers keep getting screwed up.

    Cons

    - Lack of management
    - Poor communication from team leads
    - Constant changes in development plans without warning
    - Management placed in some groups do not have the required skills to make their teams successful
    - No interaction with management unless you initiate it.
    - You must have a previous connection with someone on the inside in order to solidify your position.
    - A lot of egos and attitude from the creative higher-ups like they're God's gift to the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Learn the strengths of your employees
    - Talk to them and discover what drives their productivity
    - Be a mentor and develop them instead of making them "factory" workers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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