BioWare

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A stimulating company that focuses on quality of life over speed of production.

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Former Employee - Associate Designer in Austin, TX
Former Employee - Associate Designer in Austin, TX

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

Pros

Food, comfort, and happy people. BioWare is a comfortable place to work and a happy environment. You must find a healthy place in the corporate structure where creativity is allowed to thrive and corporate needs are sheltered by strong leads. There are some really creative people at BioWare, and it is an absolutely amazing environment to wet one's feet or season one's skills.

Cons

The large corporate mogul of EA opens doors but closes independent thought. Only on the micro-level may creativity thrive, for revolutionary ideas that can be iterated on rapidly in a small company setting turn into months-long trudge of certification, documentation, and stagnation. Long "assembly-line" like production pipelines turn great ideas into watered-down results, quashing the desire for creativity into production, as the outcome of both becomes identical.

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Decrease employee turnover to perfect their skills instead of firing and re-hiring temporary workers. Eliminate work-flow pipeline issues by seasoning your people and unifying your technology. It should not take 6 months for a new designer to learn the ropes, and another 6 to master them. That's 4 and 8 months too long, where employees are gratuitously unproductive in comparison to seasoned veterans. On top of that, the forced turnover rate eliminates many of the seasoned workers before they can share their wealth of accumulated knowledge, leading to a downward spiral of production that can only end in one way.

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    My first experience in the game industry, and I could not have asked for a better company to work for!

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    Former Contractor - Contract Worldbuilder in Austin, TX
    Former Contractor - Contract Worldbuilder in Austin, TX

    I worked at BioWare as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    -working on successful AAA titles
    -working along side talented people
    -quality of life and work balance

    Cons

    -big studio (if you like the more personal companies this isn't for you)
    -RPG focus if thats not your thing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to say no! Hahaha.

    Recommends
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  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    A complete waste of my time

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    Former Contractor - QA Term Tester in Austin, TX
    Former Contractor - QA Term Tester in Austin, TX

    I worked at BioWare as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    The tiny perks - free breakfast, ice cream, lax work environment. lower level staff is great.

    Cons

    Relocated cross country for job only to be laid off after a few weeks, company completely disolved the QA from this studio(Austin). Higher ups have extreme attitude problem. Contractors treated like complete dirt. If you can get on and stay your whole contract you basically have to be buddy buddy to get hired on full time, being good at your job has no meaning here.

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    Don't have 60%+ of your workforce be contractors, don't fire them right after you hire them, and how about trimming the fat where it is needed and not where you can save your buddy buddy's job.

    Doesn't Recommend
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