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Very fulfilling

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Current Employee - Production  in  Edmonton, AB (Canada)
Current Employee - Production in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

I have been working at BioWare full-time for more than 5 years

Pros

People, quality focus, strong leadership team, career opportunities, great culture.

Cons

Project size can be overwhelming

Recommends
Positive Outlook
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    The best career decision of my life!!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BioWare

    Pros

    The people, the passion, the common goal

    Cons

    Unfortunately the gaming industry sees a lot of change from time to time, due to natural restructuring post lauch. I would liked to have had more time to work more closely with some industry geniuses.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 7 people found this helpful  

    Working at BioWare Edmonton is like being in the dance band on the Titanic

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    Former Employee - Designer  in  Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Designer in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I worked at BioWare full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Very family oriented. Several husband and wife teams.
    Good salaries and ESPP.
    A lot of talented designers and writers.
    Really good benefits.
    Breakfast every morning.
    Free milk and juice to drink.
    EA has great marketing.
    Edmonton has hardly any traffic.

    Cons

    Nepotism is rampant.
    Huge team sizes.
    Seemingly closed to new ideas.
    Not much room to grow. Many employees are expected to specialize in a particular aspect of their discipline, and there are few opportunities for leadership.
    Art and Programming departments get their way more than they should because BioWare has trouble hiring programmers and artists.
    Many producers are completely clueless at how to manage a large team.
    The Dragon Age management team is misguided and they seem to be group-thinking their franchise off a cliff.
    Some managers tend to take undue credit for the hard work and brilliant ideas of their team members.
    Most people at Bioware Edmonton have never worked for other game companies, and many of them probably wouldn't cut it outside BioWare.
    High cost of living in Edmonton, despite the fact that hardly anyone really wants to live there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rather than rewarding loyalty by promoting long-timers to positions where they become inept, bring in some fresh talent from outside BioWare to modernize how you develop games. The way BioWare Edmonton does business is very expensive and it is not changing to match the pace of the industry. Development costs for Triple-A games are increasing, but BioWare's profits are not keeping pace, and SWTOR was very disappointing in terms of sales. If things don't change soon, EA is likely to trim a lot of the fat from BioWare Edmonton to make the studio more sustainable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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