BioWare

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A great company in a mediocre city

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Current Employee - Software Engineer in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
Current Employee - Software Engineer in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

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

Pros

Good work-life balance. A lot of employees are older, with kids; as a result, the focus is on sustainable work practices rather than a bunch of twenty-somethings competing to see who can work the most hours in a week. Although crunch does occur now and then, the company makes an effort to minimize it. Lots of friendly, intelligent coworkers. Generous time off allowance at Christmas. Free breakfast. Plenty of opportunities to work on high-profile, AAA projects. Good job security; although there have been selected layoffs, BioWare has largely been unaffected by sweeping cuts. The studio general manager, Aaryn Flynn is a genuinely nice guy who cares about his employees. Alberta has the lowest tax rate in all of Canada.

Cons

Edmonton is an ugly, boring city. The winters are cold, dark and long -- and as a result, BioWare has a tough time recruiting new talent. There is no significant "tech" presence in the city; if you get laid off, your only other option is to go work for the oilfield. Cost of living in Edmonton is high (although not as high as say, Vancouver.) Salaries are lower than what you could be making elsewhere.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Be daring & confident -- blaze your own trail rather than constantly trying to follow in the footsteps of other successful games. Be accountable -- recognize and correct failures of leadership. Continue to hire aggressively from around the industry. Raise salaries to attract and retain top talent.

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Comfy, Casual, Underwhelming

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

    I worked at BioWare full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Stable work environment
    Good pay and benefits
    Friendly Management

    Cons

    Short sighted decision making
    "Old guard" preventing any new tech/ideas
    Antiquated quality goals, need to match industry bests
    No room to move up from within. Need to leave the studio and come back to get promoted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote from within and get some junior level new blood in.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Great learning experience working with top talent on top titles.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Very talented and very friendly colleagues. Project direction is very strong, and I think many companies could learn from BioWare's professionalism. The company is spending a lot of resources on teaching and growing employees skills. Challenging, but very rewarding. Company culture is open and fun with lots of social events, friendships and beer!

    Cons

    Bioware is a big company, and while they mainly run things their own way, the are also part of en even bigger corporation, EA. The higher levels of management can feel very corporate and not transparent. The strong project direction has a downside too - you have to deal with very strong egos and some arrogance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold on to a more family-like company culture, try and be more open and transparent on the managing side.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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