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Above average game studio

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Former Employee - Software Engineer II in Los Angeles, CA
Former Employee - Software Engineer II in Los Angeles, CA

I worked at Electronic Arts

Pros

Great managers, oportunity to work on AAA products. Lots of interesting work and solid support systems.

Cons

Easy to get lost in the masses and end up being treated like a dispensable commodity. Once heard a Senior Development Director say something like the following, "Unreal Engineers are a dime a dozen." What he meant was that qualified gaming engineers with unreal experience were easy to find and hire. Which isn't supported by the amount of time and effort it took them to hire qualified unreal engineers. My impression was that he didn't see the value of the engineers already on staff, he saw them as a commodity to be bought and discarded when he no longer had a use for them.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

For gaming studios EA's managers are definately above average, but their corporate leadership could benefit from deeper contact with the rest of the staff.

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    its just an ok company, nothing special

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    Former Employee - Assistant Producer I in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Assistant Producer I in Redwood City, CA

    I worked at Electronic Arts

    Pros

    looks good on the resume
    free meals depending on crunch time and team budget

    Cons

    no consistant free meals or any other perks unless you are top tier management
    super high costing on-site daycare
    very poor-to-zero EA University class options or support to learn new things
    bad higher management leading to poor middle management with company goals
    very slow to change anything
    behind the times in mostly everything, with bigger egos than creativity ratio with most game design teams

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Morale is low in most every studio because upper management keeps trodding down a path of bad decision making. This impacts performance and creativity and inspiration down to the lowest positions, so the corruption is deep. Overall, you just don't have good designs with your games which leads to bad systems (lol agile) and even worse QA.

    Disapproves of CEO
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    A great place to work! Best benefits around.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA

    I worked at Electronic Arts

    Pros

    People are fun, easy going, friendly and cool
    Managers are experienced, fun and great to work with
    Best benefits package in the entire games industry
    PTO system is non-confrontational (online form you fill out; manager clicks yes or no; you are rarely denied vacation as long as you have time accrued)
    Company shutdown at Christmas through New Years = about 2 or more weeks Christmas vacation, fully paid, every year.
    Salary is competitive
    Large networks
    EA Want Ads is wayyy better than Craigslist!
    TGIF - free beer, chilled drinks and snacks where lots of people mingle, play ping pong, generally have a good time
    Company Christmas parties are amazing!

    Cons

    Skill-wise does not give much room to grow; not challenging enough
    Company is too afraid to take risks; will end up doing the same games and same mistakes over and over again.
    Frequent lay-offs, especially around Christmas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are lots of talented people who are wasted in the company and not given a chance to achieve their full potential. And there are some untalented people who got in somehow and are able to secure their jobs yet do practically nothing.

    Recommends
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