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An Ok place, but virtually no chance for career development

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Current Employee - Software Engineer in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
Current Employee - Software Engineer in Burnaby, BC (Canada)

I have been working at Electronic Arts

Disapproves of CEO
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Compensation is good, benefits are great. You get some free games, if you are interested. Company has huge "Not Invented Here" syndrome. If you that kind of person who wants to have CV filled with lines like "Optimized custom implementation of std::vector" and "Created custom database engine" you will fit just perfectly.

Cons

Company has a policy against internal mobility. That means if company has a vacancy for a Senior SE and you are fit for it, you can not apply for a position, unless you quit the company first. I did not believe it at first, talked to multiple managers and HR to get as many confirmations as possible. That's true: the only way to get to a higher position in EA is to sit tight and wait for your manager to promote you (when someone higher up quits). And yet again, the huge "Not Invented Here" syndrome. Experience you get in EA has virtually no value for the outer world. So you can build project with the internal EA tool, you can debug EA's internal memcached copycat, you know everything about three different internal frameworks - good for you, but you will never find another company to use them. Management constantly swings between trends. I've been involved in a project which switched project planning tool 4 times in just 8 months. It also changed application framework halfway through, btw. Another widely known fact is the overtimes. Management is fine with 4 hours of "beer Friday", but it will ask you to come up on "Saturday" for the 4 hours of work. And you don't have an option to work full day on Friday and skip the overtime. EA uses ancient software. Most of the developers still use Windows OS! Most of the internal sites only work in Internet Explorer! And so on, from the build tools to project planning software.

Advice to Management

Read your own presentations. Be Bold. Think Consumers First. Innovate. And so on. The company is still able to attract talented people, but fails to use their talents properly. I've seen too many good developers quitting and bad developers promoted to replace them. That's a problem for management to solve.

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  1. Challenging problems, Great people, hard work, long hours

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    Former Employee - Technical Director
    Former Employee - Technical Director

    I worked at Electronic Arts

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Building best games with brightest creative people, interesting engineering problems,

    Cons

    Long hours, recent cuts not related to personal performance


  2. Very happy to have the opportunity to work here

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer II in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer II in Burnaby, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at Electronic Arts

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - nice team - salary not bad with the potential bonus - nice facility - managers are helpful and protect developers from politics

    Cons

    - basic salary is just market average - too many teams and sometimes hard to find the right person

    Advice to Management

    - pay more for salary - make a better orientation not just for company as a whole but for specific team


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