Electronic Arts

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Great company, Great Benefits, could be better when it comes to compensation

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Current Employee - Content Specialist in Redwood City, CA
Current Employee - Content Specialist in Redwood City, CA

I have been working at Electronic Arts

Pros

Great Health Benefits (full vision, medical, and dental), Good Stock Purchase plan, Good 401k, Good work environment, Emphasis put on learning how to do your job better, EA University provides a great opportunities to improve your skills, Opportunities given to move around the company, nice facility, flexible work hours, respect of your personal time, plenty of time off

Cons

Compensation lower in comparison to other bay area companies (at least in the customer service department), Politics are sometimes involved when positions are chosen, it is a large corporation so it can be easy to get lost, sometimes changes in policy take longer to make because it is such a large company

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Make compensation more competitive with other Bay Area companies, try to pick employees based on the best qualifications rather than for political reasons

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    EA has lost sight of product quality and has bad leadership from top to bottom.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Electronic Arts

    Pros

    Competitive pay. Big company. Stable job. Lots of resources. Some great people work there. Some great IPs you might get a chance to work on.

    Cons

    Incompetent management is rampant. Promotions come only when you threaten to leave. Lack of performance is tolerated, and it is near-impossible to fire people. Lots of "buddy hires" who aren't qualified to do the job at hand. Quality of the games and the game teams just isn't there. Other developers are way ahead in all areas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lay-off the bottom 30%. They are deadweight. Look to promote those who are being rated SAT consistently by their peers. Consolidate the producer and DD positions into a single role. Weed out bad management by talking to mid-level developers periodically and having them fill out surveys about their leaders. Hire better people, focus on quality not the date, look to improve all of your game teams - many are very weak executionally.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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    Steer clear of EA, despite the numerous company benefits.

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    Former Employee - Web Developer in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Web Developer in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Electronic Arts

    Pros

    You get EA Game Credits on a yearly basis, which is pretty rocking, and after you spend your credits you can buy games that EA produces at a discounted rate. In addition, they have Beer Friday, which is "Bring your own Beer, just don't leave work drunk." The perks are nice, and I like the SCUM Methodology they used to conduct daily meetings. It really held everyone in check when it came to getting your projects completed on time.

    Cons

    Well, I found working for Electronic Arts to be very political. If you rubbed the wrong way with someone, you basically would eat lunch alone, and not be invited out with everyone else to get a soda downstairs or something of the sorts. I found the memos received from upper management were not very detailed, so we were kind of in the dark about things. In addition, the way our director handled people was very passive. He would never come out and say something to your face, but he would let other people do his dirty work for him. Kind of sucked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sure. Just be more open with your employees. If you perceive there's a problem with someone, come to them directly, don't start rumors, or encourage gossiping at the beer fridge, as it was. Anyhoo...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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