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Experience Varies Widely Depending On Group- Can Be Fantastic

Marketing (Current Employee) Redwood City, CA

ProsPerks are amazing (large amounts of PTO relative to other companies, free gym membership in on-site gym, decent healthcare, 401K matching etc), robust corporate philanthropy program that gets employees involved, nice campus with good cafeterias and a Starbucks and an on-site movie/game rental place, "fun" culture, good name to put on a resume, very standardized review process with opportunity for 360 degree evaluation/plentiful opportunities to get feedback, HR very supportive of internal mobility (saw a comment from another reviewer that internal mobility is against policy; that's completely untrue). Overall, the culture is fantastic.

ConsManagement's recent focus seems to be on recruiting new talent sometimes at the expense of current employees, some groups can be very political, some groups have a culture of 24/7/365 work even if it's just to keep up the appearance of needing to be plugged in all the time, typical large corporation issues like tons of red tape and limits on creativity, don't have any expectation of being converted to a full-time employee if you're a contractor.

Biggest issue at this company though is the fact that it will take forever for you to move up. Are you brilliant? You'll be lucky if you get a promotion every 2-3 years. Are you less than brilliant? Be prepared to stay in a position for 3-7+ years before getting promoted. In that sense, it almost feels like employees who are loyal to the company are "punished" for not jumping ship to accelerate their career growth. If you're looking for growth opportunities, this is not the place to be, long-term.

Advice to Senior ManagementIn addition to finding new talent outside the company, don't forget about the top-notch talent you already have; prioritize singling out and accelerating the growth of employees that show potential and can bring innovative thinking to their teams.

From a business strategy perspective-- continue to make digital a priority.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A great opportunity at a great time in the companies history

    Producer (Former Employee) San Mateo, CA

    I worked at Electronic Arts full-time for more than 5 years


    Pros: The second largest publisher and creator of interactive entertainment products offers a great amount of resources to projects… Cons: To big for their own good. Projects suffer from far to many layers of management and an over emphasis… Advice to Senior Management: Get back to your start up, scrappy roots! Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More
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    Despite being told not to join the ranks at Tiburon by many friends and former colleagues, I did anyway -- big mistake.

    Development Director (Former Employee) Orlando, FL

    I worked at Electronic Arts full-time for more than a year


    Pros: The major pro to joining EA is getting to work on AAA gaming titles at almost any studio. They own some of the biggest… Cons: Horrible work-life balance on any game team. Be prepared, especially on Madden, to be under a constant microscope where management, especially marketing, will continually… Advice to Senior Management: Building a game is simply like building any complex piece of software. EA Tiburon has "implemented" Agile/SCRUM, yet does't really adhere to the rules… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More
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