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Could be so much better.

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

I have been working at Electronic Arts

Recommends
No opinion of CEO
Recommends
No opinion of CEO

Pros

10 year old kids say "wow" when they find out. If you look you'll find knowledge beyond what you can anywhere else. If you're into games, aside from all the EA haters who are, much like mac fanboys, very useless, it's a great place to build things that made our childhoods great ... granted that time is gone. It's a big company, full time job, security for people with families, mortgagees etc.

Cons

50 hour weeks are quite common, 80+ when finaling. EA is a machine that makes games ... not meant for people. People how have no business making some decisions are in charge of making those decisions, and some people with knowledge to make the decision have no real say in anything. Entire projects can fail because of a few select individuals. Projects are guided by the select few and no other opinion is valued ... Valve would be the exact opposite. Without naming specific game, one of the recent big titles failed but could've been saved if people in charge where only to listen to people who where making the title ... it wasn't fun to play from the getgo and didn't improve one bit. There is no easy way to relate problems with management. In all, it's overstressed enthronement with few compensations ... if you're fine writing something less fun then games, like DB2 code, go work for IBM, you'll work less, be less stressed and get payed more. There's also many smaller game companies around where you'll have much more say in what's actually being built. ... I wouldn't consider leaving because of most of the above, the only thing that makes me think twice about staying longer is the finaling (a month or two before title ships), it's brutal every time, every darn time, and wouldn't people learn by now? schedule better, give more time for the tasks that actually need to happen ... well, they would, people (in charge) are smart ... so that leads me to think that it's actually planned and pulling 80+ hours for two month is exactly what studio wants and thinks can get away with ... and then act all surprised that great people leave and next project is suddenly without a lead or such.

Advice to Management

What's good for the company may not directly relate to what's good for the people ... and people are always better for the company.

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  1. Not a bad place to work, but better work-life balance needs to be established

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Software Engineer in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Associate Software Engineer in Burnaby, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at Electronic Arts

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Lots of talent in the teams, you will learn lots - great facilities: nice gym, outdoor soccer field, beach volleyball court - fun environment, fun people to work with

    Cons

    - long hours, overtimes are expected everytime a significant milestone approaches - high pressure, strict deadlines - not enough communication between different areas of development - sometimes uncareful project planning leads to unexpected workload which adds to stress

    Advice to Management

    - make sure that teams are not implementing unnoticeable features into games - some features requested by producers are over-complicated and do not improve the overall experience/feel of the game - employees are the company's most valuable assets and work life balance is important to everyone, please respect that


  2. Good and Bad

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer I in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer I in Burnaby, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at Electronic Arts

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    We get to work in the gaming industry. That in itself is a benefit. everyone here is passionate about what they do. we get good benefits. good facility. indoor gym. They pay is good relatively to other companies around the area. You get to work with a bunch of smart people that knows what they're doing, and they work hard to achieve their goals.

    Cons

    The work can be stressful, and we get layoffs often.

    Advice to Management

    Work life balance is important.


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