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Works for the Sims Label at Electronic Arts

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Current Employee - Artist in Redwood City, CA
Current Employee - Artist in Redwood City, CA

I have been working at Electronic Arts

Pros

THIS pertains to The Sims Label of EA!!!!

The SIMS division works extremely hard to keep a healthy environment for the employees. Even though they function under the umbrella of EA the structure the division functions so well that they have somehow created a template for how the rest of the company’s labels should operate.

The people at Maxis/Sims Label are extremely knowledgeable. I couldn't ask for more amiable personalities either. The work ethic there is very proactive and many innovations in production are made there. It’s a great place to start your career in Video Game Development. You will learn pipeline workflows and get production experience that can be scalable to any future project you will work on.

I have visited the campus in Emeryville as well. The energy there is very exciting. You feel that industry pioneering is happening there.

Cons

Most of the products are not linear experiences so focusing on a behavioral system limits the visual tech that you can put into the game because it takes a significant processor hit on lower end gaming platforms. Even working on the PC titles because so much computational engineering effort needs to go into the behavioral systems of the game.

You may not be able to work in the Science fiction or Fanatasy genres which usually push the level of detail that current generation console games have to offer. The fixed art style of the Sims Label is mainly geared toward the casual gaming crowd so if you want to make guns, aliens, zombies and vampires you may want to go to a different division.

Also when launching new IP they tend to give short development cycles which isn't enough time for a Dev Team to really get a solid industry leading product that they can be proud of.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Even in this recession we need to get more time on a project. Leading titles are made over a few years not a portion of a year. Many projects already exist to hold the Label in strong position. Allow the new IP's to simmer, keep development efforts focused on new experiences and quality. Then overtime you'll have more industry innovating products that will strengthen the already solid foundation that Maxis/The Sims is on.

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    Things could be better

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer I in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer I in Redwood City, CA

    I worked at Electronic Arts

    Pros

    Very nice facilities and perks. The quality stops there, however.

    Cons

    Long hours, frequent fear of layoffs, ridiculously top-heavy with middle management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Having eight development directors for moderate-to-small sized projects is too much. Stop having non-engineers managing engineers (same goes for art as well).

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    Great place to learn about the industry, but favortism runs rampant..

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

    I have been working at Electronic Arts

    Pros

    You get GREAT exposure to the games industry, especially working with engineers and developers. The environment is fun. The campus is beautiful, and if you do a good job, your managers tend to let you do your own thing so long as you do your work reliably and well.

    Cons

    It's very difficult to get noticed starting out, and sometimes you may be passed over for a well-deserved promotion over someone who has less seniority and experience doing the job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit letting talented people go because of "contracts." You're only shooting yourselves in the foot. Promote those who have earned it, based on merit.. and those who know how to do the job best.

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