Electronic Arts

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Depends on the team you're with....

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  • Senior Management
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  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Project Manager in Redwood Shores, CA
Current Employee - Project Manager in Redwood Shores, CA

I have been working at Electronic Arts full-time (more than 3 years)

Pros

EA has a lot of benefits that get overlooked, such as health care, a fair time-off-work system, legal assistance, in-house gym, day care, etc. Things that may be more important for an older employee than someone fresh out of college. The work hours are actually very reasonable, especially for a game studio, and you get at least a full week off for winter holidays. Although, the work hour issue and quality of life at the office is very dependent on the studio you are with at EA.

Cons

The projects they have going aren't too exciting and there's a lot of red tape that gets in the way of employees trying to initiate projects that are exciting to them (some of which are likely beneficial for the company as a whole). There's a lot of filters for important information, enough so that most people you encounter are very skeptical of EA's priorities and decisions.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Stop lying to the employees. It's frustrating to hear contradicting information because the senior level management wants to raise morale in a single speech. EA hires a lot of smart people. I truly believe if they are more open about company goals and issues with their employees, they can find some very creative and useful solutions proposed to them.

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Positive Outlook
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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    At EA, contractors are second-class citizens.

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

    I worked at Electronic Arts as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Exceptionally talented workforce; relaxed environment; cutting edge projects; numerous on-site amenities; solid middle management; plenty of passion.

    Cons

    Hiring practices make it difficult to transition from contract to full-time; "second class" status as a contractor, including contractor email address and different colored badge, limited access to benefits, exclusion from events; reactionary upper management practices; constantly shifting internal structure; resistance to transparency.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Teams can't gel and develop if contractors are constantly being cycled in and out of the system. Focus on hiring a few, really solid full-time people to drive your projects. You'll get far more out of it in the long run.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    not so great..

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Audio Artist I in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Audio Artist I in Redwood City, CA

    I have been working at Electronic Arts full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    sometimes it is fun.. some of the people are cool.

    Cons

    pay isn't the best, you are often unappreciated, morale can be poor, lots of crunch time, no room for advancement on many teams, often very un-fun, management plays favorites a lot, not much consistent or direct guidance/vision given (i.e. poor management)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    management and HR is often pretty unhelpful in protecting anyone beneath them. it's quite common-place to see very uncool things be swept under the rug... this really shouldn't go on any longer. also people need to be given raises/promotions more often for good work. i have not seen much of this on a fair playing field in years. this really sullies people's motivation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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