Electronic Arts

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The soldiers are amazing, the leaders (especially Senior ones) are politicians, not value added

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at Electronic Arts full-time (more than 5 years)

Pros

- Solid compensation
- Working with very intelligent experienced staff
- Diversity of staff and industry experience
- Passion about gaming

Cons

- Weak ineffective management
- Too much management
- Not enough leaders or leadership
- Company can't make a net profit
- Culture (ineffective, not malicious)

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Dig deeper to find out what is really going on in the company by talking to the people doing the work and trim all the middle management fat.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great people, great facility

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    Current Employee - Content Manager in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Content Manager in Burnaby, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at Electronic Arts as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Working with some very smart people. Decent compensation. We produce some great products.

    Cons

    Huge...too many managers. Some of them entirely useless. Company seems to have no direction, fingers in too many pies. Contractors are used as full time employees but without the benefits. There are some members of the team that seem to have no purpose yet mysteriously float to the top.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great growing experience

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Producer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Assistant Producer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I worked at Electronic Arts full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Was promoted from a game testing position before I graduated college. I stayed here for little over 1 year.

    -Great talents. Lots of personal growth opportunities. Lots of people with wide perception and long-term vision.
    -People genuinely care about their products(at least in the FIFA studio)
    -Beautiful building. Good cafeteria and services. Sort of like a mini city inside.
    -Great benefits and perks outside of your base salary.
    -If you speak up and have good logic behind it, you'll largely get your voice heard.

    Cons

    The easiest problem to see in this big company: Slow and sluggish.

    -Managers are often in meetings and are unavailable. Have very little time to look after employees

    -Vancouver building is huge. It's hard to find people and places. If meetings are on different floors of different buildings, it consumes a good amount of time.

    -Above 2 points slows down the decision making process. Significantly.

    -It doesn't help that there are often no clear person in responsibility that 'calls the shots'. It's democratic, but too democratic sometimes, hence things don't get done.

    -Crunch time. Very stressful. Managers get pretty unethical around these times if schedule becomes really tight.

    -There are great Project Managers and some mediocre ones. The mediocre ones stick to their own line of thought far too much and leaves no room for improvement. Instead identifying bottlenecks in the process and optimizing them, they tend to stick to poor, "do it now" methodologies. The whole project suffered a bit from these people.

    -The worst of the Project Managers had very little understanding of software development management. This is years after being in the industry. It didn't seem like they learned anything.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be liberal in your thinking, and analyse the process from all point of views. Software development isn't just "do it now, get it done". Identify bottlenecks, eliminate them, and lean up the process as a whole. It feels like a waste in terms of how much talent is getting wasted around here.

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    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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