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Smart developers, mixed management, good environment and some bad hours

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Former Employee - Software Engineer in Orlando, FL
Former Employee - Software Engineer in Orlando, FL

I worked at Electronic Arts full-time (more than 3 years)

Pros

- Great environment to work in, good tech, fun subject to work on video games (provided you can deal with sports video games), with generally a lighthearted atmosphere when things aren't hectic
- Smart, experienced developers, artists, etc. who you can learn from and vice versa
- Variety of tech, languages, and more to work with and learn on

Cons

- Management is often misguided, poor at planning causing some long hours especially during Alphas when bug fixing should occur but feature addition may as well
- Communication can often be lacking, leaving important parties in the dark
- Company direction is not always intelligent or caring about the consumer, they don't think some of their decisions through
- When attrition occurs, management won't say a peep about it, one day someone's there, the next they are not unless they told you directly
- Moving up in the company is almost non-existent unless you have an "in" with people up high

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Communication is so incredibly important as well as proper schedule management. Not every feature can make the cut and just because you promised it to others doesn't give you the right to demand your workers be there at all crazy hours to pump out a sub-par product. Also please read The Mythical Man-Month, a must for software engineering practices.

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  1. Great place to work but little room for growth

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Electronic Arts full-time

    Pros

    The people here are dedicated, driven, and smart but there is poor management in some studios

    Cons

    I would say it depends on which studio you work on whether you can flourish here or not

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  2. Overall pretty good, lots of perks to this job, but poor management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Electronic Arts

    Pros

    Awesome bonus perks to this job. Tons of EA's newest titles given to you for free. AS well as two game consoles. For a college kid this is awesome. With these assets your job duty was to host events for fellow students to test out titles. Good pay and great perks. All around awesome internship

    Cons

    Terrible management, we as interns would be left out to fend for ourselves multiple times. It wasn't necessarily my manager's fault I believe it was coming from higher up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get better management terrible management skills for young college students. For all you know we could have kept every game and console not that any of us did but they would have never known.

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