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Ruthless meritocracy, reputation-based decision-making, strong talent

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - General Manager in Redwood City, CA
Current Employee - General Manager in Redwood City, CA

I have been working at Electronic Arts full-time (More than a year)

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

1. High talent density
2. Performance based merit (mostly)
3. Reputation and credibility more powerful/influential than title
4. Mostly work/life balance
5. Superb at taking a game that works and making it super high quality & iterating on it
6. Frequent internal employee surveys

Cons

1. Obsessively process driven
2. Nearly impossible to develop new IP that isn't mostly derivative
3. Yearly re-orgs: studio closures/consolidations/lay offs/re-assignments
4. Internal competition for IP
5. Sometimes "who you know" is more important than "what you know"

Advice to Management

Less re-orgs please

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    Challenging but Fun Company to Work For

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Electronic Arts (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    1. The company makes video games, not chemical weapons, so at the end of the day, the core foundation of the work is about entrainment and is fun. 2. The people are sharp, funny, and hardworking. 3. If you like technology and computers this company has a ton of it. 4. Lots of free food, parties, and fun ways to relax (ie. game rooms, gaming events, etc.)

    Cons

    1. Insane corporate higher-achy that makes for high friction decision making. Getting a creative question answered could involve input from a manager, a director, a vp, a SVP, and CEO just to get a yes or no. 2. People manage up, so if you are on the lower 50% prepare for some (usually mild) mental abuse. 3. Insane hours at crunch times, we are talking 2-3 days without leaving the office, sleeping under your desk kind of crunch times.

    Advice to Management

    Right now your company is loosing some of it's absolute best employees because of the way many managers, vp's, svp's and higher all manage up. The better job you THINK the people reporting into you are doing, the more suffering their direct reports are enduring. Your creative & technological intellectual property is great, but without the people who created it the company can't survive.


  2. EA is a potentially great company, but with the number of re-orgs it is hard to move forward.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Electronic Arts full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Generally great people to work collaborate with on projects. People are very passionate about their work priorities, when priorities line up great things happen.

    Cons

    There is not a lot of room to grow without changing locations. For the most part people are good, but certain teams have a tendency to not plan ahead and be so far behind that everything they send out becomes a firedrill for the other teams. When they shoot off their firedrill they have no empathy for the other teams who have their ducks in a row or other priorities.


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