Electronic Arts

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Electronic Arts is a company with a great pedigree, great talent, and an extremely weak executive team.

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Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Austin, TX
Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Austin, TX

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

Pros

Good compensation, access to great intellectual property. Very smart developers, and great industry networking opportunities.

Cons

A weak executive management team that is incentivized by the quarter, not long-term growth and strategy.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Advice to the board - can the entire executive team and replace with competent outsiders. I'm talking to you Larry... Replacing JR with the green Aussie was uninspired.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Less re-orgs please

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

    Challenging but Fun Company to Work For

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Electronic Arts (more than a year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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