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Good company to work for

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  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA
Current Employee - Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA

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

Pros

- Big name which is great for your career
- Good compensation and benefits compared to most of other companies
- Great learning opportunities in my team
- Fun working environment, especially working in game studios

Cons

- Politics across teams, especially non-game positions like marketing/HR
- Not much breakthrough in the past years
- No free food

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Take more time thinking about EA's future, as game industry is not in a good state. EA needs breakthroughs as badly as making money

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    Great image company, but heavily focused on Senior Mgmt benefits and little focus on Economic Value Added (EVA) teammgmt

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    Former Employee - Executive Producer in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Executive Producer in Redwood City, CA

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

    Pros

    EA is a great brand and company possesses great IP for an entertainment company. However, the company lacks focus unlike its competition Activision Blizzard and is all over the map on different game platforms it wants to enter. Beyond that, it is a fun and exciting place to work despite constant pressure to deliver.

    Cons

    Constant changes in roadmap and headcount planning. The EA senior mgmt only cares about what wall street thinks of its earning and cost structure and they do a headcount and studio evaluation every year to cut cost to meet margins. So working here becomes a game of dodge ball and you focus on dodging the cut each year by making sure you work in the right studio group. The company has stopped focusing on developing innovative games, instead, it focuses on trying to make bigger, fewer, better every year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower the mid level managers and have an EVA mgmt process instead of an Hollywood Studio bureaucracy where you have multiple VP fighting for power and never get along or willing to work hand-in-hand as a team. And start listening to what consumers want instead of trying to dodge and avoid being consumers most hated company in America every year. Stop using Peter Moore for company figure head, he obviously is not listening to what consumers or employees are saying, his same "ignore the haters" pitches are getting very old.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    QA Tester

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Electronic Arts full-time

    Pros

    Good place to start and pick-up some valuable experience.

    Cons

    Very unprofessional work environment. Supervisors were very disrespectful to testers. Long hours, forced to work 7 days on some occasions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give testers pay raises. That way experience testers will stay with the company. Current compensation is a complete joke.

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