Electronic Arts

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

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
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

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    QA Tester

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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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    Good Place to Learn & Build Skills / Company In Transition

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Electronic Arts

    Pros

    Smart colleagues, Bigs brands/IP, Relative stability in a volatile industry, Learn new skills, Comapany invests in marketing/executive training at the Director level.

    Cons

    Dominant position in industry results in hubris/lack of humility, generally not consumer focused enough, lack of movement across different business units/game genres can limit growth possibilities.

    Approves of CEO
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