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BioWare Reviews

Updated July 10, 2017
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Pros
  • Great people to work with, good focus on work life balance (in 10 reviews)

  • Positive helpful work environment (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • Connection means very little for future attempts at full-time work there (in 8 reviews)

  • There is almost no room for advancement unless you're a friend of one of the 'old guard' (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "BioWare Lifer"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BioWare full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    BioWare has always had leadership that cares about its people. From the founders, Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk, to the current GM Aaryn Flynn. The company is focused on creating some of the best games in the world and it shows in its track record of games, including the recent Dragon Age: Inquisition (GOTY).

    BioWare's culture is defined by the statement "Quality in the Product and Quality in the Workplace". It is difficult to balance the needs of a project with the needs of the employees, but BioWare has done a good job of it over the years.

    Cons

    BioWare is a company that values open communication/critique. This can lead to stress as everyone's work is held to a high standard. If you enjoy a high performance culture, this might be a positive :-)


  2. Helpful (3)

    "BioWare Austin could be great..."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BioWare full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    It's BioWare! We make amazing games that you and others will actually want to play.

    "One BioWare" collaboration between Edmonton, Austin, and Montreal is good stuff.

    HR is surprisingly awesome.

    Cons

    Beware the Marketing department. Yeesh, incompetence personified.

    Advice to Management

    Practice what you preach, RE: accountability.

    Salaries, bonuses, and promotions are not in line with industry standards if you're interested in attracting and retaining top talent.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Was good until it wasn't"

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

    I worked at BioWare full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with, good focus on work life balance. Very progressive in terms of people - very inclusive and goes out of their way to make sure that people feel taken care of. Felt like the top of the management tried to take care of all of the employees as a group.

    Cons

    Project-level leadership can act petty at times. Management shies from confrontation, which can result in employees feeling blindsided by things. When I was let go, I felt like I didn't really have a good metric of what it was that caused me to be let go - one manager was totally fine with me and gave me good reviews, while his replacement did not.

    Advice to Management

    Be more honest and straightforward with what you expect from your employees. If there is a problem with performance, try to set more measurable/quantifiable goals.


  4. "Designer"

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    Current Employee - Designer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Designer in Austin, TX

    I have been working at BioWare full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    A lot of talented people, a relaxed work environment, frequent meals provided, excellent benefits and options for ESPP and 401k, very little crunch, great work/life balance.

    Cons

    difficult career progression, low salary


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Decent perks, no windows"

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    Former Employee - Senior Visual Designer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Visual Designer in Austin, TX
    Recommends

    I worked at BioWare (More than a year)

    Pros

    There were lots of fun events and milestone celebrations and such. The company definitely spent money on making the employees feel comfortable.

    Cons

    One entire side of the building has zero windows, and to me that got tiring after a while. I don't care how awesome the work is, if I feel like a nocturnal creature for 8 hrs a day that's not good.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "There are worse places to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BioWare full-time

    Pros

    The company values work/life balance.
    Management genuinely seems to care about bringing employees into the fold in terms of decision making.

    Cons

    Constant change in upper management means a constant change in the studio direction.
    Not the best environment in the world to foster creativity.

    Advice to Management

    In my 6 years there, we had 6 different studio heads who all wanted to do 6 radically different things. Maybe just keep one guy around for more than a year.


  7. "Decent company to work for"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Analyst in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Analyst in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Decent work environment, nice team and nice culture.

    Cons

    Sometimes, the work can be a little bit stressful.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "The company takes care of it's people"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BioWare full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    A very professional work environment made up of senior developers who have been around the rodeo a few times. Extraordinarily talented people with a wealth of ideas and aspirations. One of the best places for a work/life balance

    Cons

    There is often a lack of higher direction or, more actually, and difficulty locking down that direction. The management tries to include everyone, which is nice but can be detrimental when schedule pressure you to set a course and stick to it.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to establish direction sooner and make a commitment to that direction. They try with the best intentions and it is not an easy thing at all but that is the one area where I see frustration.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Interesting experience"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer II in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Software Engineer II in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BioWare full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There were a lot of very top notch engineers working there.
     The people were generally nice
     Great work / life balance compared to other game studios

    Cons

    The tiered title hierarchy made it hard to move up
    Lots of contractors coming and going
    Not afraid to lay people off and rehire replacements

    Advice to Management

    Focus on employee growth more


  10. Helpful (1)

    "BioWare Austin"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great work environment, talented people.

    Cons

    Overscoping. Not the same following departure of Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk.

    Advice to Management

    Drop MMO development and create single player RPGs in Austin.


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