BioWare Reviews

Updated Jun 13, 2021

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Pros
  • "Great people to work with, good focus on work life balance(in 14 reviews)

  • "Positive helpful work environment(in 13 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Occasional crunch (Though much improved)(in 10 reviews)

  • "The gaming industry, owned by EA(in 8 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      BioWare Lifer

      Dec 13, 2016 - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
      Recommend
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      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 people found this review helpful
    2. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Can be a good place

      Mar 17, 2019 - Senior Software Engineer in Austin, TX
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good Pay, Good Benefits, Nice People

      Cons

      Doesn't get the recognition the studio deserves compared to the main (Edmonton) studio.

      2 people found this review helpful
    3. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 8 years

      Lord of the Flies Management Style.

      Apr 23, 2019 - Artist in Austin, TX
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The pay and benefits were good.

      Cons

      Most disorganized art department I've ever worked for. Incredibly stressful and cut-throat work environment.

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      2 people found this review helpful
    4. 4.0
      Former Employee

      One of the over-all, best places I've worked.

      Oct 16, 2018 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The people, for the most part are collaborative, smart, creative. The studio is awesome. The benefits are great.

      Cons

      Transparency seems to be an issue. Meeting or private space (open floor plan) can sometimes be an issue.

      1 person found this review helpful
    5. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      A stimulating company that focuses on quality of life over speed of production.

      Jul 21, 2012 - Associate Designer in Austin, TX
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Food, comfort, and happy people. BioWare is a comfortable place to work and a happy environment. You must find a healthy place in the corporate structure where creativity is allowed to thrive and corporate needs are sheltered by strong leads. There are some really creative people at BioWare, and it is an absolutely amazing environment to wet one's feet or season one's skills.

      Cons

      The large corporate mogul of EA opens doors but closes independent thought. Only on the micro-level may creativity thrive, for revolutionary ideas that can be iterated on rapidly in a small company setting turn into months-long trudge of certification, documentation, and stagnation. Long "assembly-line" like production pipelines turn great ideas into watered-down results, quashing the desire for creativity into production, as the outcome of both becomes identical.

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      3 people found this review helpful
    6. 2.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Management needs to get their act together + EA = Not Good

      Jul 23, 2012 - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Relaxed atmosphere, got to work with some brilliant people

      Cons

      Really makes me sad to see what's happened to this company. Only worked there for a short time before the layoffs started, but long enough to see what the problems are. Marketing is driving the business into the ground, making initiatives that make no sense. It's as if they don't realize their audience is gamers, and that's a fail right there. Management simply doesn't listen to the brilliant folks there. I don't know how many times I walked from a meeting shaking my head in complete confusion as to why rational common sense ideas were thrown out in favor of what the marketing head thought was best. I don't believe all game companies are run like this, even BioWare's other branches. But when you have EA looming over your shoulder insisting to see immediate increases in subscriber numbers yet cutting funding in all departments, coupled with horrible management, all the while listening to the marketing department instead of your core audience... yeah. You can see where that's going.

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      11 people found this review helpful
    7. 3.0
      Former Employee

      Great company, but recent years suggest concern.

      Aug 21, 2013 - Software Engineer 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great and supporting environment. The people mostly are excited about their projects. People try to be accommodating of real life. Bioware also creates great games consistently. Even the games that haven't sold as well are still respected. It's a great name to have on your resume. There are good opportunities to do cutting edge work.

      Cons

      Bioware has somewhat of a crunch atmosphere. Project schedules tend to run tight and there are year or longer crunches and sometimes perpetual ones with little breaks. Crunch has always been seen as necessary. In the past, there was a camaraderie that made this tolerable. It felt like the company had your back. By the time I left, there was a growing sense of uncertainty. It felt like layoffs could happen any time to anybody. Just one bad project and everyone would be out the door. Bio used to value people over projects, but now that seems reversed. It is possible that this trend will reverse again with shifts in leadership at EA, but be aware, I've heard of people move and then getting laid off within months. Also be aware that each Bio studio is different. Edmonton, Montreal, and Austin are all somewhat different.

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    8. 2.0
      Former Employee

      Led on by false promises of a full-time position

      May 7, 2012 - QA Analyst in Austin, TX
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Free breakfast catering and ice cream stocked weekly. Generally lax work environment. Decent pay. Hours aren't as overburdening as most other QA positions. Immediate supervisors were good people who respected the team.

      Cons

      Employs a ridiculous amount of contractors with almost no capability for advancement into full-time positions as the company is too stingy to pay for benefits. Regardless, employees are promised a chance of getting full-time if they work hard enough, which is a blatant lie: even my friend who was one of the most important tech staff in the studio, who often outpaced his full-time coworkers, was not brought on after the end of his contract. Most of the full-time staff looks down on the contractors and sometimes even takes credit for their work. Senior management almost never communicates or even acknowledges contract staff. Very cloak-and-dagger about unannounced information, to the point of management outright threatening employees that they would intentionally ruin their career in the gaming industry if they said leaked a word of new content. Horrible software and often dysfunctional hardware supported. Benefits are barely worth mentioning.

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      14 people found this review helpful
    9. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Was good until it wasn't

      May 11, 2016 - Software Engineer in Austin, TX
      Recommend
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      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.

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      1 person found this review helpful
    10. 2.0
      Current Employee

      A studio barely clinging to life

      Sep 23, 2017 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Opportunities to work on famous and popular AAA franchises - EA's pay and benefits are tops in the industry - Good facilities with lots of perks - Inclusive workplace that values and promotes diversity - There's a sincere effort to ensure work-life balance, but that's the first thing to disappear when a project catches fire

      Cons

      - Studio leadership is untrustworthy, unaccountable and obsessed with politics - Bad creative and business decisions are allowed to survive for years and destroy the projects that get stuck with them - Sub-studios are the public scapegoats for the Edmonton mothership's failures - Constant high turnover at all levels, with many replacement hires being temp workers who don't receive any benefits - After years of high-profile failures, fans and EA have lost faith in BioWare and left its future in doubt

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      11 people found this review helpful
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