BioWare Reviews

Updated Sep 24, 2020

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

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

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "BioWare Lifer"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BioWare full-time for 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 (2)

    "Lord of the Flies Management Style."

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Artist in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BioWare full-time for more than 8 years

    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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  3. Helpful (2)

    "Can be a good place"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at BioWare full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good Pay, Good Benefits, Nice People

    Cons

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

  4. Helpful (1)

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

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BioWare full-time

    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.

  5. Helpful (7)

    "Time to Think Twice?"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BioWare full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    * Passionate, smart developers who truly care about the products they're making. This sounds trite, but it's true. * EA really isn't as bad as many people think. * The studio is attempting to be really innovative with its current and next planned projects. This is a always a double-edged sword. Let's hope it works out for our fans' sake. * Salaries and benefits are decent. Some specializations could certainly make more money by moving outside the games industry, but overall you probably won't feel like you're being cheated.

    Cons

    * Front-line management is often unfairly expected to do the jobs of two people. They must simultaneously act as advanced individual contributors and as people managers. This leads to frequent burnout by the company's brightest. * Double standards. Upper management does not practice what they preach. Cronyism. This is clearly evident during promotion and bonus time. * Several teams have recently been centralized, and are now managed out of EA's HQ in Redwood Shores. This experiment has been a disaster. Remote management of employees can work, but EA is going about it completely wrong, and is causing serious damage to the studios they should instead be supporting. * Good news is shared. Bad news is hidden. It does not take a genius to figure out what the real state of things is at any given time. * Hand fulls of employees are frequently still in the office working at 3am. This is worn as a badge of honor, and absolutely should not be. * There is still too much Us vs. Them between BioWare's Edmonton and Austin studios. This has been going on for years. * To put it bluntly, open office plans suck. The official story is that it is done to foster collaboration. The obvious truth is that it is a cheaper setup, and allows companies to cram more employees into the available space. BioWare's open office plan is easily among the worst in which I've ever worked.

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  6. Helpful (5)

    "Why Bioware is falling apart"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at BioWare full-time

    Pros

    Was previously a great company but the culture changed.

    Cons

    This culture change wasn't for the better either. It reshaped the company and a lot of infighting happened because of this.

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  7. Helpful (11)

    "A studio barely clinging to life"

    2.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BioWare full-time

    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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  8. Helpful (4)

    "BioWare Austin could be great..."

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BioWare full-time for 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.

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  9. Helpful (1)

    "Was good until it wasn't"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Austin, TX

    I worked at BioWare full-time for 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.

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  10. Helpful (1)

    "Designer"

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Designer in Austin, TX

    I have been working at BioWare full-time for 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

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