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BioWare Reviews

Updated March 2, 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 Tilte"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Intern - Intern in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BioWare as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    They know how to listen to concerns and went in depth with projects.

    Cons

    They were very adamant on timeline and very minuscule details.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "BioWare Austin could be great..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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 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. "Designer"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Decent perks, no windows"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    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.


  5. "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.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Company deludes employees into thinking it's an "amazing" company with bells and whistles."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - QA Analyst in Austin, TX
    Former Contractor - QA Analyst in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at BioWare as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Working with the QA department was a great experience.
    My direct boss was very easy going and explained things very well.
    Loved my team and my tasks.
    Was my first gaming company I worked for, so I was able to get my foot in the door that opened up lots of possibilities.

    Cons

    I was led on that I would be brought on to the company full-time as opposed to being a contractor. I did an amazing job and worked my way up the QA ladder, but still got the boot once my contract was up.

    Advice to Management

    Instead of spending ridiculous amounts of money on breakfast every morning, use that money towards bringing dedicated and hard-working contractors on full-time.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Great people hampered by odd decisions"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - QA Analyst in Austin, TX
    Former Contractor - QA Analyst in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BioWare as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Met some great, talented people. Many days were lots of fun.

    Cons

    QA is run in a way that discourages being a team player. Too much emphasis on contract and overseas QA. Much of QA, except those few who are 'embedded' with the developers, seem to be kept at arms length.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the industry-wide use of contract workers. QA personnel are an important part of the development process, not a group to be thrown away.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "There are worse places to work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great company, but recent years suggest concern."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BioWare full-time

    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.

    Advice to Management

    Be careful to focus on your people over your projects. Good people make good projects, but you can't always find good people to staff projects, even if the project idea is a good one. Laid off employees sometimes don't come back.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Was fun to work at Bioware label, not so much for EA"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Given chance to build own team
    - Worked with some of the industry best

    Cons

    - Lots of people promoted as 'industry experts' but without the skill
    - Hired from bad companies in Europe
    - No career improvement, even when working at a higher level
    - All approvals had to go through the US, so there was often no '24x7' until someone in US came in.
    - Rely to heavily on 'well it worked for us before' than designing or investigating new solutions
    - Like much of the game industry, expected to work until you break down. Many people working 90+ hour weeks.

    Advice to Management

    Empower the good people who want to do great things


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