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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. 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.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "The company takes care of it's people"

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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 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.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Interesting experience"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Great people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    Pros

    (Bioware tx)
    people here are great. cool, fun and friendly. They know how to enjoy life

    Cons

    Agree that EA tarnished Bioware. EA is focusing only on making business than actually making awesome games.

    Advice to Management

    Not much to say. People are great.


  5. "When it's good it's real good."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - QA Analyst in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - QA Analyst in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great atmosphere. You feel like you are part of a large family.

    Cons

    When layoffs come, the stress level goes way up!


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Great place to work, would have given up some of the benefits to avoid layoffs."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations/Project Management in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Operations/Project Management in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart, dedicated co-workers. Internal processes good, could be be better. Fantastic benefits to the point of being extravagant, which may have contributed to all of the layoffs. This may no longer be the case, as I understand there have been major changes in this respect.

    Cons

    Lack of job security (like most game industry jobs).


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Best time of my life"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BioWare full-time

    Pros

    At the time I was there I got to work with one of the best teams I ever had worked with and had the most fun I've ever had. I remember saying to a team member "Where could we ever go that would be better than here?"

    Cons

    Some of the senior management team is not well respected or well liked, but remain in their jobs despite massive complaints. I wish Upper Management would listen more and clean out the ranks.

    Advice to Management

    Find the wink links and replace them - it'll keep the good people there.

  8. "Great complete overview of the games industry as an entry level employee."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Platform QA Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Platform QA Engineer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great People
    Good learning experience
    Can learn many aspects of business from here

    Cons

    At the time it was a very large studio with 500+ people. So there is a lot of bureaucracy to communicate with anyone not part of your team. The approval processes and number of meetings can occasionally be disruptive to work flow.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Unique experience on a cool product"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Technical Artist in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Associate Technical Artist in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work with people very passionate about what they do.
    Great perks, excellent benefits
    Challenging work environment

    Cons

    Unstable future, your job is one failure away from being removed.

    Advice to Management

    Be more open to flexibility and listen to your employees as they give feedback. Sometimes ideas are just bad.


  10. Helpful (5)

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

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Designer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Associate Designer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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.

    Advice to Management

    Decrease employee turnover to perfect their skills instead of firing and re-hiring temporary workers. Eliminate work-flow pipeline issues by seasoning your people and unifying your technology. It should not take 6 months for a new designer to learn the ropes, and another 6 to master them. That's 4 and 8 months too long, where employees are gratuitously unproductive in comparison to seasoned veterans. On top of that, the forced turnover rate eliminates many of the seasoned workers before they can share their wealth of accumulated knowledge, leading to a downward spiral of production that can only end in one way.


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