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Updated April 12, 2017
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  • Pretty bad work/life balance when it's crunch time (in 68 reviews)

  • Crunch time can be a nightmare and requires long hours for several months on end if you're trying to ship a product (in 77 reviews)

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  1. "Nowhere near as bad as some make it out to be."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Dog-friendly.

    Great co-workers.

    EA has a recognized presence in the gaming industry.

    Cons

    It can be a struggle to get past "Temporary Full Time" into a proper "Regular Full Time" position.

    EA is stuck shaking off some old stigmas.

    Its "recognized presence" is often seen as money-hungry among gaming community.

    Advice to Management

    Grow the talent. Help TFT employees create a career with EA and guide them on the path to RFT.


  2. "Dev Ops Role - Boring"

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    Former Employee - Release Engineer in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Release Engineer in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Electronic Arts part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of team collaboration and customer outreach.

    Cons

    No technical challenges; the equivalent of "button pushing".


  3. "Talented teams but a very political environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Electronic Arts full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The first 6 years of my career at EA were absolutely phenomenal. Fantastic senior leadership, lots of growth opportunities, very exciting global projects to work on, highly engaged and talented teams to work with. The compensation package is very competitive with other tech companies, and the facilities are hands down the best in Vancouver region.

    Cons

    A culture and attitude of everyone-for-themselves exists that is really unfortunate, lots of political posturing happening between the EA Vancouver and EA Redwood Shores locations. Management is hit or miss, I had a few really inspiring leaders and some absolutely atrocious ones that ultimately created a toxic environment and caused many talented individuals to leave the company due to the cultural downward spiral.

    Advice to Management

    HR really needs to do more to help fix the pockets of toxic culture that exists in certain departments. During my tenure at EA I witnessed several high performing individuals leave the company because they had conflicts with their managers. Disappointingly, HR will typically side with the person who is most senior and let the incidents slide because they're afraid of losing them to a competitor. They should create a training course that encourages more empathetic behaviors in the workplace.


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  5. "Know what to expect"

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    Former Contractor - QA Tester in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Former Contractor - QA Tester in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Electronic Arts as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -Whatever you need to do, the resources exist. You might need to walk across the building to get them, but you can get just about whatever parts you need.

    -The facilities are great. I worked at the Burnaby location, and the sports facilities are top notch.

    Cons

    -If you're doing testing work, don't count on your contract being renewed. They hire around dev cycles, which is standard, but know that if you're going in for a testing job the odds of it being a long-term gig are not stellar. There's simply too many people who would like to keep working when there's not enough work to go around.

    -Enforcement of the employee / contractor divide seemed very arbitrary. Your co-workers would typically invite you to partake in whatever was being offered, but if you're a contractor then there are lots of things you're not technically allowed to do / take part in. It rarely gets brought up, which makes it all the more jarring when someone chooses to put their foot down about it. Frankly, sticking with one attitude or the other would be fine, but suddenly getting in trouble about having a beer on Friday with everyone else as you had been invited to do from the start can feel pretty alienating, as you have someone stand there and tell you that you don't get the same rights as your friends.

    -There are some communication issues between departments at times. I was present when half our team got reassigned to a completely different duty in a different part of the building, and our team leads were hearing about it at the same time we were (and reeling as they tried to then cope with being drastically understaffed for what they needed to do in the thick of crunch). Agile development is one thing, but when there are this many problems cropping up it stops feeling agile at all and just seems like the people running the show are confused.

    Advice to Management

    Just remember that contractors are people too. Also, continue to try and find more space for desks, some areas do not have the seating they need for the work being done.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Meh.."

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    Former Contractor - Character Artist in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Former Contractor - Character Artist in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Electronic Arts as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very good facilities.
    Fairly relaxed environment.
    Decent-ish pay.
    Beer Fridays!

    Cons

    Can feel like a large high school at times. Can be quite cliquish.
    Meetings for meetings.
    Over complicated pipeline.
    Proprietary software and pipeline is not very artist friendly.
    Frostbite engine looks nice...content creation is a god awful headache. Take that with a grain of salt..possibly team dependent workflow.
    Contract workers only allowed to work one year before requiring 3 months away before being hired back. (so they don't become eligible for full time benefits) Nice right?
    If you aren't full time, sometimes you just feel like you don't belong to the cult.

    Advice to Management

    Give due respect to your many contract workers...aka..the brunt of your workforce and stop treating them like disposable employees.


  7. "Quality Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Quality Analyst II in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Quality Analyst II in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Electronic Arts (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great co workers, benefits, pay, career structure. Freedom to evolve. Gym on site and ability to play sports during lunch hours. Not super stiff requirements in terms of working hours.

    Cons

    Long hours during crunch time.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Very good internship"

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    Former Employee - Associate Software Developer Coop in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Associate Software Developer Coop in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Electronic Arts (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Teammates were friendly
    - When reached out to other teams for help, they were very helpful
    - Nice overall atmosphere and culture, with pets.
    - Enjoy many perks of full employees
    - Cafeteria has REALLY good food for reasonable price
    - Free dinner when working overtime

    Cons

    - Seems to be stressful sometimes for full-time employees, especially at peak/release times.


  9. "Manager"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Electronic Arts as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Facilities are great, flex hours within core hours.
    Good work life balance.
    Great overall communication between areas.

    Cons

    Male/Female ratio could be more even.
    High Temp employee positions and turnaround can be hard to keep good employees.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "overrated"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Free parking in underground lot

    Cons

    Salary, Benefits, work life balance


  11. "Associate Software Developer"

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Electronic Arts as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great facilities. Friendly and supportive coworkers. Cheer and beer session every alternate Fridays. Free snacks and coffee all day long. Cheap console games.

    Cons

    Unless you drive, there is no eat out options near the campus. No work from home day. As an intern, I do not have some of the benefits the full time staff are enjoying.


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