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  • Pretty bad work/life balance when it's crunch time (in 72 reviews)

  • I would say that the worst thing would have been the very long hours that I had to work (in 79 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Excellent team creating fascinating work"

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    Former Employee - European Director of Web & Social - EA in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - European Director of Web & Social - EA in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Electronic Arts full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Smart organisation, very collaborative and creative. Bold and brave to try new ideas and initiatives.

    Cons

    Can be a hard-working, sometimes with too many silos and provincial with teams (overly) protecting their territory.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Experience probably studio-dependent"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Electronic Arts full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I worked at Playfish, which was a start-up bought by EA. The studio retained its start-up culture for quite a while before things felt more corporate. Incredibly talented, motivated people working together. People worked really hard but also had a lot of fun doing it. Things changed quite a bit after we were put under the Maxis label and were trying to develop new projects.

    Cons

    We were subjected to a lot of corporate pipeline red tape once we were put under the umbrella of the Maxis label. Maxis, who is used to taking years and years to develop PC games, was not used to the extremely fast-paced and agile environment of mobile gaming. It was not a good fit, and there was lots of indecision and u-turning on Maxis's part.

    Advice to Management

    The assimilation of newly purchased studios really needs to have their fit considered when merging into labels or adding hierarchy. I think Playfish was a great place to be, and extremely creative, but it was highly damaged and hampered by friction and red tape when we were made to report to a label that didn't fundamentally understand our culture and development pipelines.

  3. "fun environment, exceptional people"

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    Former Employee - Producer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Producer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Electronic Arts full-time

    Pros

    you work with the best, everyone is very passionate and this shapes a great culture,
    you get to know a lot about games and get many for free too

    Cons

    company restructuring and closing studios often and arbitrarily, even good product
    the overhead and red tape from the senior management from the headquarter can get in the way of self empowering the local teams

    Advice to Management

    value your talent, don't push it away


  4. Helpful (1)

    "In big trouble..."

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    Former Employee - Graphic Artist in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Graphic Artist in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Electronic Arts full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent workmates and upper management in my studio.

    Cons

    They closed us down and basically fired 80 plus very talented people.


  5. "Digital Manager"

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    Former Employee - Digital Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Digital Manager in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Electronic Arts full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - International Company with opportunities to travel
    - Responsibility and broad nature of role

    Cons

    - Too many decisions made from North America are affecting International business


  6. Helpful (1)

    "bureaucratic, back stabbing"

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    Current Employee - Finance Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Electronic Arts full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    benefits, international mobility, free games, some good people on the analytical/ development side

    Cons

    terrible culture from executive, not meritocratic, lots of wrong investments, poor judgement by management on company acquisitions and game launches, very unprepared/ unresponsive HR.

    Advice to Management

    stop the red tape, stop hiring your friends


  7. "Good people, nice office, struggling business"

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    Current Employee - IT Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - IT Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Electronic Arts full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good people who have survived many upheavals and reshuffles
    Great office in an exclusive part of London

    Cons

    Lack of clear leadership, possibly struggling to keep up with the rapid change in the mobile/social space. More communication to the teams could help fix this issue.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate with your teams, and create clear goals.

  8. "Lots of global opportunities, fun"

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    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Really cares about employees, growth and opportunities. Lots of exciting innovative pockets around the company. Interesting fun place to work.

    Cons

    Lot of red tape, but depends on which part of the company, and on par with companies this size


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Depends heavily on which part of the company you are. Some are great some are terrible."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Ability to make a difference in the market.

    Cons

    Career advancement can be really slow. If you're in the wrong part of the company it can feel like a public job.

    Advice to Management

    Get smaller and more focused.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Beware the Golden Handcuffs"

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    Former Employee - Animator in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Animator in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    A good company to have on your resumé, nice building with excellent facilities. The benefits are excellent with stocks and pension packages as well as medical and dental cover. You will have the chance to work on some high-profile games which are likely to do well in the market. EA only employs the best so you will be surrounded by talented and fun co-workers which means you will learn from them and gain some excellent friends and contacts. The company offers some excellent opportunities for learning and diversifying and will encourage you to try new skills and learn new areas.

    Cons

    Long hours are sometimes neccessary in the games industry, but EA seems to be one of the worst at working these into the schedule of their projects rather than using them only as a last measure. Mandatory, unpaid overtime for many months, not just towards the end of the game or during the "crunch time" seem to be the norm. There is immense pressure to work weekends and holidays and fear tactics are used by management if you don't stay late and work lots of extra hours. As a resule morale is low with people generally afraid to speak up for fear of repercussions.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees as your greatest assets and see them as professionals. Burning them out and then trading them in for newer models is short-sighted at best.


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