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  • "I enjoyed my time at EA; my team had a pretty good work-life balance and I never had to do overtime unless I wanted to(in 105 reviews)

  • "Electronic Arts manages to create a very pleasant work environment despite being one of the largest in the business(in 148 reviews)

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  1. "Good for when you're young and in-between jobs"

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    Former Employee - Localization QA Tester in Madrid
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Electronic Arts for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Great people, diverse teams, get to be involved with big anticipated projects. The job isn't the most fun thing in the world, but it's not terrible. The office has free tea and coffee and soft drinks with a huge discount. You get free shirts. The salaries are okay, overtime is payed, but rarely required.

    Cons

    A conveyor belt with very little stability. Next to zero career opportunities. You're expendable and the managment is ready to replace you any time. Each year a bunch of people leave and another bunch is there to replace them. Contracts are short, which is very inconvenient, even though they get extended almost always. Work hours are a bit inconvenient. You start late and finish late, leaving little free time for you...

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  2. "Great place, too bad it's always temporary"

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    Former Employee - Localization QA Tester in Madrid
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Electronic Arts full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Loved the work atmosphere: an international environment with great colleagues, managers and senior testers, most of whom are nice and always helpful. It's an individual work but there's also a lot of team work going on. Job is sometimes challenging and you have to be able to multitask pretty well, but overall can be fun and is not overly demanding.

    Cons

    The real con is the lenght of the contracts, that is always between 1/3 months (Each contract is linked to one specific project), and you're usually called during peaks of workload and then left aside until the next peak. So, not a lot of stability. Also, it's a bit of a dead-end job unless you're lucky enough to be there exactly when a permanent position becomes available (which is very rare).

    Advice to Management

    Call back the testers according to their hard work instead of always giving priority to whoever got there first.

  3. "Fun but unstable"

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    Former Employee - Videogames Tester in Madrid
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Electronic Arts for more than 6 years

    Pros

    Friendly and relaxed atmosphere with people from all the cultures. LGBT-friendly.

    Cons

    Very short temporary contracts. Sometimes 2-week long. No promotion opportunities. Salaries not updated since 2011. Non-existent personal-development for those temps who would like to apply for secondments / internships. Working schedule that breaks whole day (10-19). Atrocious incompetence of HR department. Remote localization within Madrid (outside M-40).

    Advice to Management

    Revise your HR strategy in Loc department. It´s the only real issue.

  4. "Pretty Good Employer"

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    Former Employee - Localization QA Tester in Madrid
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Electronic Arts for more than a year

    Pros

    Very laid-back environment with very friendly people. They take things seriously and give you proper training for the projects you will be working on.

    Cons

    I didn't get the feedback I needed to improve or correct things I was doing wrong, and ended up getting a bad review.

  5. "Great atmosphere"

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    Former Employee - Localization Testing in Madrid
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Electronic Arts for more than a year

    Pros

    Electronic Arts manages to create a very pleasant work environment despite being one of the largest in the business.

    Cons

    Feels like a lack of focus on consumer satisfaction sometimes.

  6. "Easy temp job"

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    Current Employee - Lqa Tester in Madrid

    I have been working at Electronic Arts full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    The job is easy and relaxed, you have a lot of free time during the day. Of course there are some busy days, but overall the volume of work is low. The atmosphere is relaxed and colleagues are all young guys from all over the world. The company organize periodical events/parties.

    Cons

    Contracts are short, to cover the needs during the summer peak, and there is no possibility of getting a stable position. The salary is not high, but it's OK to live in Madrid while gaining experience in this field.

  7. Helpful (2)

    "Great team and atmosphere"

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    Current Employee - Temporary Videogame Tester - German in Madrid
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Electronic Arts for more than 2 years

    Pros

    I've been working at EA Madrid as a Localization Tester for almost two years and sadly this great time will come to an end soon. The atmosphere at work is really nice and relaxed. People are super friendly, helpful and welcoming. The job as a Localization Tester is not very difficult and most of the time a lot of fun. You are working with people from a lot of different countries and the work language is english. Spanish...

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    Cons

    The contract situation is very unstable if you are looking for a long term position. You won't be able to plan much ahead as this position is short-term contract based. If you are lucky (and work for a "bigger" language like French, Italian, German, Russian, Brazilian or Spanish) you might get a chance to work for quite some time in Madrid but you will always get short term contracts (1-3 months). The same is also true...

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  8. "Nice work environment, zero stability."

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    Current Employee - QA Tester in Madrid
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Electronic Arts full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    - Friendly work environment. - Great place to gain experience.

    Cons

    - Low pay. - No Long-term opportunities. - Extendable 2- month temporary contracts that do not allow you to make even short-term plans or live decently.

    Advice to Management

    To cut back costs on contracts you lose experienced testers. If you care about quality you should re-think that business model and create more long-term opportunities for testers with great performance.

  9. "Product Executive"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madrid
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Electronic Arts for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Great Team Amazing company Great work Incredible work atmosphere

    Cons

    Few Opportunities actually Hard to stay if you are temporary

  10. "EA Madrid does follow EA values"

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    Former Employee - Audio Artist in Madrid
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Electronic Arts for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Being part of EA Worldwide

    Cons

    Like many EA companies like Criterion, Bioware, Ghost, Respawn, etc, EA Madrid was acquired by EA and became part of it. What is different about this company in Madrid is that before being bought by EA, it was a small Spanish company specializing in localization. So there are a lot of people from that previous company that still work there and that became managers. The problem with this is that these people do not have...

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    Advice to Management

    Refresh from top to down making sure values are aligned with general company values.

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