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Electronic Arts Madrid Reviews

Updated November 12, 2018
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Pros
  • "Maintains polies of vigorous honesty and healthy work-life balance" (in 103 reviews)

  • "Electronic Arts manages to create a very pleasant work environment despite being one of the largest in the business" (in 144 reviews)

Cons
  • "Horrible hours (no work life balance)" (in 78 reviews)

  • "Long hours, much overtime, stressful crunch times" (in 84 reviews)

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  1. "Fun but unstable"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Videogames Tester in Madrid (Spain)
    Former Employee - Videogames Tester in Madrid (Spain)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Electronic Arts (More than 5 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.


  2. "Pretty Good Employer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Localization QA Tester in Madrid (Spain)
    Former Contractor - Localization QA Tester in Madrid (Spain)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Electronic Arts as a contractor (Less 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.

  3. "Great atmosphere"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Localization Testing in Madrid (Spain)
    Former Contractor - Localization Testing in Madrid (Spain)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Electronic Arts as a contractor (Less 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.


  4. "Easy temp job"

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    Current Employee - Lqa Tester in Madrid (Spain)
    Current Employee - Lqa Tester in Madrid (Spain)

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

    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.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Great team and atmosphere"

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    Current Intern - Temporary Videogame Tester - German in Madrid (Spain)
    Current Intern - Temporary Videogame Tester - German in Madrid (Spain)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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 is not required at all. Testing the text/audio of Triple A games and getting paid for it does not only sound awesome. It just is awesome. It is a perfect first job after graduation from university or as summer job for a couple weeks/months.

    Usually EA Madrid recruits during spring for the peak in summer to work on the big titles that will be released in late summer/ fall such as Fifa, NHL, ...

    When I applied for this position I had to take an online test first which was fairly straight forward if you are familiar with the concept of localization and translation. Generellay speaking if you are decent in english and your nantive language you shouldn't have much trouble at all. Then a few days later I had a phone interview scheduled. The interview was also straight forward and really easy questions were asked (in english and your native language). e.g. What is your favourite (EA) game.

    Also if you are coming from outside of Madrid you will get all help you need to move to Madrid. Even some travel expenses.

    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 for smaller languages like Danish, Finnish, Turkish, Swedish, Arabic, Chinese and so on but there are way fewer available spots. It also depends on the workload which may vary a lot as EA has not every year the same amount of games which needs to be tested.

    If you are looking to secure a permanent position as a Localization Tester at EA Madrid you will be disappointed. It is rather difficult and you have to be at the right place at the right time to have a tiny chance for it.


  6. "Nice work environment, zero stability."

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    Current Employee - QA Tester in Madrid (Spain)
    Current Employee - QA Tester in Madrid (Spain)
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    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.


  7. "Product Executive"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Madrid (Spain)
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Madrid (Spain)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Electronic Arts as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great Team
    Amazing company
    Great work
    Incredible work atmosphere

    Cons

    Few Opportunities actually
    Hard to stay if you are temporary

  8. "EA Madrid does follow EA values"

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    Former Contractor - Audio Artist in Madrid (Spain)
    Former Contractor - Audio Artist in Madrid (Spain)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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 the same values as EA. So there is a culture hidden under the carpet that is totally contrary to EA's values. Their main goal is to keep status quo and they undermine creativity, passion, etc They let good people go and keep only the people that subdue to their poor values.

    Advice to Management

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


  9. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madrid (Spain)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madrid (Spain)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Office environment
    Quick pace with high rewards

    Cons

    Having to always be ready to push your limits


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Almost perfect"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Localisation Tester in Madrid (Spain)
    Current Contractor - Localisation Tester in Madrid (Spain)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Electronic Arts as a contractor

    Pros

    Good work environment
    Competitive wages and benefits for Spain standard

    Cons

    Temporary Contract
    Idle periods are boring

    Advice to Management

    Review the idle policy and consider changing the temporary contracts system


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