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Electronic Arts Orlando Reviews

Updated April 25, 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. Helpful (1)

    "Cinematic Animator"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Cinematic Animator in Orlando, FL
    Current Contractor - Cinematic Animator in Orlando, FL
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Supportive coworkers and studio structure. Paid OT for contract workers. People are generally happy and pleasant to work around, which no matter what the work project is, makes all the difference.

    Cons

    Animation is largely outsourced to second and third party companies in China. Some work is done in house, but animators often perform a variety of other tasks (technical support, engine work, scene setup, etc) than actually animating.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Character Artist"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Electronic Arts full-time

    Pros

    If you are driven, smart, and a collaborator, there is always room to grow at EA.

    Cons

    While good work is recognized by your manager and potentially their boss, rarely is your work recognized more than two levels up.

    Advice to Management

    When individual contributors don't respond well to your management strategies, don't double down on them. Seek alternate strategies.


  3. "Pay in QA is attrocious for experience"

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    Former Employee - Senior QA Lead in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Senior QA Lead in Orlando, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Electronic Arts full-time

    Pros

    Gain experience working for an industry giant and get to see the grind from the inside. Attempt to keep it a fun atmosphere

    Cons

    Low pay, excessive grinding "crunch" hours and poor work life balance, often times poor management no real direction on advancement

    Advice to Management

    Talent is hired and released consistently at the end of any project - Start focusing on retaining quality employees instead of constant turn-over and invest in training and improving employee quality


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Artist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
    Recommends

    I worked at Electronic Arts full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Some of the best games ever made. If you work here, you've basically made it to the top, right?
    Good benefits. Good perks.
    Studios are in great locations.
    Top notch equipment and software.
    Relatively stable; the company is obviously not on shaky financial ground.

    Cons

    Moves slow; big decisions are made by committee that can take weeks or months to decide.
    HR department is protective of the company, not the employees.
    Hard to move up the food chain for some positions.
    Company is so big that individuals are sometimes unvalued.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be so overprotective of the company at the cost of individuals.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "What an AMAZING Team to be a part of!!!"

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    Current Employee - Senior Database Engineer in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Senior Database Engineer in Orlando, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I have been with the company just over a month now. I honestly couldn't be any happier with my experience thus far from recruitment, the on-boarding process, and the work here at EA. The perks and benefits are outstanding!!! The culture here is nothing short of AMAZING!!! I think I finally found my home through retirement :)

    Cons

    I honestly can't think of any cons.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work!!! I truly love working here :)


  7. "Devops Engineer"

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    Former Contractor - Devops Engineer in Orlando, FL
    Former Contractor - Devops Engineer in Orlando, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cutting edge and appealing work environment. Amazing talent across the board. Very flexible hours and remote work is possible.

    Cons

    Organizational challenges associated with distributed (global) teams.

    Advice to Management

    Improve communication between organizational units and provide better access to training for new hires.


  8. "Stressful."

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    Current Employee - Associate Producer in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Associate Producer in Orlando, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Football is cool, overtime is nice

    Cons

    High stress, little work/life balance


  9. "Great atmosphere and experience but difficult to actually stay employed"

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    Former Employee - QA Tester in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - QA Tester in Orlando, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Electronic Arts (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The atmosphere is very laid back and fun, most of the people you interact with are friendly and helpful. Pay starts off pretty good. The policies in place are great for employees- if you have a sudden emergency it is easy to get the day off, hours can be flexible depending on your position, and you get good experience working on something you're passionate about.

    Cons

    There is a "hierarchy" where RFT employees are valued more than contractors, and there's a palpable feeling where you are looked down upon as a contractor. It's very, very difficult to become a Regular Full Time employee.. unless you become popular with important people. Getting RFT essentially seems to have to do with just knowing the right people at the right time. You can be very skilled in your area and overlooked easily

    I did not receive any "actual training" when I first started and i did not know that I was not properly trained until my contract was almost over. Hours can be very long (sometimes until 2am) depending on release, but it's expected.

    Advice to Management

    Try to get rid of that "boys club/popularity contest" atmosphere that there is.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Tough work/life balance but lots of perks"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Orlando, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Electronic Arts full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    - Lots of opportunity for ownership
    - Fair compensation
    - Products that are always exciting to work on

    Cons

    - Hours are pretty brutal during finaling phase of the game
    - Limited growth opportunities for engineers
    - Lots of new grads and contractors, so need to be patient with peer ramp-up


  11. Helpful (4)

    "Excellent company"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Orlando, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everyone is great to work with and the environment is simply one of the best you'll ever encounter. The building has everything you could ever hope for and the company never forces you to work in a way that's disruptive to your normal life.

    Teams are understanding of individual needs and everyone tries to help each other when they can. The talent there is generally top notch. Management is always trying to do the best for the teams and there's never a moment where support isn't offered if you need it.

    The culture is one of the best and will make you wonder why people have such a negative view of the company as a whole.

    Cons

    There is a lot of work to do if you're a key individual on a team. Trying to advance is difficult. There are a lot of initiatives and meetings to help people move to a place that they want to, but there's simply no time during the year between projects to realistically try and explore other paths.

    Additionally, change doesn't happen easily on projects. Because schedules are tight, there's little time to implement big ideas which sucks because people there really do have some great ones.

    Most people I met spent 4-5 years there before feeling the need to move on to another studio, but you get some great experience during that time.


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