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Electronic Arts Redwood Shores Reviews

Updated April 18, 2019
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Pros
  • "You can tell the company is very family-friendly and the work-life balance is great" (in 110 reviews)

  • "Electronic Arts manages to create a very pleasant work environment despite being one of the largest in the business" (in 151 reviews)

Cons
  • "They claim to have work/life balance" (in 79 reviews)

  • "Can be long hours on game teams" (in 85 reviews)

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  1. "Great company, great experiences and great memories."

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    Former Employee - Senior Technical Artist in Redwood Shores, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Artist in Redwood Shores, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    talent, culture, compensation, portfolio, fitness center

    Cons

    The current lack in AAA development.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more time in learning about how you can improve your employee's talent and potential.


  2. "Great work Environment, lots of procedures"

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    Current Employee - Senior Artist in Redwood Shores, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Artist in Redwood Shores, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great environment, good work/life balance, excellent benefits

    Cons

    Too many hurdles blocking truly creative game design

    Advice to Management

    Change your focus to making truly innovative, fun games..

  3. "Horrible place to work (EADP Data)"

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    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Redwood Shores, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Redwood Shores, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits especially the health care plans

    Cons

    The reason for the bad rating for this review is the organizational culture. EA consists of many studios, but all of them are served by a central org under CTO for core services. I worked in one of those core services (EADP Data). It was horribly run. Low morale, high turnover. Very little creativity. Always, trying to be cheap and expecting great results. Basically the place was run by fear as if it is a sweat shop. Again, this may not reflect other orgs in EA, but I can only vouch for my experience.

    Advice to Management

    Hold leadership accountable by looking at employee feedback. It is very important to make sure leaders treat everyone with respect, not just please their managers.


  4. Helpful (9)

    "The RIght Place for Certain Types of People"

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    Former Employee - Director in Redwood Shores, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Redwood Shores, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Reasonable compensation - Not the best in the area or industry, but relatively competitive.

    - Stability - EA isn't going anywhere. There are periodic, almost cyclic layoffs, but generally, your job is safe.

    Cons

    - Obsessively revenue focused - All decisions are motivated by revenue. Creative, human, culture, etc. take a very distinct back seat to meeting short-term revenue targets. Strategic endeavors will be cancelled or starved to fund short term projects to cover for revenue shortfalls.

    - Very short term thinking - EA used to be known for long term vision, but it's common now to make decisions based on the next fiscal quarter or the fiscal year at most. Share-holders are the customer.

    - Minimal investment in new IP - There's very little appetite inside the company to invest in new ideas. Any new concept must be able to guarantee 500 million dollars in revenue to even be considered.

    - Networking/visibility culture - You need manage your "persona" and make sure that you're sufficiently connected and consistently visible to executives in order to advance. Definitely not a meritocracy.

    Advice to Management

    Be human. Seriously. Actually human.


  5. "Software Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Redwood Shores, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Redwood Shores, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay; good locations; generally friendly and passionate people

    Cons

    General big corporate culture downsides; company politics; less creative control as an individual contributor on big teams. Promotion can be hard depending on the team.


  6. Helpful (8)

    "Do your research before you accept any offers."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood Shores, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood Shores, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    *Free console reimbursement for FT new hires.
    *Points towards free EA games every year.
    *Stock spiffy for most new hires.
    *Company parties & events.
    *Industry recognized.

    Cons

    *Health insurance for non-California employees is subpar.
    *If you are hourly, you'll likely be asked to work off the clock. If you decline, you may be met with disciplinary action.
    *If you report sexual harassment, expect retaliation. (Ex: Bad performance review, ostracize by peers, etc.) (*See Susan Fowler's account of working for Uber as experiences are identical.)
    *If you're salary, expect to have to respond to non-emergency communication requests while on PTO, outside of usual business hours, etc. WFH is almost non-existent.
    *Extremely limited opportunities for cross-training or job advancement outside of your direct chain of command/department.
    *No reimbursement for industry conferences, job-related certifications/licenses, and/or education. (Company offers basic college tuition reimbursement, that's it.)
    *No options for salary review after you start unless you change positions. (Ex: If you get a Master's while in role that applies directly to your position, your compensation will not increase, nor can you appeal to have it reviewed.)
    *Even with stock spiff/standard raise, you'll likely be making 20-30% less than your peers in 2 years. (*See Forbes article on staying at a job past 2 years.)
    *Low innovation levels and limited R&D. Company directive is to wait till the next big thing is here, and then latch on it it's coat tails.
    *Very restrictive "Conflict of Interest" rules.
    *Questionable disciplinary action for employees. (See items above.)
    *Company tools are out of date and resources are very limited. The closer you are to the bottom of the food chain, the worse this is.
    *A lot of office politics over small items. If you're an employee who is in demand in the market place you will not understand it.
    *High turn over in many departments. (See reasons above.)

    Advice to Management

    Your brand and your culture are 2 sides of the same coin. As long as you let your corporate culture fall behind that of other tech/gaming companies, you'll have problems getting your brand to be perceived as innovative and positive in market.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "QA"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood Shores, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood Shores, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Gym
    Great Food
    Starbucks downstairs
    Hard working People
    Room for growth

    Cons

    At any time your project may get canceled.
    Disjoint between contractors and full time
    You have to pay 25 cents for soda and candy...why not make it free at the point.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Finance at EA"

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    Current Employee - Senior Finance Manager in Redwood Shores, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Finance Manager in Redwood Shores, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture, perks, motivated employees, good work-life-play balance. Welcoming atmosphere for newbies

    Cons

    I have not found any so far


  9. "HR Intern"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Redwood Shores, CA
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Redwood Shores, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great team; company was very transparent; felt like I learned a lot.

    Cons

    Senior management seemed a little removed from interns.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Senior Director, Brand Management"

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    Current Employee - Senior Director Marketing in Redwood Shores, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Director Marketing in Redwood Shores, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent visionary and customer centric CEO
    Great product and services
    Industry leading marketing
    Great culture and people

    Cons

    Multiple stakeholders resulting in slow decision making

    Advice to Management

    Keep on the same track. Focus on the future, make the players happy and your employees motivated.


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