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Updated September 18, 2018
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Pros
  • "Maintains polies of vigorous honesty and healthy work-life balance" (in 96 reviews)

  • "Electronic Arts manages to create a very pleasant work environment despite being one of the largest in the business" (in 141 reviews)

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

  • "Long hours, much overtime, stressful crunch times" (in 83 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Order Management"

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    Current Employee - Order Management Specialist in Louisville, KY
    Current Employee - Order Management Specialist in Louisville, KY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The best Healhcare plan. Some people I know pay anywhere from 3,000.00 to 9,000.00 a year on a deductible which isn't insurance at all. EA's deductible is $150.00 a year. The insurance covers almost all surgeries with very little out of pocket cost. They offer a 401K and ESPP where you receive 15% discount on stock at the lowest running purchase price in a 6 month time frame. WOW.

    Cons

    Would like to work from home.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "It's not as bad as people make it sound"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly co-workers and great executive staff that are very approachable. CEO encourages employees to email him and he does personally answer your e-mails and takes an interest in your career. Other top executive staff makes sure they come around to talk to all the employees they can to get feedback and answer questions.

    Cons

    Pay can sometimes be lower than other companies in the area. Also your management team can sometimes not care a whole lot about their employees and are just focused on moving up in their position.

    Advice to Management

    Please focus on retaining talent in your organization. With heavy turnover in some key departments, it creates more stress and work for other departments. Monitor the cost of living in the area so your staff can afford to live and work here.

  3. "Software Engineer III"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are promotions, interesting problems, scale

    Cons

    Low pay, low engineering bar

    Advice to Management

    More agility and high pay


  4. "Hard workers"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Electronic Arts full-time

    Pros

    - Good environment.
    - Opportunities to grow once you are full time.

    Cons

    Not enough initiatives to protect the player

    Advice to Management

    Think about the players


  5. "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.


  6. "Overall experience was really good."

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    Former Employee - Advisory Associate in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Advisory Associate in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - they give you gaming time, though I don't play games much.
    - flexible timings
    - good management
    - good salary

    Cons

    I don't recall any.


  7. "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.

  8. "Okay, highly competitive"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    hard to become a regular

    Cons

    poor work life balance and highly competitive

    Advice to Management

    be honest to your team


  9. "It’s a great Company to work at"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Electronic Arts full-time

    Pros

    If you love video games where else would you go?

    Cons

    It’s big and the people are often mean


  10. "Concept artist at electronic arts"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    great compensation, access to amenities, and healthy work environment

    Cons

    Hard to navigate through political structure, food is expensive, very male dominated on the development side


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