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Updated February 13, 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. "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


  2. "Disorganized"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Intern - IT Operation in Redwood City, CA
    Former Intern - IT Operation in Redwood City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Learned a lot of things on my own. Lived in Silicon Valley.

    Cons

    People were getting hired and fired all of the time so you could have good relationship with a co-worker one day and they would be gone the next. This internship was definitely one of the most disorganized one. There were barely any structure and I had to actively look for more responsibility to take on. Managers and co-workers were hard to reach since they mostly work remotely or are traveling.

    Advice to Management

    Have more define structure and be more consistent.


  3. "Great Place.. but dont start as a tester"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Phoenix, AZ

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

    Pros

    Great company... There are some great perks working for a video game company. The content your exposed to is interesting,

    Cons

    The Test Area is the worst place to start off to move up in the company. That has been a long historical issue.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Data Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Data Analyst in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Data Analyst in Redwood City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Great benefit
    - fun and open coworkers
    - no formal, enforced dress code

    Cons

    - too much office politics and management levels
    - hard to growth
    - hard to get budget to learn new skills


  6. "The faults of the few are the suffering of the many"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Electronic Arts as a contractor

    Pros

    - Work with some great people. Nice to be in an environment that's passionate about games.
    - Large company network. Can usually find an answer to what you need
    - Pretty reasonable hours

    Cons

    - If you hire in as a contractor it is very difficult to get hired full-time...it isn't until you threaten to leave with another job offer that you're given the time of day
    - Contractors aren't treated well, and even in full-time the options seem limited for growth
    - Company culture is pretty silo'd. Would be difficult to transition to another department if that was your inclination.
    - Employees aren't invested in and instead are seen by the top-level bean counters as numbers in the bottom line. This is probably the biggest problem. The result is an unstable work environment. New blood is hired rather than existing talent being redistributed or cultured.
    - Also quite political. I knew of a manager that everybody disliked very much, both personally and professionally. He always received negative performance reviews and many people quit because of him. Someone he remains employed. Whatever method by which EA execs choose their individuals to keep/promote (and who to cast aside) seems corrupt. It's unfortunate because this probably boils down to a handful of people

    Advice to Management

    Fire yourselves and bring in management with some heart


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Avoid."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great co-workers. Free food occasionally?

    Cons

    They pay far less than the bottom wages for similar positions because, as the recruiter told me "We're a cool company." Staff is overworked. Constant layoffs. Was frequently told that my non-technical work was far less important to the company than the tech workers.

    Advice to Management

    Pay competitively. Understand work-life balance. Value the work that people put in.


  8. "Waste of time"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You work hard but make descent money. Many people in company are really cool and fun to work with. Office is nice.

    Cons

    You basically stay on the same place – it's not a place where you actually can build your career. It's an ok job if you're studying something else in you spare time.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Not The Best of Jobs for females"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Contractor - QA Tester in Baton Rouge, LA
    Former Contractor - QA Tester in Baton Rouge, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    They have part time, full time, day, evening, and night shifts, very flexible for college students, high-school students, and parents or anyone with a second job. There's free hot chocolate and coffee, and a great game area to relax.

    Cons

    Not many females there so it was kind of a bummer being one of the only few there. The male employees are some what rude to the females and make vulgar sexual comments to them at times, management isn't very helpful when reporting it.

    Advice to Management

    When a female employee asks help with correcting a male employee who's being disrespectful by making rude and sexual comments to her, you shouldn't brush off the comments and concerns your female employees are telling you by telling her she's being an infant.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "LA"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Electronic Arts full-time

    Pros

    Usual corp benefits, discounts, etc. If you just love gaming or EA in general, then you will really love the 'glow' of working here, which is a free perk, ha ha. Good place if you get deeply emotional about powerpoint.

    Cons

    Typical stuff: Lots of politics, very male-oriented, arrogance runs rampant. Children in charge. HR is useless but nevertheless very haughty, they don't pretend to know anything. Not a good place for women. Don't believe any of their hype, voted worst place to work.

    Advice to Management

    It's not high school. Unprofessional culture ruins the place. Come up with an original idea?


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Don't trust any one"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Director in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Director in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Electronic Arts (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Cool people to work with.

    Cons

    Middle management is not up to par. Fear of taking over...



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