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Updated November 18, 2017
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  • Pretty bad work/life balance when it's crunch time (in 72 reviews)

  • I would say that the worst thing would have been the very long hours that I had to work (in 79 reviews)

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  1. "QA Tester - Did Not Enjoy"

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

    I worked at Electronic Arts part-time

    Pros

    Great cohesion with coworkers
    Flexible Scheduling

    Cons

    Randomly assigned projects - very hit or miss

    Advice to Management

    Allow a bit more flexibility in assignment


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Meat Grinder"

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in Redwood City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good compensation and benefits
    Smart, motivated people
    The campus is modern and nice
    Good food and good company store
    Exciting technology

    Cons

    Constant reorganizations
    Upper management only concerned about the bottom line
    Drive for results at all costs, relationships less important
    Management very secretive about cost cutting and layoffs

    Advice to Management

    Be open with employees about organization changes and the trade-offs of working in such a high pressure culture

  3. Helpful (6)

    "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.


  4. Helpful (7)

    "If you can't get a team lead, automation or one of the specialty positions, dont work here."

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    Former Employee - QA Tester in Baton Rouge, LA
    Former Employee - QA Tester in Baton Rouge, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    QA experience was beneficial to my future career but the work environment was poor and the management was even worse.

    Cons

    The pay was really bad. 9.00/ 9.50 an hour to strenuously test games or applications for a company is not worthwhile.

    Advice to Management

    Stop treating your employees as if they are expendable. Sure everyone wants to work for "EA" but they also want to be treated like they matter.


  5. Helpful (1)

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Electronic Arts full-time

    Pros

    Games, technology used by studios.

    Cons

    legacy conservative mindset in key leaders.

    Advice to Management

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  6. Helpful (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


  7. "Disorganized"

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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.

  8. "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.


  9. 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


  10. "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


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