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Updated May 26, 2017
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  • Pretty bad work/life balance when it's crunch time (in 68 reviews)

  • I would say that the worst thing would have been the very long hours that I had to work (in 77 reviews)

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  1. "Program Manager"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Extremely fast work environment. Work slow in order to work fast, but be ready to multi task. You will learn a great deal about the business.

    Cons

    Extreme multi-tasking. If you make minor mistakes, your reputation will decline very quickly. Very political environment. Occasionally difficult to perform your role with several departments holding you back due to established processes.


  2. "Good for paying the bills"

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative III in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative III in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Electronic Arts full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    They offer good benefits for permanent employees, the pay is also good too.

    Cons

    Micro management and networking

  3. "Highs and lows"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer-II in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer-II in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get to build games! Quality standards are very high. Generally very nice people to work with. Benefits/amenities are pretty good. Work hours reasonable most of the time.

    Cons

    "Building games" often just means integrating ads. Crunch time is real. Reorgs and layoffs are a fairly regular event, and management seems to change its mind a lot and waste a lot of time.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Hard to leave the great people but..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Hands down the best benefits of any company I've ever worked for. Corporate level cares very deeply about the experience of its employees and taking care of its people.

    Cons

    Most political infighting I've ever witnessed. Business decisions are frequently made to protect interests and bad leaders are allowed to fail upward. Instability due to frequent restructuring. Top talent is driven out if they don't fall in line - progression only afforded to those in favor. Career was negatively impacted for taking corporate granted family leave.

    Advice to Management

    Stop playing favorites and clean house.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Cna"

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    Current Employee - CNA in Elizabeth, IL
    Current Employee - CNA in Elizabeth, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Electronic Arts part-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Close to home and child's school

    Cons

    Low wages no need for phlebotomist

    Advice to Management

    Higher pay


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great company culture, lackluster opportunities"

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    Former Employee - Social Advisor in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Social Advisor in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great workplace environment, with fun and helpful co-workers. Decent pay with great benefits once you're full-time.

    Cons

    Professional growth opportunities are slim to none. Lots of politics and who you know. Higher management could care less about you.

    Advice to Management

    Promote those who have put in the work and find better upward movement positions.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Electronic Arts"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Overall EA is a great place to work - very good benefits, and the people who work there are by and large very smart and creative. There is a lot of opportunity to learn so much about the gaming industry. This is an invaluable experience.

    Cons

    This is corporate America, so expect re-orgs. However, constant reorganization makes it very nerve wracking and stressful. You can't settle in to do your job without worrying if you're going lose your job every day. Theres no real security - you're at the whim of what the guys at the top decide the next org structure should look like. A former colleague told me she went through 5 re-orgs in 5 years, and just couldn't take it any longer- the uncertainty and lack of communication was just too stressful.

    Advice to Management

    Stop re-orging and let people settle into their jobs. You're going to get the best out of people when they feel secure and happy. And trust them. They're smart. That's why you hired them. They'll figure things out.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Good place to work but..."

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    Former Employee - Director in Redwood Shores, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Redwood Shores, CA

    I worked at Electronic Arts full-time

    Pros

    get to work on a great game engine with decent caliber talent. Good franchises, great benefits. Starbucks on site!

    Cons

    Even as a director there is little freedom. Always the feeling of big brother managing every idea. The talent is good... not great. Often times you find yourself making up for others short comings. A lot of people that feel like their jobs were just grandfathered in and no actual work is required.

    Advice to Management

    Find better talent over all... allow your directors freedom to make great games


  9. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Electronic Arts full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work is very flexible, culture is great!

    Cons

    Sometimes politics and bureaucracy can be a little too much.


  10. "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


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