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Updated December 25, 2017
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  • Pretty bad work/life balance when it's crunch time (in 73 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. "Solid career if you can put up with internal politics"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A solid, stable company that won't be going anywhere any time soon

    Cons

    Highly politicized environment that leads to high turnover

    Advice to Management

    Give your teams room to breathe and create good products without coming in from on high with "ideas" that play havoc with development. Don't then kill the project when "ideas" get pushback.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great, except during layoff season"

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

    I worked at Electronic Arts full-time

    Pros

    Competitive salary and benefits, access to the whole of the EA regardless of which studio you are at.

    Cons

    Layoffs every October and April, made everyone on edge those times of year.

  3. "Just ok"

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    Current Employee - QA Tester in Baton Rouge, LA
    Current Employee - QA Tester in Baton Rouge, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Discount on Games, free hot chocolate/coffee, free fruits, video games to play

    Cons

    Low pay, fixed breaks and lunches, day shift is early (7am), eyes and head hurts playing video games all day looking for bugs, hard to become permanent employee

    Advice to Management

    Pay Testers higher. Be more flexible with vacation or breaks. Make it easier to become permanent. Encourage exercise. So many overweight and unhealthy gamers working at EA.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great games, but aggressive work culture"

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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 full-time

    Pros

    Concerted effort to centralize operations and get studio teams organized; good attempt at improving work culture

    Cons

    Good managers were often disempowered from helping their teams succeed; managers with bad management skills or behaviors were often overlooked or even celebrated.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in PD for managers, particularly in high demand PM and marketing roles. There's always a way to get the job done without running your teams into the ground.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Laser Focus But A Bit Dreary"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Electronic Arts full-time

    Pros

    Management is laser focused and knows what it is doing and has driven the stock price to record heights in the last four years

    Cons

    EA has lost a lot of the energy and passion and shared commitment and creativity that made working there so exciting. For years, it has been the same annualized game sequels on the same schedule, year after year. In the last few years the creativity, and passion, particularly out of the studio, seemed lacking. General environment on the Redwood Shores campus felt subdued, dry.

    Advice to Management

    stay laser focused, but work HARD on the culture and creativity, not just the stock price.


  6. "Fast paced, exciting industry.."

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    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 a year)

    Pros

    -Work in an exciting industry, with a market leader.
    -Fast Paced, constantly evolving in regards to technology.
    -Great benefits and employee perks.
    -Co-Workers are some of the best in the industry.

    Cons

    -Work/Life Balance is strained.
    -Many organizational goals overlapping with very little cohesiveness.
    -Constantly chasing new priorities.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "HR manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Electronic Arts full-time

    Pros

    Fun Culture, Free games, Starbuck on campus

    Cons

    Not much work life balance

  8. "No Job Is Safe"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Electronic Arts as a contractor

    Pros

    It was great to be surrounded by all of the great brands and games represented by the company. My team was overall supportive and insistent upon a healthy work/life balance.

    Cons

    Frequent layoffs and reorganizations. There were at least 3 reorgs in my 9 months of being there. Full time employees were being hired and let go faster than my time in a contract role. Contractors are also treated drastically different than full time employees (nothing new). Teams were generally friendly to one another, but guarded in conversations to prevent revealing the possibility of any redundancies in their role to anyone else's.


  9. "Quality Assurance Tester"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Electronic Arts as a contractor

    Pros

    Great people and great environment.

    Cons

    Short term contracted position. No career outlook.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Ehhh..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Nice chill enviroment
    Cool break room
    Surprise lunch

    Cons

    Strange awkward management.
    Sitting down all day.


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