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Updated May 19, 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. Helpful (1)

    "Marketing, brand and content strategy."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager, Content and Digital Strategy in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager, Content and Digital Strategy in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great brands, great people. Most employees are good at what they do and pour heart and sweat into their job by passion.

    Cons

    Very political environment in the marketing departments. Difficult to be promoted despite working hard and delivering results. More and more people come from outside the video game industry. Less understanding of the core gaming culture.

    Advice to Management

    Less decision makers, more individual accountability, less compromise on quality.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "EA Digital Platform"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company is performing very well financially. The one team mentality along with the player first agenda has inspired the entire company and make for a positive work enviornment. The CEO has a gaming background and is a rising star.

    Cons

    Central technical teams are stretched too thin and don't work well with each other. If you are not part of one of the large franchises out of one of the studios, you will be treated like a 2nd class citizen

    Advice to Management

    Do a better job of recognizing talent, or the lack there of, on your teams.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Strategic Sourcing Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Strategic Sourcing Manager in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Strategic Sourcing Manager in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun culture. Awesome products. Room for growth.

    Cons

    Lifestyle over pay, and a lot of red tape blocking innovation


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Cinematic Animator"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Cinematic Animator in Orlando, FL
    Current Contractor - Cinematic Animator in Orlando, FL
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Electronic Arts as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Supportive coworkers and studio structure. Paid OT for contract workers. People are generally happy and pleasant to work around, which no matter what the work project is, makes all the difference.

    Cons

    Animation is largely outsourced to second and third party companies in China. Some work is done in house, but animators often perform a variety of other tasks (technical support, engine work, scene setup, etc) than actually animating.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good company after all"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for

    Cons

    A lot of bureaucracy which is difficult to deal with


  7. Helpful (1)

    "QA"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood Shores, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood Shores, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Gym
    Great Food
    Starbucks downstairs
    Hard working People
    Room for growth

    Cons

    At any time your project may get canceled.
    Disjoint between contractors and full time
    You have to pay 25 cents for soda and candy...why not make it free at the point.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Work there, you'll love it."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Community Manager in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Community Manager in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Electronic Arts full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great culture with fun products. Good benefits.

    Cons

    None, I would work there again.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to drive the industry and not just follow.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Much better than it had been"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 3 years)

    Pros

    Can be a fun place to work, but don't expect to goof around all day. There are gaming areas that you can go play some computer or console games here and there.
    Coworkers are passionate about creating something great.
    Game credits to get new EA games for free.
    On site game and movie rental is awesome.

    Cons

    The biggest issue I had with working at EA was all the hate that some consumers would throw at the company, even if it wasn't a project I worked on. It is best to try to ignore that and keep focused on doing good work.
    Cafeteria food could be better.

    Advice to Management

    Things are much better once Andrew Wilson got in as CEO. Continue to push great user experience and focusing on fun. Realize when you need to delay a launch if something is not ready. Previously, we would ship stuff before it should have in order to meet delivery dates. Andrew seems to realize that short term decisions like that can end up burning our reputation in the long run. Make our customers happy and the rest will follow. We have a lot of talent and passion, so continue to foster that.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Great company to work for, lots of smart capable people"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director of Data Science in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Director of Data Science in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The culture here is very accepting of diversity. Generally this is a place that values people and promotes a healthy community as well as a healthy business. The benefits are good.

    Cons

    There isn't really a lot to complain about. It does really help if you are a video gamer to work here.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Great Experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood Shores, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood Shores, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Work on some of the biggest games in the industry
    - Talented people across most functions
    - Great benefits: health insurance, vacation, fitness, freebies
    - Beautiful campus in Redwood Shores
    - Tremendous amount of resources to help any job function
    - Becoming more process driven to avoid launch-day fails

    Cons

    - Cringe when your titles release before they're solid and don't do well at launch
    - Sadly focused on releasing titles in time for earnings reports, but it's just the reality of being a big player in the games space
    - About a third of your co-workers don't play video games
    - Pretty bad work/life balance when it's crunch time

    Advice to Management

    Looking good recently!


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