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Updated January 19, 2018
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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. "Customer Support"

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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

    Pros

    Significant improvement to the tools provided to agents over the last several years.
    Beautiful office, great site amenities: Gym, Cafe, Etc.
    Solid management at the Team level.

    Cons

    Upper management seems to be disconnecting with the frontline agents.
    Constant change and reorganization

    Advice to Management

    Remember what it was like to be an individual contributor.


  2. "A Bittersweet Gig"

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    Current Employee - Associate Producer in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Producer in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Wonderful, inspiring, and talented people, interesting challenges, industry-leading technical resources, recognizable brand, great way to learn industry standards.

    Cons

    Transparently (but not openly, if that makes sense) money-focused, often at the sacrifice of the player and the developer. Seemingly constant layoffs (although it's also easy to find people who have been with the company for over ten years.) Some studios have a crunchy culture with no interest in improving work-life balance (although some studios also have great work-life balance, you just have to find the right ones.) Promotion availability is based on studio performance as well as personal performance - a developer might be kicking butt consistently and very ready for a promotion, but if the studio hasn't been profitable enough (released a new game, sold enough copies, etc.) in the last year to get enough headcount or budget, then that developer might have to wait for a promotion or raise. This is also dependent on the entire company's profitability, but feels very bad when the company and the individual are doing great, but the studio hasn't released a new game, so the promotion cycle becomes stagnant.

  3. "Great Company Harmed by Middle Management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Electronic Arts full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Terrific Compensation
    Exciting Projects
    Talented Development Teams
    Strong Commitment to Talent Development

    Cons

    Middle Managers that Layoff Staff or Close Studios in Order to Look Proactive with their Business

    Advice to Management

    Stop rewarding Division Leaders for closing studios and instead reward those that create or grow opportunity. Too often clumsy Middle Leadership will blame development teams for executing against a weak management vision and then close their location or layoff staff. Too much talent is lost because of individuals desperately trying to protect themselves, so more attention should be put towards those that make this a regular practice. Good Leaders create opportunity while poor Leaders create excuses as to why development teams need to be released.


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    "Great benefits"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, company takes care of you, good pay.

    Cons

    Very corporate, could be laid off if execs deem it necessary.


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    "Love the studio people"

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Electronic Arts as an intern

    Pros

    I interned for two summers and a semester here on two different studios and I really enjoyed my time. My coworkers on both teams were kind, knowledgeable, truly enthusiastic individuals who always made me feel welcome. Mentorship varied on the teams but I learned a lot regardless.

    Cons

    Comp/benefits could be better, given the size of the company


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    "Social Support Team Manager"

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    Former Employee - Social Support Team Manager in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Social Support Team Manager in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Electronic Arts full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great Benefits
    Great Culture
    Ability to make higher level decisions

    Cons

    Career Opportunities
    Lack of proper Tools/Processes


  7. "Summer Intern at EA"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Electronic Arts as an intern

    Pros

    EA is clearly a gaming giant, so it is a great place to work if you have a passion for video games, as I did. I think that the gaming industry, and EA specifically, gets a bad rap about practices such as paid extra content. Working here gave me some insight and understanding into why certain decisions are made.

    As for the internship itself, there was a great intern program. They organize multiple social events throughout the summer, including a FIFA tournament. A great series called "Meet the Execs" was one of my favorites, where you got to hear from some of the C-suite execs.

    Cons

    I thought EA was cool, but my manager wasn't that great. The manager was too preoccupied with their own stuff to adequately onboard me and allow me to get the most out of the internship. This may not be the experience everyone has, but it was mine.

  8. "No opportunity for full-time"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Redwood City, CA
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Equal playing field among those higher up and contractors, at least in my department. Lots of on the job training and opportunities to expand your skill set.

    Cons

    Only hired on a project-basis, no opportunity to be hired as full-time unless someone quits or dies.


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    "EA Tech support"

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    Former Employee - Technical Support Representative in Scottsdale, AZ
    Former Employee - Technical Support Representative in Scottsdale, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work environment! The team over at EA loves collaboration and I couldn't ask for anything else while I was there.

    Cons

    I was a contractor so my contract was short term :(


  10. "Solid company, big focus on efficiency and quality"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interested in developing talent, competitive pay, forward thinking

    Cons

    High contract ratio and turnover, getting fulltime positions to open up takes a long time


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