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Updated August 11, 2017
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  • Pretty bad work/life balance when it's crunch time (in 70 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. Helpful (4)

    "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.


  2. "Good."

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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

    Pros

    Fun, pays well. Great facilities.

    Cons

    None. I wish I could work more.

  3. "Direct care of special needs"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Electronic Arts full-time

    Pros

    The clients are so much fun

    Cons

    The back office admin have no clue about special needs

    Advice to Management

    Clean shop of people who pretend to care


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Senior Director, Brand Management"

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    Current Employee - Senior Director Marketing in Redwood Shores, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Director Marketing in Redwood Shores, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Electronic Arts full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent visionary and customer centric CEO
    Great product and services
    Industry leading marketing
    Great culture and people

    Cons

    Multiple stakeholders resulting in slow decision making

    Advice to Management

    Keep on the same track. Focus on the future, make the players happy and your employees motivated.


  5. Helpful (3)

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

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    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.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Great Place"

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

    Pros

    People care about their work; great Exec team nowadays; you can tell that the company takes criticism to heart recently.

    Cons

    Yearly cadence can be a strain (off cycle can be dull, around launches gets hectic).


  7. "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.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Great Experience"

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    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!


  9. Helpful (4)

    "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.


  10. "."

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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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