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Electronic Arts San Francisco Reviews

Updated April 21, 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. "Good company after all"

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    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


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Electronic Arts"

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    Former Employee - Deployment Technician in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Deployment Technician in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Electronic Arts (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great atmosphere to work in. Great staff, friendly management. Equipment is up to date and the latest software packages are a plus.

    Cons

    No cons, overall good experience working at Electronic Arts.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Work there, you'll love it."

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    • 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.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Much better than it had been"

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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 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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  7. "Great company culture, lackluster opportunities and politics"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free EA games, Good Benefits, Holiday Vacation Days. 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.

    Cons

    Large company politics. Geographically distributed teams can sometimes be challenging to work with and maintain work/family balance


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Software Development Engnieer"

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good work environment, you can learn mature web technologies

    Cons

    people will think you are a game developer.

    Advice to Management

    not much


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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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

    Forward thinking company
    Amazing initiatives across the board in latest tech and game offerings
    Faith in executive board as leaders
    Creative, Fun and great culture

    Cons

    Collaboration across company is a challenge, however this is a standard problem for mid size firms and nothing extraordinary at EA
    Very fat middle management layer in some business units make it hard in some projects

    Advice to Management

    Enhance organization collaboration, foster fresh ideas and grassroots innovation, make business more agile in decision making and making product to market cycle faster


  10. "HR specialist"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Specialist in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Human Resources Specialist in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you Love gaming and working with innovative people this is the place for you to get your creative juices flowing

    Cons

    Lay offs can be frequent depending on group. For commuters they could have more offerings for all Bay Areas versus just busses to SF and compensation for train and parking

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your people


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Director - Corporate Compensation"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director - Corporate Compensation in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Director - Corporate Compensation in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Awesome Games For Any And All Platforms; Great Leadership With Vision For The Future; Talented Employees; Amazing Culture; Competitive Pay & Benefits

    Cons

    None that come to mind at the moment.


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