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Electronic Arts Senior Software Engineer Reviews

Updated May 30, 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 77 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "New senior employee experience"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    As I went through the interview stages with EA, I had the same concerns that anyone interviewing with EA would - after the many years of terrible reviews and being rated as the worst company to work for, how has the company changed?

    The answer from everyone was the same, but all in their own words, not some company line. Since Andrew Wilson took over as CEO, the poor culture is a thing of the past, and they've had no exposure to it (all were with the company for 1-3 years). I took them at their word and accepted an offer.

    The company structure is relatively flat, without tons of needless levels of management. Where at a typical large company you'd see a structure like IC -> manager -> sr. manager -> director -> sr. director -> vp -> svp -> evp -> c-level, there are a few less levels of management here. This is a great thing which allows decisions to be made faster without the typical management gridlock of slow-moving large companies.

    Working at EA has been a great experience so far, my colleagues are fun to work with, and the company is showing record numbers. I've had exposure to all levels of the company, up to and including the CTO, management is supportive of my career growth, and I'm getting to work on some great games. I couldn't have hoped for a better experience, and my interviewers were right - the company has changed.

    Cons

    There's the traditional trade-off between a large company and a startup, small and agile with lots of risk and potential reward vs. large, a bit slower (though not as slow as you might expect due to the management structure, as mentioned above), stable, and a guaranteed future. I've been with both large companies and startups, so I knew what to expect, and as long as you do too, this isn't necessarily a con - it's just different.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Pretty nice place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance, many employees stay around for 10+ years

    Cons

    Hard to get promoted especially with people sticking around for a long time

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great company but depends on the group"

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

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

    Pros

    * Amazing campus * Talented and smart collegues

    Cons

    * Management is going nuts with the cost saving by not hiring enough people.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "One of THE BEST employers in Florida!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Orlando, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Real teamwork, fun people to be around. Its been an honor to work there. Lots of opportunity for growth. Your family is always invited to every holiday event :)

    Lots of on Campus events as well as off site 4 Star events.

    Cons

    We use cutting edge technology. You either know it, or you keep up with it. That can be an aggressive learning schedule for some and requires the ability to change architectures when they arrive.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Interesting projects and great co-workers amidst massive corporate dysfunction."

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Redwood Shores, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Redwood Shores, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I have been very lucky to have had the privilege to work with so many intelligent, creative and passionate individuals on a wide range of projects across several studios at EA.

    Cons

    The enormous layering of middle and upper management creates a vacuum which has a tendency to destroy creativity and idea exploration on game teams. The senior level structure within EA is unfortunately more interested in the preservation of their own roles within the company than in creating really great games. Additionally, this company is extremely risk adverse and beholden to their quarterly reports which ensures that they will continue to follow the trends rather than create them.

    Advice to Management

    Flatten the corporate structure and trim the fat where it’s truly needed so you can get back to focusing on what's important - the games.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good game company to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    * Free games to play
    * Fun work environment
    * Very active and friendly team to work with
    * A lot of going-on, high front-edge tech you can learn and promote yourself

    Cons

    * Big company, so promotion opportunity is limited
    * Salary relative low comparing to other highly recognized IT and game company
    * No free lunch

    Advice to Management

    Depends on team, i am on a very good team with a very good manager. But also knows some teams are not that ideal.


  7. "Got good and best work experience in oracle Appications"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Louisville, KY
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Louisville, KY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good & Safe Environment
    Hard Working and good learning to complete deliveries in time
    Experience with different people and expertize managers

    Cons

    Project Go-Live Completion with 100% Quality

    Advice to Management

    Working Hours for employees need to be comfort

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Best experience of my life... also the worst at times."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is an unbelievable amount of talented and creative people at EA. Great benefits. Loads of fun building cool games that millions of people all over the world enjoy. The people who voted EA "worst company in America" should move out of their mom's basement. :) I mean really... we beat out Bank of America and any number of oil companies!

    Cons

    Silos within the company mean wasted resources due solving the same problems over and over and over. Poor management and leadership at all levels. Poor work / life balance at times due to poor project/time management failure. Middle management bloat.

    Advice to Management

    Break down the silos... facilitate communication and learning among the studios. Give all employees an opportunity to have their voice heard.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Fun, challenging work."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer I in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer I in Salt Lake City, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and compensation. Projects always present a challenge. By the nature of the gaming industry, you may get the opportunity to work on several different technologies. It's a great learning experience.

    Cons

    It's all about the bottom line. It's clear throughout the company that if your studio isn't grossing huge revenues, you will undoubtedly be closed.

    Advice to Management

    Look farther ahead than 6 months.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Life of a Senior Software Engineer II at Electronic Arts"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer II in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer II in Orlando, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get a lot of respect at this level. You get to set the direction of the technology and invent new technologies.

    Cons

    Corporate politics play a big role in how things get done at Electronic Arts, although this was improving with the removal of the studio GM role.

    Advice to Management

    Continue the work of decentralizing management, and work toward creating independent game teams. Central technology groups should not exist and if they do it should be for the purpose of research and should serve as a "change of pace" for senior technologists within the organization. Great technology comes from great games. It is unrealistic to create technology in a vacuum and expect widespread adoption. Encourage communication amongst technologists across the studios, they will naturally end up sharing technology amongst themselves. Sr. Engineers are highly creative people, giving them free time to work on exercising that creativity will lead to game changing innovations.