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Updated March 8, 2017
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  • Pretty bad work/life balance when it's crunch time (in 69 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. "Good Place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Guildford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Guildford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It is a very good place to work

    Cons

    It can be very busy at peak

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent team creating fascinating work"

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    Former Employee - European Director of Web & Social - EA in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - European Director of Web & Social - EA in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart organisation, very collaborative and creative. Bold and brave to try new ideas and initiatives.

    Cons

    Can be a hard-working, sometimes with too many silos and provincial with teams (overly) protecting their territory.

  3. "Quality Assurance Test Lead"

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    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Compliance Lead in Guildford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Compliance Lead in Guildford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Electronic Arts full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    It's a great company to work for nice benefits and a nice office in the center of Guildford

    Cons

    Oonce you reach a certain level it's hard to progress into other areas of the company from QA

    Advice to Management

    Respect the talent that QA has to offer it's not all about low cost centres in Romania


  4. "Player First - Excellent Culture and Opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Guildford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Guildford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I recently joined Electronic Arts and over the past year I have seen that I made the right decision.

    The company culture has been dramatically shifted since the current CEO took over to a highly positive one behind the mantra of "Player First". EA is 100% behind producing great products for people to enjoy and that has had a knock on effect to a very positive working environment where all feel welcome.

    The facilities are great and all the teams and individuals are great to work with.

    Cons

    Certain times of year prove very stressful with tight deadlines (launch period). As with all large companies there is a huge number of people working here so you cannot expect to make an impact straight away.

    Advice to Management

    Find ways to alleviate pressure during launch.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Experience probably studio-dependent"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    I worked at Playfish, which was a start-up bought by EA. The studio retained its start-up culture for quite a while before things felt more corporate. Incredibly talented, motivated people working together. People worked really hard but also had a lot of fun doing it. Things changed quite a bit after we were put under the Maxis label and were trying to develop new projects.

    Cons

    We were subjected to a lot of corporate pipeline red tape once we were put under the umbrella of the Maxis label. Maxis, who is used to taking years and years to develop PC games, was not used to the extremely fast-paced and agile environment of mobile gaming. It was not a good fit, and there was lots of indecision and u-turning on Maxis's part.

    Advice to Management

    The assimilation of newly purchased studios really needs to have their fit considered when merging into labels or adding hierarchy. I think Playfish was a great place to be, and extremely creative, but it was highly damaged and hampered by friction and red tape when we were made to report to a label that didn't fundamentally understand our culture and development pipelines.


  6. "fun environment, exceptional people"

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    Former Employee - Producer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Producer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Electronic Arts full-time

    Pros

    you work with the best, everyone is very passionate and this shapes a great culture,
    you get to know a lot about games and get many for free too

    Cons

    company restructuring and closing studios often and arbitrarily, even good product
    the overhead and red tape from the senior management from the headquarter can get in the way of self empowering the local teams

    Advice to Management

    value your talent, don't push it away


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Loved It ... Mostly"

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    Former Contractor - Animator in Guildford, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Animator in Guildford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Electronic Arts as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of talented people taking great pride in what they do, which naturally makes the end result a very polished product. There seemed to be lots of opportunities for people to get promoted, if they showed an interest. The games have such a large consumer base that your work reaches a massive audience, which I personally got a kick out of. Free gym access was also fantastic.

    Cons

    Occasionally contractors were treated as 2nd class citizens. Even to the point of not being allowed to part take in family day. Only the full time staff's children may enjoy the bouncy castle.

  8. "Nice place to work for"

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    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Guildford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Guildford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is an open environment to work and have a casual attitude towards dressing. Priority is definitely given to work life balance.

    Cons

    Too much of gaming, if you are not into it then you get bored of the same discussion every time. Also the work can get too repetitive at times.

    Advice to Management

    Cross training is needed.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "In big trouble..."

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    Former Employee - Graphic Artist in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Graphic Artist in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent workmates and upper management in my studio.

    Cons

    They closed us down and basically fired 80 plus very talented people.


  10. "Digital Manager"

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    Former Employee - Digital Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Digital Manager in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - International Company with opportunities to travel
    - Responsibility and broad nature of role

    Cons

    - Too many decisions made from North America are affecting International business


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