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Updated December 29, 2016
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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. "Great place to work!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Assistant Environment Artist in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Contractor - Assistant Environment Artist in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company provides excellent support, and the place includes everything from gym, haircuts and food to even guitar lessons and drawing sessions

    Cons

    very competitive place so it can be hard to extend contracts

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing


  2. "Great place to learn"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Producer II in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Associate Producer II in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Electronic Arts (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Easy to move up within the company
    Good benefits and bonuses (Stock options)
    Facilities are amazing

    Cons

    Hard to really own your work. Lots of different departments want to have a say in everything and I frequently found my work was interfered with or altered by outside departments, execs, and management.

    Advice to Management

    Allow your teams to function more autonomously.


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    "Awesome - except fo constantly having to renew contracts"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Electronic Arts full-time

    Pros

    - State of the art facility - great in every way including the gym and outdoor facilities for soccer, beach volleyball, ball hockey and basketball as well as full gym and trainers.
    - Great work atmosphere
    - Very talented people to work with
    - High profile games to work on

    Cons

    - No job security - Too much of the contracts issue - Have a contract, renew a contract, out of work for a few months, get a new (short) contract.
    - Not a lot of creativity for artists on some of the sporting games

    Advice to Management

    Stop with the short contracts. You have enough games in production that you should be able to manage talent better and keep them and your games going.


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  5. "A career in video games"

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    Current Employee - Computer Programmer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Computer Programmer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends

    I have been working at Electronic Arts full-time

    Pros

    Super smart people. Great work environment. Rewards are very fair and overall good leadership.

    Cons

    feels like a super big company and sometime the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing.


  6. "Great place to grow a career"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many opportunities for internal mobility, and an environment that pushes you to be your best. Working with many really smart people, great benefits, decent compensation, and a creative and fast paced culture are among some of the best things about this place.

    Cons

    As with many large companies, can be very political, with business silos sometimes competing instead of collaborating.

    Advice to Management

    Stay true to the vision of taking great care of your employees, and they will keep deliver amazing products and services.


  7. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Nice Culture
    - Flexible work hours
    - Free Food

    Cons

    - Average Salary
    - No free gym member for contact worker


  8. "Hard to get hired permanently at EA."

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Job stability if you become Regular Full-Time employee but that is rare these days.

    Cons

    Job stability if you become Regular Full-Time employee but that is rare these days, most people are hired as temporary employees on six to twelve months contracts.

    Advice to Management

    Keep people on permanently instead of contract to contract since it means losing people with experience to other companies when their contracts are done.


  9. "Great Work Environment and Amazing Perks!"

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    Former Contractor - Marketing Coordinator in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Contractor - Marketing Coordinator in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    -Excellent work environment (Access to gym, basketball court, intramural sports etc..)
    -Great perks (travel within USA/ Canada, lots of opportunities to win tickets to sporting events, team events are awesome)
    -Work with great people
    -Great benefits package after 6 months

    Cons

    -Depending on what department you work in the pay can be a little low
    -Work hours can be long during certain stages
    -Very difficult to secure full time (RFT) status
    -Not a great place for career growth, there is sometimes only a certain level you can reach depending on head count and who has more seniority etc..

    Advice to Management

    Build teams with great chemistry and try to keep people around that click well working together.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "I have seen the transition"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer III in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer III in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I worked as a software engineer for more than 8 years. I have experienced the culture transition first hand.

    Work is meaningful (maybe because I got to work on the game I'd been playing growing up) and nothing beats the feeling of shipping a world class AAA title.

    The new EA is great for Work-life balance. Crunch happens but most of us wanted to be there to make sure the product we made could be the best it could be before reaching the hands of consumer. Everyone gets additional time off after project ships as a compensation for the extra time spent.

    Cons

    Career oppurtunity is limited.

    Managers are 95% non technical. I see this as the biggest issue for managing engineering teams. Really should look at what the new tech company is doing and have engineers report to engineers and project management should be separate.

    Work environment may be political compare to the tech companies in the silicone valley bubble.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. Make changes to treat engineers better. I maybe a bit biased, since I'm an engineer myself.


  11. "artist"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Artist in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Contractor - Artist in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Electronic Arts as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    setting up Good carrier path

    Cons

    Over time, slow raise, too much meeting

    Advice to Management

    Overall good.



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