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Updated September 27, 2017
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  • Pretty bad work/life balance when it's crunch time (in 72 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 (1)

    "Progressive company with an emerging problem: 2nd-class contractors"

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

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

    Pros

    Progressive company that is stable and filled with veterans of the industry. You are compensated well if a Regular Full-Time employee with medium or better industry experience. Great benefits and retirement for the RFTs. Also good stock programs with matching. If you are a contractor, sorry, none of this applies to you, even remotely.

    Cons

    The quality of people managers varies tremendously from project to project. Internal promotion is harder than leaving and coming back after acquiring a better position elsewhere. More and more outsourcing and contractor hires means temporary employment is becoming the norm, even in creative positions.

    Advice to Management

    People managers at EA, where I have been, lack the typical soft skills found elsewhere, and generally brush aside career matters for project ones at every opportunity. It's common to be micro-managed and under-supported, suggesting DNA-level leadership gaps. A new crop of leaders who have been taught to empower instead of hold power is needed or cultural erosion will continue.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Misogynistic Environment - Harassment and Bullying not Taken Seriously"

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    Former Employee - Production Coordinator in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Production Coordinator in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Electronic Arts full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good extended health benefits. Relaxed dress-code. Nice co-workers (excluding management and executives).

    Cons

    No job security. Misogynistic environment - not a lot of room for women to move up. Less respect for women, and we aren't taken seriously in general. Had to put up with constant abuse from managers, with HR just taking the side of higher ups, despite evidence of harassment and bullying. Constant turnover, not a lot of consistency, even with hardworking good employees. Many talented-hardworking employees want to stay in the company, but are caught in the cycle of 1 year contracts. Lots of re-training and loss of morale due to good people leaving the company/team. Lots of overtime and work from home is expected. Low pay for anyone under Executive levels. Anyone in higher up levels are compensated very well, but lower levels are under the average studio rates.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees more with full-time regular contracts. Too many talented-hardworkers are poached by other companies, due to short contracts and low pay. Take more care to help employees being bullied, and regulate healthy and positive work environments. Create more job security.

  3. "Great company, great work, not so great salary"

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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 (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Nice campus
    - Lots of growth opportunities
    - Fun place to work
    - Some great people all around

    Cons

    - Salary is not competitive with the market
    - QA organization is a bad place to be, especially on lower level
    - Politics is evident

    Advice to Management

    - Become competitive in Vancouver. Amazon, Splunk, Microsoft, Slack - offer better packages


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Associate Producer"

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    Former Employee - Associate Producer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Associate Producer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent people doing great work on the ground level, many opportunities to learn and grow as a professional and make excellent friends.

    Cons

    Management is a complete nightmare, major promotions almost always moving the worst of the worst to the top. Every year there's a story about terrible anti consumer practices at EA, they're always top down decisions.
    The Senior EA leadership may be toxic as all hell, but Madden continues to sell so they'll continue to make money, but I wouldn't trust any new EA initiative to be anything other than a complete mess.

    Advice to Management

    At the brand level there's some great management teams, FIFA is an example of what the company could be but won't.


  5. "Good Balance"

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

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

    Pros

    Good balance of life and work at least in my department.

    Cons

    Need more growth opportunities in my department.

    Advice to Management

    Put people to work according to their strength.


  6. "Nice place to work"

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    Former Employee - Associate Developer (Coop) in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Associate Developer (Coop) in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Electronic Arts (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Excellent coworkers, they were professional, talented, and friendly
    - Beautiful campus and location
    - Work life balance was great, there wasn't significant pressure to work long hours

    Cons

    - Work got a bit mundane at times, wished I could do more interesting things
    - Projects and quarterly goal seemed to be very driven by what management wanted

    Advice to Management

    I'd have liked a little more freedom to choose what to be working on. It often felt that we were trying to hit monthly/quarterly targets for the sake of hitting the targets as opposed to because the targets were beneficial long term.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Careful"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer III in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer III in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Near where I live, bonus at the end of the year, possible to work from home. Games can be cheap to buy.

    Cons

    If the management (who take 0 risks most of the time from fear), end up late on a software deliverable, they will seek out the weakest link in the development team and very aggressively apportion all blame. I've worked there twice, and I've been in meetings where "who is taking this one" has been discussed. You would not believe how this place works inside. It's full of cowards, be prepared to high five all the right people and you will get on fine. Speak up against bad decisions, or bad planning and you will be out the next time they need a scapegoat.

    Advice to Management

    You are not needed, why there are so many of you is a real mystery. You take little risk, do no work, and make people in fear of their jobs. Basically, you are hated at EA by the devs.

  8. "Great place to work!"

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    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


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to learn"

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    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.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "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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