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Electronic Arts Vancouver Reviews

Updated May 19, 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. Helpful (2)

    "Drink or not to drink the Kool-Aid?"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Art Director in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Art Director in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Electronic Arts full-time

    Pros

    EA Vancouver has a lot of great people. The campus is fantastic and the cafe is getting better. I've worked there for many years and had two tours with them. I've made a lot of great friends there and meet a lot of very talented folks. I've had the pleasure of experiencing the early days of EA when money was flowing like a waterfall and executives were spending money like no tomorrow to the downfall of EA Blackbox and the constant layoffs. EA seems to be flourishing again and is probably a pretty fun place to work if you like making iterative games.

    Cons

    EA would be the perfect place to work if you removed half the management team and allowed the folks that do the actual work to drive their own team. A lot of time is spent in meetings to have more meetings because in a big giant machine like EA, decisions are not made without a meeting. If you are a creative person with ambitions and really want to make a change then EA is not for you. You don't drink Kool-Aid. If you are a yes person that wants a steady good paying job and is okay with the status quo and like drinking the Kool-Aid then EA is perfect for you.

    Advice to Management

    It doesn't take a giant 100+ team of people to make a game if it is planned properly with the right people in the right positions. Adding more management and piling more people on a team to put out the fire is not a good way to do things because you will always be putting out the fires instead of preventing them. It's a vicious cycle that never seems to end.


  2. "Great place to learn"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  3. "Great atmosphere and structure to help employees grow."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Analyst in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Technical Analyst in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Benefits
    - Managers really care about you and help you work on setting and achieving goals
    - Everyone is friendly and supportive

    Cons

    - Salary is not as competitive as other companies despite being a big company
    - A lot of crazy overtime near launch but this is normal for gaming industry. Only put as con for those that do not like overtime.


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  5. "Awesome place to work!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Assistant UI Designer in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Current Contractor - Assistant UI Designer in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    amazing facilities of which most are free, decent pay, great people, reasonable hours (yes in the game industry believe it or not) its a great place to work.

    Cons

    sometimes a little slow moving, could be a bit more innovative, other then that very few complaints


  6. "Software Engineer Level 2"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer II in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer II in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Electronic Arts full-time

    Pros

    Great facility, awesome team, great project.

    Cons

    Not a lot of collaboration, a lot of management overhead.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce amount of managers and let teams communicate more in order to share services.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Awesome - except fo constantly having to renew contracts"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  8. "EA and You"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Development Support in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Current Contractor - Development Support in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work experience

    If you want to learn and improve yourself, the tools are often there for you to do so

    Team structure as a Dev Support allows you to work closely with the development team as opposed to QA work where you are completely isolated and seperate from the process

    Beer Fridays

    Cons

    Contractors are treated second-class citizens with regards to pay, reviews, career opportunity, benefits, etc.

    Becoming RFT is seen as "the unattainable dream" for most contractors

    Advice to Management

    Work closer with contracting agencies and actual contractors to ensure that there is a clear pathway to success. The current contracting structure encourages a total lack of improvement as a result of contractors rarely being able to progress despite efforts


  9. "Best place for games"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Senior 3D Environment Artist in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Former Contractor - Senior 3D Environment Artist in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everything is above and beyond what you would expect. No overtime ever.

    Cons

    Getting in full time is extremely difficult. After a Max. 1 year contract you're forced to take a 3 month layoff before being able to return.

    Advice to Management

    Increase RFT head count


  10. "A career in video games"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  11. "Great company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in White Rock, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in White Rock, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Electronic Arts (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Smart people, great facility and benefits

    Cons

    Instability in position, keep eyes open all the time


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