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"Great people hampered by odd decisions"

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Former Contractor - QA Analyst in Austin, TX
Former Contractor - QA Analyst in Austin, TX
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I worked at BioWare as a contractor (More than a year)

Pros

Met some great, talented people. Many days were lots of fun.

Cons

QA is run in a way that discourages being a team player. Too much emphasis on contract and overseas QA. Much of QA, except those few who are 'embedded' with the developers, seem to be kept at arms length.

Advice to Management

Stop the industry-wide use of contract workers. QA personnel are an important part of the development process, not a group to be thrown away.

Other Employee Reviews for BioWare

  1. Helpful (2)

    "Unique experience on a cool product"

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    Former Employee - Associate Technical Artist in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Associate Technical Artist in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BioWare full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work with people very passionate about what they do.
    Great perks, excellent benefits
    Challenging work environment

    Cons

    Unstable future, your job is one failure away from being removed.

    Advice to Management

    Be more open to flexibility and listen to your employees as they give feedback. Sometimes ideas are just bad.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "A stimulating company that focuses on quality of life over speed of production."

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    Former Employee - Associate Designer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Associate Designer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BioWare full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Food, comfort, and happy people. BioWare is a comfortable place to work and a happy environment. You must find a healthy place in the corporate structure where creativity is allowed to thrive and corporate needs are sheltered by strong leads. There are some really creative people at BioWare, and it is an absolutely amazing environment to wet one's feet or season one's skills.

    Cons

    The large corporate mogul of EA opens doors but closes independent thought. Only on the micro-level may creativity thrive, for revolutionary ideas that can be iterated on rapidly in a small company setting turn into months-long trudge of certification, documentation, and stagnation. Long "assembly-line" like production pipelines turn great ideas into watered-down results, quashing the desire for creativity into production, as the outcome of both becomes identical.

    Advice to Management

    Decrease employee turnover to perfect their skills instead of firing and re-hiring temporary workers. Eliminate work-flow pipeline issues by seasoning your people and unifying your technology. It should not take 6 months for a new designer to learn the ropes, and another 6 to master them. That's 4 and 8 months too long, where employees are gratuitously unproductive in comparison to seasoned veterans. On top of that, the forced turnover rate eliminates many of the seasoned workers before they can share their wealth of accumulated knowledge, leading to a downward spiral of production that can only end in one way.

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