Electronic Arts - An Ok place, but virtually no chance for career development | Glassdoor
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    "An Ok place, but virtually no chance for career development"

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    Software Engineer in Burnaby, BC
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Electronic Arts

    Pros

    Compensation is good, benefits are great. You get some free games, if you are interested. Company has huge "Not Invented Here" syndrome. If you that kind of person who wants to have CV filled with lines like "Optimized custom implementation of std::vector" and "Created custom database engine" you will fit just perfectly.

    Cons

    Company has a policy against internal mobility. That means if company has a vacancy for a Senior SE and you are fit for it, you can not apply for a position, unless you quit the company first. I did not believe it at first, talked to multiple managers and HR to get as many confirmations as possible. That's true: the only way to get to a higher position in EA is to sit tight and wait for your manager to promote you... (when someone higher up quits). And yet again, the huge "Not Invented Here" syndrome. Experience you get in EA has virtually no value for the outer world. So you can build project with the internal EA tool, you can debug EA's internal memcached copycat, you know everything about three different internal frameworks - good for you, but you will never find another company to use them. Management constantly swings between trends. I've been involved in a project which switched project planning tool 4 times in just 8 months. It also changed application framework halfway through, btw. Another widely known fact is the overtimes. Management is fine with 4 hours of "beer Friday", but it will ask you to come up on "Saturday" for the 4 hours of work. And you don't have an option to work full day on Friday and skip the overtime. EA uses ancient software. Most of the developers still use Windows OS! Most of the internal sites only work in Internet Explorer! And so on, from the build tools to project planning software.

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    Advice to Management

    Read your own presentations. Be Bold. Think Consumers First. Innovate. And so on. The company is still able to attract talented people, but fails to use their talents properly. I've seen too many good developers quitting and bad developers promoted to replace them. That's a problem for management to solve.

    Electronic Arts2011-11-01
  1. "Cutting edge technology and a wealth of diverse talent."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Electronic Arts full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great leadership team who are highly transparent and leading with a strong vision for the next 5-10 years in the video game industry.

    Cons

    Gaming can be a polarizing industry and the shadow of EA’s former failures are never far from the public eye. This can lead to conservative thinking at times.

    Advice to Management

    Don’t compromise on the vision for nextgen gaming. Be a strong leader in the industry.

    Electronic Arts2019-07-28
  2. "Great place to work!"

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    Former Employee - Senior Business Systems Analyst in Orlando, FL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Electronic Arts full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great leadership, interesting projects and and exciting industry.

    Cons

    Work-life balance can be challenging.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.

    Electronic Arts2019-10-16

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