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"Excellent work culture"

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Current Employee - Software Engineer in Hyderabad (India)
Current Employee - Software Engineer in Hyderabad (India)

I have been working at Electronic Arts full-time (More than 5 years)

Pros

scope for learning, internal mobility

Cons

compensation, less recognition and very less onsite opportunities

Other Employee Reviews for Electronic Arts

  1. "It's in the game."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associated Artist in Bucharest (Romania)
    Former Employee - Associated Artist in Bucharest (Romania)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Electronic Arts full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pioneer. EA got its start back in 1982. While it has had some tough times, the company has shown that it can find ways to keep up with the fickle tastes of gamers. First EA made the transition from the PC to consoles, and now the company is doing the same with social games and mobile.
    Diverse Platform. Gamers expect a high-quality experience, which means a title can cost millions. In fact, the games are often on par with new feature films. EA has the advantage of multiple channels to help reduce risk. Besides having games for the top consoles — such as Sony’s (NYSE:SNE) PlayStation 3, Microsoft’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) Xbox 360 and Nintendo’s Wii — the company has also built strong positions on Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), on smartphones and even on Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPad.
    Content. Here, EA is king. EA understands how to develop titles that engage gamers. A big part of its strategy is to leverage well-known brands, such as Madden NFL, FIFA and Harry Potter. But EA has also been smart in acquiring hot startups, especially in the social and mobile sectors.

    Cons

    Volatility. Take a glance at EA’s stock chart — you’ll notice that it looks like a roller coaster. Then again, gaming is a hits-driven business. Even with lots of research — and relying on top brands — a title can easily turn out to be a dud.
    New Models. The console business is fairly mature, with much of the growth these days coming in mobile and social platforms. The transition has not been easy for EA. Let’s face it, the revenue models are different. They require getting huge numbers of users and getting only a small number to pay a fee for in-app purchases.
    Macro Economy. Unfortunately, the U.S. economy is showing more signs of a slowdown. No doubt, this will likely be a drag on sales of video games, which are a discretionary item.

    Advice to Management

    EA has a big advantage over rivals via its multichannel distribution system as well as its experience in leveraging hot brands. Growth prospects for social and mobile gaming look promising, and the company’s investments in these categories should get traction over the next years.


  2. "Exciting place to work"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Lots of positive buzz
    - Outside of game team, sensible hours
    - Good perks, nice working environment
    - They are still going strong while others are folding but for how long?

    Cons

    - Some dinosaurs who keep getting promoted to keep them out of direct contact with people instead of letting them go
    - Some office space is quite dull
    - Not always open to fresh thinking
    - EA lets game producers dominate the business too much
    - Organisational structure is too deep; not enough contact between those who can make a difference and those who can facilitate this change
    - A bit of a glass ceiling for certain people. Long-term people valued in higher positions over newcomers with more experience
    - Not a place to join if you're looking to rise through the ranks. Don't join at a level you won't be happy at in 5-10 years time.
    - Way to get promoted is to leave, gain experience elsewhere, then come back. Many have done this (although many have also not come back!)

    Advice to Management

    Listen more to the creative people 57 levels below you. They have ideas which will probably help keep EA going for years after other companies have folded around us.
    Recognize that some people like promotions and recently joined experts may be better suited to higher management jobs than others who've been their for decades who are stuck in a rut.

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