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"The quality of your manager will be the biggest factor in your overall experience here."

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Current Employee - Software Engineer in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
Current Employee - Software Engineer in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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

Pros

EAC is the largest and most stable video game employer in the area. As a studio that primarily develops yearly iterative sports titles you have the security of always having a project after your current title ships. It has escaped relatively unscathed the recent layoffs and studio closures in Vancouver. (cf. Radical, Relic, Propaganda, Slant Six, Blue Castle, ...)

The engineers here create interesting software with some of the best technologies in the industry. This attracts smart people who are passionate and creative. You will be intellectually stimulated and generally not be bored.

Great on-site recreation facilities -- soccer pitch, fitness gym, indoor and outdoor basketball court, roller hockey rink, beach volleyball court. Great on-site services, for a fee -- tailor, barber, dry cleaning, physio/massage, car wash. Generous benefits -- health insurance, discount stock purchasing, partially matched RRSPs, free/discounted EA games. Perks and large parties made possible by being the largest game studio in town with 1000+ employees.

Cons

Given a mandate to produce new sports games every year, the culture and modus operandi at EAC is to maximize output above all else. You see this in management's attitude towards career development and work-life balance. Some people deal with it by aggressively managing their careers but more passive individuals end up frustrated, burnt-out, or quit. You get an environment where people who complain loudly, put down others, or engage in politics get better treatment than those who just do their job well.

With the heavy emphasis on output, managers with strong project managerment backgrounds get hired. They are excellent at keeping the project on track but often make poor people managers. He will not be an advocate if you ask for something that does not directly translate to increased output for the project. Say you've become experienced in a certain area and would like to transfer to try something new. This is seen as a risk to the project (loss of an experienced engineer in one area, addition of a newbie to another area), and be declined outright by management. As mentioned in another review here, the term "business need" is commonly thrown around in these situations.

Advice to Management

Focus more on long-term career growth for your employees. Otherwise they will just take the knowledge they gained and quit, rather than staying and improving our competitiveness.

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    Current Employee - Senior QA in Hyderabad (India)
    Current Employee - Senior QA in Hyderabad (India)
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Good Knowledge sharing and various platforms to work on.

    Cons

    Very less scope to grow up the ladder


  2. "Working with bright, passionate, people on some of the world's coolest games"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Director
    Current Employee - Marketing Director
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Electronic Arts full-time

    Pros

    Working with the best people in the industry.
    A unique balance between passion for the games, and a professional approach.
    A good fit for entrepreneurial types

    Cons

    An over-complicated organization that makes it difficult to feel accountable and have a direct impact.
    An increasingly North America-centric approach, that makes it difficult to have good careers outside of HQ.
    The pace of technological, organization, strategic change is relentless. Not a con per se, but you have to have a high tolerance for change in order to thrive in this company.

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