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"Definitely a corporate entity, but not as evil as the 'net believes."

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Former Employee - Associate Producer in Fairfax, VA
Former Employee - Associate Producer in Fairfax, VA
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Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

Generous PTO, matching 401(k), incredible work environment. EA offered a one-time discount on purchasing any game console (don't know if they still have that).

Cons

Monolithic organization structure, driven to make a profit at all costs. Crunch time can be overwhelming (when isn't it) though the studio I worked at was not typical of other EA studios.

Advice to Management

Better oversight of studio management (not more or less, just better) would be my advice. I worried often that some of the people in studio management were business school shills and that EA corporate was going to take the blame for their mistakes. Mind those local folks and look over their sholders just a smidge more often.

Other Employee Reviews for Electronic Arts

  1. "Lots of work, but lots of play too"

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    Former Contractor - QA Tester in Emeryville, CA
    Former Contractor - QA Tester in Emeryville, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    EA is a leader in the gaming industry, with opportunities to be exposed to many different aspects such as QA, development, project management, marketing, etc. Not to mention many different genres of games. Most of the people I worked with loved their jobs and were excited about what they do. Of course, getting discounts on game titles doesn't hurt.

    Cons

    It can be difficult to move from contract to full-time. One issue with the industry in general is that you can certainly expect some long nights and weekends, especially leading up to launch day. As with any large company, dealing with the bureaucracy can be frustrating at times.


  2. "Amazing co workers, great culture, but mis managed without consumers in mind."

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    Former Employee - Producer in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Producer in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    An amazing culture of people, with great freedom to be yourself and awesome perks and benefits befitting of a fortune 500 game styudio.

    Cons

    Management is so overzealous on saving money, stupid choices regarding outsourcing and short changing the consumer are made. Not always ideal work life balances. Poor managers tend to fail upwards 3 times as often as being identified and corrected, meaning that most problems cannot be easily handled with management and you have to just put up with it.

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