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"Ruthless meritocracy, reputation-based decision-making, strong talent"

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  • Senior Management
Current Employee - General Manager in Redwood City, CA
Current Employee - General Manager in Redwood City, CA
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

I have been working at Electronic Arts full-time (More than a year)

Pros

1. High talent density
2. Performance based merit (mostly)
3. Reputation and credibility more powerful/influential than title
4. Mostly work/life balance
5. Superb at taking a game that works and making it super high quality & iterating on it
6. Frequent internal employee surveys

Cons

1. Obsessively process driven
2. Nearly impossible to develop new IP that isn't mostly derivative
3. Yearly re-orgs: studio closures/consolidations/lay offs/re-assignments
4. Internal competition for IP
5. Sometimes "who you know" is more important than "what you know"

Advice to Management

Less re-orgs please

Other Employee Reviews for Electronic Arts

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Electronic Arts is a company with a great pedigree, great talent, and an extremely weak executive team."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Electronic Arts full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good compensation, access to great intellectual property. Very smart developers, and great industry networking opportunities.

    Cons

    A weak executive management team that is incentivized by the quarter, not long-term growth and strategy.

    Advice to Management

    Advice to the board - can the entire executive team and replace with competent outsiders. I'm talking to you Larry... Replacing JR with the green Aussie was uninspired.


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    "Boring, unchallenging internship."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Software Engineer Intern in Redwood City, CA
    Former Intern - Software Engineer Intern in Redwood City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Electronic Arts as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Nice campus.
    - Weekly barbecue on campus, but not free.
    - Nice goodies and welcome gifts for new interns.
    - Free shuttles from/to San Carlos Station.

    Cons

    - Little to entirely no attention for interns.
    - My biggest challenge was to stay awake! I'm not kidding, I had to come up with my own tasks and methods to stay awake. I *fell asleep* several times because of the unprecedented boredom. Insistence to get real and more assignments did not prove useful.
    - Very slow-paced and boring environment.

    To be fair, the other interns seemed like they had good time, but they were young college kids and it seemed like they were only in it for the fun. It was all about silly and immature pranks. I would hear constant loud laughters and noises when they were playing in the office - it literally felt like high-school. However, I personally was extremely disappointed, I thought I was getting access to one of the most advanced software development practices in the industry -- given the name of the company, but I was instead thrown into a corner cubicle (the cube area was large and comfortable though) and had little to no human interaction in most days. Complaining about the lack of assignments was not taken seriously.

    Advice to Management

    Do not think of interns as just young kids who are there to entertain and be entertained. Also an advice to EA Academy or EA University Relations, instead of organizing all these campus events for interns, encourage managers to give interns real and challenging tasks that are part of what you do so they can get back to their university feeling proud of the contributions they made and become more attached to the company.

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