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"Great place to work, with some downsides"

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  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Development Manager in Redwood City, CA
Current Employee - Development Manager in Redwood City, CA
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No opinion of CEO

Pros

Working in the gaming industry is a heck of a lot of fun. The people I've worked with have (in general) been very qualified, and have been great colleagues. Benefits are pretty good and there is lots of flexibility to set your own schedule. Good career advancement if you are willing to work hard for it.

Cons

Management is always chasing the hot thing of the moment, can never settle on anything. Company is extremely segmented/compartmentalized, leading to a lack of alignment on many key issues. Relatively poor salary compared to other companies in the area. Super long hours near milestones that are often unrealistically defined.

Advice to Management

Decide on a direction and stick with it. Clarify your objectives and communicate them out to the VPs more effectively. They're all running around like chickens with the heads cut off. Align your goals across the company and don't be afraid to mandate things that make sense.

Other Employee Reviews for Electronic Arts

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Can be a good place to get your start in the industry"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Orlando, FL
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - benefits are very good
    - if you're at the right place at the right time and are good at what you do you can enjoy decent career advancement
    - technology sharing between studios

    Cons

    - management roles are not clearly defined
    - bonus pool funding is mysterious. its based on some "plan" that is not communicated.
    - large managerial overhead
    - due to poor hiring practices from years ago some people find themselves in positions that they are not adequately suited for

    Advice to Management

    Communicate how we're going to right the ship.
    Be more introspective and communicate to employees which strategies worked and which didn't.
    Hold people accountable for the good and the bad.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great people, too segmented"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fantastic people, some of the best and the brightest in the industry. Great benefits, great opportunity to do it all.

    Cons

    Management constantly resets the course, not enough communication, large portions of the company are segmented. Expectations can be unrealistic.

    Advice to Management

    Align goals and get people talking - choose a course and stick with it.

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