Electronic Arts - Great image company, but heavily focused on Senior Mgmt benefits and little focus on Economic Value Added (EVA) teammgmt | Glassdoor
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"Great image company, but heavily focused on Senior Mgmt benefits and little focus on Economic Value Added (EVA) teammgmt"

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Former Employee - Executive Producer in Redwood City, CA
Former Employee - Executive Producer in Redwood City, CA
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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

Pros

EA is a great brand and company possesses great IP for an entertainment company. However, the company lacks focus unlike its competition Activision Blizzard and is all over the map on different game platforms it wants to enter. Beyond that, it is a fun and exciting place to work despite constant pressure to deliver.

Cons

Constant changes in roadmap and headcount planning. The EA senior mgmt only cares about what wall street thinks of its earning and cost structure and they do a headcount and studio evaluation every year to cut cost to meet margins. So working here becomes a game of dodge ball and you focus on dodging the cut each year by making sure you work in the right studio group. The company has stopped focusing on developing innovative games, instead, it focuses on trying to make bigger, fewer, better every year.

Advice to Management

Empower the mid level managers and have an EVA mgmt process instead of an Hollywood Studio bureaucracy where you have multiple VP fighting for power and never get along or willing to work hand-in-hand as a team. And start listening to what consumers want instead of trying to dodge and avoid being consumers most hated company in America every year. Stop using Peter Moore for company figure head, he obviously is not listening to what consumers or employees are saying, his same "ignore the haters" pitches are getting very old.

Other Employee Reviews for Electronic Arts

  1. Helpful (4)

    "terrible"

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    Former Employee - Senior Technical Artist in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Artist in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Electronic Arts full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The pay was competitive, the bonus was good.

    Cons

    Senior management was dishonest, incompetent, and protective of their jobs.

    Advice to Management

    care more about customers, and the product, and less about job security and politics.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Take the good with the bad"

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    Former Employee - QA Test Lead in Baton Rouge, LA
    Former Employee - QA Test Lead in Baton Rouge, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are tons of resources on hand to improve yourself if you look for them, tons of employee initiatives to be a part off, and they are very involved in the community.

    Some of the best people I ever worked with in my life.

    Cons

    Things easily get swept under the rug, smaller projects are often ignored and given way less resources, there is no real training for new employees offered and you are often expected to work at a higher level but will not be paid for it.

    Advice to Management

    Actually have new hire orientation, reward successful people and more perks for your non-Dev QA.

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