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A stimulating company that focuses on quality of life over speed of production.

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Former Employee - Associate Designer  in  Austin, TX (US)
Former Employee - Associate Designer in Austin, TX (US)

I worked at BioWare full-time for more than a year

Pros

Food, comfort, and happy people. BioWare is a comfortable place to work and a happy environment. You must find a healthy place in the corporate structure where creativity is allowed to thrive and corporate needs are sheltered by strong leads. There are some really creative people at BioWare, and it is an absolutely amazing environment to wet one's feet or season one's skills.

Cons

The large corporate mogul of EA opens doors but closes independent thought. Only on the micro-level may creativity thrive, for revolutionary ideas that can be iterated on rapidly in a small company setting turn into months-long trudge of certification, documentation, and stagnation. Long "assembly-line" like production pipelines turn great ideas into watered-down results, quashing the desire for creativity into production, as the outcome of both becomes identical.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Decrease employee turnover to perfect their skills instead of firing and re-hiring temporary workers. Eliminate work-flow pipeline issues by seasoning your people and unifying your technology. It should not take 6 months for a new designer to learn the ropes, and another 6 to master them. That's 4 and 8 months too long, where employees are gratuitously unproductive in comparison to seasoned veterans. On top of that, the forced turnover rate eliminates many of the seasoned workers before they can share their wealth of accumulated knowledge, leading to a downward spiral of production that can only end in one way.

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    It is truly a learning experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Austin, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX (US)

    I have been working at BioWare full-time

    Pros

    You can learn a lot about the game industry.

    Cons

    The game industry is based on people's extra income and as that shrinks, so does the studio.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In order to be a designer you need to play the games you design.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fun environment with interesting tech

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    Current Employee - Lead Engineer  in  Austin, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Lead Engineer in Austin, TX (US)

    I have been working at BioWare full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    * Lots of room for learning new teach and solving problems
    * Smart people
    * Crunch periods are not that long

    Cons

    * Management communication leaves lots to be desired
    * Lots of "Tech Managers". Basically strong tech people with crappy management skills
    * Downsized recently, more work spread to few individuals

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to communicate with employees better. Secrecy is a killer

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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