Electronic Arts

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Good experience, though lack of career path

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Former Employee - QA Test Lead in Montreal, QC
Former Employee - QA Test Lead in Montreal, QC

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

Pros

The Benefits were really good, though they were not matched with the financial compensation. The people are great to work with and the QA management is mostly quite awesome. They were always receptive of ideas and would be willing to help people advance as much as they could, which was limited due to all the required approvals. End of Projects were often accompanied by Paid time off.

Cons

Though there are a lot of benefits there is very little career growth. Every promotion and significant raise I received was preceded by a discussion of my dissatisfaction and an ultimatum of raise/promotion or I would need to look for work elsewhere. This continued till I was approached by another company who gave me an offer greater then what I had previously asked for with EA.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Promote people and give raises without them having to threaten to quit.

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    The quality of your manager will be the biggest factor in your overall experience here.

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Burnaby, BC
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Burnaby, BC

    I have been working at Electronic Arts full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    EAC is the largest and most stable video game employer in the area. As a studio that primarily develops yearly iterative sports titles you have the security of always having a project after your current title ships. It has escaped relatively unscathed the recent layoffs and studio closures in Vancouver. (cf. Radical, Relic, Propaganda, Slant Six, Blue Castle, ...)

    The engineers here create interesting software with some of the best technologies in the industry. This attracts smart people who are passionate and creative. You will be intellectually stimulated and generally not be bored.

    Great on-site recreation facilities -- soccer pitch, fitness gym, indoor and outdoor basketball court, roller hockey rink, beach volleyball court. Great on-site services, for a fee -- tailor, barber, dry cleaning, physio/massage, car wash. Generous benefits -- health insurance, discount stock purchasing, partially matched RRSPs, free/discounted EA games. Perks and large parties made possible by being the largest game studio in town with 1000+ employees.

    Cons

    Given a mandate to produce new sports games every year, the culture and modus operandi at EAC is to maximize output above all else. You see this in management's attitude towards career development and work-life balance. Some people deal with it by aggressively managing their careers but more passive individuals end up frustrated, burnt-out, or quit. You get an environment where people who complain loudly, put down others, or engage in politics get better treatment than those who just do their job well.

    With the heavy emphasis on output, managers with strong project managerment backgrounds get hired. They are excellent at keeping the project on track but often make poor people managers. He will not be an advocate if you ask for something that does not directly translate to increased output for the project. Say you've become experienced in a certain area and would like to transfer to try something new. This is seen as a risk to the project (loss of an experienced engineer in one area, addition of a newbie to another area), and be declined outright by management. As mentioned in another review here, the term "business need" is commonly thrown around in these situations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on long-term career growth for your employees. Otherwise they will just take the knowledge they gained and quit, rather than staying and improving our competitiveness.

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

    Great place for settling down but not a great place for seeking challenges.

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Burnaby, BC
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Burnaby, BC

    I have been working at Electronic Arts full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Salary is very competitive in the Vancouver region.
    - Great company perks (sports facilities, snacks, beverages, parties etc.)
    - Able to work on a large renowned game/product.
    - Has very helpful and amicable employees to work with.
    - Large variety of company discounts in the lower mainland.

    Cons

    - The term "business need" is used as a restrictive phrase to keep people where they are. The business needs come way before the individual's career. It is only possible to move off to a discipline you like by burning bridges, or quitting and re-applying.

    - Lots of company politics. People get what they want by speaking and getting to know the right people. Those who do not play the "game" or are slightly more passive about their wants stay in the exact same place.

    - There are many people in places of leadership who are very wrathful and negative. There were countless times where small mistakes turned out to be mass emails looping in important people so everyone can recognize a person's failure instead of providing constructive responses. There were also times when a high-up producer would walk in and start screaming about the shortcomings of the game that he is producing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should put as much emphasis on the employee than in the company. When its clear that the company's needs are placed before the employee's, people will start viewing the negatives more when they feel like their efforts are being wasted.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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