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BioWare Reviews

Updated Apr 28, 2019

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Andrew Wilson
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  • "Not all offices have windows (winter crunch can be depressing--going to work in the dark to a windowless office, go home when it's dark)(in 8 reviews)

  • "Connection means very little for future attempts at full-time work there(in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Artist"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I worked at BioWare full-time

      Pros

      Good environment . Good people.

      Cons

      Location is not good. Too cold.

      BioWare2018-03-16
    • "Good place to work"

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
        Recommends

        I worked at BioWare full-time

        Pros

        Great people. Amazingly interesting and fun projects to work on.

        Cons

        Edmonton is somewhat cold an inhospitable.

        BioWare2019-04-29
      • Helpful (9)

        "Unfortunately a shell of what it once was"

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB
        Recommends
        Neutral Outlook
        No opinion of CEO

        I worked at BioWare full-time for more than 10 years

        Pros

        - Fun perks, game deals - 'Community' events for coworkers - Being able to work on top quality titles

        Cons

        - It's now become just another EA studio clone. The dollar is the ultimate bottom line now, as opposed to the quality (of both the product and the workplace) which used to be the priority. - Long hours of expected crunch with poor food options during finaling stages is still a problem here - Excess bloat of middle-management 'producer' positions which are full of people with little to no experience in the departments...

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        Advice to Management

        - Remove a large portion of the middle management 'producer' roles that are currently filled with unqualified people, hire some project management people that have experience in the areas they are managing. Probably the biggest thing right now. - Create a work environment that is supportive of not only extroverted people, but introverted people that need quiet space to concentrate/focus. - Create something like a 'training...

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        BioWare2018-09-24
      • "A great place to work in the game industry"

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        Former Employee - Software Developer in Edmonton, AB
        Doesn't Recommend
        Neutral Outlook
        No opinion of CEO

        I worked at BioWare full-time for more than 8 years

        Pros

        - Work with passionate people who care about the product - Compensated time off at end of projects - Dinners provided for overtime - Exciting and fast paced.

        Cons

        - Regular overtime is necessary to meet project commitments - Projects usually overrun their deadlines - Poor decision making processes and a tendency to revisit every decision

        Advice to Management

        - Listen to the project managers to keep projects on schedule - Stop revisiting project decisions

        BioWare2018-10-03
      • "Good family atmosphere"

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        Former Employee - Manager in Edmonton, AB
        Recommends
        Neutral Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I worked at BioWare full-time for more than 5 years

        Pros

        Smart, creative and passionate people inspire you to be at your best

        Cons

        Edmonton can be challenging, especially if you’re an expat

        Advice to Management

        Stay true to your DNA

        BioWare2018-08-31
      • Helpful (3)

        "Experienced Studio Gambling On It's Future"

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB
        Recommends
        Neutral Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I worked at BioWare full-time for more than 3 years

        Pros

        -Many talented individuals with a knack for delivering top quality work -Opportunities to work on interesting and ground-breaking technology -Ability to step outside comfort zone and explore new territory makes for interesting and changing work

        Cons

        -Not always necessary buy-in or support from middle management. Certain initiatives or projects aren't setup for success due to lack of people power and resources, however requirements and priorities are not adjusted to reflex this. -Commitments and goals pushed down by middle management do not always align with the needs of the project. Occasionally they are driven by internal agendas or box checking. -Gambling future...

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        Advice to Management

        -Ensure work being done is measurably tied to success of projects and the studio -Ensure initiatives have the necessary people power and resources to be successful -Hopefully Anthem can be the success it needs to be

        BioWare2018-07-18
      • Helpful (5)

        "Stable and effective but needs leadership to be more active."

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        Current Employee - Artist in Edmonton, AB
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I have been working at BioWare full-time for more than 5 years

        Pros

        Stable, mature studio Focus on work-life balance Senior, experienced teams World class games

        Cons

        A lot of dead weight in middle-management. Producers punch down trying to be the next executive running the game. Online backlash/drama is constant.

        Advice to Management

        Management needs to do a better job of making face with actual content creators and programmers. Everything is filtered through ineffective middle managers.

        BioWare2018-05-14
      • Helpful (7)

        "great place to work."

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I have been working at BioWare full-time for more than 5 years

        Pros

        - People are in general kind, friendly, and helpful. Many of these people are the best in the world in their individual roles and they care enormously about the games and their team. - Upcoming projects are exciting and look great. - Company is family-oriented and leads constantly stress that you should keep healthy work-life boundaries (a nice change from past years). - Studio is moving soon to a new, very nice office...

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        Cons

        - Siloing has always been a huge issue at BioWare. - Some leads are really insecure which can manifest itself as either avoidance behaviour or abusive behaviour. - A small but passionate section of BioWare fans have historically and will probably always be mean to our company and our games. - EA is a double-edged sword.

        Advice to Management

        -Please give people an opportunity to grow beyond "just" senior without forcing them to be people managers. Top talent should be rewarded but there's nothing worse than a manger who is there for the wrong reasons. - We could be doing more to attract great people. I don't blame the city. I blame our processes. We should modernize our recruitment processes and then become pickier on who we hire. - Encourage employees...

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        BioWare2018-02-11
      • Helpful (1)

        "Feels like home"

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        Former Employee - Software Engineer 
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I worked at BioWare for more than 5 years

        Pros

        - Great people, great live work balance. Literally a big family. - Lots of exciting challenges - Lots of love from gaming communities and cosplayers - Free breakfast, lots of swags and nice perks

        Cons

        - Products and solutions can be repetitive. - Hierarchy is strong, very hard to challenge senior technical people. - Very difficult to find the 'meat' of the game . - Put itself in tight deadlines as it promises impossible things over and over. - Edmonton is tough if you like a urban/hipster life.

        Advice to Management

        Focus on less content but high quality content. Look forward and not sideways, try thinking ahead. What is it that players want to play 3 years from now?

        BioWare2017-09-30
      • "Solid company that cares about its people"

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I have been working at BioWare full-time

        Pros

        Passionate team who care about making high quality products

        Cons

        Creativity limited by external requirements

        BioWare2017-09-21
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