BioWare Reviews

Updated Mar 28, 2021

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  • "Occasional crunch (Though much improved)(in 10 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Going through change."

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing IP's. Financially stable. Might have an amazing future if they can get the next project out.

    Cons

    Bitter employees creating a toxic environment for positive newcomers. A lot of staff that love to advertise how badly they were worked on previous projects and just sit in meetings all day.

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  2. "Good Company"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - QA Analyst in Montreal, QC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BioWare full-time

    Pros

    Fun and interesting projects to work on

    Cons

    Office may be closed soon


  3. COVID-19
    Helpful (1)

    "Interesting challenges with a variety of opportunities to explore"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Edmonton, AB
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BioWare full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    - QA Team is solid and typically seen as peers by the rest of the development team - Management tends to be understanding towards mental health (especially with Covid challenges) - QA has given me a variety of places/projects to apply my skill - Compensation and benefits are good

    Cons

    - Workplace can be isolated - curious to explore other locations would almost definitely need a relocation (esp if you want AAA) - Can always be better

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  4. "Not great, not awful"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - QA Tester in Edmonton, AB
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BioWare full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Free food, low expectations, had a really great immediate manager (Dan is amazing!)

    Cons

    Put us into a dark room with no lights or windows called 'the pit' for 8 to 12 hours a day, a few (not all) of the FT staff clearly demonstrated little respect for contract/QA testers and got away with it

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  5. Helpful (12)

    "Unfortunately a shell of what it once was"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 they are working with causes ignorant scheduling and inappropriate tasking - Contradiction in cross-department training/moving. The company likes to say that they support people wanting to transfer to another department and will help someone get time to be trained/mentored into the role they are interested in, but from what I witnessed it's extremely rare that this happens. Once you know how to do something, you will be doing that one thing for years to come. - No upper management left that is still fighting for unique BioWare culture and perks (which is why it's entirely gone) - Workspaces are now very large open rooms that are loud and distracting - not even cubicle dividers were used in a room full of ~50 employees. For more introverted people that require quiet spaces to focus and concentrate, this can create anxiety and stress because there's no other option. People will literally be hollering from once side of the room to the other on some days. - Blatant contradiction in policy regarding remote work - there are various employees working from remote locations yet when management is asked about opportunities for remote work, the answer is 'we have a company policy that states we do not allow staff to work from remote locations', which is repeated when the existing cases are pointed out.

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  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work"

    4.0
    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.

  7. "Mature development studio"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Average age of employees here are much higher than other game studios I've previously worked at. Reinforcing my observation that they really make it a place you would like to stay and settle down in. - Despite the usual industry technology churn and process changes, management is always approachable and willing to listen to your input, feedback and is sincere about your concerns. - Family oriented; if you need to take time off for your kids, family issues or involved with outreach, BioWare will work with you on making it happen. - Quality focused, the senior leadership team and leads at all levels are focused on making quality games. Though we have KPI targets, meta critic ratings to aim for, at the end of the day people are willing to put that aside if your decision is to make the game better instead of bean counting.

    Cons

    - Location makes it hard to retain talent, especially when attracting younger talent. - BioWare culture is harder to export to sister studios, which can cause misalignment with decisions and direction. - EA though mostly hands off especially on the creative development of the game, still consistently tinkers with the studio structure, management and process, causing past senior leadership members to leave and it erodes BioWare's company culture.

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  8. Helpful (8)

    "great place to work."

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 space. - Perks are great and pay is pretty good. - Looks great on paper. - Edmonton isn't as bad as people assume. - Lots of people REALLY love the games.

    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.

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  9. Helpful (4)

    "A great company in a mediocre city"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Edmonton, AB
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance. A lot of employees are older, with kids; as a result, the focus is on sustainable work practices rather than a bunch of twenty-somethings competing to see who can work the most hours in a week. Although crunch does occur now and then, the company makes an effort to minimize it. Lots of friendly, intelligent coworkers. Generous time off allowance at Christmas. Free breakfast. Plenty of opportunities to work on high-profile, AAA projects. Good job security; although there have been selected layoffs, BioWare has largely been unaffected by sweeping cuts. The studio general manager, Aaryn Flynn is a genuinely nice guy who cares about his employees. Alberta has the lowest tax rate in all of Canada.

    Cons

    Edmonton is an ugly, boring city. The winters are cold, dark and long -- and as a result, BioWare has a tough time recruiting new talent. There is no significant "tech" presence in the city; if you get laid off, your only other option is to go work for the oilfield. Cost of living in Edmonton is high (although not as high as say, Vancouver.) Salaries are lower than what you could be making elsewhere.

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  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good family atmosphere"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

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