BioWare Reviews

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Pros
  • "Great people to work with, good focus on work life balance(in 14 reviews)

  • "Positive helpful work environment(in 13 reviews)

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

  • "The gaming industry, owned by EA(in 8 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Awesome Workplace

      Jul 15, 2021 - Devops Engineer in Edmonton, AB
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Excellent workplace with great management

      Cons

      Nothing much for me at least.

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    2. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Good place to work

      Jun 13, 2021 - 3D Animator in Edmonton, AB
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great salary and work/life balance (don't believe everything from Kotaku. Crunch was isolated and nothing compared to LA/SF levels). Amazing team!

      Cons

      A bit hard to move up in the company, and too many chefs in the kitchen cause many issues in development.

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    3. 3.0
      Current Employee

      Good Company

      Mar 28, 2021 - QA Analyst in Montreal, QC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Fun and interesting projects to work on

      Cons

      Office may be closed soon

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    4. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years

      Interesting challenges with a variety of opportunities to explore

      Sep 24, 2020 - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Edmonton, AB
      Recommend
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      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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    5. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Going through change.

      Jan 12, 2020 - Senior 
      Recommend
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      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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    6. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Not great, not awful

      Dec 20, 2019 - QA Tester in Edmonton, AB
      Recommend
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      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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    7. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Good place to work

      Apr 28, 2019 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

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

      Cons

      Edmonton is somewhat cold an inhospitable.

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    8. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Mature development studio

      Dec 19, 2016 - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB
      Recommend
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      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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    9. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      great place to work.

      Feb 11, 2018 - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB
      Recommend
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      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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    10. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      A great company in a mediocre city

      Oct 2, 2013 - Software Engineer in Edmonton, AB
      Recommend
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      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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