BioWare Reviews

Updated Jan 12, 2020

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

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

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  1. "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. "Not great, not awful"

    3.0
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    • 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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  3. 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.

  4. Helpful (11)

    "Unfortunately a shell of what it once was"

    4.0
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    • 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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  5. "A great place to work in the game industry"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    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

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  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good family atmosphere"

    4.0
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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

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  7. Helpful (3)

    "Experienced Studio Gambling On It's Future"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 on success of Anthem -Limited career growth opportunities due to steep management hierarchy

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  8. Helpful (5)

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

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.

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  9. "Artist"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at BioWare full-time

    Pros

    Good environment . Good people.

    Cons

    Location is not good. Too cold.

  10. Helpful (7)

    "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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