BioWare Reviews

Updated Jul 15, 2021

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3.7
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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.

      2 people found this review helpful
    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

      1 person found this review helpful
    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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      4 people found this review helpful
    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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      1 person found this review helpful
    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.

      1 person found this review helpful
    8. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 10 years

      Unfortunately a shell of what it once was

      Sep 24, 2018 - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB
      Recommend
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      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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      15 people found this review helpful
    9. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 8 years

      A great place to work in the game industry

      Oct 3, 2018 - Software Developer in Edmonton, AB
      Recommend
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      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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    10. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Good family atmosphere

      Aug 31, 2018 - Manager in Edmonton, AB
      Recommend
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      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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      1 person found this review helpful
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