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Updated 20 October, 2018
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Pros
  • "Maintains polies of vigorous honesty and healthy work-life balance" (in 100 reviews)

  • "Electronic Arts manages to create a very pleasant work environment despite being one of the largest in the business" (in 141 reviews)

Cons
  • "Horrible hours (no work life balance)" (in 78 reviews)

  • "Long hours, much overtime, stressful crunch times" (in 84 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Mostly excellent, some teams are backsliding into the bad old ways."

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    Current Employee - Technical Director in Vancouver, BC
    Current Employee - Technical Director in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Electronic Arts full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Large Company, many different projects to work on, good benefits, great campus

    Cons

    Poor management is tolerated. Projects can be cancelled and teams fired.

    Advice to Management

    Watch out for people who are good at talking up, but nothing else.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent place to work"

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    Former Employee - User Experience Research in Vancouver, BC
    Former Employee - User Experience Research in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Electronic Arts full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -I worked at EA 10+ years ago and again recently, and work-life balance on most teams has drastically improved
    -great perks and benefits
    -tons of industry talent to learn from
    -good upwards mobility
    -interesting areas of specialization to move into

    Cons

    -public perception of EA can be a morale killer sometimes, especially if you have a public-facing role

    Advice to Management

    It can be hard to delegate sometimes, especially with so many layers of management, but employees shine when the managers give them a chance :)

  3. "just ok"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    cool building facilities / has cafeteria gym soccer pitch

    Cons

    the building location not much to walk to so while its a nice building can feel loke alkatraz which is probably what they want to keep u there to work OT

    Advice to Management

    work life balance means working regular hours most of the time not from time to time


  4. "Got to work on some of the biggest games in the world"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Electronic Arts full-time

    Pros

    A lot of opportunities to grow if the timing is right

    Cons

    Not willing to take risks and a lot of the senior management seem out of their element.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be afraid to take chances of people and actually reward them for their hard work.


  5. "Audio Designer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good to share knowledge and gain experience

    Cons

    It is only scaled to one specific thing which is hard to get expend your skills in different areas. But depends on the projects


  6. "Decent culture, but Fairly incumbent"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Electronic Arts full-time

    Pros

    Company values and vision are good, talked about fairly regularly. Lots of very talented and passionate people.

    Cons

    More talk than walk in many ways when it comes to company value. It's an old company with an old hierarchy, and it shows. Very incumbent at times.

    Advice to Management

    Shake things up. Too many people have been promoted because they were there, have no vision and absolutely no business being managers, leads, directors, VPs, etc.


  7. "good overall experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlottetown, PE
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlottetown, PE
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Electronic Arts full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Great franchises to work on which can be a good boost for you career.
    -Hours are pretty good and flexible
    -Support from other studios and working with some really talented co-workers

    Cons

    -Really slow and difficult career growth for developers, managers rise up much faster despite skill or experiece.
    -Senior leadership is very distant and is rarely held accountable for its mistakes.
    -Some projects might be fun to work on, but not as fun to play
    - Some company values seem to be overlooked.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to,learn with and promote your talents. Don't treat them as mere headcount and be accountable for your mistakes.

  8. "Fun place to work"

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    Current Employee - Audio Artist in Vancouver, BC
    Current Employee - Audio Artist in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Electronic Arts full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great atmosphere. Really strong work life balance. Engaging work

    Cons

    They commonly hire you on for short-term contracts so there isn't much room for advancement. You get a temporary contract then won't hire you again for 3 months to maintain you are a temporary employee to save on benefits


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Love the company!"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Burnaby, BC
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Burnaby, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Electronic Arts full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Company has really matured over the years and management really cares about the people and their career growth.

    Cons

    The outside perception of the company can sometimes make you question the leadership decisions. But lately they have really been reacting and listening to the public response.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "An unexpectedly good time"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Electronic Arts part-time

    Pros

    - Sheer volume of benefits are astounding
    - They love to promote and raise attention to the proactive
    - POC designation can feel extremely rewarding, and usually comes with a raise
    - Lots of investment in social activities and team-building events

    Cons

    - They have too many teams, which makes communication far too difficult for minor tasks
    - The massive corporate nature can be very oppressive and hollow
    - The conflict of interest policy is completely absurd and restrictive
    - Execs seem to have little actual understanding of game culture, and don't show any attempts to envelop themselves in it
    - Depending on the role, crunch time can last for weeks, filled with 10+ hour days

    Advice to Management

    - Do not try and fake understanding of game culture. Embrace it and be realistic.
    - Stop trying to wrap everything in legal tape. Let people breathe a bit
    - Bridge a gap between workers and execs


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