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Updated 21 November, 2017
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  • Pretty bad work/life balance when it's crunch time (in 72 reviews)

  • I would say that the worst thing would have been the very long hours that I had to work (in 79 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - 3D Artist in Burnaby, BC
    Former Employee - 3D Artist in Burnaby, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Electronic Arts part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Really nice working environment, great team members and nice superiors

    Cons

    Long working ours during crunch


  2. "QA at Electronic Arts"

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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

    Good office culture
    Good benefits
    Job mobility within the organization

    Cons

    Cooperate attitude to games. They tend to "play it safe" rather than trying to push the envelope.

    Advice to Management

    Create a small group to create experimental titles that can afford to fail, but could also be huge


  3. "Great company, not so great compensation"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Electronic Arts (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Awesome culture
    - Great co-workers
    - Fun place to work (Vancouver)

    Cons

    - Not competitive compensation
    - Highly political
    - Slow in hiring and retaining talent

    Advice to Management

    Understand the job market and be competitive. Work culture and perks are icing on a cake, not the primary drivers of attracting / retaining people.


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  5. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Electronic Arts full-time

    Pros

    Awesome work environment, great perks.

    Cons

    There wasn't very much opportunity to move.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Fun place to work, but you won't get home much"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Electronic Arts full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The benefits are very good, the employee stock purchase plan is amazing, and generally the people that work there are friendly and care about doing a good job and looking out for each other

    Cons

    Not a lot of advancement opportunities, cost cutting has left a lot of departments understaffed and people over worked, opportunities for advancement are limited, and pay tends to be below market

    Advice to Management

    the cost cutting and control, although great for the stock price, hasn't been so great on the workers..


  7. "Very happy to be part of this team"

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

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

    Pros

    Work life balance.
    Teamwork.
    Awesome facilities.
    Company values.
    Parking.

    Cons

    Can't really think of any.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what your doing.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Progressive company with an emerging problem: 2nd-class contractors"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Designer in Vancouver, BC
    Current Employee - Designer in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Electronic Arts full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Progressive company that is stable and filled with veterans of the industry. You are compensated well if a Regular Full-Time employee with medium or better industry experience. Great benefits and retirement for the RFTs. Also good stock programs with matching. If you are a contractor, sorry, none of this applies to you, even remotely.

    Cons

    The quality of people managers varies tremendously from project to project. Internal promotion is harder than leaving and coming back after acquiring a better position elsewhere. More and more outsourcing and contractor hires means temporary employment is becoming the norm, even in creative positions.

    Advice to Management

    People managers at EA, where I have been, lack the typical soft skills found elsewhere, and generally brush aside career matters for project ones at every opportunity. It's common to be micro-managed and under-supported, suggesting DNA-level leadership gaps. A new crop of leaders who have been taught to empower instead of hold power is needed or cultural erosion will continue.


  9. "Great company to work for!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burnaby, BC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burnaby, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Electronic Arts full-time

    Pros

    Excellent vision and leadership
    World-class facilities
    Amazing people, crazy smart and hard-working as well as incredibly social
    Strong leader in people programs and training

    Cons

    Hours can be long
    Vacation package is not great compared to other employers


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Misogynistic Environment - Harassment and Bullying not Taken Seriously"

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    Former Employee - Production Coordinator in Vancouver, BC
    Former Employee - Production Coordinator in Vancouver, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Electronic Arts full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good extended health benefits. Relaxed dress-code. Nice co-workers (excluding management and executives).

    Cons

    No job security. Misogynistic environment - not a lot of room for women to move up. Less respect for women, and we aren't taken seriously in general. Had to put up with constant abuse from managers, with HR just taking the side of higher ups, despite evidence of harassment and bullying. Constant turnover, not a lot of consistency, even with hardworking good employees. Many talented-hardworking employees want to stay in the company, but are caught in the cycle of 1 year contracts. Lots of re-training and loss of morale due to good people leaving the company/team. Lots of overtime and work from home is expected. Low pay for anyone under Executive levels. Anyone in higher up levels are compensated very well, but lower levels are under the average studio rates.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees more with full-time regular contracts. Too many talented-hardworkers are poached by other companies, due to short contracts and low pay. Take more care to help employees being bullied, and regulate healthy and positive work environments. Create more job security.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Software Engineer I"

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

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

    Pros

    - Flexible time
    - Free games
    - Nice studio
    - God-like CEO

    Cons

    - Hard to get a regular full time position


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