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Electronic Arts Reviews

Updated 16 February, 2019
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Pros
  • "I enjoyed my time at EA; my team had a pretty good work-life balance and I never had to do overtime unless I wanted to" (in 105 reviews)

  • "Electronic Arts manages to create a very pleasant work environment despite being one of the largest in the business" (in 148 reviews)

Cons
  • "They claim to have work/life balance" (in 79 reviews)

  • "Long hours, much overtime, stressful crunch times" (in 85 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. "Great company to work for."

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Vancouver, BC
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Supportive, innovative, always evolving company to work for.

    Cons

    fluctuation in market. product launches can impact company performance adversely

  3. "EA"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Electronic Arts full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people a s attitude.

    Cons

    Slow promotions and long hours.


  4. "Surprisingly little room for growth"

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

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

    Pros

    Great facilities, surrounded by lots of talented and creative people

    Cons

    Vertical or even horizontal movement a challenge. Career progression stifled by politics and process.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in employee growth and lose the sense of entitlement in the industry.


  5. "EA is in the game"

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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

    EA is full of amazing, smart, passionate people. If you share same passion for bringing joy to millions of people, EA is a great place to be. Work is never dull.

    Cons

    Benefits are ok, not great. Salary is ok, not great.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Horrible Culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Electronic Arts full-time

    Pros

    The facilities are good, like a university campus

    Cons

    Horrible culture
    Optics driven
    Management has massive egos
    Everything is in silos

    Advice to Management

    Be more results oriented


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Character Artist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Electronic Arts full-time

    Pros

    Nice office, good amenities and mostly good people

    Cons

    Horrible culture and corporate structure

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Beware of EA at all costs."

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Vancouver, BC
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Vancouver, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - EA is well known and its games are played by millions around the globe.
    - Great gym and sports facilities.
    - Discounted games (not free).
    - Cafeteria has good quality food (although not for free).

    Cons

    - EA has some of the worst middle management imaginable. Managers are often promoted based on metrics outside of their actual performance which results in unqualified people making horrible decisions. Most managers I encountered at EA had little to no skill at managing engineers in a way that allowed them to be happy with their jobs. EA should carefully consider the value each manager adds to the organization and if they are actually qualified to do their jobs and promptly remove those who aren't.

    - Management is often hyper critical, providing almost no positive feedback or acknowledgement when positive events or contributions occur. Any new ideas you may bring to the table will be shot down by your manager and you will be reprimanded for speaking up. EA's top down decision structure makes it impossible for engineers to feel as though they have control in their work or any voice in the organization.

    - Promotion always feels out of reach. Management will constantly enforce the feeling that you're not performing well even though by all available metrics you are. If you work for EA you should expect to constantly feel as though your job is on the line with every act you make.

    - Salaries are not competitive given the expected output of an engineer. EA pays engineers well below what they should be paying, and the effects of this are felt though the entire company. EA should pay employees more and make bonuses more frequent to ensure employees are motivated to do quality work.

    - Employees throughout the company feel burnt out and hate their jobs. This is extraordinarily difficult to work around if you actually enjoy what you do. I found the resounding negativity so draining that I had to start mental health treatment as I found myself depressed.

    Advice to Management

    Flatten the company structure and remove unnecessary managers. Foster a culture where ideas can rise from the bottom-up. Promote employees when they deserve to be promoted. Encourage positivity and happiness among employees.


  9. "Good place to work if you’re not on contract."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burnaby, BC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burnaby, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great campus, nice amenities, pays well, values work/life balance which is rare in the entertainment industry.

    Cons

    If you’re not RFT, managers won’t invest time into you and you don’t get nearly as many perks.

    Advice to Management

    Stop wasting time training new people and train the staff already there.


  10. "Very Good Emplyer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Electronic Arts full-time

    Pros

    Good to their employees, learn a lot, work on challenging problems, work with great people, competitive compensation, economy of scales gives nice perks such as on-site sports that other companies do not have, flexible hours, trust and ability to work from home, good work/life balance.

    Cons

    It can be difficult or politically charged to change things in a large company.