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Updated 24 April, 2017
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  • Pretty bad work/life balance when it's crunch time (in 68 reviews)

  • Crunch time can be a nightmare and requires long hours for several months on end if you're trying to ship a product (in 77 reviews)

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  1. "Nowhere near as bad as some make it out to be."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Burnaby, BC
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Burnaby, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Dog-friendly.

    Great co-workers.

    EA has a recognized presence in the gaming industry.

    Cons

    It can be a struggle to get past "Temporary Full Time" into a proper "Regular Full Time" position.

    EA is stuck shaking off some old stigmas.

    Its "recognized presence" is often seen as money-hungry among gaming community.

    Advice to Management

    Grow the talent. Help TFT employees create a career with EA and guide them on the path to RFT.


  2. "Army of Two"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Electronic Arts (More than a year)

    Pros

    International opportunities, as well as training available world-wide.

    Cons

    Leadership in some studios is lacking.


  3. "Dev Ops Role - Boring"

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    Former Employee - Release Engineer in Burnaby, BC
    Former Employee - Release Engineer in Burnaby, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of team collaboration and customer outreach.

    Cons

    No technical challenges; the equivalent of "button pushing".


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  5. "Talented teams but a very political environment"

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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 (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The first 6 years of my career at EA were absolutely phenomenal. Fantastic senior leadership, lots of growth opportunities, very exciting global projects to work on, highly engaged and talented teams to work with. The compensation package is very competitive with other tech companies, and the facilities are hands down the best in Vancouver region.

    Cons

    A culture and attitude of everyone-for-themselves exists that is really unfortunate, lots of political posturing happening between the EA Vancouver and EA Redwood Shores locations. Management is hit or miss, I had a few really inspiring leaders and some absolutely atrocious ones that ultimately created a toxic environment and caused many talented individuals to leave the company due to the cultural downward spiral.

    Advice to Management

    HR really needs to do more to help fix the pockets of toxic culture that exists in certain departments. During my tenure at EA I witnessed several high performing individuals leave the company because they had conflicts with their managers. Disappointingly, HR will typically side with the person who is most senior and let the incidents slide because they're afraid of losing them to a competitor. They should create a training course that encourages more empathetic behaviors in the workplace.


  6. "A great studio and fantastic teams."

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer II in Montreal, QC
    Former Employee - Software Engineer II in Montreal, QC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Electronic Arts full-time

    Pros

    My time as an EA employee was a great experience in itself. I was mentored to speed by a great crew of engineers and our teams usually have been shielded from the clashes and storms by truly professional producers and leads.
    Most of the leads and producers were seniors with a very good understanding of the ins and outs of game development.

    Cons

    Some crunches during end of development have happened.
    With very few exceptions testers were not fully appreciated and integrated to the teams and left on the side during office meetings or when late evening dinners were shared.


  7. "Quality Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Quality Analyst II in Burnaby, BC
    Former Employee - Quality Analyst II in Burnaby, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Electronic Arts (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great co workers, benefits, pay, career structure. Freedom to evolve. Gym on site and ability to play sports during lunch hours. Not super stiff requirements in terms of working hours.

    Cons

    Long hours during crunch time.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Very good internship"

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    Former Employee - Associate Software Developer Coop in Burnaby, BC
    Former Employee - Associate Software Developer Coop in Burnaby, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Electronic Arts (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Teammates were friendly
    - When reached out to other teams for help, they were very helpful
    - Nice overall atmosphere and culture, with pets.
    - Enjoy many perks of full employees
    - Cafeteria has REALLY good food for reasonable price
    - Free dinner when working overtime

    Cons

    - Seems to be stressful sometimes for full-time employees, especially at peak/release times.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "overrated"

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

    Pros

    Free parking in underground lot

    Cons

    Salary, Benefits, work life balance


  10. "Fantastic experience!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burnaby, BC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burnaby, BC

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

    Pros

    Fantastic team, great management, wonderful culture!

    Cons

    Little exposure to other departments, because of the sheer size of the business.


  11. Helpful (4)

    "Game Tester"

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    Former Employee - Game Tester in Burnaby, BC
    Former Employee - Game Tester in Burnaby, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Chance to work on some interesting titles
    Experience in the industry (So hard to break in, and this is somewhat easier then average)
    Large team of people around you thats generally been quite nice
    Very nice studio with great facilities (if you get access)

    Cons

    Low pay
    Terrible work life balance
    No benefits
    Exclusion from company team building events
    Very low job security
    Management was insanely deep- gives no personal connection

    Advice to Management

    All my experiences are a few years old now- but if they remain accurate there is definetly something management needs to consider. Employee morale amongst testers was brutally low. Its not hard to understand why with 80+ hour weeks (fired if you refuse) no benefits and little respect given from anyone else in the company. Testing is a very detail oriented job, and depressed exhausted testers do not create good results. It might not be possible to control hours, but it is possible to show respect and create a positive environment. Paying just above minimum wage and denying all benefits is not a great place to start.


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