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Updated 23 March, 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. "A great studio and fantastic teams."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "QA Tester"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    fun to play games and meet up with coworkers

    Cons

    management issues
    don't treat you the same


  3. "Quality Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Development Director"

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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 10 years)

    Pros

    Quite engaging and fast paced. It involves People Management as well as Project Management in a creative environment.

    Cons

    Your boss changes all the time. And your future depends on your new boss!!

    Advice to Management

    Manage up as well as you manage down.


  6. 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.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "overrated"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Horrible Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -competitive pay
    -fresh donuts every friday

    Cons

    -management over works employees
    -VERY LOW diversity in workplace
    -Management always waiting for you to screw up

    Advice to Management

    -have respect for the employees
    -too much advice as its far from the picture perfect company it seems to be


  9. "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.


  10. "EA Vancouver"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Creative, spacious, open plan, tons of facilities >>> simply an amazing place to work!

    Cons

    Nothing really. Only thing I would ask for is maybe having some kind of child-care facilities/before and after school clubs for kids - like Redwood. EAV has 'doggy day care' but what about our children ;)

    Advice to Management

    keep doing what you're doing!


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Game Tester"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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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