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Electronic Arts Reviews

Updated 10 December, 2018
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Pros
  • "Maintains polies of vigorous honesty and healthy work-life balance" (in 104 reviews)

  • "Electronic Arts manages to create a very pleasant work environment despite being one of the largest in the business" (in 145 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. "Good place to work at"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Electronic Arts full-time

    Pros

    Competitive salary and package
    Working with talented people

    Cons

    Corporate environment with politics

  3. "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.


  4. "Experience Designer"

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    Former Employee - Experience Designer in Vancouver, BC
    Former Employee - Experience Designer in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, campus ammeneties, and teammates.

    Cons

    Large company with many stakeholders. Can be difficult to get things done.

    Advice to Management

    More transparency


  5. "Software Engineer"

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

    I have been working at Electronic Arts full-time

    Pros

    Great team, great working environment

    Cons

    Management limitation due to a big team


  6. "Rewarding place to work"

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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

    Great campus and amenities
    Good pay
    Far better work/life balance than many other places

    Cons

    Can end up pigeon-holed
    Groups can become siloed across regional offices
    Entrenched underperformers


  7. "Busywork and underpaid"

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

    Pros

    There’s a cafeteria that has decent food

    Cons

    I had nothing to do, I was always being assigned busywork and was underpaid before being laid off

  8. Helpful (3)

    "It depends"

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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 (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Your experience at EA completely depends on the team you are working for. Game teams have tight deadlines and they may push you sometimes. Also, some game teams are more democratized than others in terms of allowing you to try new things. For instance, PvZ team is very flexible while FIFA is not.
    The overall culture in EA is better than other tech companies mainly because half of EA employees are artists and not engineers! They get excited with colors rather than numbers!

    Cons

    -The benefits and salaries are mediocre comparing to other giants.
    -It is not easy to switch teams/roles in EA
    -People get promoted by talking a lot (politics)! rather than achieving something

    Advice to Management

    One of the main problems in EA is that managers have no technical knowledge and experience. This is a huge issue when we have conflicts. I personally prefer the organization model of Apple and Google where engineers directly report to a senior td/engineer and there is one DD for budget management, etc.


  9. "Office manager"

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

    I worked at Electronic Arts full-time

    Pros

    Very good work life balance

    Cons

    Montreal not high on corporate proprities


  10. Helpful (2)

    "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 :)