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Updated 19 August, 2018
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Pros
  • "Maintains polies of vigorous honesty and healthy work-life balance" (in 95 reviews)

  • "Great work culture, flexible yet competitive work environment" (in 139 reviews)

Cons
  • "Horrible hours (no work life balance)" (in 77 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. "Decent culture, but Fairly incumbent"

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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

    Company values and vision are good, talked about fairly regularly. Lots of very talented and passionate people.

    Cons

    More talk than walk in many ways when it comes to company value. It's an old company with an old hierarchy, and it shows. Very incumbent at times.

    Advice to Management

    Shake things up. Too many people have been promoted because they were there, have no vision and absolutely no business being managers, leads, directors, VPs, etc.

  3. "good overall experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlottetown, PE
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlottetown, PE
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Great franchises to work on which can be a good boost for you career.
    -Hours are pretty good and flexible
    -Support from other studios and working with some really talented co-workers

    Cons

    -Really slow and difficult career growth for developers, managers rise up much faster despite skill or experiece.
    -Senior leadership is very distant and is rarely held accountable for its mistakes.
    -Some projects might be fun to work on, but not as fun to play
    - Some company values seem to be overlooked.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to,learn with and promote your talents. Don't treat them as mere headcount and be accountable for your mistakes.


  4. "Fun place to work"

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    Current Employee - Audio Artist in Vancouver, BC
    Current Employee - Audio Artist in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great atmosphere. Really strong work life balance. Engaging work

    Cons

    They commonly hire you on for short-term contracts so there isn't much room for advancement. You get a temporary contract then won't hire you again for 3 months to maintain you are a temporary employee to save on benefits


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Love the company!"

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

    I have been working at Electronic Arts full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Company has really matured over the years and management really cares about the people and their career growth.

    Cons

    The outside perception of the company can sometimes make you question the leadership decisions. But lately they have really been reacting and listening to the public response.


  6. "So much potential"

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    Current Employee - Senior Data Engineer in Vancouver, BC
    Current Employee - Senior Data Engineer in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    People and the company culture is great, better than average compensation

    Cons

    Too much focus on maintaining the relationships between teams, departments and old work friends, rather than doing what's right regarding work and outcome

    Advice to Management

    In good times doing good is not good!


  7. "An unexpectedly good time"

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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 part-time

    Pros

    - Sheer volume of benefits are astounding
    - They love to promote and raise attention to the proactive
    - POC designation can feel extremely rewarding, and usually comes with a raise
    - Lots of investment in social activities and team-building events

    Cons

    - They have too many teams, which makes communication far too difficult for minor tasks
    - The massive corporate nature can be very oppressive and hollow
    - The conflict of interest policy is completely absurd and restrictive
    - Execs seem to have little actual understanding of game culture, and don't show any attempts to envelop themselves in it
    - Depending on the role, crunch time can last for weeks, filled with 10+ hour days

    Advice to Management

    - Do not try and fake understanding of game culture. Embrace it and be realistic.
    - Stop trying to wrap everything in legal tape. Let people breathe a bit
    - Bridge a gap between workers and execs

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company to Work For"

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Burnaby, BC
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Burnaby, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Amazing Benefits
    - Intelligent and Helpful Co-Workers
    - Opportunities for Advancement
    - Great Environment for Innovation

    Cons

    - Gender ratio still heavily skewed towards men


  9. Helpful (1)

    "I love my job!"

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    Current Employee - Programmer in Montreal, QC
    Current Employee - Programmer in Montreal, QC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Multi-cultural team
    - Very talented people in all areas
    - The projects are very engaging, if you have the skills they have an infinite amount challenges they can throw at you
    - They are working hard to make people comfortable and make the office enjoyable for all the staff (which come with many perks and free breakfast is only one of them)
    - Place to grow, your role is not set in stone and they are giving access to many conferences per year along with learning courses that are given in-house by the staff
    - General good attitude, of course you get closer to the people directly in your team because you work with them everyday but I feel everybody can talk to anybody no matter their status or role in the company, Friday's 5@7 are a great place to open up to new people working on other team or projects.
    - Flexible schedule
    - Competitive salary, bonus and benefits
    - Good insurances
    - Great potential, small teams currently growing, EA's backing is strong and the future of the studio looks bright
    - They are adding & organizing social activities on a regular basis
    - Regular 1:1 with your lead to keep in touch (and anyone you would like to talk to really)

    Cons

    - Its a new studio that is still assembling a new team so some growing pain are to be expected
    - The new studio offices are still pretty new and don't yet have that personal touches you can see in usual game studio environment (had tons of that in the old offices)
    - They listen and try to get you where you want to be but sometimes you will be working on something that "need" to be done (like in any other places if you ask me)
    - We are all humans and of course you can sometime see clashes of personality but its always staying very professional

    Advice to Management

    Be Human First, your staff is the most vital resource of the company.
    At EA's level the communications always feel unreal and why above us, its important to try and inspire the troops but its more than often pretty hard to relate.


  10. "EA Motive"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Electronic Arts full-time

    Pros

    - Amazing talent
    - New facilities
    - Opportunities for growth
    - World class projects

    Cons

    - Some growing pains as the team grows (i.e. leadership is not established, not as many social activities as elsewhere)
    - While it is a new studio, it feels very contemporary and cold. Hopefully this gets sorted out as projects put their own touches, and as social activities pick up.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent and accessible. Be more in the now and less in the future: focus more on devs having a great experience day to day, instead of talking about what the future holds.


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