Software Engineer (Former Employee), Burnaby, BC – May 14, 2014
You could very well join EA and have an experience that is completely positive. The company is so large that individual experience will vary wildly. In my case, the job was not a good fit, and I found several team members' conducts to be completely unprofessional, aggressive and rude.
Talent Coordinator (Current Employee), Burnaby, BC – March 25, 2014
The environment at EA is great - very fast paced and demanding, but extremely rewarding. I've learned a great deal about time management, recruiting, balancing priorities and overall HR. The team dynamic is wonderful - coming into work knowing that I will have a long list of demanding things to take care of, but have an incredibly supportive team backing – more... me up is wonderful! We work hard, and we play hard. – less
Quality Assurance Tester (Former Employee), 3 Pl Ville Marie – February 21, 2014
Pros: lots a breaks, easy work, quiet environment.
Cons: pay was mediocre
I'd start my day receiving a device (cell phone, tablet etc.) with a specific application to test. Once the app has been played through, we were required to complete checklists making sure they were fit to be released to the public. The atmosphere was nice and quiet, and my coworkers were also very helpful. We worked at our own paces, and we were able – more... to do some internet browsing in between tasks and on our breaks. Sadly the department closed down due to a lot bad decision making made by EA. – less
Development Director - FIFA Franchise (Former Employee), Burnaby, BC – January 12, 2014
Pros: campus amenities, great people/team collaboration
Cons: very little room for "process improvement", structure already set in place, can be political at times.
Great place to work, amazing amenities (gym, pilates/yoga classes, cafeteria, arcades on-campus). Some of my best mentors are from EA, they have great managers and leaders there. Every year the franchised product needs to get out the door, so there is no room for "time wasting" which taught be a lot about failing fast and recovering quickly. Making – more... mistakes was encouraged as long as they were learned from. Amazing coworkers and team camaraderie and team building activities to ensure people were "gelling" throughout the project lifecycle. Work/life balanced has improved incredibly at EA, they're not given enough credit for this. – less
Producer \ Designer EA Sports (Former Employee), Vancouver, BC – December 23, 2013
Pros: they have pinball machines in the lunch room
Cons: see review.
My workday was mostly herding cats. Trying to get a dozen people with a dozen different agendas to get in the same room at the same time to get them to agree on something so I could move the project forward. Impossible.
The wrong people are in management. When I worked there, the president of the company was, literally, a former ice cream salesman. – more... Zero background in the game industry.
And like him, one of my managers was a former lawyer. No background in gaming, No design experience. Do development experience. No knowledge of North American sports. Barely knew how to use a web browser. Every project he'd ever been put in charge of at EA was an unmitigated disaster. Yet he was a senior product for for 3 years. Now he's one of EA's Vice Presidents!!
Innovative ideas scare them. Don't go to any manager with an idea that might be risky. – less
QA for Artworks (Former Employee), Canada, Burnaby – February 19, 2013
Pros: fun environment, great people
Cons: selective security and salary distrubution
Work really had a balance between work hard and play fun. The Culture of EA really shines, as they reward their employees for hard work through fun times. The entire studio is basking with inspiration, surrounded by the video games and art of which cause us to be who we are. Really nothing but good things to say about this environment. However, the – more... job security and salary distribution is very selective. – less
Development Tester (Former Employee), Montréal, QC – October 26, 2012
Pros: flexible hours
Cons: not challenging enough
Most of the times there could be little to do in terms of task. People are generally pretty nice and time is flexible. I learned to what it is to work with different departments at once (programmers, testers, certification). The hardest part of the job is probably to get everyone together on the same page as some tasks require a lot of different people – more... and devices. – less
Quality Assurance Tester (Former Employee), Bucuresti, IF – September 27, 2014
Pros: free lunches, one hour and a half paid break .
Cons: the attitued of some leads twards inovative and resourcefull people.
A typical day at work represented me going on the testing floor and searching for errors in games (bugs) which was difficult at times since I have started working there near the end of many games but it was not impossible for a person with a long history of gaming such as myself. I have learned many things at this company including discipline, listening, – more... team-leading , punctuality and more. I never felt like I had a hardest part while working there it was hard as any job would be but I was enabled to do my job and this is all I ask of all employers, but as for the most enjoyable part of the job it was the fact that the team was mostly of similar age people and we had many things offered by the company to relax in breaks such as billiards and consoles stuck on big screens and that made us make some friendly competitions that lasted months. – less
Senior Systems Engineer/Solution Architect (Former Employee), 209 Redwood Shores Parkway 94065 – September 11, 2014
Pros: great opportunites
Cons: you have to tread water for a while before you are rescued, swaddled and labeled a hero
Very dynamic, challenging (both good and bad) and fun place to work. A mild case of too many chiefs and not enough indians, but that is typical in high tech mid to large scale venues. They would benefit from stronger middle management and guidance with fewer C-Level execs.
Sr. Financial Analyst - contract (Former Employee), Redwood City, CA – August 27, 2014
I have been with EA for 4 months, it was a great experience overall. I happened to be there when they have lost their CEO. We were without new CEO for several months. Thus it was a transitional time within the company.
Quality Assurance - Quality Analyst (Former Employee), Salt Lake City, UT – August 8, 2014
Pros: free lunches, free video games, free parties, good work experience, great employees
Cons: long hours, looooong hours
I can honestly say that working at Electronic Arts was most definitely the best job I have ever had. The work at times was long and hard and the overtime would make you want to pull your hair out but the people I got to work with and the work I got to do was so great. Despite what everyone on the internet think Electronic Arts is a great company and – more... they are great to work for. They take care of the employees they have and the work environment is great. – less
Project Manager (Former Employee), San Francisco, CA – July 31, 2014
Pros: great colleagues, cool work
If you love video games or consumer electronics than Electronic Arts is the place for you. A very fun and focused work environment. EA is a relax and comfortable place to work. There are lots of amenities on the campus such as a gym, dry cleaning, weekly car washes etc. Lots of opportunity to grow as the company is transitioning many of its titles for – more... the online platform. – less