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"Challenge Everything" has turned into "Outsource Everything, Innovate Nothing"
Designer (Former Employee), Redwood City, CAFebruary 23, 2014
Pros: brilliant and talented engineers, artists and designers. on-site amenities. aaa game making experience
Cons: heavy reliance on outsourcing quotas, blind adherence to legacy practices, poor management, culture that rewards cya politics, lack of regular training opportunities especially for managers
While I worked remotely with other EA studios and partners on occasion throughout my tenure, this review is mainly about my nearly decade long experience with the Redwood City, CA HQ location.

The executive leadership is ham-fisted and the only training middle management seem to have is how to politic, finger point and backstab when the quality of – more... their products and processes are under strain. The company breeds horrible middle managers and supervisors. The true "leaders" who are interested in growth, opportunity, transparency, innovation and quality quickly find themselves at odds with the company culture due to heavy, cumbersome, legacy policies and clumsy executive meddling.

For many teams, their defacto problem solving tool is to keep adding managers, GM's, directors, executive whatevers - but never to try to work smarter or with more agility. I worked on a multi-year project that saw 2 reorgs, 3 GM's, 4 EP's, multiple redesigns - and yet when it's time to lay off people, it's always the talented ground level designers, engineers, producers or artists that have the best shot of making something great who are let go. The (extremely invested and well-trained) talent that they've let slip into the hands of competitors because of dart-board decisions and mismanagement is astounding. I've seen managers admit to accidentally laying off the wrong people and giving the wrong raises because they were oblivious to what their direct reports were doing! How there haven't been lawsuits over this, is sheer luck.

Finally, I know outsourcing is all the rage for international, publicly traded corporations with fiduciary responsibilities that need to demonstrate their efforts to tighten operational overhead. However, I've been witness to some of the outsourcing quota decisions that actually resulted in increased overall cost due to administrative and managerial overhead, lower quality and even opportunity loss due to scheduling and contract issues. If I were still a stock holder in EA (which I'm not anymore - it's like watching sausage be made), I would be very critical of HOW they report to save money because I can guarantee it's ALWAYS at the cost of quality, scheduling or human capital. – less
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College atmosphere social advancement of EA sports game titles
Internship (Former Employee), Champaign, ILFebruary 19, 2014
In a typical day you will talk to a lot of people and make a lot of connections. I learned how to effective plan and execute events. Management was very good. Made the internship program fun. Co-workers made the job easier with sharing ideas. The hardest part of the job was reaching out to every part of the campus. The most enjoyable part of the job – more... was people's reactions after they won prizes. – less
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Wonderful place to work, the people are the best.
PC, Great Outdoors, FX, Technical Art Lead (Former Employee), Salt Lake City, UtahFebruary 19, 2014
Pros: great people to work with
Cons: not many but sadly people get laid off fairly often.
Electronic Arts was a great place to work for 12 years. I loved every minute of what I did. The work is extremely challenging and rewarding. The people are some of the best I have ever known. I will really miss working with them. Sadly I was part of a mass layoff.
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Stay as long as you can.
Quality Assurance Specialist (DevTrack, DevTest) (Former Employee), Playa Vista, CAFebruary 6, 2014
Pros: free dinner with overtime, good amount of overtime
Cons: working contract means you have to leave.
As I was on contract I was not able to stay with this amazing company. Milestone deadlines were within grasp. Co-workers and upper management very easy to get along with, very friendly environment.
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Productive and Fun
Change Manager (Current Employee), Austin, TXFebruary 4, 2014
Values are more than a list of soft, fluffy words. EA values permeate throughout all layers of the organization, from the CEO to the newest graduate intern. They are the bonds which unite EA together in creating the world's greatest interactive entertainment.
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Fun industry to work in.
QA Tester (Former Employee), Bucuresti, IFFebruary 4, 2014
Pros: fun co-workers and different events.
Cons: long hours, stressful and repetitive job.
The typical work day would start at 9 am and end at 6 pm. While people might thing that a job in the game industry might seem easy, it is in fact very stressful. The job involved doing the same task each day for weeks or months. At fist it might seem very hard, but as times goes on you get accustomed to it and the task no longer seem as tiring and repetitive. – more... The job is very dependent on team work and making friends with everybody involved in the project. Since in order for the project to succeed everybody needs to work as one and communication is a must. – less
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EA-tastic.
Environment Artist (Former Employee), Redwood City, CAJanuary 22, 2014
Pros: on campus gym.
Cons: campus geese.
a typical day is fast paced.
management was efficient.
co-workers were awesome.
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Video Games
Game Tester (Former Employee), Redwood Shores, CAJanuary 22, 2014
Pros: free video games
Cons: short deadlines
Great day of playing and marketing video games. Co-workers are great to work with and are helpful in creating a good work environment.
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Overall Good work Environment
Assistant/Associate Designer (Former Employee), Salt Lake City, UTJanuary 21, 2014
The Salt Lake office has a good feel to it. A work week is typically 40-50 hours. As a designer you spend about 50% of your time filtering and transcripting design input from everyone in management positions above you.
The Salt Lake office has not had a good multi-year plan for the past 5 years.
Biweekly office parties on Fridays helps build a good – more... environment.
Some career paths are easier to climb than others. – less
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Great work environment but lacking in compensation and advancement
Contracted Test Lead (Former Employee), Baton Rouge, LAJanuary 19, 2014
The company really doesn't put any real value in its employees. The only raise outside of being hired on full-time is 50 cents after 1500 hours (not including over time).
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Short-term answer
QA Video Game Tester (Former Employee), Redwood City, CAJanuary 13, 2014
Pros: great pay for the work
Cons: not long-term job
We would get a game title and test it for bugs and see what it could add-on to make the game better.
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Great Place to work
Assistant Designer- Gameplay- NBA Live (Former Employee), Maitland, FLJanuary 3, 2014
Pros: good people to work with
Cons: sometimes the hours are very long during the final weeks of the game completion process
If you looking to work for a good video game company then EA Sports is the place to work
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A Gap Bridge Employment Opportunity
VENDOR MANAGER (Former Employee), Austin, TXDecember 11, 2013
Pros: cheap vending machines, good benefits, good work life balance
Cons: management support, decision making, logical response to issues
If you love video games and need a place to get to possibly a supervisory position EA would suffice.

Benefits are good. Compensation is not bad.

Beyond the supervisory level the company is very fraternal and really does not provide much career opportunity.

You will not interact with anyone above your boss in most cases.

Historically they "clean – more... house" each year which has lead to many people losing their jobs and creating great job insecurity.

It is a hip place but if you are serious about a professional career then I would look elsewhere. Unless, you are an agent looking to break into the call center business. – less
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Boring
Quality Assurance Tester (Former Employee), Baton Rouge, LANovember 18, 2013
• Tested EA video games from Alpha test phase to finished product, assuring that the game was performing at optimal quality levels once testing was completed.
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Fun working place with lots of work and deliverables
Applications Architect (Current Employee), Redwood Shores, CANovember 11, 2013
Typical working day at this company would be very challenging if you engage yourself well. Always enough opportunities to learn and teach new skills. Very professional workforce.
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Great culture and young company
Human Resources Generalist (Former Employee), Redwood City, CAOctober 23, 2013
Pros: great people
Cons: very instense at times and commute was far
I loved working at Electronic Arts and wished that I was not part of reduction in force. Preformed and HR work.
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Fun Place to work!
Project Coordinator (Former Employee), Austin, TXOctober 20, 2013
Pros: fun enviorment, management that cares, fun employees and events
Cons: contract positions are not long term
EA is a fun place to work of course there is stressful times but for the most part employees like to have fun and work hard. The management team really cares about their people and try hard to make sure that people are enjoying work.
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Great learning place to work.
Assistant Development Manager (Former Employee), Hyderabad, APSeptember 30, 2013
Nice working environment and lot of developmental activities are being carried out by the company which is really very nice.
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Fun and enjoyable place to work. You will actually love your job! :)
Quality Analyst (Current Employee), Salt Lake City, UTSeptember 23, 2013
Pros: free lunches for ot, free uta monthly pass or downtown parking pass, great environment, great team environment. ping pong table in the break room, free coffee.
Cons: expensive health care, if on contract, not too many opportunities to advance until second contract or up
What a great, fun place to work! Work on games with a great team. EA understands personal life is more important than work and this creates happy employees that want to work hard. no problems with 5-10 minutes late on occasion. Learned a lot about development of video games and QA. CONTRACT positions is a bummer, but that is the nature of the game industry. – more... I took a pay cut to work at EA and it was the best Job I have ever had. Ping pong table in the break room, free coffee. – less
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Director (Former Employee), Redwood City, CASeptember 10, 2013
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