QA Manager (Former Employee) – Vancouver, BC – 15 February 2018
Over several years at EA I had some pretty amazing experiences. I was able to explore many paths and roles with quite a bit of support. As with any corporation, making any types of large scale changes is difficult and slow, but possible with the proper support. I would have to say that the best part of the job was working with such talented people on such amazing products. I would recommend EA to those starting out. Moving into a higher level role can be more difficult as people at the top don't tend to move out and climbing the ladder can feel more like standing in place for years at a time.
People, Culture, Products, Environment, Challenge
Ability to move up, Support from management, instigating change
Senior QA tester - Fifa 14 (Former Employee) – Burnaby, BC – 24 May 2016
I worked at EA for a little over 3 months, right out of the gate from VFS, I have nothing but good memories of them, people from other teams were always polite, the facilities were phenomenal, and it was always such a great feeling to pull into the parking lot everyday, as a work place EA Burnaby is easily on top of all others.
In building cafe, Gym, basketball court, soccer field, arcade, showers.
the days ended exactly when the traffic was the heaviest
Technical Artist (Former Employee) – Vancouver, BC – 7 May 2016
I spend two years working in EA. It is a great opportunity for me to work there. I learned a lot in that company. Although I did not play so many video games during my life. I heard a lot from my friends about how enjoy when they are playing video games. The company have great leadership and life work balance. I learned a lot from my co-workers who like to play video games.
Tester in the QA department (Former Employee) – Montréal, QC – 23 December 2015
Working in the mobile department has helped me understand mobile devices more deeply. It was a great part time job. It was a bit hard a t first since testing was always done on a different device, but you get used to it.
Quality Assurance Tester (Former Employee) – Burnaby, BC – 17 March 2015
It was, by far, my favourite job. I learned so much and the co-workers and management were especially nice and understanding.
At first it was difficult to understand the jargons used by programmer and designer, but eventually I became use to it and learned to communicate more efficiently since I had questions about whether or not certain designs were actually graphical issues or if certain perceive bugs are actually a new feature.
QA Manager (Current Employee) – Burnaby, BC – 7 March 2015
In all my years of being with EA, I'm still with EA because it really understands the importance of its team members. We treat each other with respect and the attitude is always professional and we foster working as a team.
Very casual, enjoyable place to be, work is actually quite fun
Beta Tester and Pro Clubs Online Team (Former Employee) – Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada – 2 February 2015
Playing sets of the video game for 4 hours, running through "metrics" to test for game stability. Learned valuable lessons in teamwork. Management was great, lots of time speaking to project leads and developers. Co-workers were all friendly and fun people to talk to. After being off work for months, I still talk to many of them. Hardest part of the job was getting used to the lingo used and the Devtracker program. The most enjoyable part was it felt like, for the most part, that you were just playing games with your buddies for a few hours everyday.
Playing Video games and being paid for it, Nice people, Nice Atmosphere
Software Engineer (Former Employee) – Burnaby, BC – 14 May 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 – 25 March 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 me up is wonderful! We work hard, and we play hard.
Quality Assurance Tester (Former Employee) – 3 Pl Ville Marie – 21 February 2014
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 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.
Development Director - FIFA Franchise (Former Employee) – Burnaby, BC – 12 January 2014
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 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.
Campus Amenities, great people/team collaboration
Very little room for "process improvement", structure already set in place, can be political at times.
Producer \ Designer EA Sports (Former Employee) – Vancouver, BC – 23 December 2013
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. 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.
QA for Artworks (Former Employee) – Canada, Burnaby – 19 February 2013
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 job security and salary distribution is very selective.
Job Duties: - In charge of the EA applications functionality testing - Use of multiple checklists covering internal certification and third party certification - Formed for iOS and Android platforms - Use of JIRA and Devtrack as tools for Bug management
Work Environment: - Very relaxing and productive environment - Employee's work is valued - Nice team and people to work with
highly collaborative and enjoyable team environment