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Updated 19 February 2018
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Pros
  • Great work life balance, many employees stay around for 10 (in 88 reviews)

  • good work environment, you can learn mature web technologies (in 132 reviews)

Cons
  • Pretty bad work/life balance when it's crunch time (in 73 reviews)

  • Long hours, much overtime, stressful crunch times (in 81 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "2 months in and having fun"

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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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Company is in an upward growth cycle with opportunities. Good company culture and values despite difficulties in the past. Regional management are very open for feedback

    Cons

    Somewhat difficult to navigate global network (particularly being Asia based)


  2. "Great office and colleagues"

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in Melbourne
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Melbourne
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Electronic Arts full-time

    Pros

    The colleagues and the chance to work on some premium mobile titles are the main reason to work here.

    In addition is the great perks such as free games, health allowance (gym etc), extra week off at Christmas.

    Cons

    Progression is hard, there's limited opportunities for movement.

    Salary is comparatively low for similar roles in other industries.

    Advice to Management

    Clearly define progression opportunities for staff and rerun the salary comparison.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Toxic Experience"

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    Former Employee - Game Designer in Melbourne
    Former Employee - Game Designer in Melbourne
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Electronic Arts (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice office and minor perks such as free games.

    Cons

    Low pay and long hours. Upper management boys club.

    They only care about the bottom dollar and do whatever they can to put as many dark patters as possible into their games. Overall they are an extremely unethical company that don't care about their staff. Get used to being nothing more than a number.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to give feedback to staff in rapid manner instead of waiting a year.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Horrible experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Electronic Arts full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Abler to get free games
    - Strong catalogue of games
    - Flexible hours

    Cons

    - Ridiculously high churn rate in some offices (50%+ year on year).
    - Huge lack of talent - intellectual and business wise, due to huge employee turnover.
    - Very low team morale and extremely political.
    - No autonomy or respect from senior executives.
    - No growth opportunities or innovation.

    Advice to Management

    Try to hire and build innovation internally and trust in your people to take chances.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Mired in Politics and the Past"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Electronic Arts full-time

    Pros

    Strong Brands
    Money in the Bank
    Cares about Quality
    Knows how to sell copies of stuff at retail

    Cons

    Antiquated (or non-existent) mobile strategy
    Mired in politics at the top levels
    Studios & titles can disappear in the blink of an eye
    No real infrastructure, tools, or strategy for mobile success

    Advice to Management

    Focus on people who are competent, not just confident
    Fire your entire mobile marketing organization, they have no clue what matters
    Look at which groups spend more time building empires than building games and clean house.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "mostly good, some bad"

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    Current Employee - Junior Artist in Melbourne
    Current Employee - Junior Artist in Melbourne
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Electronic Arts full-time

    Pros

    Not much over-time for majority of the staff. studio has a healthy environment and mostly good leads. good software budget and IT support(benefits of being part of a global company). good location and facilities. Super friendly support staff.

    Cons

    studio inter-team culture can be negative at times. similar to most large studios in aus that are running multiple projects.
    most projects are not challenging technically or creatively for an artist, which has caused an attitude of staleness.

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to force people to have fun. Take down the TV screens showing how much money we're making EA, it's depressing.


  8. "Decent"

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    Current Employee - Environment Artist in Melbourne
    Current Employee - Environment Artist in Melbourne
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    responsible for your work
    more creative freedom than I expected

    Cons

    corporate always getting in the way of good design and art

    Advice to Management

    show a bit more love, more careers pathways because I havent experienced a single invitation to grow my career as an artist with EA


  9. "Software Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer II in Melbourne
    Former Employee - Software Engineer II in Melbourne

    Pros

    Good work and life balance

    Cons

    Salary is a little bit low.


  10. "N/A 5 words 5 words"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good IP... Some really great development teams. Rich back catalog.

    Cons

    No forward thinking. Full of sales guys, not enough people with actual development experience.

    Advice to Management

    Too much politics.


  11. "EA"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    IP, Culture, work time, games, people

    Cons

    The hours that you have to work


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