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Helpful (5)

A stimulating company that focuses on quality of life over speed of production.

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Former Employee - Associate Designer in Austin, TX (US)
Former Employee - Associate Designer in Austin, TX (US)

I worked at BioWare full-time (more than a year)

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

Food, comfort, and happy people. BioWare is a comfortable place to work and a happy environment. You must find a healthy place in the corporate structure where creativity is allowed to thrive and corporate needs are sheltered by strong leads. There are some really creative people at BioWare, and it is an absolutely amazing environment to wet one's feet or season one's skills.

Cons

The large corporate mogul of EA opens doors but closes independent thought. Only on the micro-level may creativity thrive, for revolutionary ideas that can be iterated on rapidly in a small company setting turn into months-long trudge of certification, documentation, and stagnation. Long "assembly-line" like production pipelines turn great ideas into watered-down results, quashing the desire for creativity into production, as the outcome of both becomes identical.

Advice to Management

Decrease employee turnover to perfect their skills instead of firing and re-hiring temporary workers. Eliminate work-flow pipeline issues by seasoning your people and unifying your technology. It should not take 6 months for a new designer to learn the ropes, and another 6 to master them. That's 4 and 8 months too long, where employees are gratuitously unproductive in comparison to seasoned veterans. On top of that, the forced turnover rate eliminates many of the seasoned workers before they can share their wealth of accumulated knowledge, leading to a downward spiral of production that can only end in one way.

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Unique experience on a cool product

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    Former Employee - Associate Technical Artist in Austin, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Associate Technical Artist in Austin, TX (US)

    I worked at BioWare full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work with people very passionate about what they do.
    Great perks, excellent benefits
    Challenging work environment

    Cons

    Unstable future, your job is one failure away from being removed.

    Advice to Management

    Be more open to flexibility and listen to your employees as they give feedback. Sometimes ideas are just bad.

  2. Helpful (1)

    It is truly a learning experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX (US)

    I have been working at BioWare full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    You can learn a lot about the game industry.

    Cons

    The game industry is based on people's extra income and as that shrinks, so does the studio.

    Advice to Management

    In order to be a designer you need to play the games you design.

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