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An Ok place, but virtually no chance for career development

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Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Burnaby, BC (Canada)
Current Employee - Software Engineer in Burnaby, BC (Canada)

I have been working at Electronic Arts

Pros

Compensation is good, benefits are great. You get some free games, if you are interested.
Company has huge "Not Invented Here" syndrome. If you that kind of person who wants to have CV filled with lines like "Optimized custom implementation of std::vector" and "Created custom database engine" you will fit just perfectly.

Cons

Company has a policy against internal mobility. That means if company has a vacancy for a Senior SE and you are fit for it, you can not apply for a position, unless you quit the company first. I did not believe it at first, talked to multiple managers and HR to get as many confirmations as possible. That's true: the only way to get to a higher position in EA is to sit tight and wait for your manager to promote you (when someone higher up quits).
And yet again, the huge "Not Invented Here" syndrome. Experience you get in EA has virtually no value for the outer world. So you can build project with the internal EA tool, you can debug EA's internal memcached copycat, you know everything about three different internal frameworks - good for you, but you will never find another company to use them.
Management constantly swings between trends. I've been involved in a project which switched project planning tool 4 times in just 8 months. It also changed application framework halfway through, btw.
Another widely known fact is the overtimes. Management is fine with 4 hours of "beer Friday", but it will ask you to come up on "Saturday" for the 4 hours of work. And you don't have an option to work full day on Friday and skip the overtime.
EA uses ancient software. Most of the developers still use Windows OS! Most of the internal sites only work in Internet Explorer! And so on, from the build tools to project planning software.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Read your own presentations. Be Bold. Think Consumers First. Innovate. And so on. The company is still able to attract talented people, but fails to use their talents properly. I've seen too many good developers quitting and bad developers promoted to replace them. That's a problem for management to solve.

Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great potential...great people......Too risk adverse......General lack of creative vision at an executive level.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Electronic Arts

    Pros

    Opportunity to work on varied projects and properties and gain a great deal of valuable experience.
    Work with passionate people.

    Cons

    Risk adversion to doing anything new, innovative and original.
    Lack of vision and courage and trust at an executive level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Doing a great job supporting big titles.............doing a terrible job allowing teams to find the next innovative cool thing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fast paced, innovative work environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Electronic Arts

    Pros

    Smart and creative people; forward thinking management

    Cons

    Difficult to stand out in the crowd; limited promotion opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More interaction with employees to cultivate ownership mentality and comraderie

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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