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BioWare Reviews

Updated 28 Apr 2019

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Andrew Wilson
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  • "Not all offices have windows (winter crunch can be depressing--going to work in the dark to a windowless office, go home when it's dark)(in 8 reviews)

  • "Connection means very little for future attempts at full-time work there(in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Great studio"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BioWare

    Pros

    great working environment and great poeple.

    Cons

    There is no much to say.

    BioWare2016-02-22
  2. "Good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends

    I worked at BioWare full-time

    Pros

    Great people. Amazingly interesting and fun projects to work on.

    Cons

    Edmonton is somewhat cold an inhospitable.

    BioWare2019-04-29
  3. Helpful (2)

    "Lord of the Flies Management Style."

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    Former Employee - Artist in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at BioWare full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The pay and benefits were good.

    Cons

    Most disorganized art department I've ever worked for. Incredibly stressful and cut-throat work environment.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your team members when they bring up concerns and issues. Not only will it improve morale but it'll save money, improve the project and reduce turnover.

    BioWare2019-04-23
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Can be a good place"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at BioWare full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good Pay, Good Benefits, Nice People

    Cons

    Doesn't get the recognition the studio deserves compared to the main (Edmonton) studio.

    BioWare2019-03-17
  5. Helpful (9)

    "Unfortunately a shell of what it once was"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at BioWare full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    - Fun perks, game deals - 'Community' events for coworkers - Being able to work on top quality titles

    Cons

    - It's now become just another EA studio clone. The dollar is the ultimate bottom line now, as opposed to the quality (of both the product and the workplace) which used to be the priority. - Long hours of expected crunch with poor food options during finaling stages is still a problem here - Excess bloat of middle-management 'producer' positions which are full of people with little to no experience in the departments...

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    Advice to Management

    - Remove a large portion of the middle management 'producer' roles that are currently filled with unqualified people, hire some project management people that have experience in the areas they are managing. Probably the biggest thing right now. - Create a work environment that is supportive of not only extroverted people, but introverted people that need quiet space to concentrate/focus. - Create something like a 'training...

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    BioWare2018-09-24
  6. "One of the over-all, best places I've worked."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BioWare full-time

    Pros

    The people, for the most part are collaborative, smart, creative. The studio is awesome. The benefits are great.

    Cons

    Transparency seems to be an issue. Meeting or private space (open floor plan) can sometimes be an issue.

    BioWare2018-10-16
  7. "A great place to work in the game industry"

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Edmonton, AB
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at BioWare full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    - Work with passionate people who care about the product - Compensated time off at end of projects - Dinners provided for overtime - Exciting and fast paced.

    Cons

    - Regular overtime is necessary to meet project commitments - Projects usually overrun their deadlines - Poor decision making processes and a tendency to revisit every decision

    Advice to Management

    - Listen to the project managers to keep projects on schedule - Stop revisiting project decisions

    BioWare2018-10-03
  8. "Good family atmosphere"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Edmonton, AB
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BioWare full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Smart, creative and passionate people inspire you to be at your best

    Cons

    Edmonton can be challenging, especially if you’re an expat

    Advice to Management

    Stay true to your DNA

    BioWare2018-08-31
  9. Helpful (3)

    "Experienced Studio Gambling On It's Future"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BioWare full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    -Many talented individuals with a knack for delivering top quality work -Opportunities to work on interesting and ground-breaking technology -Ability to step outside comfort zone and explore new territory makes for interesting and changing work

    Cons

    -Not always necessary buy-in or support from middle management. Certain initiatives or projects aren't setup for success due to lack of people power and resources, however requirements and priorities are not adjusted to reflex this. -Commitments and goals pushed down by middle management do not always align with the needs of the project. Occasionally they are driven by internal agendas or box checking. -Gambling future...

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    Advice to Management

    -Ensure work being done is measurably tied to success of projects and the studio -Ensure initiatives have the necessary people power and resources to be successful -Hopefully Anthem can be the success it needs to be

    BioWare2018-07-18
  10. Helpful (7)

    "Time to Think Twice?"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BioWare full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    * Passionate, smart developers who truly care about the products they're making. This sounds trite, but it's true. * EA really isn't as bad as many people think. * The studio is attempting to be really innovative with its current and next planned projects. This is a always a double-edged sword. Let's hope it works out for our fans' sake. * Salaries and benefits are decent. Some specializations could certainly make...

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    Cons

    * Front-line management is often unfairly expected to do the jobs of two people. They must simultaneously act as advanced individual contributors and as people managers. This leads to frequent burnout by the company's brightest. * Double standards. Upper management does not practice what they preach. Cronyism. This is clearly evident during promotion and bonus time. * Several teams have recently been centralized, and...

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    Advice to Management

    It will not be simple, but the cons mentioned above really do need to be addressed by the people with the authority to do so. Team health and studio morale is dangerously low these days.

    BioWare2018-07-20
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