Electronic Arts Employee Reviews about "long hours"

Updated 6 Sep 2020

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  • "Unnecessary meetings with US teams for long hours which can impact developers productivity a lot(in 97 reviews)

  • "The work-life balance may not be perfect(in 92 reviews)

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  1. "Great Company to work for!"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Electronic Arts

    Pros

    Loads of free games, decent salary, nice offices and fun days out. The other staff members are generally nice too - plus I got tickets for the WC in Germany!

    Cons

    Long hours mean little time outside of the office. Training is sparse. Management can often be invisible for days on end.

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  2. "System administrator (EASEC)"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor 
    Recommends
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Electronic Arts for more than a year

    Pros

    flexible working environment, can plan my own time

    Cons

    long commute to get to the office Long hours

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    "Beware the Golden Handcuffs"

    2.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Animator in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Electronic Arts

    Pros

    A good company to have on your resumé, nice building with excellent facilities. The benefits are excellent with stocks and pension packages as well as medical and dental cover. You will have the chance to work on some high-profile games which are likely to do well in the market. EA only employs the best so you will be surrounded by talented and fun co-workers which means you will learn from them and gain some excellent friends and contacts. The company offers some excellent opportunities for learning and diversifying and will encourage you to try new skills and learn new areas.

    Cons

    Long hours are sometimes neccessary in the games industry, but EA seems to be one of the worst at working these into the schedule of their projects rather than using them only as a last measure. Mandatory, unpaid overtime for many months, not just towards the end of the game or during the "crunch time" seem to be the norm. There is immense pressure to work weekends and holidays and fear tactics are used by management if you don't stay late and work lots of extra hours. As a resule morale is low with people generally afraid to speak up for fear of repercussions.

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  4. "Friendly work environment"

    5.0
    Former Contractor - Administrative Assistant in Vancouver, BC

    I worked at Electronic Arts

    Pros

    Fantastic facilities and friendly coworkers

    Cons

    Long hours particularly near release

  5. "Working for EA"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - QA - Game Tester 
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Electronic Arts full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Fun place to work, Lots of people to meet, learning environment

    Cons

    low wage, long hours, fast paced

  6. COVID-19
    Helpful (1)

    "Good Exposure. Fast learning. Bad management"

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Hyderābād
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Electronic Arts full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    • Exposure to multiple technologies • Great CEO Bonuses ( ~2K$ pandemic bonus ) • Company helps you all the time in making your job easier like providing accessories and all • Good developers with supportive culture • Good if you are interested to learn some part of all technologies. (Jack of all Master of None) • Good Hikes and stock bonuses. • Good if you want to attend a lot of meetings, speak about something you worked on and call it a day. • Flexible timings

    Cons

    • Lots of maintenance projects in Player Experience team. • Very few Invest projects • Very less Engineering done. You wont find developers here stressing their minds to solve problems. Because the problems aren’t that hard. Optimisation, System Design is out of scope. • Work can be mundane and monotonous • Unnecessary meetings with US teams for long hours which can impact developers productivity a lot. • Scrum masters running the company like a service based company. The more jira tickets you close the more work log you add, the better you are in their minds. • No technical owners in India • Lots of contractors/scrum masters who try to run the job like in a service based company. • Growth is very slow • Managers doesn’t have good idea of what a person is interested and capable of. You will be assigned to a random team which has a requirement. • Definitely not a place if you want to work in a team where stuff are built from scratch. • India is mostly considered like a support location with very few devs getting to meaningful development work. • Not a place if you are planning to stay for years. You will be bored with in a year doing the same work again and again.

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  7. "great comp and benefits, high stress and long hours"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Senior Director in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Electronic Arts full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    comp, benefits, facilities and workplace culture

    Cons

    long hours, very political, lots of stress

  8. "it's in the game"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Producer in Orlando, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Electronic Arts full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Making games, good benefits and stock optoins

    Cons

    Long hours, slow career advancement

  9. "Great Depending on the Team and Leadership"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Electronic Arts full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Fast-moving. Impactful. Smart people. Good leadership (on select teams).

    Cons

    Long hours (only a con for some).

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    "Competitive Salary"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Program Manager 
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Electronic Arts full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Salary and Bonus is competitive

    Cons

    Long hours with tight deadlines

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