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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)

    Overall, a great place to work!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent work environment, very open line of communication with superiors. Information flow was superb. Pay was decent, and scheduling was flexible. Overall, a great place to work- I would recommend working here to anyone that can break in to the industry.

    Cons

    The gaming industry, owned by EA. Unfortunately, the industry can be very unforgiving, and when a game doesn't perform well (or as well as expected) operating costs get cut, which means people lose their jobs. Sometimes there is notice about being laid off, other times it is a very abrupt event.

    Advice to Management

    In all honesty, there isn't much to be said. Management was awesome- although the parent company's involvement was, in my opinion, very detrimental to the project.

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