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Good experience, though lack of career path

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Former Employee - QA Test Lead in Montreal, QC (Canada)
Former Employee - QA Test Lead in Montreal, QC (Canada)

I worked at Electronic Arts full-time (more than 5 years)

Pros

The Benefits were really good, though they were not matched with the financial compensation. The people are great to work with and the QA management is mostly quite awesome. They were always receptive of ideas and would be willing to help people advance as much as they could, which was limited due to all the required approvals. End of Projects were often accompanied by Paid time off.

Cons

Though there are a lot of benefits there is very little career growth. Every promotion and significant raise I received was preceded by a discussion of my dissatisfaction and an ultimatum of raise/promotion or I would need to look for work elsewhere. This continued till I was approached by another company who gave me an offer greater then what I had previously asked for with EA.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Promote people and give raises without them having to threaten to quit.

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Experience Varies Widely Depending On Group- Can Be Fantastic

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    Current Employee - Marketing in Redwood City, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Marketing in Redwood City, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Perks are amazing (large amounts of PTO relative to other companies, free gym membership in on-site gym, decent healthcare, 401K matching etc), robust corporate philanthropy program that gets employees involved, nice campus with good cafeterias and a Starbucks and an on-site movie/game rental place, "fun" culture, good name to put on a resume, very standardized review process with opportunity for 360 degree evaluation/plentiful opportunities to get feedback, HR very supportive of internal mobility (saw a comment from another reviewer that internal mobility is against policy; that's completely untrue). Overall, the culture is fantastic.

    Cons

    Management's recent focus seems to be on recruiting new talent sometimes at the expense of current employees, some groups can be very political, some groups have a culture of 24/7/365 work even if it's just to keep up the appearance of needing to be plugged in all the time, typical large corporation issues like tons of red tape and limits on creativity, don't have any expectation of being converted to a full-time employee if you're a contractor.

    Biggest issue at this company though is the fact that it will take forever for you to move up. Are you brilliant? You'll be lucky if you get a promotion every 2-3 years. Are you less than brilliant? Be prepared to stay in a position for 3-7+ years before getting promoted. In that sense, it almost feels like employees who are loyal to the company are "punished" for not jumping ship to accelerate their career growth. If you're looking for growth opportunities, this is not the place to be, long-term.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In addition to finding new talent outside the company, don't forget about the top-notch talent you already have; prioritize singling out and accelerating the growth of employees that show potential and can bring innovative thinking to their teams.

    From a business strategy perspective-- continue to make digital a priority.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    A great opportunity at a great time in the companies history

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    Former Employee - Producer in San Mateo, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Producer in San Mateo, CA (US)

    I worked at Electronic Arts full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The second largest publisher and creator of interactive entertainment products offers a great amount of resources to projects and those creating them. The environment provided by EA is top notch with nice facilities and perks.

    Cons

    To big for their own good. Projects suffer from far to many layers of management and an over emphasis on time put in at work rather than the work accomplished. With so many people... the politics become distracting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back to your start up, scrappy roots!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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