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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 for 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 for 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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    though often frustrating creatively, you'll learn a lot here

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Big company - lots of opportunity to grow
    Big games - you'll get invaluable experience on highly polished titles
    You'll learn a lot about how games are made and back end process of making great games

    Cons

    Big company - slow to respond to trends
    can be frustrating creatively, often at the mercy of marketing people and (old) trends
    you are a very small cog in a large machine

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees more and value their opinions. They could well be the people who go off and have the killer idea.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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