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  1. "Good family atmosphere"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Loon en arbeidsvoorwaarden
    • Senior management
    Voormalige werknemer - Manager in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Voormalige werknemer - Manager in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Aanbevolen
    Neutraal vooruitzicht
    Waardeert Directeur

    Ik heb een voltijdbaan gehad bij BioWare (Langer dan 5 jaar)

    Pluspunten

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

    Minpunten

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

    Advies aan management

    Stay true to your DNA


  2. Nuttig (1)

    "Experienced Studio Gambling On It's Future"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Balans werk/privé
    • Cultuur en waarden
    • Carrièremogelijkheden
    • Loon en arbeidsvoorwaarden
    • Senior management
    Voormalige werknemer - Anonieme werknemer in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Voormalige werknemer - Anonieme werknemer in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Aanbevolen
    Neutraal vooruitzicht
    Waardeert Directeur

    Ik heb een voltijdbaan gehad bij BioWare (Langer dan 3 jaar)

    Pluspunten

    -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

    Minpunten

    -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 on success of Anthem
    -Limited career growth opportunities due to steep management hierarchy

    Advies aan 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

  3. Nuttig (3)

    "Time to Think Twice?"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Loon en arbeidsvoorwaarden
    • Senior management
    Huidige werknemer - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX (Verenigde Staten)
    Huidige werknemer - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX (Verenigde Staten)
    Niet aanbevolen
    Neutraal vooruitzicht
    Geen mening over Directeur

    Ik heb een voltijdbaan bij BioWare (Langer dan 8 jaar)

    Pluspunten

    * 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 more money by moving outside the games industry, but overall you probably won't feel like you're being cheated.

    Minpunten

    * 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 are now managed out of EA's HQ in Redwood Shores. This experiment has been a disaster. Remote management of employees can work, but EA is going about it completely wrong, and is causing serious damage to the studios they should instead be supporting.
    * Good news is shared. Bad news is hidden. It does not take a genius to figure out what the real state of things is at any given time.
    * Hand fulls of employees are frequently still in the office working at 3am. This is worn as a badge of honor, and absolutely should not be.
    * There is still too much Us vs. Them between BioWare's Edmonton and Austin studios. This has been going on for years.
    * To put it bluntly, open office plans suck. The official story is that it is done to foster collaboration. The obvious truth is that it is a cheaper setup, and allows companies to cram more employees into the available space. BioWare's open office plan is easily among the worst in which I've ever worked.

    Advies aan 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.


  4. Nuttig (4)

    "Stable and effective but needs leadership to be more active."

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Carrièremogelijkheden
    • Loon en arbeidsvoorwaarden
    • Senior management
    Huidige werknemer - Artist in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Huidige werknemer - Artist in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Aanbevolen
    Positief vooruitzicht
    Waardeert Directeur

    Ik heb een voltijdbaan bij BioWare (Langer dan 5 jaar)

    Pluspunten

    Stable, mature studio
    Focus on work-life balance
    Senior, experienced teams
    World class games

    Minpunten

    A lot of dead weight in middle-management. Producers punch down trying to be the next executive running the game.
    Online backlash/drama is constant.

    Advies aan management

    Management needs to do a better job of making face with actual content creators and programmers. Everything is filtered through ineffective middle managers.


  5. Nuttig (2)

    "Why Bioware is falling apart"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Loon en arbeidsvoorwaarden
    • Senior management
    Voormalige werknemer - Anonieme werknemer
    Voormalige werknemer - Anonieme werknemer
    Niet aanbevolen
    Neutraal vooruitzicht

    Ik heb een voltijdbaan gehad bij BioWare

    Pluspunten

    Was previously a great company but the culture changed.

    Minpunten

    This culture change wasn't for the better either. It reshaped the company and a lot of infighting happened because of this.

    Advies aan management

    Work on getting the company together.


  6. "Artist"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Voormalige werknemer - Anonieme werknemer
    Voormalige werknemer - Anonieme werknemer

    Ik heb een voltijdbaan gehad bij BioWare

    Pluspunten

    Good environment . Good people.

    Minpunten

    Location is not good. Too cold.


  7. Nuttig (6)

    "great place to work."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Balans werk/privé
    • Cultuur en waarden
    • Carrièremogelijkheden
    • Loon en arbeidsvoorwaarden
    • Senior management
    Huidige werknemer - Anonieme werknemer in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Huidige werknemer - Anonieme werknemer in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Aanbevolen
    Positief vooruitzicht
    Waardeert Directeur

    Ik heb een voltijdbaan bij BioWare (Langer dan 5 jaar)

    Pluspunten

    - People are in general kind, friendly, and helpful. Many of these people are the best in the world in their individual roles and they care enormously about the games and their team.
    - Upcoming projects are exciting and look great.
    - Company is family-oriented and leads constantly stress that you should keep healthy work-life boundaries (a nice change from past years).
    - Studio is moving soon to a new, very nice office space.
    - Perks are great and pay is pretty good.
    - Looks great on paper.
    - Edmonton isn't as bad as people assume.
    - Lots of people REALLY love the games.

    Minpunten

    - Siloing has always been a huge issue at BioWare.
    - Some leads are really insecure which can manifest itself as either avoidance behaviour or abusive behaviour.
    - A small but passionate section of BioWare fans have historically and will probably always be mean to our company and our games.
    - EA is a double-edged sword.

    Advies aan management

    -Please give people an opportunity to grow beyond "just" senior without forcing them to be people managers. Top talent should be rewarded but there's nothing worse than a manger who is there for the wrong reasons.
    - We could be doing more to attract great people. I don't blame the city. I blame our processes. We should modernize our recruitment processes and then become pickier on who we hire.
    - Encourage employees to build bridges between teams so reduce siloing.

  8. Nuttig (1)

    "Feels like home"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Balans werk/privé
    • Cultuur en waarden
    • Carrièremogelijkheden
    • Loon en arbeidsvoorwaarden
    • Senior management
    Voormalige werknemer - Software Engineer
    Voormalige werknemer - Software Engineer
    Aanbevolen
    Positief vooruitzicht
    Waardeert Directeur

    Ik heb gewerkt bij BioWare (Langer dan 5 jaar)

    Pluspunten

    - Great people, great live work balance. Literally a big family.
    - Lots of exciting challenges
    - Lots of love from gaming communities and cosplayers
    - Free breakfast, lots of swags and nice perks

    Minpunten

    - Products and solutions can be repetitive.
    - Hierarchy is strong, very hard to challenge senior technical people.
    - Very difficult to find the 'meat' of the game .
    - Put itself in tight deadlines as it promises impossible things over and over.
    - Edmonton is tough if you like a urban/hipster life.

    Advies aan management

    Focus on less content but high quality content.
    Look forward and not sideways, try thinking ahead. What is it that players want to play 3 years from now?


  9. "Solid company that cares about its people"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Balans werk/privé
    • Cultuur en waarden
    • Carrièremogelijkheden
    • Loon en arbeidsvoorwaarden
    • Senior management
    Huidige werknemer - Anonieme werknemer
    Huidige werknemer - Anonieme werknemer
    Aanbevolen
    Positief vooruitzicht
    Waardeert Directeur

    Ik heb een voltijdbaan bij BioWare

    Pluspunten

    Passionate team who care about making high quality products

    Minpunten

    Creativity limited by external requirements


  10. Nuttig (8)

    "A studio barely clinging to life"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Balans werk/privé
    • Cultuur en waarden
    • Carrièremogelijkheden
    • Loon en arbeidsvoorwaarden
    • Senior management
    Huidige werknemer - Anonieme werknemer
    Huidige werknemer - Anonieme werknemer
    Niet aanbevolen
    Negatief vooruitzicht
    Geen mening over Directeur

    Ik heb een voltijdbaan bij BioWare

    Pluspunten

    - Opportunities to work on famous and popular AAA franchises
    - EA's pay and benefits are tops in the industry
    - Good facilities with lots of perks
    - Inclusive workplace that values and promotes diversity
    - There's a sincere effort to ensure work-life balance, but that's the first thing to disappear when a project catches fire

    Minpunten

    - Studio leadership is untrustworthy, unaccountable and obsessed with politics
    - Bad creative and business decisions are allowed to survive for years and destroy the projects that get stuck with them
    - Sub-studios are the public scapegoats for the Edmonton mothership's failures
    - Constant high turnover at all levels, with many replacement hires being temp workers who don't receive any benefits
    - After years of high-profile failures, fans and EA have lost faith in BioWare and left its future in doubt

    Advies aan management

    - Reconnect with what made past BioWare games great and let it be the focus of future projects
    - Clean house in the upper management's ranks to bring in fresh blood that won't be distracted trying to settle old grudges
    - Give employees a good reason to stay besides the paycheck


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