Location: Redwood City, CA
Electronic Arts was established in 1982, and has since grown to become an international video game developer, publisher, and distributor operating studios across 12 countries and four continents.
- Madden NFL
- The Sims
- Army of Two
- Medal of Honor
- FIFA Soccer
What to Expect
To land the gig at EA you need to stand way out from a very large pack. Entry-level positions require at least a bachelor’s degree, but paid internships are available for tenacious students who are ready to challenge themselves. When you land the interview, be prepared to talk about your successes as well as your failures. Recruiters are looking for talent, but also those who have a realistic self-image, learn from mistakes, and can identify room for improvement in their own work. Personality counts just as much technical knowledge or artistic ability—it’s OK to show a sense of humor. Remember to relate your experience back to the company: Show how your skills and passion make you the right person for the job, and be specific. You will score points for your in-depth knowledge of EA titles, trends, and style.
It isn’t a new concept, but at EA the “work hard, play hard” motto is genuine. Expectations are high, quality is non-negotiable, and deadlines are firm; it can be tough enough to burn out even game industry pros. However, if you have a strong work ethic and the desire to aim for perfection, the rewards are substantial.
EA believes in providing a creative and dynamic environment for its employees; amenities include basketball courts, soccer fields, in-house Starbucks kiosks, and fully stocked game rooms. EA campuses also offer restaurants, movie theaters, and gyms. EA Tiburon (in Maitland, FL) even provides perks like a free coffee bar on every floor, car wash, salon, massage therapist, and a scuba diving club. Electronic Arts believes in fostering their corporate community by nurturing a team environment, so social functions and company outings are frequent.
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