Job description doesn’t match job

EA WmQz71
Aug 31, 2018 10 Comments

The interview process was great and I accepted my offer. But now that I’m here the work is slow and there seems to be a large disconnect between studio and general EA employees.

Did anyone experience similar feelings when first joining and how has your view improved/stayed overtime?

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  • That’s one of the biggest challenges with EA. There will always be a disconnect between studios and central teams. Studios view them as outsiders and there’s always some friction. They don’t want to give up the autonomy as central teams are slow to execute.

    You just need to find something that helps build your brand and skill set and realize that it’s hard to contribute to the game directly if you’re not in a studio. Which team are you in? I’m moving out of EA to another company where I feel I can contribute directly to the bottomline.
    Sep 1, 2018 2
    • EA WmQz71
      OP
      I feel like EA is small enough that saying what team might be risky. Are you moving out of gaming? How long did you wait to start interviewing when you realized you wanted to contribute more directly?
      Sep 1, 2018
    • Yes I’m moving out of the gaming industry. not into game development so don’t really want to join a game team.

      I feel a month or two is really not enough. I built out my skill set over the last couple years and set myself up to get into a position I like. If you have that opportunity, then stay at EA and do it. If you feel this position is a dead end and you’ll be extinct, then GTFO!!

      But I wouldn’t recommend jumping into another role and regretting it again. Take your time and don’t make the same mistake
      Sep 1, 2018
  • LinkedIn FruSw3183
    Most companies are similar to this. Grind through and network to switch.
    Aug 31, 2018 1
    • EA WmQz71
      OP
      I’ve been here a month and the policy to switch teams is to be in your current role a year. I’m honestly considering looking at other companies but not sure how this would be viewed. I wouldn’t say anything to manager/team unless something becomes more certain.
      Aug 31, 2018
  • Google / Eng happy2help
    How is EA doing in general? Should I buy the dip?
    Aug 31, 2018 1
    • EA WmQz71
      OP
      There are townhalls with open Q&A but outside of that the questions/comments employees have might not impact business decisions higher up. The CEO is advocating “Player First” which is the motto but it’s clear that financial motives and stakeholder opinions obviously are important too. The dip is to make sure Battlefront V is better for the player. It’s good from a player viewpoint it’s being pushed back.
      Aug 31, 2018
  • That's typical EA. After my MBA, I was hired as a Studio-specific strategy consultant. Once I joined, I was told to learn SQL, and 90% of my work suddenly became pulling menial data for Studio leadership. I switched teams after some networking, where, again the job description didn't match the actual role. Switched again and faced the exact same thing. Oh btw, I was told that switching teams won't allow pay raise outside of the annual focal cycle, so my salary remained shitty all these years. I'm getting out now... Should have done that in my first year.

    TC not relevant, just GTFO.
    Sep 1, 2018 0
  • EA cIwru0
    Experienced same feelings. View didn’t change. Plan to leave because game industry TC is too low.
    Sep 1, 2018 0
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    • EA WmQz71
      OP
      So studio is working on game. At the HQ, Maxis works on Sims and Pogo works on online games. Non-studio is working toward publishing needs. Could be technology to support the studios in general; it seems like an “outsider” role.
      Aug 31, 2018

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