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4.8 of 5 stars
Date: 2013

It was a wonderful experience, which has helped me learn a great deal about which field I would like to work in during the future.


Uppers

The atmosphere at work allowed me to work diligently while having fun and connecting with employees.


Downers

I interned as an Information Technology intern where I handled the home office ticket queue.


Advice to Potential Interns

Find out what your work pace is and stay consistent to that pace.


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5.0 of 5 stars
Date: 2013

How To Make Yourself Better Everyday and Have Fun Doing It


Uppers

Getting to do what I love. Really feeling like a part of my team.


Downers

My particular team works on so many projects that I often feel like I'm being pulled in every direction. At the same time, I kind of love that. I also felt like I didn't have very one on one time with my manager.


Advice to Potential Interns

Utilize your time wisely to meet and network with other people within the company. Get to know everyone and do your best everyday. If you don't have enough to do, ask for more.


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5.0 of 5 stars
Date: 2013

Technical Artist helps ensure it's in the game!


Uppers

It was my first experience working with games. I had the opportunity to network and work with a lot of brilliant individuals. I also enjoyed the social events for the interns and for the game teams (movie nights, trip to Universal Studios, Bowling, etc). I also enjoyed the free games and the nice backpack that interns receive.


Downers

I really enjoyed the whole experience, so I can not think of any cons.


Advice to Potential Interns

I believe a good candidate is someone who is willing to learn not only independently but also from other experienced experts. As a technical artist, it does require a good sense of organization and forsight into the potential use of a production tool or workflow. Most importantly, a technical artist should be able to bridge the gap between software engineers and artists, so knowing scripting languages (C#, Python, Mel, Javascript, etc) and production tools (Maya, Photoshop, Houdini, etc.) is definitely crucial.


Advice to Management

It would be helpful to offer some training courses during the summer to help take better advantage of the technology available in the studio.


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4.8 of 5 stars
Date: 2013

Make games, play games.


Uppers

Flexibility with my project and time. Perks of the campus and job. Team culture. Pay.


Downers

Long commute from San Francisco. Working alone.


Advice to Potential Interns

EA is a great place for an internship. There are many departments that are sure to catch your interest. They take of you as an intern, treat you like an employee. They have great benefits, flexibility, and the culture is really fun. Pays very well!


Advice to Management

There's some tension and unspoken things about employee retention. They cleared a lot of people right before I started, so there are a ton of empty desks. And there seem to be a lot more contractors. It's kind of unspoken but it feels like EA doesn't really care about their employees in terms of job security. Like they just care about saving money where they can. People seem to get fired for no real reason.


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5.0 of 5 stars
Date: 2013

A wonderfully stimulating experience working with a talented and enthusiastic team to produce a product of which we were all proud.


Uppers

Being able to start the foundation of my career in my dream job. Discovering how much I loved programming. Working with talented, intelligent, enthusiastic team members. Contributing to a project that I'm very proud of and can't wait to see in its final release.


Downers

Occasionally you'll have to work with somebody who you dislike - maybe their quality of work is different from what you're used to, or their communication skills make it tough to interact with them. People like this exist in all disciplines and companies I'm sure, and this aspect of work, though very rare, was my least favorite part of the internship.


Advice to Potential Interns

I'd definitely recommend this company to a candidate, with the caveat that the candidate must be good at what they do. Everybody here is competent, hard working, responsible, and very good at what they do. It's important that a candidate be prepared to work hard, and be ready to polish their skills in programming or design. (C++ a necessity when programming, experience in movies/games for design)


Advice to Management

This company is very team oriented. Everyone is good friends with each other, and camaraderie is strong. As a new employee, it can be kind of intimidating to get to know a large number of people who are all more experience than you, and who are all friends with each other already. I'd recommend having several events early in the internship to introduce new employees to the team, maybe 5 or 6 people at a time. It would be nice to have a better chance to learn everybody's name, what they do and where they sit. I felt a little bit "thrown into the deep end" when I first started - everybody knew my name but I couldn't keep track of anyone!


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5.0 of 5 stars
Date: 2013

Where work doesn't feel like work! Where you want to talk about work at lunch.


Uppers

The fun people, relaxed work culture, and interesting products.


Downers

Cost of living in the bay area


Advice to Potential Interns

This is a place where fun and work come together. There are real long term opportunities here with a company you will love.


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4.7 of 5 stars
Date: 2013

Best Internship Ever!


Uppers

The ability to work as a game producer with other producers and be a key player in that team. I was responsible for features in the game and was able to help make creative decisions.


Downers

That I don't get to stay on and keep working. This is my favorite job ever, and I wish I could stay.


Advice to Potential Interns

Do whatever it takes to get this internship. The experience is amazing and worth every minute.


Advice to Management

The only advice I have is have a position open at the end of the internship so if you like the intern you could hire him full time.


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4.4 of 5 stars
Date: 2013

Its in the game!


Uppers

The fact that I was able to take charge of an entire feature on a AAA game even this late in the production cycle and actually was able to complete most of it. Enough so that I will be credited on the game launch!


Downers

The stay/relocation, though compensated for was quite a bit of a hassle to finalize, find, do up, etc.


Advice to Potential Interns

Be ready to be on a schedule as you would a full time job and not a simple internship.


Advice to Management

I believe some class based training for all interns together would have helped nourish friendships and also gotten us used to the internal systems in a smoother manner than now.


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4.4 of 5 stars
Date: 2013

Get paid to learn more in 3 months than you did after 3 years of expensive schooling.


Uppers

Learning more in less than 3 months than I have in the last 3 years of college and getting paid for it! Getting to work with a group of amazing and talented people who all love their job. Having the opportunity to get real world experience in the industry and getting to work on something that is enjoyed by millions of people around the world.


Downers

That it wasn't longer!


Advice to Potential Interns

Everyone here is hard-working and respectful when it comes to the job, but is also relaxed and fun. I have never before worked somewhere where everyone loves what they do and has all the fun in the world doing it.


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4.7 of 5 stars
Date: 2013

An interesting, flexible, and relaxed job experience with great perks and opportunities for advancement and networking.


Uppers

The other employees are all very accepting and treat me like an equal, as well as inviting me to different company and other events. The perks of the job are great, and the managers are also friendly and willing to both give advice and listen when necessary.


Downers

I least enjoy the fact that working late, while not encouraged or even technically allowed for interns/co-ops, is often necessary when leading up to release dates or on a big bug-fixing push. This is mostly only on the game development teams though, and an often necessary part of working in the game (and software) development industry.


Advice to Potential Interns

They're great, I really have no advice other than either be willing to quickly learn on the job or brush up on necesary skills (scripting languages, web dev, various specialized topics that come up during your internship). Be prepared to step outside your comfort zone or at least your 'usual' work in order to work well within the team you're part of or 'own' a part of the team's work and so give them another reason to want to keep you or hire you on full-time.


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