BioWare Reviews

Updated 12 Jan 2020

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3.9
80%
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19 Ratings
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  • "Occasional crunch (Though much improved)(in 9 reviews)

  • "Connection means very little for future attempts at full-time work there(in 8 reviews)

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  1. "A great studio and fair employer"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Games Specialist in Galway
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BioWare full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Bright comfy office with loads of options to chill Some of the most inspiring producers and artists of the industry who are willing to support new employees Fair salary and bonus scheme Some fascinating projects currently in pre-production

    Cons

    Weather tends to be on the cold and rainy side Occasional crunch (Though much improved)

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    BioWare2019-10-13
  2. Helpful (3)

    "Could be so much better."

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Galway
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BioWare full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Benefits are pretty nice - the salary for such a position is quite high. Add in game points, allowances for hardware, and so on, and it's not bad. You also get your fingers in a /lot/ of EA games, if you don't mind a support position. A huge number are supported here. Culture is mostly good - lots of employees are gamers as well, and it's easy to chat them up.

    Cons

    However, support seems to be the limitation. There is very little opportunities to advance in any meaningful way. There is little to no help with career progression short of the occasional suggestion of an opening in the same studio. There is no progression to Senior representative or Team leader - if you're at the base Customer Service job, you're staying there unless you find another employer, or know someone in another studio in the first place. Work hours fit the customer base demands, but are rather brutal on the free time - even if you feel like doing things, you're often too tired to do so for a day.

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    BioWare2013-11-20
  3. Helpful (3)

    "Was fun to work at Bioware label, not so much for EA"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Dublin, Dublin
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at BioWare full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Given chance to build own team - Worked with some of the industry best

    Cons

    - Lots of people promoted as 'industry experts' but without the skill - Hired from bad companies in Europe - No career improvement, even when working at a higher level - All approvals had to go through the US, so there was often no '24x7' until someone in US came in. - Rely to heavily on 'well it worked for us before' than designing or investigating new solutions - Like much of the game industry, expected to work until you break down. Many people working 90+ hour weeks.

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    BioWare2013-05-29
  4. Helpful (3)

    "BIOWARE Ireland Rating"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Galway
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BioWare full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Very good games supported, nice people, liberty of expression, geek culture.

    Cons

    Internal tools, internal policies, Tiers management, horrible shifts and schedules, management pressure, cantine and sanitary issues, facilities issues, language-based positions discrimination regarding schedules,

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    BioWare2012-07-18
  5. "Going through change."

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BioWare full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Amazing IP's. Financially stable. Might have an amazing future if they can get the next project out.

    Cons

    Bitter employees creating a toxic environment for positive newcomers. A lot of staff that love to advertise how badly they were worked on previous projects and just sit in meetings all day.

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    BioWare2020-01-12
  6. "Not great, not awful"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - QA Tester in Edmonton, AB
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BioWare full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Free food, low expectations, had a really great immediate manager (Dan is amazing!)

    Cons

    Put us into a dark room with no lights or windows called 'the pit' for 8 to 12 hours a day, a few (not all) of the FT staff clearly demonstrated little respect for contract/QA testers and got away with it

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    BioWare2019-12-20
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends

    I worked at BioWare full-time

    Pros

    Great people. Amazingly interesting and fun projects to work on.

    Cons

    Edmonton is somewhat cold an inhospitable.

    BioWare2019-04-29
  8. Helpful (2)

    "Lord of the Flies Management Style."

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Artist in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at BioWare full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The pay and benefits were good.

    Cons

    Most disorganized art department I've ever worked for. Incredibly stressful and cut-throat work environment.

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    BioWare2019-04-23
  9. Helpful (2)

    "Can be a good place"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at BioWare full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good Pay, Good Benefits, Nice People

    Cons

    Doesn't get the recognition the studio deserves compared to the main (Edmonton) studio.

    BioWare2019-03-17
  10. Helpful (11)

    "Unfortunately a shell of what it once was"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at BioWare full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    - Fun perks, game deals - 'Community' events for coworkers - Being able to work on top quality titles

    Cons

    - It's now become just another EA studio clone. The dollar is the ultimate bottom line now, as opposed to the quality (of both the product and the workplace) which used to be the priority. - Long hours of expected crunch with poor food options during finaling stages is still a problem here - Excess bloat of middle-management 'producer' positions which are full of people with little to no experience in the departments they are working with causes ignorant scheduling and inappropriate tasking - Contradiction in cross-department training/moving. The company likes to say that they support people wanting to transfer to another department and will help someone get time to be trained/mentored into the role they are interested in, but from what I witnessed it's extremely rare that this happens. Once you know how to do something, you will be doing that one thing for years to come. - No upper management left that is still fighting for unique BioWare culture and perks (which is why it's entirely gone) - Workspaces are now very large open rooms that are loud and distracting - not even cubicle dividers were used in a room full of ~50 employees. For more introverted people that require quiet spaces to focus and concentrate, this can create anxiety and stress because there's no other option. People will literally be hollering from once side of the room to the other on some days. - Blatant contradiction in policy regarding remote work - there are various employees working from remote locations yet when management is asked about opportunities for remote work, the answer is 'we have a company policy that states we do not allow staff to work from remote locations', which is repeated when the existing cases are pointed out.

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    BioWare2018-09-24
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