Title: Systems Engineering Manager
The only jobs I had before coming to EA were working the deep-fryer at a family restaurant for a few months and working at a gas station. I ended up taking a Computer Systems course at a local college, but didn’t take it seriously for the first year, as school was secondary to my passion for World of Warcraft Vanilla. I jokingly applied to the most difficult option for second year… and was accepted. After that point I made school my number one priority and did very well. I took additional courses in my third year to keep my intensity level high, and my fourth year was easier.
Getting Your Start with EA
When I finished my third year, I applied at EA for a position way past my skill/experience level. The hiring team at EA saw my resume and had a more junior position opening up, so I was given an early interview there. The job and my skills were a good match and the rest is history. I finished up my remaining classes at night school.
I started in an Operations role supporting NHL 09. It was very much a trial by fire, but everything went smoothly. Onto the next challenge!
Working at EA
Life at EA is explosive and dynamic. The intense workload and challenging projects are very engaging. Working with a lot of smart, hardworking people can be intimidating at first, but it’s a fantastic experience. Working on huge titles like Battlefield and FIFA are incredibly challenging, both technically and organizationally. I’ve learned how to manage technical and process changes through a large organization and balanced my technical and soft skills.
I’ve grown as a leader, thanks to the opportunities I’ve had at EA. There are lots of athletic activities at EA. We have various intramural sports leagues and after work some of our team goes rock climbing. It’s great to drop down to the gym or soccer field for a game during the day. This helps manage the challenges of working in such a dynamic environment.
It’s rewarding to build great games and see them enjoyed at a huge scale. Aside from the technical challenges, it’s a great feeling personally to see the number of people using products and services I’ve worked on.
EA is also involved in local communities and has a great outreach program for charitable causes as well.
Any Thoughts to Those Seeking a Career at EA?
EA is a dynamic and challenging place to work. There are great perks, including awesome facilities, discounted games and sports teams. EA recognizes individual talent and effort. If you’re interested in an exciting and rewarding environment, EA will be a great fit.