This is my third week studying in Vancouver, and last weekend I visited a software company called Electronic Arts with one of my friends from ELI. The reason why we were able to visit that private company is that my friend’s parents’ friend works there.
First, we registered for an ID card from the front desk to enter the building. How fancy! Fred, who was our guide that day, told us we could play lots of games there for free. We also went to their office to figure out how the game FIFA Soccer was created. Fred mentioned that there are five hundred employees in the soccer department, but not everyone does the same thing. Five hundred people are divided into many different departments: for example, action, art, imitation, and intellectual property. In addition, there were some groups for some different games such as Plants vs. Zombies and Madden NFL.
Additionally, the sport courts that they had were what impressed me most. There were not only basketball and volleyball courts but also soccer courts! Fred said to us, “If the creators of sports games do not play sports, that’s really weird.” So, they can go to exercise anytime they want. Furthermore, you can go to EA University, which is a room where you can learn new information by yourself. The only thing that you need to keep in mind is “Finish your work before the deadline.”
Based on the things mentioned above, it all seems perfect! However, it is impossible to find a company where the work environment is completely heavenly. What if you are not a full-time employee? In that case, you have to leave EA every year for three months without any reason and apply for your job again, unless the company needs you and tries to recruit you. If you are as capable as Fred, however, you can get a full-time position and not need to worry about your next job.
Visiting this software company was a really cool experience for me. This kind of workplace does not exist in Taiwan, so, before coming here, the only way to experience somewhere like this was through movies such as The Internship, which features two men working for Google. Working for a company like that in the future is my goal.