What hasn't been pointed out here is that most of the developers who leave EA are not fired or layed off. Job burnout is the leadin complaint. It's got to be bad if people who normally spend hours and hours each day looking at code are getting burned out.
Exactly. Working at EA is a lot like being a school teacher. You do it because of the passion for the job and not necessarily the money. It's a great situation for EA becuase they can keep salaries down and keep jacking up the cost of games every few years. I'm sure Madden 2K6 will be up to 69.99 - a 15% increase in margin on product for the cost of 2-3% in SG&A. Great stock to own - horrible company to work for.
BTW, I don't understand the anger that non-union middle class people have against unions. Sure, mos are nearly as corrupt as the companies they are trying to protect the workers from, but you make it sound like workers being paid fairly is a bad thing. We may well benefit in the near future from several union's mandatory pension plans as they help alleviate what will surely be huge budgetary pressures resulting from the draws on social security.
As a concept, unions are a great idea. The problem is that we humans tend to take great concepts like the union, the corporations, the HMO, the charity organization or representative democracy and turn them into despotic infestations of corruption. Unions shouldn't have so much power, but if you think about it, neither should corporations. Over the years we have slowly built a legal case to define coporations as individuals, therefore conveying upon them the same rights as individuals. We may pierce the corporate veil on occasion, but it still protects individuals for the most part from being held accountable for their actions.
Don't go spewing anti-union sentiment simply because you were taught unions were evil around the same time everyone drove around with the bumpersticker of Mickey Mouse proudly proclaiming "**** you Ayatollah!" There was a time when unions were necessary and there may well be again someday.
Anyway, Madden and NHL 2K4 rock.