The official EA blog offers a recap of a recent "New Grad Launch" event that EA hosted to encourage and inform new employees of the company fresh from college about the culture and leadership of the video games publisher. The four-day event featured speakers from various levels of the company sharing their experiences working there and how new employees can be successful too. These new graduates targeted for this event are described as "full time employees at EA for six months or less."
New hires listened to COO Peter Moore, CIO Mark Tonnesen, EVP of Digital Kristian Segerstrale, Chief Talent Officer Gabrielle Toledano and HR VP Mala Singh, and other EA team members from all different roles to hear company plans and get career advice. The program also lets new hires speak their minds and to brainstorm on ways for their ideas to be heard and to ultimately make an impact within the company.
Two of those grads – both working at EA Sports Tiburon, shared their thoughts on the importance of the experience:
"We spent time brainstorming and identifying ways we can impact EA’s recruiting, development and consumer outreach through our new roles, which I found to be one of the best parts of the program," said Gabriel Gonzalez, Associate Designer in EA SPORTS Tiburon. "What came out of it were several strong ideas of how we as new grads can take a bottom-up approach and make a difference."
"I really took away that EA encourages us to experiment and try different roles in our career and that we are strengthened by a varied and talented group of individuals from all backgrounds," said Leoric Rodriguez, an Associate Development Manager for EA SPORTS in Tiburon. "One gathering that I especially enjoyed was the event at a local brewery. We had the whole team there, even some designers from the Visceral studio, and it was a great bonding experience."