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Sony Online Entertainment Reviews

Updated January 11, 2015
Updated January 11, 2015
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Pros
  • It's game development, so that's always a little more fun and laid back than other companies (in 7 reviews)

  • At least it's a fairly stable job that allows you to enjoy living in San Diego (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management is too far removed from the actual development process to understand its huge flaws (in 12 reviews)

  • Senior management had no idea who you work (workflow) or some of the abuse you put up with dealing with customers (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    A creative and exciting place to work without being micro managed.

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    Current Employee - Security in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Security in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Sony Online Entertainment as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Creativity, opionions, and just being yourself is encouraged. Feel like writing an idea on one of the white walls or the white boards all over the building feel free to. Its a very laid back and stress free environment.

    Cons

    They like to do what I call, "Test drive before they buy" so they like to contract you out first before deciding if they want to bring you on full-time or not.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I am very happy with management and the communication they have with their employee's.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company to work with a little bit disorganized on the payments.

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    Current Employee - 3D Artist I in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - 3D Artist I in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Sony Online Entertainment as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    You get to work on cool projects. They were very willing to accommodate my needs to work from home. Art team was really nice and helpful.

    Cons

    I am working as contractor for them. I don't know if that is the reason but my payments are almost always late and I have to keep reminding the accounting department to pay me.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The only advice for me would be to keep an eye out on their accounting department.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    worked on the web design team

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sony Online Entertainment full-time

    Pros

    really great benefits, medical etc. that also included things such as free life drawing classes for artists. Really fun projects and titles to work with. Got to work with other talented artists and devs. The web design management team at the time was supportive and not political at all. I'm not sure that I can say that about other departments.

    Cons

    the design team needed more power to run their department and sometimes marketing would be allowed to run design projects badly. On my way out though it looked like this was less and less the case.

    They were a little slow to embrace changing web technology and we would still get hampered by having to do things like make sure all projects worked in IE6 and this was in 2008.

    They definitely need to trim their losing titles and get some better products out.

    Definitely bureaucratic at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    don't let bad management stay too long. All in all though great people, great work, great resources and a talented team. I did see some promising titles just sink after a lot of hard work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Overall, a great experience.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Artist
    Current Employee - Artist

    I have been working at Sony Online Entertainment full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The bottom line for upper management is to make good games, retain people over the long haul and provide them with a good way to make a living. They try to make it a fun place to work, and encourage life balance. Yes, making money is important to them, but money is a means to an end. They are loyal to employees as much as practicality will allow. They don't lay people off unless they have to.

    Cons

    The company has been struggling over the last few years. The games are often too confusing and complex for the general public. The last couple of games were very expensive and did not do as well as expected. They haven't found a way to make a good profit under the new free-to-play business model. Company morale is currently low.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Awesome culture, but at a cost

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sony Online Entertainment full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Very laid back. Dress-code, environment, work hours, etc.

    Cons

    Struggling company, light on salaries, bonuses, raises, company events, etc.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Working hard to ship award winning games and satisfy our dedicated fans

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    Current Employee - Senior Artist in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Artist in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Sony Online Entertainment full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great compensation and benefits, great co-workers, great games, and great fans.

    Cons

    Some times crunch is excessive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep an eye on the work life balance and long term goals.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Pleasant

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Programmer
    Current Employee - Programmer

    I have been working at Sony Online Entertainment part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    It's a fun environment - nice break room, more coffee than you can handle, and as SOE is all about video games, things are generally more relaxed unless there's a crunch fast approaching. The people I work with are great and I am enjoying what I'm doing for the time being.

    Cons

    SOE is all about video games - if you come here looking to eventually leave for other Computer Science sectors, you might be hard-pressed to find experience here that is applicable.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good environment to work in

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sony Online Entertainment

    Pros

    Certainly a sense of family that comes from the top down

    Cons

    Sometimes that family environment led to employees outstaying their welcome

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    A great place to be for those looking for work/life balance

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Sony Online Entertainment full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - Executives who are passionate about gaming
    - Humanistic work environment
    - Great location

    Cons

    - Red tape, as with any large corporation
    - Slow to innovate

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Lacks Direction

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Game Designer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Game Designer in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Sony Online Entertainment

    Pros

    Work with great designers in a casual environment. Also, you can't beat working on games. Company wide play tests etc.

    Cons

    Lacks an overarching strategy. Teams are pulled in a million different directions with little explanation. Also, can at times be a political mine field mixed with a little nepotism.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pick a strategy and go.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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