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Management is an antiquated old-boys club out of touch with current game development

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Austin, TX
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

I worked at Sony Online Entertainment

Pros

The pay was great, licenses were fun and line-level employees were senior and skilled

Cons

Executive management is the same crusty old team that has been there since Sony bought the company. They are out of touch with current development techniques and business models. They purposefully mislead their teams about ship dates and demand crunch for, literally, years at a time to ship product. It is not a financially healthy part of Sony and suffers from the fear and reactionary behavior that come from that fact.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Do a better job of embracing console development and current MMO business models (Free-to-play). Be honest with your teams about crunch and ship dates. Update executive management with someone who has some exposure to modern game development.

Doesn't Recommend
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    Work quality overshadowed by who you know.

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    Former Employee - Game Designer  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Game Designer in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Sony Online Entertainment

    Pros

    The pay is average for an entry-level position in the video game industry.
    Benefits decent for full-time employees.
    free coffee.
    Great for getting your foot in the door of the video game industry.
    Apprenticeship program allows contract employees to get hands-on experience in design, code, or art departments.
    Employee camaraderie can (at times) be amazing, and it's easy to make friends in the workplace.
    Producers of individual titles are easily approachable, friendly, professional, and very open to new ideas.

    Cons

    Nepotism at its worst. Promotions and long-term careers only available to people who are personal friends to middle management. This affects all departments: Design, QA, CS, Tech, etc.
    Sr Management, like so many other companies, is full of older people who refuse to evolve their business models.
    Annual mass-layoffs are expected at the beginning of the first business quarter.
    The only real chance for the contract employees to gain full-time work is to survive the layoffs for about 3 years. Then they might have a shot at getting full-time employment (if they're friends with the right people).
    Middle management/supervisors are not in touch with their employees. Problems that come up are ignored.
    Like so many other game companies, SOE does not embrace new ideas/designs brought by their non-management employees.
    Creativity is stifled.
    Very "clique-ish" atmosphere, both for full-time and contract employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    All video game companies are somewhat stagnant and refuse to allow creativity to flow. Be the innovators, SOE, and start listening to the new blood coming in the doors. There are some brilliant ideas out there, even among the contract employees. Open your door and give these kids a shot, the way you were given a shot.

    Disapproves of CEO
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    Do not work for Sony Online Entertainment

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    Former Employee - Associate Programmer  in  Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Associate Programmer in Tucson, AZ

    I worked at Sony Online Entertainment

    Pros

    Decent benefits package.
    Casual dress code, shorts and tee shirts are allowed.
    The lower level workers are some of the best in the industry.

    Cons

    Not only do they never let people take vacations, they will often make them work holidays and weekends as well.
    12 hour work days are the norm.
    Management simply does not know how to manage people other then through threats and intimidation.
    Pay is very low for the industry, especially for such a large company.
    Project managers are not trained for, or allowed to, manage projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit. I did not meet one person in management above the level of project manager who was competent at their job. The only hope for this company is for everyone from the studio heads to the CEO himself to leave and make room for people who have a chance to turn the company around.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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