Sony Online Entertainment
2.5 of 5 76 reviews
www.sonyonline.com San Diego, CA 500 to 999 Employees

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

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Austin, TX

I worked at Sony Online Entertainment

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

ConsExecutive 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 Senior ManagementDo 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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Work quality overshadowed by who you know.

Game Designer (Former Employee)
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… 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:… Advice to Senior Management: All video game companies are somewhat stagnant and refuse to allow creativity to flow. Be the innovators, SOE, and start listening to the new… More

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Do not work for Sony Online Entertainment

Associate Programmer (Former Employee)
Tucson, AZ

I worked at Sony Online Entertainment


Pros: Decent benefits package. Casual dress code, shorts and tee shirts are allowed. The… 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… Advice to Senior Management: Quit. I did not meet one person in management above the level of project manager who was competent at their job. The only… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More

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