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Fun job, frustrating management.

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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 full-time for more than 5 years

Pros

As a gamer, working on an MMO is a ton of fun. Almost everyone on the team was super passionate, and worked to do as much as possible despite the limited team size.

Cons

Rotating cycle of bad management--except at the very top, Smedley never rotated. Teams are consistently under pressure to change things and produce content based upon pre-existing ideals/buzzwords from higher up that have no impact upon the success of a game--and usually hurt it quite a bit. Also, launch dates set years in advance are wholly immovable--company would much rather ship a below average unfinished product than take the time to finish it.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Former Employee - EverQuest II Game QA  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - EverQuest II Game QA in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Sony Online Entertainment full-time for more than 3 years

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    The contract company they use offers great benefits

    Cons

    Better planning could lead to less OT
    Some money issues causing cuts in some of the QOL things like breakfast and OT dinners

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    Better planning and time gained from pushing back deadlines should be used for polish rather than cramming in more features.

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  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sony treats its employees really well, but something seems to hold back the company from making big hits.

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    Former Employee - Senior Environment Artist  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Environment Artist in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Sony Online Entertainment full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Salary and benefits are all really good at Sony. The work environments are relaxed and they generally treat their artists with a lot of respect. They send the whole company to movies every once in a while and have random fun employee events. They supply good food when there are mandatory crunch hours.

    Cons

    There are mandatory late/weekend hours sometimes, but that's the case with pretty much any game company. They typically reward well for this though, with nice bonuses & supplying dinner or random treats. There's a bit of a bureaucracy and hierarchy there where sometimes respecting hierarchy and order is more important than pointing out problems and solving them - especially if they are big and outside your specific department. So there's a lot of "yes man" mentality where you're just better off if you have problems - mostly keeping them to yourself unless it's something you can actually make a difference with yourself, directly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There's something about the structure there that makes lower level employees not want to give honest opinions about the current state of the game. So people will sometimes chatter to themselves about big problems that need to be solved and addressed, but for some reason they don't want to be the ones to point them out. It's a big studio where the fat is trimmed from time to time - and no one wants to be the fat. So no one wants to point out the problems because they don't want to offend anyone that might have a say in whether or not they are "trimmed." I don't mean to be too harsh though - that's just probably a big part of why the recent games havent been as big of hits as they could have been. Aside from that, management treats the employees very well and a lot of people have worked a long time there as a result.

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    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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