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Good environment to work in

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Chaos sans process

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    Former Employee - Lead Engineer
    Former Employee - Lead Engineer

    Pros

    Great discounts at the Sony Store. Free gold subscriptions to all their games.

    Cons

    Between the months of 12/7 mandatory hours, the complete lack of process, producers who spent most of their time interrupting people to ask "is it done yet" and upper management that had stopped caring it was a nightmare. And then there were the broken promises of time off after crunch only to be replaced with another crunch instead.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is for Smed.... your lower level managers are too afraid to stand up to you and say "no" and you are unaware of the realities of development for the projects. What ends up happening is you make unreasonable demands on staff which ends in a series of Chinese Fire Drills where everyone runs around like chickens with their heads cut off and nothing productive is accomplished. STOP DOING THAT!!!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    SOE Review

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Customer Service Supervisor
    Former Employee - Customer Service Supervisor

    Pros

    SOE is hands-down one of the most diverse and geek-friendly workplaces in existence. If you have ever felt the odd man out at your job because you have no common interests with your coworkers, at SOE it's guaranteed you'll find people with whom you can connect on a personal as well as professional level.

    Cons

    As it is a subsidiary of a multinational corporation, SOE is unfortunately sometimes forced to pay the price of other divisions' problems. A good year in the online gaming industry can be offset by a bad year in the film or home electronics division.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more credence to feedback from your rank-and-file employees about upcoming products, even if it means reining in the 'vision' of your premier developers. Most of your people came to the company because they know and love games. This gives them a keener insight into what will and will not succeed with the gaming community at large.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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