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Spend a year or two there - then go somewhere else

QA Tester (Former Employee) San Diego, CA

Pros(most of the time) fun atmosphere
Passionate people at the lower levels

ConsBroken people at the middle levels

Incompetence galore at the top - too many times they have displayed their lack of trust in the people they have hired.

Too many people promoted by "sucking up" socially.
Too many people promoted by "sucking up" physically.

Don't worry; they won't fire you. They will just create a position for you to sit in till they have their next yearly layoff (maybe this is a pro?)

Nonsensically abusive; if you work here, be prepared for the mentality of "the beatings will continue until morale improves" and you'll be reminded that everyone on Earth would easily step in at your pay grade.

Overtime is also optional; so is working at Sony.

Upper and middle have hired/promoted too many friends; about every 2-3 years all the talent runs away and the good ol boys stay

Advice to Senior ManagementStay off twitter, stay away from dev and stop listening to marketing all the time.

Manage your people and let your people do the work.
Don't step in with your "brilliant idea that must be implemented!".
Don't revamp game systems a month before launch...

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    5 people found this helpful  

    Terrible products, Terrible company

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee) San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Sony Online Entertainment full-time for more than 5 years


    Pros: Some of the people are nice. Not too much overtime.… Cons: No career advancement or salary raises unless you are part of the in-crowd. Very cliquey, high school… Advice to Senior Management: Why do you think so many employees are jumping ship?? get it together, people. Management is… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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    • Disapproves of CEO

    3 people found this helpful  

    Fun job, frustrating management.

    Game Designer (Former Employee) 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… 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… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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