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Spend a year or two there - then go somewhere else

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Former Employee - QA Tester  in  San Diego, CA
Former Employee - QA Tester in San Diego, CA

I worked at Sony Online Entertainment as a contractor for more than 3 years

Pros

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

Cons

Broken 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 ManagementAdvice

Stay 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...

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Terrible products, Terrible company

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in 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. Decent bonuses.

    Cons

    No career advancement or salary raises unless you are part of the in-crowd. Very cliquey, high school environment. Stale, irrelevant products. Low salaries. Absolutely no future to move up or work on anything different/more challenging.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Why do you think so many employees are jumping ship?? get it together, people. Management is constantly changing and company policies seem to change depending on who is in charge that week.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    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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