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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

Pros

Decent pay and good benefits.

Cons

Terrible management and lots of backstabbing between employees. Inexperienced studio management making very poor development decisions and blaming failure on lower employees. Terrible understanding of scheduling and process. Hostile attitudes toward employees wanting to transfer from one SOE office to another.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Honestly, I think the place is so broken they need to be shut down and Sony needs to start over.

Doesn't Recommend
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    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 (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
  2. 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 (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
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