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A lot of potential, marred by inept management

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) San Diego, CA

Pros- Regularly attracts good talent
- It's in San Diego and Austin

Cons- Short-sighted and often plain bad promotions led to production issues on numerous projects
- Long history of promoting from within results in managerial stagnation and ineptitude
- Anemic marketing department, given too much sway over development
- Numerous top level decision failures resulted in company with tarnished rep and fewer prospects

Advice to Senior Management- Hire managers externally, not within - it's breeding favoritism over potential
- Stamp out rampant problem of politics, often encouraged by managers
- Cut the fat: there are a LOT of mid-responsibility people on the payroll who serve little purpose, and take up resources to hire the Tier 1 and 2 people you do need in CS, QA, Art, and Jr Devs
- Cross-platform is a lofty goal but it's not worth it
- Pre-production planning has been SOE's Achilles heel for years, from SWG to EQ2 to The Agency. Hire external producers who know how to stay on vision and are on board with the project.
- Leave the marketers out of dev meetings. Period.

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

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    A Great Place to Work

    Multimedia Artist (Former Employee) San Diego, CA

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

    Pros: Really great place to work with managers who understand the family… Cons: In my time there they had 3 layoffs. I was caught in the… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company… More

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    2 people found this helpful  

    No support for the support.

    Billing and Technical Customer Support (Former Employee) San Diego, CA

    I worked at Sony Online Entertainment full-time for more than a year

    Pros: Great Co-Workers, good learning experience, amazing products, good opportunities to… Cons: It is almost impossible to advance beyond a starting position. The… Advice to Senior Management: Try to acknowledge the effort of the good employees. There… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company… More

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