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A lot of potential, marred by inept management

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

I worked at Sony Online Entertainment full-time (more than 5 years)

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Approves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Approves of CEO

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 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.

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    Former Employee - Multimedia Artist in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Multimedia Artist in San Diego, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Really great place to work with managers who understand the family to work balance needs of employees. Plus they make video games!

    Cons

    In my time there they had 3 layoffs. I was caught in the third one in 2011. I don't think there has been one since then.

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    No support for the support.

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    Former Employee - Billing and Technical Customer Support in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Billing and Technical Customer Support in San Diego, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Co-Workers, good learning experience, amazing products, good opportunities to see the industry from the inside.

    Cons

    It is almost impossible to advance beyond a starting position. The pay is a bit low. No benefits or vacation to speak of.

    Advice to Management

    Try to acknowledge the effort of the good employees. There is no incentive besides the treat of unemployment - change that.

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