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A fairly typical gaming QA experience.

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Former Employee - QA Tester  in  Austin, TX
Former Employee - QA Tester in Austin, TX

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

Pros

Flexible hours, management relatively easy to work with.

Cons

Low pay, QA advice rarely listened to.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

QA is never going to improve until you can retain your best testers. Your best testers will always leave for better paying jobs (that they might enjoy less or not be as good at). QA is never going to improve until the salaries do.

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great for a first job into the gaming field

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    Former Employee - QA Tester  in  Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - QA Tester in Foster City, CA

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

    Pros

    Don't need much experience
    Really easy to get into
    Pay is okay for the work performed
    Great people to work with
    Pretty good work environment
    Lost of over times to make extra cash

    Cons

    Horrible managers
    Really bad hierarchy
    Managers treats workers like kids
    Almost impossible to get a promotion
    Some times was forced to do over time or you would get in trouble if you didn't do it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your workers with respect. Also forcing your workers to do over time is pretty much illegal

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Poor scheduling and oblivious management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Being part of the Sony family comes with some perks. Regular employees are generally talented and professional.

    Cons

    Completely broken schedule. Very poor awareness of environment by management. Cronyism. Old Boys Club. I've also heard from many of the programmers (what's left of them) that the game code is some of the worst coding they've ever seen and that they are constantly told there isn't any time for improvements. They also for whatever reason decided to break up an already understaffed client team to work on another project.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There isn't much advice to give to management that they haven't already heard. I think there is a general refusal to accept reality here. It has been said before but there is an obvious attachment to certain individuals at the company that anywhere else would be fired for a small fraction of the failures that have happened on their watch. Between the finger pointing when things go wrong, to an obvious lack of understanding in the subject matter that they are supposed to be experts in, it really forces the rest of us to take on their responsibilities while getting paid a fraction of what they do to sit in a closed office doing who knows what. I've watched several people come and go in short time and the reasons for leaving are always bad management and bad planning.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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