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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 (more than an 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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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    - 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    A Great Place to Work

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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)

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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