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Awesome culture, but at a cost

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at Sony Online Entertainment full-time for more than a year

Pros

Very laid back. Dress-code, environment, work hours, etc.

Cons

Struggling company, light on salaries, bonuses, raises, company events, etc.

Recommends
Negative Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Company needs improvement

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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 for more than a year

    Pros

    Prior to the layoffs there was not much crunch time and work/life balance was well rounded.

    Cons

    At SOE, dialog was focused on results, structural reasons for results, external market reasons for results, any reason for results that did not require an understanding or accountability for what is really going on internally with employees and effective management within the company. There is a lack of emotional intelligence to be honest about what is really going on. SOE has a management issue and it starts by nobody wanting to even talk about it. Because emotional intelligence lacks among top leadership, the problem proliferates at all levels of the organization. There are great people that can’t express themselves, can’t contribute to their potential because questioning the “reality” is not within the company’s culture. Because of this, SOE does not take the risks they need to take to be great, at any level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take more responsibility for your actions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Talented developers, but horribly crippled development process out of their control.

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    Former Employee - Programmer  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Programmer in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Awesome kitchen, great HR and IT departments, and enough monitors for everyone to have three or four. The company is also not afraid to spend money on team events every few months, or for cake and beer after shipping a DLC.

    Cons

    Upper management is too far removed from the actual development process to understand its huge flaws. Developers are consistently forced to martyr themselves with a substandard tool set, horrendous build process, old hardware, and an unstable code base. Some departments are forced to do this with an insufficient amount of people, causing them to have to pull the weight of multiple people while still coping with all of the above. More work and projects doesn't mean more people or more forgiving deadlines, it just means more work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand the flaws in your development process and actually use some resources to fix them. I understand that it doesn't directly generate revenue, but it would go a long way for the quality of the product, not to mention employee retention rate. Movies, cake and monitors are great, and they are appreciated, but they make it only marginally less difficult to deal with the same problems day after day, with no upper management willing to allocate resources to fix them. It's a far greater motivator for people to stay if they can actually enjoy the work they are doing, and be excited about the project. But they can't do that when the development process is terrible, and they are constantly forced to ship substandard quality work even after torturing themselves trying to make it work in their favor.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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