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Surprisingly archaic Software Development

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  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at Sony Online Entertainment

Pros

- Work environment is pretty laid back, though lots of the perks are gone
- It's in San Diego, which has nice weather. Management would have you believe it is because of them

Cons

- Old boys club. SOE is full of management that has not matured with the online game industry. Products are uninspired, tinkered with by the CEO endlessly based on the games his kids decide to play that day, and late to market, not because they are spending time getting things right. They waste time making basic software development mistakes that you can read about in books from 30 years ago.
- Nepotism all around. Growth and success in the company is more dependent on relationship with the right folks than performance. Learn to say "Yes we can!"

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Get some fresh talent in at the top that has success in the "Online" marketplace in the last decade. The industry has matured and bringing back EQ folks may not be the best way to get with the times.

Disapproves of CEO

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    Not the best place to get a job.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer

    I have been working at Sony Online Entertainment

    Pros

    * Very talented technical people
    * Excellent operational support
    * Fun work environment, casual dress
    * Get to work with some of the latest technologies

    Cons

    * All managers micromanage - it's impossible to get anything done without your manager telling you how to do it.
    * Non-technical managers make technical decisions.
    * Deadlines are either meaningless and slip, or are too short and cause employees to work extremely long hours.
    * Horrible life/work balance - 70+ hour weeks when management feels like it's crunch time. Crunch time doesn't necessarily mean near release time, just when management wants you there for long hours.
    * CEO micromanages individual projects. People are called in the push software in the middle of the night instead of the next day because upper management wants it out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    * Commit to a deadline - cut features if the deadline won't be made.
    * Provide adequate life/work balance for people.
    * Remove the many levels of manages that are completely useless.
    * Get rid of the micromanagers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Eh... could be worse

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sony Online Entertainment

    Pros

    There's a decent benefits package plus the non-usual perks (game account, cd, etc.), working in the game industry, and being in studio / mmo environment (there's no "the game's done, now off to find another job").

    Cons

    Sometimes it's too big and teams don't communicate as they should. The squeaky wheel seems to always get promoted around here not people with the talent and skills to do the job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit having people in different departments doing the exact same work and emphasize more communication between the different teams (platform, db services, game teams, etc.)

    Disapproves of CEO
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