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Sony Network Entertainment International Reviews

Updated October 24, 2014
Updated October 24, 2014
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    Software Development Intern

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    Current Employee - Software Development Intern in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Software Development Intern in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Sony Network Entertainment International as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Getting to work on a product that affects millions. Good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Slow to evolve. Good ideas get swept under the rug unless the right person is driving the effort. A decent percentage of the people who work there are way out of touch with their customers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get to know your customers better. Some prices/products are not what people are looking for.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Fun Stuff

    Current Employee - Intern in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Intern in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Sony Network Entertainment International as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Managers were really cool, honestly, its always a plus when every desk has a PS3 or PS4 as the main medium to do work. Somewhat of a start up feel, but still corporate so it gives you a little of both worlds.

    Cons

    Often given multiple tasks from different departments. Assignments tend to stack on one another.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep doing what you're doing.

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    A dynamic office in San Francisco

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Sony Network Entertainment International as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    SNEI is growing, it is definitely the most potential subsidiary of Sony America. It is like a startup, everything is changing, and everyone is exploring, plenty of opportunities.

    Cons

    It is not a Silicon Valley company, it doesn't come with free meal, nor free parking, nor even entertainment rooms.

    Recommends
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    Principal

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sony Network Entertainment International full-time

    Pros

    Very balanced work life schedule

    Cons

    No Career Growth. Old Style management

    Recommends
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    Great Intern Program

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    Former Employee - Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Sony Network Entertainment International as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    There are a lot of perks and the working environment is great. You meet a lot of great people and management is usually fairly relaxed. Free catered lunch once a week and Noah's Bagels on Fridays. Interning here over the summer was some of the most fun I've every had. A lot of the interns and full time employees were fun to talk to and HR planned a lot of fun events such as going to a Giants game, visiting the Sony headquarters, rock climbing, and BBQs. Definitely feels like working at a startup supported by a tech giant.

    Cons

    Pay is low compared to other internships in companies of the same size. A lot of innovation from employees gets lost if management doesn't see the potential. Intern projects range from menial to exciting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the culture the way it is but let interns get more involved.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Crummy work environment - lack of inovation

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Engineer

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

    Pros

    Some of the coworkers are really great friends and companions and fun to be around. Great for people without experience to get a head start and move up in a corporate environment.

    Cons

    Terrible work life balance, 40 hours a week is considered not enough by management, which as a programmer is pretty bad. Worked for months until 8 or 9 o'clock at night plus some weekends and was still reprimanded for not working 'hard enough'. Management would intentionally steer away from new technology and favor the old just to get products out faster. Constant unrealistic deadlines set by inexperienced managers who have no knowledge of software development themselves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would suggest creating a better work life balance in the company, innovate more, and hire more employees if deadlines are consistently keeping employees working late evenings and weekends.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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    Sr. Enginner

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sony Network Entertainment International full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, working hard to get back in business

    Cons

    not sure if they survive the competetion

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    remove silos

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Great place to work with exciting products touching millions of users

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager - Product Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager - Product Management

    I have been working at Sony Network Entertainment International full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Once in Sony, you will have a hard time leaving, it is hard to beat when the products and services you are in charge of affects millions of people around the globe. Lot of opportunities to grow and at the same time enhance exciting products and services. Great and smart people. International culture and opportunities for working abroad.

    Cons

    Being part of a huge organization often also unfortunately mean slower in many aspects as there are more stakeholders and customers to consider and keep happy, which can be frustrating. Large old solutions that takes a lot of time to change and keep up to the changing market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sony is falling behind in regards to maternity and paternity leave. Have heard colleagues and friends discussing just that comparing with other tech companies. Sony Mobile have 6 months, would be a nice benefit and aligned with the Japanese culture to offer longer maternity leave.

  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great career starter, slow mid-career.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sony Network Entertainment International full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    SNEI is a great place to begin your career, and a great senior level environment.

    Cons

    Mid-level career development is lacking unless you overly commit to get what you want. This includes going around those you work with and report to, in the end causing rifts in your internal network. It is not uncommon for employees to leave SNEI during their mid level careers and return for senior level positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more resources to train and develop your employees, then keep them by offering competitive salaries and options.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Lots of potential, great brand, but no commitment to team or tech innovation

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

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

    Pros

    A few very talented and passionate co-workers. Day-to-day chaos can lead to growth opportunities, if you can manage to keep your head above water and work past it.

    Cons

    Huge amount of attrition at every level and function. In less than a year, I watched 70% of my team leave. 2 top executives quit outright (giving no notice), leaving their positions unfilled until a year plus after. New middle and senior management has little to no experience in the space. The culture is becoming increasingly conservative, cliquey and less diverse as the parent company struggles financially. Said passionate and skilled workers were burned through, weren't recognized for their efforts, and left. Successful or innovative work is considered threatening and not rewarded. Not-rocking-the-boat is encouraged. Remaining and new employees are necessarily apathetic and mediocre in order to survive. Zero career growth paths. Strategy is often abandoned and teams are randomized due to pet projects and poor operational planning. Groundhog Day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop and then stick to a 21st century strategy. Hire diverse talent with relevant experience or promote high-performers from within. Reward measurable results, not blind loyalty or popular perception.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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