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Sony PlayStation Reviews in Foster City, CA

Updated Apr 29, 2014
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Sony PlayStation President & CEO Shawn Layden

Shawn Layden

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    good place to work

    Senior Engineer (Former Employee)
    Foster City, CA

    Proscool product, good benefit, smart people

    Consmanagement is too slow to the change of market

    Advice to Senior Managementn/a

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Exciting and challenging to get stuff done.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Foster City, CA

    ProsWorking on the playstation was exciting.

    ConsThe way management decides things is hard sometimes get work done.

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    stable

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Foster City, CA

    Prosstable, reasonable work load, nice work env

    Conspay is not quite attractive

    Advice to Senior Managementincrease the compensation

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    Pay is good, culture could be better

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Foster City, CA

    ProsThe pay and benefits are good. Free games, discounts on other Sony stuff. Good amount of PTO. Coworkers are nice and helpful.

    ConsManagement does not communicate well. Sometimes unsure of expectations. Not sure of what is important. Supervisor is secretive and sneaky. Not trustworthy or helpful when problems come up.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCommunicate better! People want to do their best of they know what to do. Don't keep lower level employees in the dark all the time.

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    Frat house teeming with incompetence

    Marketing (Former Employee)
    Foster City, CA

    ProsIf you're a gamer or a developer, this is probably a fun and good environment for you. People stay here for a long time (tons of lifers) so I would guess that there are probably reasons to stay (job stability, good working environment, satisfaction with teams, comfort, etc). Pay and benefits, flexibility are also strong points to being at this company.

    ConsThe main problem is not technical, in my opinion, but rather operational. There is no structure at all to the organization, causing tension and a lot of unnecessary runaround which lessens the company's ability to innovate and do things quickly.

    There is no formalized assessment process (no standardized yearly or quarterly review), the outcome being that high achievers leave because of lack of acknowledgement and progress. Worse, the slackers stay, creating a culture that accepts underperformance, laziness and schmoozing to get ahead. People complain about no/few raises, but truthfully, if a comprehensive assessment system was implemented, many of these people would probably be on performance improvement plans. Teams are totally complacent, people do their work mindlessly as they have always done in the past and yet find it acceptable to whine and moan that they aren't being rewarded.

    The organization is very top down, with senior leadership relying on old ways of doing things because that is what is expected at the top. There is an over-reliance on customer research in decision-making. But if you dig deeper, you realize it's not because having research will lead to positive outcomes (b/c clearly they have not) but because research backs up recommendations, and is therefore primarily meant to save one's ass. You can't blame somebody for a misstep when research said that it should have worked out, right? Innovation is typically not backwards or sideways looking. It's forwarding looking. Research is never going to help you out with that.

    Finally, there never seems to be a master plan-- or at the very least, it is not widely shared with the entire team. People operate in a bubble which leads to complacency and idlemindedness. You can't get excited to be part of a solution if nobody seems to know what that is. There is the mindset that things are always changing at the last minute and so master plans are never followed. But it would seem like if you never had a master plan in the first place, you will never know how close or how far you came from hitting your target. You just ended up where you ended up.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe mentality that "we don't need it because we've never needed it" doesn't really fly anymore. Not having a stronger IT infrastructure is rumored to have facilitated the PSN hack attack last year. It is reported that $50million was spent on marketing the PS Vita, which seems excessively high. You need to articulate what you plan to do, assess whether you have the right people in place to do it, put together a plan to execute and then double back and see if it worked. Seems like a pretty standard way to run a business. Not sure why this company deviates so far from goals... oh that's right, no master plan... I forgot.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Major Issues - Too Many 'Lifers', and Not Open to Change!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Foster City, CA

    ProsDecent benefits package
    Ok work/life balance
    Relative Flexible Schedule

    Cons- Employees that have been there a long time no longer have to prove themselves. Too many old fat cats.
    - New employees are held to a different standard.
    - There are double standard and unfairness in how employees are treated. Too many old 'cliques'. Somewhat like high school.
    - Communication from ANY management level is sorely missing.
    - Change is at a snail's pace.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou're a technology company - you need to innovate to survive. But you're not. At this rate Playstation will be obsolete in 5 to 10 years. You might be in silicon valley, but you operate like a car company in the midwest. There are too many people there that have been there for a long long time that are no longer performing. Need to trim the fat, and expect ALL employees to give 100% Not just the new ones.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to work and have fun

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Foster City, CA

    ProsDecent salary with annual bonus. Free games and great discount on Sony's game and electronic products. Good people around you including management.

    ConsNot the highest paid salary with small raise each year. Some free food but not every day like Google. Few employee activities.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep employees more informed with operations. Produce a better and friendlier work environment with more employee social events and activities.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A lot in the name, nothing inside

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Foster City, CA

    ProsIt's Sony Playstation, the name on your res looks great. If you are a gamer you will appreciate all the gaming decor.

    ConsLow pay-you have to fight for a raise
    It's like high school all over-people will talk about you behind your back and get you fired
    Very political and detached from the real needs of the employees
    No direction from management
    Most of the people (excluding testers) really game
    They treat people badly
    Lacks culture

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake management classes, bring in a coach to assist managers in how to properly communicate.
    If you do not like your job, find a new one.
    Learn how to treat people better

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Old company, old practices, old mindset-- obsolescence imminent

    Marketing (Current Employee)
    Foster City, CA

    ProsCool product, street cred from others b/c you work there, pride in affiliation with cool brand

    ConsPalpable friction between departments, lots of talking about teams/people behind their back, employees seem openly dissatisfied-- every meeting seems to end with somebody complaining about someone or something-- just a generally very sad and depressing working environment

    Advice to Senior Managementmore focus on good ideas rather than seniority or tenure. Trusting people (or hiring people you trust) should lessen the bloated bureaucracy at the company and allow for faster decision making.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Stable yet no opportunity for growth

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Foster City, CA

    ProsStability product parties over time pay

    ConsThey do not promote. Not open to new ideas.

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