Sony PlayStation Reviews

Updated August 17, 2015
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  1. Great Brand and the company is changing for the better...

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    Current Employee - Marketing in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing in Foster City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sony PlayStation full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    PlayStation looks like it has it's Mojo back...

    Cons

    Offices are currently old and cramped but we move to new offices in 2013! Good news!


  2. Helpful (1)

    Great co-workers, ok company, very little career growth.

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    Former Contractor - QA Tester in Foster City, CA
    Former Contractor - QA Tester in Foster City, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sony PlayStation as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -Employees are nice and easy to get along with (for the most part) -Easy work comparatively to other QA environments.

    Cons

    -Not much room for career growth. -Don't expect to get a permanent position here, you'll more likely be stuck in the contractors loop.

    Advice to Management

    -Please make the contractor parties/events better. They're a bit lame and if it's not worth it, we would rather just go back to work in all honesty.


  3. Company has changed recently and new management is probably leaving soon.

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    Former Employee - Promotions in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Promotions in Foster City, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sony PlayStation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great product and many good people. Relaxed work attitude fun extras.

    Cons

    New management going in wrong direction. Feel they will be leaving one way or another soon.


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  5. Great place if you're into videogames. Management was questionable as they were "worker bees" versus "leaders."

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Foster City, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sony PlayStation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Average benefits and good discount off of Sony consumer electronics. Good place for kids straight out of college to work.

    Cons

    Not only is every division of Sony Corp in separate silos, but each dept at SCEA is in different silos. Company lacks future vision of the Kutaragi years and plateau'd after PS3 launched.

    Advice to Management

    Get employes excited about working in your workplace! Have more company wide functions to align departments.


  6. A lot of complacent lifers and out of touch

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA

    I worked at Sony PlayStation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Cordial environment and some are passionate

    Cons

    Nearly all of those lifers are insecure about job security and created a fiefdom environment. A lot of meaningless meetings to put on a facade of seeming busy. Most of the people who stayed and remained at SCEA have become complacent and always talk about the ps one and ps2 glory days when there was little competition. ALL of the old timers have become oblivious. Clearly they didn't retain or grow because of talent or else SCEA wouldn't be in turmoil. Sony hasn't innovate for over a decade and these old timers who cling onto old technology is the reason. Don't want to get started with HR retaining good talent. No sour grapes but too many old timers walking around with flip phones, blackberrys, spreadsheets, lotus notes, paper documents, and outdated systems

    Advice to Management

    Jack, either you and your executive team have become burned out or just out of touch. Unfortunate cause you do get people who care. Do something because you guys are being laughed at in the industry


  7. Helpful (4)

    Management Lacks Vision and No Well Defined Career Path for Employees

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    Current Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in Foster City, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Sony PlayStation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - A very good place for learning new things since a lot of freedom in provided to do work in your own way - Compensation is competitive. - Culture is very healthy and supporting for employees. - Many people stay here for long time and have really good knowledge / expertise of their domain. - Flexibility in work, office timings and work styles.

    Cons

    - No Clear Career path for Technical or management verticals - Senior management lacks vision and have really tough time driving any projects. - A lot of cross functional politics is driving projects to be failure or un-successful. - No Work from home option - Though you may have high expectations of this company due to high quality products like PS3 etc, there is little inspiring inside when you work with people. In relation with other companies I have worked in past (Cisco, GE Healthcare, Symantec) - At heart of this company its still stone aged in terms of technologies used inside (e.g. Lotus Notes - I hate it - trust me you will. , very mediocre intranet, no internal chat or IM, ) - No co-operation from sister concerns like SNE and others. A lot of politics in terms of who own the project/data rather then making a impact for benefit of greater Sony.

    Advice to Management

    - Need a drive to Speed up the innovation. - Encourage cross functional coordination and efficiencies. - Establish a synergy with sister concerns like SNE and many others otherwise it will be too late.


  8. good place to work

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Foster City, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sony PlayStation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    cool product, good benefit, smart people

    Cons

    management is too slow to the change of market

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  9. Exciting and challenging to get stuff done.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Working on the playstation was exciting.

    Cons

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


  10. stable

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    stable, reasonable work load, nice work env

    Cons

    pay is not quite attractive

    Advice to Management

    increase the compensation


  11. Helpful (1)

    Pay is good, culture could be better

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Management 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 Management

    Communicate 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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