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Sony PlayStation Reviews

Updated January 28, 2015
Updated January 28, 2015
198 Reviews
3.3
198 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Fun working environment, great work/life balance (in 17 reviews)

  • Great people, culture and generally a fun place to work (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior management tends to micromanage and does not allow staff to make critical decisions (in 9 reviews)

  • There is a HUGE disconnect and lack of communication between departments (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    I've been at Sony for 2.5 years

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sony PlayStation

    Pros

    This is a great place to work. A lot of good perks. Gym on campus, great cafe with catering option. Friendly empoyees from executives on down.

    Cons

    Everyone works so hard that sometimes everyone is not recognized for the hard work they do. Sometimes the food in the cafe is to fancy

  2.  

    Happy

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sony PlayStation

    Pros

    Atmosphere, management (locally, at least). Not a corporate environment. Creative, driven people.

    Cons

    Location in Playa Vista a bit remote.
    In the rare instances of having to deal with "corporate" (HR, Finance), I am driven to madness.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    By any means necessary, send word upward to corporate as to how their dysfunction negatively affects the company.
    Continue to buffer us from them to keep the local atmosphere as positive as it is.
    Work/Life balance is often verbally stressed, yet doesn't really take in practice.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in San Mateo, CA

    I worked at Sony PlayStation as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great atmosphere to work in. Executives really care that interns are learning.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Good and Bad

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - PD Audio in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - PD Audio in San Mateo, CA

    I have been working at Sony PlayStation full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good work life balance. Good benefits. Willing to invest in tech. and facilities.

    Cons

    Disfunctional mix of American business and Japanese cultures. Business units are too siloed. Not much collaboration across depts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep pushing for better communication and collaboration. Try to speed up the product approval process so we can keep up w/ the rest of the world.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Professional and laid back

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sony PlayStation

    Pros

    Free coffee, laid back testing environment, no stress, and lots of gaming

    Cons

    Low pay, could get let go at any time, some coworkers can be idiotic

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would like if there were more opportunities available

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Do not work here unless you are a geek gamers.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA

    I worked at Sony PlayStation full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    -good discounts on first party products with the exception of hardware
    -decently large company so you're bound to meet someone you like
    -expectations are not too high for employee performance, if you are a decently smart person you can pretty much flat by forever and not worry about getting let go(if that is the type of career you want), leading the the number of incompetent employees who have been around for 5-10 years. however this does not take into account the random employee layoffs due to poor Sony (parent organization) performance

    Cons

    -In the marketing organization, hiring is essentially based on your knowledge of the gaming industry, hence I was surrounded by a lot of incompetent colleagues who just know the industry very well. It was ridiculous some of the things I had to teach people who had 5+ years experience.
    -Management operates in a black box - very little transparency of where the company is headed or what is going on
    -You are surrounded by a lot of gamer geeks who know little of anything but gaming. Very knowledgeable on the topic but have little knowledge on other topics
    -Very bureaucratic and slow organization. Lots of work is done just for the sake of doing the work and half the reports and analysis created is not utilized and is truly a waste of time
    -They try very hard to portray themselves as a fun tech/gaming company, but in reality the organization is structured like a old slow company, it's just that folks will sit and play games so they think it is start-up like
    -Very slow and hard to get promoted. Lots of the incompetent gamers who have worked very hard to get into this company never leave, hence it's very hard to move up as openings rarely present themselves. This company does nor necessarily promote based on performance.
    -People seem to get promoted based on amount time in company as opposed to performance. Even someone was performing way beyond expectations won't get a promotion because "it has only been 2 years since you joined"
    -Review process is really a joke - it's literally a check of the box, management is very weak in this department and does not do anything to develop employees
    -This company lends itself to brown nosing. Sycophants do very well in this company even if their performance is lacking.
    -Non one in the marketing organization does their own work. They ask certain support/analytics teams and external vendors to essentially do all the heavy lifting and just package everything and present it to management as their own.
    -Pay is okay at entry level - because you start as hourly - this makes your salary pretty competitive, but once promoted, your salary will take a hit because you are no longer hourly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -hire based on better criteria
    -operate with more transparency
    -don't ask employees to do work that won't be used or be impactful
    -better review process
    -take into account employee feedback

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Very disorganized and a terrible place to be a contractor

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA

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

    Pros

    Looks good on resume, ample opportunity to network (depending on your team)

    Cons

    - Pay is FAR below market (I have made 2-3x more at every other job in the industry)
    - Management was abysmal and highly disorganized
    - Lots of HR violations
    - High school levels of immaturity and favoritism, tons of invented drama encouraged by management
    - No real training for many roles
    - No cohesive relationships between divisions or teams
    - Lots of technology and organizational protocols are either completely absent or several years behind competitors
    - There is NO documentation of process for most teams
    - For every 1 hard worker, there seems to be dozens of coasters
    - Negative attitudes towards competitors is encouraged
    - They treat contractors extremely poorly; hire people for one thing and change your role without discussion, they promise a role is temp-to-perm when in reality they rarely convert temps to perm, contractors are expected to carry most of the weight on a team without reward or recognition, many contractors are forced to work over-time for zero pay (illegal) during crunch time, and there is a very poor attitude among f/t staff towards their contractor peers in general.

    Overall, it is not worth the hassle and low pay unless you are offered a permanent f/t role and get a very reassuring picture of how your prospective team functions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay people something comparable to what they could make at any game developer/publisher in the US, if you want top level talent. Do not lie in interview/recruiting processes to lure people into a role on false promises. Treat contractors with respect. Police the immaturity and inappropriate drama that seems to be encouraged.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Workplace

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - FQA in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - FQA in San Mateo, CA

    I have been working at Sony PlayStation as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great atmosphere to work in! The people are nice and the campus is a fun place to be when we have game releases. The shuttle from Caltrain (Hillsdale) in San Mateo drops you off a block away from the campus.

    Cons

    The cafe food is ok. The only problem is they cook everything prior to lunch so it is not as warm as some would like.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - PlayStation Representative
    Current Employee - PlayStation Representative

    I have been working at Sony PlayStation full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility and work from home office. Manage your own time..great benefits and perks.

    Cons

    Work load overwhelming and not compensated for all time worked..mostly administrative work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep employees happy..bigger bonuses and better compensation.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Not good.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Eradication Specialist in College Station, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Eradication Specialist in College Station, TX

    I have been working at Sony PlayStation full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    None that I can think of.

    Cons

    Low Pay. Long Hours. No Vacation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lose some weight.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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