Sony PlayStation Reviews

Updated April 26, 2015
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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. PlayStation product development

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sony PlayStation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are competitive, bonuses vary but are generally decent, potential for variety of work, dedicated employee base, considered generally prestigious to be employee

    Cons

    Management structure can be nebulous, many silos within company, job security not what it once was as temporary employees more widely used to contain benefit costs, lots of fat in middle management

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in keeping your employees, current brain drain may ultimately prove detrimental, need to invest in more first part title development to differentiate product from competition

  2. I owe my career to PlayStation!

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

    I worked at Sony PlayStation full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The environment was friendly and casual. You could be yourself--piercings, tattoos, colored hair. The health and medical benefits were outstanding. Schedule was quite relaxed, so a good work/life balance was possible.

    Cons

    Things moved slowly. Even though there was no dress code, in certain business units there was the feeling you were judged by appearance. Gossip and politics weren't out of control, but they were definitely there.

    Advice to Management

    Identify high potentials and help them grow -- and faster. Learn how to reallocate valuable employees rather than sever them. take some risks. Incubate innovative new ideas. Have clear job paths, and encourage people to move up and along.

  3. Manager

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    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 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Long standing talented employees add a level of stability.

    Cons

    Some in senior mgmt. could listen to new employees better to ensure they maintain best in class.

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  5. Senior Compliance Analyst

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    Former Employee - Senior Compliance Analyst in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Compliance Analyst in San Diego, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Growing company, lots of users, high impact work, love my coworkers. It's a product that is changing the world.

    Cons

    Not an easy job, changes impact millions of users which can sometimes be very stressful.

    Advice to Management

    Be more "hands-on" with the employees. Provide team members with a more realistic vision of potential career opportunities.

  6. Director

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    Current Employee - Director in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Director in San Mateo, CA

    I have been working at Sony PlayStation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great Campus
    Great People (staff)
    Great Salary/Benefits

    Cons

    No leadership
    Poor Senior Management
    No skilled employees in Human Resources Department (mostly contract employees)

  7. Helpful (1)

    Some great people slow moving to catch up

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

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

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

    Pros

    Some groups are full of creative hardworking folks, but it varies from group to group. Overall being part of the video game industry is fun

    Cons

    SIlo'd groups, company is slow to change and share information. A lot of tenured people who are going through the motions, but new people as have a problem adjusting causing strife

    Advice to Management

    Share more information. The yearly company meeting feels like a lot of PR hoopla. Many groups don't know what their business goals are beyond "generate revenue"

  8. (game testing) Cool if you're a gamer...

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    Former Contractor - Game Test Analyst in San Diego, CA
    Former Contractor - Game Test Analyst in San Diego, CA

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

    Negative Outlook
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Fun Job, casual work environment, occasional game swag, regular raises for loyal temps, easy-going management.

    Cons

    It takes several years of hard work and complete dedication to even be considered for any kind of promotion in the QA dept, work is really inconsistent, sometimes you are "off-title" for months before they ask you back and then you have to work tons and tons of tons of overtime. Not a job for those who need stability and room for growth.

    Advice to Management

    Offer more perks to temp employees if you cant at least give them consistent hours or room for promotion. Access to the campus recreation facilities would be nice since its hard to stay in shape while sitting at a desk for 10+ hrs a day every day.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Working at Sony PlayStation in Foster City as a Format Q.A.

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    Former Contractor - Format Quality Assurance in Foster City, CA
    Former Contractor - Format Quality Assurance in Foster City, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Working at PlayStation is great and fun. You get to meet different kinds of people with different background and culture. The cafeteria is great and has many selections from different cuisines. Workplace is fun too since you get to play games that haven't been released yet. Campus is nice and is close by to numerous restaurants and malls. It is also easy to commute by car or bus since all the main roads and free ways are near by. People here are friendly and are passionate on what they do.

    Cons

    There's really no future in this company if you are accepted as a QA or even FQA Lead. There's no benefits, and the hourly/rate is very low. Lower than most QA positions on other video game companies. This job is also very easy, not sure how other people fail but my point is, there's really no learning curve or improvement process. in conclusion: There is no growth in this company if you apply as a FQA

    Advice to Management

    Give FQA's the chance to apply for higher level positions, and even other criteria that they might be good at. Some FQA's are really talented and should take advantage of that.

  10. Very good experience, people are super nice, very professional and efficient working style.

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

    I worked at Sony PlayStation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    People are professional, nice and smart. Location is wonderful.

    Cons

    Food is always the same. Workload is a little heavy.

    Advice to Management

    Keep hiring excellent engineers, talent grads, and do more wildly creative projects.

  11. Great people, strategically-challenged company

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

    I worked at Sony PlayStation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Talented, caring people.
    Wide array of technical and non-technical roles.
    Global organization.
    Exciting industry (video games and entertainment), with exciting products.
    Fair salaries, bonus, and even severance.
    Strong market share after launching PlayStation 4.

    Cons

    Heavily contracting staff in World Wide Studios (WWS), many teams are now half their original size.
    Executive leadership is not always strategic, and decisions are made slowly.
    Accountability is poorly maintained in most organizations, and often is culturally set by specific leaders throughout the various groups.
    Many folks are coasting (which impacts high-potentials/strong performers and team success potential); most global teams are silo'd, and employees are less of a priority/focus and poorly celebrated (besides shallow perks like free and discounted games).

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