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Sony PlayStation Reviews

Updated December 18, 2014
Updated December 18, 2014
193 Reviews
3.3
193 Reviews
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Sony PlayStation President & CEO Shawn Layden
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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.  

    Greatness truly is here

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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 as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Work-Life Balance. Fun environment. Excellent Vacation and perks. Bonus shoots up when PlayStation does well in the market. The freedom to express yourself in your work. Excellent managers.

    Cons

    Too relaxed. People tend to not work at all and expect to be paid. Management is a bit up tight. Their budgets take forever.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    High time to come up to pace with the leading technologies in the market.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place, if you are passionate about gaming

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

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

    Pros

    - Lots of smart, passionate people working here
    - Marketing team is on the cutting edge and does great work
    - Friendly, informal and fun working culture where people are ready to help out

    Cons

    - Lots of miscommunication and logistical issues with Japanese management
    - Don't have perks like other newer gaming cos
    - You'll enjoy your time here more if you are a true gaming nerd

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay industry level compensation so you can retain quality talent.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good company with lots of upside potential.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    A great place to get game industry experience. Dynamic environment with a lot of opportunity for those willing to put in the time and effort into their careers. Friendly and fun culture. Very fast paced. A very talented workforce that is creative and future focused.

    Cons

    Work life balance can be a challenge. The company is currently experiencing a lot of internal change.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    I worked here for 8 years and learned a lot about the gaming industry

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    Former Employee - QA Professional in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - QA Professional in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Reliable employment with a focus on growth through experience.

    Cons

    Limited upward mobility and inadequate compensation.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Joke!

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    Current Employee - Technical Project Manager in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Project Manager in San Mateo, CA

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

    Pros

    Some nice people to work with.

    Cons

    Management is clueless and ego's are rentless. In addition, there is no work life balance whatsoever.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Why should I type it? They never listen anyway.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Fun Place to work, lack of professionalism from upper management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sony PlayStation full-time

    Pros

    Great industry to work for. Company is good, good benefits, and some passionate co-workers.

    Cons

    Lack of process and some managers they have difficulties in delegating and sharing work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Choosing better the management team in order to have a better place for the ones that work under these managers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall a very good company to work for.

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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)

    Pros

    People are friendly, easy going and motivated. I see this when we have people volunteer for a flash mob dance at a recent event and also during a habitat for humanity outside the country. Everyone is also focused on the department goals and work in general.

    Cons

    For my department. No to little upward mobility and one has to check positions from other department although management has implemented some exposure (i.e. shadowing people) to other departments and other positions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great for Gamers!

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    Former Employee - Corporate Trainer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Corporate Trainer in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Great pay, employee oriented, early access to games and beta testing. They care about the happiness of their employees and offer multiple avenues for career advancement.

    Cons

    Long hours, mediocre benefit packages, salaried employees will definitely earn their paycheck. Upper management has little to no knowledge of what goes on. Its all about the numbers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of the little guy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great Brand, Poor Culture

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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 5 years)

    Pros

    1. For a year or so, you will love working for a great brand like PlayStation with lots of other really smart and dedicated people.

    Cons

    1. Much of the management embarassingly lacks basic business and management skills and follows an HR-imposed and outdated Japanese style of people managing that encourages a strong disconnection between everyone.
    2. The work culture experience varies from person to person, but there is little of it that extends beyond the walls of the building. You might or might not enjoy dealing with your co-workers, but at the end of the day, few are truly friends in real life. That's sad.
    3. There is little loyalty among co-workers and certainly none from the company to its staff.
    4. The company pays below market rate, so be sure you want to work there for the name to put on the resume, but don't feel obliged to stay more than a year or two.
    5. It will chew you up and spit you out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you do not have a proper business background or an appropriate degree supporting your job description's minimum responsibilities, please fire yourself. This is problematic up to at least Sr Director levels, and is an underlying problem causing many greater issues. It is not epidemic, but more common than it should be.
    HR—get a clue, not just in this, but in every aspect of your line of work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work if your boss is not insane

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    Former Employee - Senior Producer in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Producer in Santa Monica, CA

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

    Pros

    Great company, great folks working there, great team spirit.

    Cons

    Some of the emperors have no clothes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Breakout of the silo mentality

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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