Sony PlayStation Reviews

Updated August 29, 2015
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  1. Fun, decent company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great people. Fun product in Playstation that is winning in the market

    Cons

    Process can slow down feature development

    Advice to Management

    Always continue to review and improve processes.


  2. Great Place to Work

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

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

    Pros

    Exciting industry that never get's boring.

    Cons

    Awful hours and not very well managed.


  3. Helpful (3)

    Can't believe they operate this way

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart colleagues until they leave.

    Cons

    This company should be in a better place organizationally. Upon hire you think of Sony! great company, competitive, etc. Then you see just how bad they are. I've never seen a worse Human Resources Organization in my life! They encourage a casual atmosphere but don't know where to draw the line encouraging "thirsty Thursday drinking parties" They have no written policies around anything. The same projects are encouraged and then dumped only to be brought up again 6 months later (and dumped again). If you're looking for career advancement, your only advantage is the company name on your resume. Good thing prospective future employers don't know the reality of this company. It's really too bad.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the emphasis on alcohol in the workplace. Don't tell your incoming employees that you "don't do drug screenings because if you did you'd have no employees." Put some policies and procedures together and make them known and agreed upon before hire. Create job descriptions for every role and provide each employee his/her job description annually at review time. Create career paths for every role and make them known. Compare salaries and adjust them to the standards regularly. CEO should spend a lot more time in allllllll of the offices so that it looks like he remotely gives a care about the rest of the company!


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  5. Awesome CEO - Awesome place to work - Awesome campus

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Awesome CEO - Awesome place to work - Awesome People - Awesome campus - Awesome Culture - Awesome initiatives

    Cons

    Extremely poor middle management Senior Director level, Head of organization. Lack of accountability and competence. Several others....

    Advice to Management

    Keep the great people and grow them ( they are many ) consider managing out the management line that prevents from growing the business further and faster. Deep dive into initiates and business cases and tangible values to be delivered, focus on the real values that it delivers to its customers and strength in view of reigniting SONY's worldwide image.


  6. Great studio to work at

    Current Employee - Character Animator
    Current Employee - Character Animator

    I have been working at Sony PlayStation (More than a year)

    Pros

    At Bend Studio, you work with some of the most talented people in the industry. Everyone is extremely motivated to produce their best work possible. They really push the limits as to what can and can't be done. If you're an outdoorsy person, the location is a huge plus. Plenty of hiking, mountain biking, camping minutes from the city limits. And if the snow's good, Mt Bachelor's only a 20-30 min drive.

    Cons

    It's the only entertainment company in Bend. So if by chance you end up looking for other work, you'll have to head north to Portland or Seattle, or obviously South towards the Bay Area or Socal.


  7. Fun place to work with reasonable work life balance

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good work life balance, fun products (if you are a gamer)

    Cons

    Uptight hierarchical Japanese management culture sometimes clashes with freewheeling and open US/Bay Area software work culture


  8. Helpful (1)

    Amazed

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work-Life Balance, Salary, Upper Management is dedicated, passionate and overall amazing.

    Cons

    Currently I have no cons, the team is well rounded and work hard.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to work as hard as you do. Your dedication, determination, and passion is contagious.


  9. Helpful (1)

    A Good Experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Specialist in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Specialist in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great perks, beautiful headquarters, people are open, genuine, and helpful. Best part is working on so many great titles and the pride that comes with it.

    Cons

    It's such a big company that it's very difficult to advance. Growth comes to a halt and skills are only relevant to role that you get pigeonholed into.

    Advice to Management

    Departments have different goals and planning suffers as a result. Get everyone on the same page before executing tasks in order to avoid becoming reactive to issues.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Hard to get ahead

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Sony PlayStation full-time

    Pros

    Very cool to work in gaming, conceptually. Great to have access to the entertainment industry.

    Cons

    Siloed departments, often in conflict, leading to unnecessary complications which make it too difficult to get simple tasks done. For some unknown reason, it's frowned upon to play games...at a video game company. Go figure.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to cooperate with other managers, and let that cooperation spread through the organization.


  11. Helpful (2)

    The Good and the Bad

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Some of the best people work here. Teams seem to want to help each other but can be territorial at times.

    Cons

    Murky management decisions. Sometimes it is hard to understand Japanese corporate culture. As a company ran from a far (Corporate is a separate entity) it can be frustrating when guiding decisions are mandated without consideration of each department unless they have a local representative fighting for them.



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