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Sony PlayStation Reviews

Updated August 16, 2014
Updated August 16, 2014
184 Reviews

3.3
184 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Fun working environment, great work/life balance (in 15 reviews)

  • good life work balance, fun work environment (in 9 reviews)


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

  • Senior management lacks vision and have really tough time driving any projects (in 8 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Exciting place to work especially if you are into gaming.

    Cons

    Have no clue how some got hired and can stay hired.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep only hard working people and don't be afraid of cutting off lazy ones.

  2.  

    Awesome company and GREAT NEW LEADERSHIP!!!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources/Recruiting  in  San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Human Resources/Recruiting in San Mateo, CA

    Pros

    Leadership, with NEW CEO and Leadership being updated there is no limits for Sony.
    * Andrew House - CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment - This guy invented and has successful launched and built the PlayStation Brand & Company
    * Shawn Layden New President & CEO of SCEA - Progressive Studio and Networking leader, this guy knows how to lead and build games, oh ya and put the games on the network !!!
    * David Perry - CEO of Gaikai - This guy a a total Rock Star and is going to change online gaming, check him out on TED talks.

    Cons

    Slow to update. Yep some thing internal need to be updated and Sony tends to error on the side of being cautious rather then leading the efforts, Although it seems the new leadership is not afraid to march forward.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look to the outside world and bring in exceptional talent to help move the company forward. It's time to upgrade from your legacy people and systems and bring in Silicon Valley expertise to push SCEA to the next level.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to work, but can be difficult if you are Contract

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

    Pros

    Friendly, welcoming, fun people. Great atmosphere and a nice location in sunny San Diego. The San Diego campus works with some great companies and on some really cool IPs.

    Cons

    75% of the jobs are contract positions, with little to no job security once the project ends, and it doesn't look like that is changing any time soon. The people at the top seem out of touch with everyone else. Since most positions are contract, there is not much room for growth of career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider bringing on more full-timers rather than so many contract positions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Tremendous experience in 2012-1013 as the employees rallied behind the mission to win the next gen console war.

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

    Pros

    The people, the commitment, the interesting industry, the opportunities to grow and do things you will never do at another company.

    Cons

    The bureaucracy. You sometimes feel like you have a big challenge and it is difficult to move the support infrastructure to make it happen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep your eyes on the big opportunities but pay attention to how cross departmental functions are working. Use your influence to improve infrastructure and processes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Well run department and great product so fun to work there.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Very professionally managed department. There was lots of opportunity for learning and access to necessary resources.

    Cons

    Not much upward mobility. The people ahead of you were probably not going anywhere.

  7.  

    Format Quality Assurance

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    -Excellent community
    -On-site restaurant quality food
    -Good experience for Sony quality checks

    Cons

    -Low pay and virtually no path to promotion
    -Perks tend to go to full time employees, ex. its a tough pill to swallow when you see a salaried employee walk away with a stack of free games every month when you can barely afford to buy one yourself, gym memberships are discounted for full time employees but not for contractors even though you are basically Sony employees. Huge company wide events are barred to contractors as well. Nothing huge but it ends up being very frustrating when you feel like a second class employee.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good experience for those wanting to enter the industry

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great campus, fun product, opportunities to see how the department functions.

    Cons

    Contract workers usually get stuck as temps for years or indefinitely. Community is very high school-like. Low pay and not getting benefits despite working alongside the "Sony" employees makes contractors feel like second class citizens.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Poor Place to Work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Very good benefits. Talented co-workers. Long Christmas break.

    Cons

    Ineffective leadership and poor employee appreciation. Goals are not clearly defined, and you are reviewed upon incoherent goals created a month prior. Confusing structure, long hours, and poor treatment of employees. Very little opportunities to move upward and no tools to help you grow. Talented people do not stay very long.

    Elitist and very boy's club. No female VPs ever. Brilliant women have either been laid off, left, or are not promoted. VPs hire their buddies or ...groomsmen.

    Does not pay competitively, HR will low-ball you so they can get their bonus. HR covers management's rears. And a handful of them act inappropriately.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate and recognize employees, support growth, choose effective leaders.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    OK

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Got lots of free stuff.

    Cons

    The culture is sometimes less than professional.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Not what I thought it would be, pretty disorganized

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

    Pros

    Put on projects right away. I think there are opportunities there, some people had worked there over ten years. Glad to figure out pretty quickly, it wasn't the place for me

    Cons

    The manager I worked under was a bit of a scatter brain, went back and forth on promises a lot. Contracting company lowballed me. While working there I was shocked at the lack of planning for the launch, like it had never happened before.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good luck

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