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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Silos, Silos and more silos

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    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

    I have been working at Sony PlayStation full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great brand, relaxed atmosphere, cheap games

    Cons

    Compensation and benefits are not competitive
    Organizational structure is inflexible and more suitable to industrial manufacturing
    Things are done like in the 90s
    Free training lacks depth and portability
    Silos...everywhere

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn from other companies, restructure and put a retention strategy in place. Staff according to operational needs in order to allow senior management to focus more on planning.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    As an animator, don't count on steady work, but it's a good short term opportunity

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Animator in San Diego, CA
    Former Contractor - Animator in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    You get the chance to contribute to AAA Titles
    Overall, the culture is a fun one and people get along.
    Animation supervisors seem to distribute work in a pretty fair way.

    Cons

    There is consistent overtime for artists.
    They tend to lay people off when projects are finished.
    There is overtime pay, but no profit sharing or bonuses for contractors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Almost all artists are contractors. I feel like you could redesign this to give a greater percentage of them the peace of mind of a staff position.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    It's PlayStation...what else needs to be said

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sony PlayStation full-time

    Pros

    Amazing environment, awesome culture, insane benefits

    Cons

    Slight lack of overall organization

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More team building exercises would be epic

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Decent Place to Work!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sony PlayStation

    Pros

    good work-life balance, great bonuses at year end, best PTO policy & the number of days I have ever come across, fun people to work!

    Cons

    only get promoted or moved to a new role if an employee leaves the position; depending on the manager you work for, they truly are interested in your growth and knowledge enhancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    if you don't have as much social interaction with clients or other coworkers for your job to get done, then you should be able to work from home because all you need is your laptop; should offer pay in line with industry standards; if you ask your employees to complete surveys for the company, then take the recommendations provided and try implementing them if feasible

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sony PlayStation

    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.

  7.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Director in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Director in San Mateo, CA

    I have been working at Sony PlayStation full-time

    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
  8.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in San Diego, CA
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in San Diego, CA

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

    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
  9.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sony PlayStation full-time

    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.

  10.  

    Awesome company and GREAT NEW LEADERSHIP!!!

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

    I have been working at Sony PlayStation as a contractor

    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
  11.  

    Good experience for those wanting to enter the industry

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Sony PlayStation as a contractor

    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

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