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Sony PlayStation Reviews in United Kingdom

Updated October 12, 2014
Updated October 12, 2014
183 Reviews
3.4
183 Reviews
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Pros
  • Fun working environment, great work/life balance (in 16 reviews)

  • good life work balance, fun work environment (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.  

    Fun and professionally stimulating place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Planning in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Business Planning in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    People, working conditions, relaxed environment, plenty of excellent people in Senior Management, Playstation makes you feel passionate about the brand

    Cons

    SCEE and SNEE segregation (very distant worlds). No 3rd party games allocation. Questionable pricing strategies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Like many other businesses PS management focuses a lot on the short term results with a lack of vision of medium to long term implications.
    Very good decisions were taken on the years I have been working there although the business needs to move from finger in the air to a numbers and commercial gaming run business

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Excellent workplace

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Application Developer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Application Developer in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Company culture is diversified and excellent with people from all parts of the world
    Environment and colleagues are great with relationship with business areas when defining projects
    Challenging projects due to lack of integration between the platforms used on the business applications
    Good benefits, from subsidized canteen and bar to discount on products, plus an excellent holiday allowance
    Senior Management is usually accessible and line managers are flexible with estimates and open for ideas on how to better solve a problem

    Cons

    Low salary
    Long time for plans to kick-off
    No chance of career progression, even you are good and hard worker
    Lack of commitment from some colleagues and areas
    Counterproductive process to get small things done
    All this cause a high turnover which impacts further the plans made

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Talented and passionate employees
    Good work-lie balance

    Cons

    Below average pay
    Big corp, sometimes difficult to make things happen

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Some great undervalued people

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

    I worked at Sony PlayStation as a contractor

    Pros

    Some great and interesting people to work with
    The projects can be really great

    Cons

    Hard to learn new things
    People aren't valued as they should
    Lacks excitement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please, listen to your employees, some of you have great intentions but you're not listening...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great company with cool people and exciting projects

    Former Employee - Software Developer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Software Developer in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Sony PlayStation full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    You get to work on exciting new projects
    They quite often have unannounced next-gen technology
    The equipment is high quality
    Cafeteria with subsidised lunches and cheap beers on Friday nights

    Cons

    Management can be difficult to communicate with
    Wages lower than expected, given the skills of the employees
    Projects are often canned, resulting in low employee morale

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more involved and open to suggestions/comments

  7.  

    Great place to work, but progression is difficult

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - European Product Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - European Product Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    - Great brand & games to work with
    - Great people
    - Exciting forward thinking company

    Cons

    - Very flat structure so it's difficult to progress unless you hang around
    - Pay not great
    - a little big big and cumbersome lots of difficulties in getting things signed off

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Looks like the rough patch they've been through is behind them but they must their talented staff or watch them walk away.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    A reasonably good place, if you find the right team.

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

    I worked at Sony PlayStation full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Some great people, interesting technology.

    Cons

    Quite a lot of bureaucracy in some areas.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Looks good on resume

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Developer Relations Account Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Developer Relations Account Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    It is a good name to have on your resume.
    You will add substantially to your network.
    Good facilities.

    Cons

    Poisonous environments where departments are fighting turf wars against each other.
    Little to no leadership
    Initiative is not rewarded nor encouraged.
    Sony is very much a sinking ship living on past glories.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of apathetic middlemanagers and make sure senior managers understand today's competitive landscape. This is no time to keep the head burried in the sand or stick to "More of the same" strategies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    A Good Company to Work For

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Liverpool, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Liverpool, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Good treatment of staff. Perks. Relaxed and mature atmosphere.

    Cons

    Not the highest salaries in the industry. Biased towards the southern branches of the company in the UK.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate more!

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Not ONE Sony Playstation

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Localisation Technician in Liverpool, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Localisation Technician in Liverpool, England (UK)

    I worked at Sony PlayStation full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Looks good on your CV
    Free videogames
    Get the opportunity to see how a big global corporation works

    Cons

    Working in the Liverpool offices did not feel like I was part of the PlayStation family
    Salaries are a tad below average

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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