Sony PlayStation Reviews

Updated July 15, 2015
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Pros
  • Good work/life balance; 4 weeks vacation; (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)

  • 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 (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Great stepping stone

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sony PlayStation

    Pros

    Great environment, casual dress, flexible and across everything.

    Cons

    Lacks career development and hard to get global transfers. Standard pay but due to great lifestyle.


  2. Exciting Times

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sony PlayStation full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Always something new and exciting on the horizon.

    Cons

    Regulations make it difficult to progress projects quickly.

    Advice to Management

    Good Times


  3. Community Manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Community Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Community Manager in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Sony PlayStation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great Industry, Great location of SCEE HQ in London,

    Cons

    Lack of vision, No leadership, No space for entrepreneurial projects, Seniority and Hierarchy is very stagnated (let's call this "politics")

    Advice to Management

    Re-define the whole vision, worldwide. Get everything sorted internally. Things are going well but reality can change, and we need to project a bit more and be less impulsive. Make your staff feel like they contribute to this (do more team building and make sure you listen to them)


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  5. Review

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Salary is not too bad

    Cons

    career prospects are not good


  6. Great colleagues, not great working environment and management

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Community Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - Community Manager in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Sony PlayStation as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Relaxed working environment, lovely team mates, fun atmosphere.

    Cons

    Salary is not paid on time each month, management does not seem to know what they are doing half the time, communication is lacking between management and employees, as well as other departments.

    Advice to Management

    Management is very old fashioned, lacks creative thinking, as well as basic management skills such as taking care of employees, ensuring their development, and communicating KPIs and other objectives. Bit of a sexist undertone with some people, as well as the feeling that employees are highly undervalued, and can easily be replaced with others.


  7. Fun and professionally stimulating place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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


  8. Excellent workplace

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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


  9. Great company to work for

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Talented and passionate employees Good work-lie balance

    Cons

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


  10. Some great undervalued people

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

    I worked at Sony PlayStation as a contractor

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

    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 Management

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


  11. 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 a 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 Management

    Be more involved and open to suggestions/comments



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