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"Sony treats its employees really well, but something seems to hold back the company from making big hits."

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Former Employee - Senior Environment Artist in San Diego, CA
Former Employee - Senior Environment Artist in San Diego, CA
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Negative Outlook
Approves of CEO

I worked at Sony Online Entertainment full-time (More than 3 years)

Pros

Salary and benefits are all really good at Sony. The work environments are relaxed and they generally treat their artists with a lot of respect. They send the whole company to movies every once in a while and have random fun employee events. They supply good food when there are mandatory crunch hours.

Cons

There are mandatory late/weekend hours sometimes, but that's the case with pretty much any game company. They typically reward well for this though, with nice bonuses & supplying dinner or random treats. There's a bit of a bureaucracy and hierarchy there where sometimes respecting hierarchy and order is more important than pointing out problems and solving them - especially if they are big and outside your specific department. So there's a lot of "yes man" mentality where you're just better off if you have problems - mostly keeping them to yourself unless it's something you can actually make a difference with yourself, directly.

Advice to Management

There's something about the structure there that makes lower level employees not want to give honest opinions about the current state of the game. So people will sometimes chatter to themselves about big problems that need to be solved and addressed, but for some reason they don't want to be the ones to point them out. It's a big studio where the fat is trimmed from time to time - and no one wants to be the fat. So no one wants to point out the problems because they don't want to offend anyone that might have a say in whether or not they are "trimmed." I don't mean to be too harsh though - that's just probably a big part of why the recent games havent been as big of hits as they could have been. Aside from that, management treats the employees very well and a lot of people have worked a long time there as a result.

Other Employee Reviews for Sony Online Entertainment

  1. "A great place to be for those looking for work/life balance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sony Online Entertainment full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Executives who are passionate about gaming
    - Humanistic work environment
    - Great location

    Cons

    - Red tape, as with any large corporation
    - Slow to innovate


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    "A Good Ol Boys type of atmosphere"

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    Former Contractor - Web Developer - Front-End in San Diego, CA
    Former Contractor - Web Developer - Front-End in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sony Online Entertainment as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Really talented (artists and technical) colleagues.
    - Laid back atmosphere.
    - Good equipment and tools to work with.

    Cons

    I was there is a temp and aspiring to get on fulltime. While I did enjoy the laid back atomosphere there were some employees that were not dependable. We're working on a deadline, long hours and stressful and some folks in my group spent the evenings playing with kit airplanes in the employee parking lot. Was a real Good Ol Boys atmosphere. In the end, was offered a position at another company with a huge sign-on bonus, great benefits and salary.

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