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"A lot of potential, marred by inept management"

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Approves of CEO

I worked at Sony Online Entertainment full-time (More than 5 years)

Pros

- Regularly attracts good talent
- It's in San Diego and Austin

Cons

- Short-sighted and often plain bad promotions led to production issues on numerous projects
- Long history of promoting from within results in managerial stagnation and ineptitude
- Anemic marketing department, given too much sway over development
- Numerous top level decision failures resulted in company with tarnished rep and fewer prospects

Advice to Management

- Hire managers externally, not within - it's breeding favoritism over potential
- Stamp out rampant problem of politics, often encouraged by managers
- Cut the fat: there are a LOT of mid-responsibility people on the payroll who serve little purpose, and take up resources to hire the Tier 1 and 2 people you do need in CS, QA, Art, and Jr Devs
- Cross-platform is a lofty goal but it's not worth it
- Pre-production planning has been SOE's Achilles heel for years, from SWG to EQ2 to The Agency. Hire external producers who know how to stay on vision and are on board with the project.
- Leave the marketers out of dev meetings. Period.

Other Employee Reviews for Sony Online Entertainment

  1. "A Great Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Multimedia Artist in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Multimedia Artist in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Really great place to work with managers who understand the family to work balance needs of employees. Plus they make video games!

    Cons

    In my time there they had 3 layoffs. I was caught in the third one in 2011. I don't think there has been one since then.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Short-Term Experience"

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    Former Contractor - Billing and Technical Customer Support in San Diego, CA
    Former Contractor - Billing and Technical Customer Support in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Easy-going. Casual dress code. Flexible Schedule. Free Coffee. Membership bonuses for their games.

    Cons

    High turnover rate. Nepotism. A bit disorganized. Performance does not matter as much as it should.

    Advice to Management

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