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Updated February 12, 2019
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Pros
  • "The work life balance on my team is fantastic, and I get great benefits" (in 58 reviews)

  • "A good mixture of corporate and relax work environment" (in 45 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work/life balance is a struggle" (in 20 reviews)

  • "senior management is incentivized to prioritize department performance over overall business performance" (in 26 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (4)

    "Excited to work every single day"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Production Manager in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Production Manager in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at PlayStation (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work with amazingly talented people who are world-class at their craft and still down to earth.

    Cons

    Some times it can be a drag to get things done due to too many processes

    Advice to Management

    Keep hiring amazing people. Remove friction created unnecessary procedures


  2. "Awesome"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    One the best areas to work at

    Cons

    You have to pay for your lunches

  3. "Great place to play and work!"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everyone seems passionate about contributing to both a fun product and a great place to work. The work life balance on my team is fantastic, and I get great benefits.

    Cons

    I don't have anything negative that is worth contributing here.


  4. "Group Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PlayStation full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great team, great benefits, great products.

    Cons

    Lots of cooks in the kitchen can lead to turgid processes. Great for people who like a firm solid base, but frustrating for those wanting to drive change and innovate.


  5. "Amazing organization!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PlayStation full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    By far the best place to work! Amazing, engaged team, great products, newest technology stack

    Cons

    Obviously, some of what we work on is confidential - so however much I'd like to explain what I do, I'm not able to discuss it


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Changes are not for the better"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in San Mateo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Competitive and plentiful benefits
    - Up to 3.5% matching for 401K
    - Easy going immediate coworkers
    - Flexibility of schedule from immediate management
    - Frequently Giveaways and Campus events
    - Free Game Content for select teams
    - Easy Parking
    - Lots of love for brand culture

    Cons

    - Lots of critical scrutiny from upper non-US based management
    - Lower than average wages for many positions
    - Many slacker teams
    - Not much visibility with the frequent reorganizations until after the fact
    - Poor career progression paths

    Advice to Management

    - Make the town halls less vague and more plan-driven based.
    - Provide more team-building opportunities for large teams
    - Build career-enhancing programs


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great experience and made life long friends along the way"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Creative in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Creative in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people I worked with. Be prepared to work hard but have fun at the same time. I worked at Playstation for about 5 years and I grew professionally and personally at this company. The pay was OK but there are plenty of benefits when working for a company like this. They have a great campus and the location is set not to far from the San Francisco airport.

    Cons

    There are some office politics that go on here. And I did see and experience some shady moves happen. But in a company or organization you will see it.

    Advice to Management

    Remain humble and keep doing great things.

  8. Helpful (9)

    "Great gamer culture, great growth opportunities, some shortcomings"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great educational, medical and transportation perks
    - Great bonuses and employee discounts on PlayStation and Sony products
    - Lots of opportunities to travel overseas, particularly to Tokyo or London
    - Supportive leadership that lets employees explore different career paths and grow
    - Passionate coworkers who love gaming and are really into what they are doing
    - A low-conflict environment with a strong drive for consensus and respect
    - Agile development practices with continuous improvement, hackathons and quick adjustments based on lessons learned
    - Work from home opportunities in the U.S. and management focused on results, not attendance
    - A quirky and creative environment typical of the gaming industry
    - A company that encourages playing games at work
    - A very approachable CEO and most other top leaders
    - Lots of women in leadership positions, even in Japan (mostly up to Sr. Director level but also some VPs)

    Cons

    - Incompetence is sometimes tolerated indefinitely, true to the life-employment model of Japan
    - Managers frequently lack the most fundamental people management skills and don't know how to motivate their employees
    - Lack of open conflict leads to a lot of back-channeling, politics and having to read between the lines
    - In the Tokyo office, expectations about work hours are insane and no one can work from home, which leads to female workers still largely being forced to choose between having career success and being single, or having a decent but unimpressive job at PlayStation and having a family
    - The super-Agile style of the San Fransisco office frequently clashes with the Waterfall thinking of Tokyo
    - As of 2018, analytics is still not a big part of decision making and a lot of product managers are weak
    - Employee performance management is unpredictable and convoluted. There are no company-wide OKRs and it's hard to understand how performance goals are measured

    Advice to Management

    Focus on training your managers in people management skills, particularly if they manage people from different work cultures. Normalize work expectations across different regional offices to reduce bias, such as "everyone in San Francisco is lazy". Raise the bar for the Product Management organization and train your PdMs to be true product leaders. Stop protecting poor performers just because they have been with the company for a long time - it's bad for everyone's morale. Make VPs and Sr. Directors get out of their offices and talk to each other and their teams - they are not on the same page most of the time. Reduce hierarchical and cocky behavior in the London office, which is contrary to the spirit of PlayStation.


  9. Helpful (12)

    "bad place for women engineers!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    company is doing pretty good. Decent salary and benefits.

    Cons

    Playstation is a horrible place for women engineers. All the directors, senior directors and vice presidents in SIE- SF engineering division are men.

    Advice to Management

    encourage women!


  10. "Great Place. Still lots of potential."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PlayStation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    A great place to work.

    Cons

    Still lots of potential here.