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  • "Great work life balance, if you focus on it(in 74 reviews)

  • "free games, fun work environment(in 57 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Not very diverse or supportive of females in senior management positions(in 27 reviews)

  • "work life balance time off away(in 26 reviews)

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    1. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Sr Analyst

      Nov 1, 2017 -  
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good culture, lots of fun events and relatively good work life balance.

      Cons

      A bit antiquated in the systems and analysis conducted in certain departments and senior management seems content with the status quo.

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    2. 3.0
      Former Employee

      Not a review of SCEA as a whole. I predict that the boat is sinking at the First Party Quality Assurance department.

      Oct 12, 2009 - Contingent Game Test Analyst in Foster City, CA
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
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      Pros

      I've never worked with a bunch of better people before. Fun and relaxed job. Of course, this is limited to my peers and my direct supervisors. I am extremely skillful and consistently win praises from them. Unfortunately, Senior Management doesn't know who I am. More on that in Cons.

      Cons

      Hours have been cut dramatically over the past year. I would have repeatedly returned due to overtime. I'm a person who does overtime for the success of the project and due to team loyalty, not necessarily money. But, due to changes by Senior Management that is gone and the quality of testing has suffered dramatically. Senior Management is comprised of friends and gaming buddies. If you're not their buddy, don't expect to get a permanent position and you don't necessarily have to be a good tester at that. There are a lot of lazy and useless permanent employees because of this. In a word: Politics. Temporary employees do not get any of the perks that a permanent employee do. This includes: Medical, paid time off, free games, food, and employee discounts.

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      3 people found this review helpful
    3. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Management Lacks Vision and No Well Defined Career Path for Employees

      Jul 22, 2012 - Senior Staff Software Engineer in Foster City, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - A very good place for learning new things since a lot of freedom in provided to do work in your own way - Compensation is competitive. - Culture is very healthy and supporting for employees. - Many people stay here for long time and have really good knowledge / expertise of their domain. - Flexibility in work, office timings and work styles.

      Cons

      - No Clear Career path for Technical or management verticals - Senior management lacks vision and have really tough time driving any projects. - A lot of cross functional politics is driving projects to be failure or un-successful. - No Work from home option - Though you may have high expectations of this company due to high quality products like PS3 etc, there is little inspiring inside when you work with people. In relation with other companies I have worked in past (Cisco, GE Healthcare, Symantec) - At heart of this company its still stone aged in terms of technologies used inside (e.g. Lotus Notes - I hate it - trust me you will. , very mediocre intranet, no internal chat or IM, ) - No co-operation from sister concerns like SNE and others. A lot of politics in terms of who own the project/data rather then making a impact for benefit of greater Sony.

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      5 people found this review helpful
    4. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Lots of potential, great brand, but no commitment to team or tech innovation

      Mar 26, 2014 - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      A few very talented and passionate co-workers. Day-to-day chaos can lead to growth opportunities, if you can manage to keep your head above water and work past it.

      Cons

      Huge amount of attrition at every level and function. In less than a year, I watched 70% of my team leave. 2 top executives quit outright (giving no notice), leaving their positions unfilled until a year plus after. New middle and senior management has little to no experience in the space. The culture is becoming increasingly conservative, cliquey and less diverse as the parent company struggles financially. Said passionate and skilled workers were burned through, weren't recognized for their efforts, and left. Successful or innovative work is considered threatening and not rewarded. Not-rocking-the-boat is encouraged. Remaining and new employees are necessarily apathetic and mediocre in order to survive. Zero career growth paths. Strategy is often abandoned and teams are randomized due to pet projects and poor operational planning. Groundhog Day.

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      9 people found this review helpful
    5. 1.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Great People, Toxic Management

      Mar 26, 2017 - Senior Designer in San Francisco, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Weekly lunches - Bagel/donut Fridays - Central SF location; close to transit - Cool brand recognition; looks great on a resume - Good work-life balance - High visibility of product - People are passionate about building great products - Healthy relationship with product and engineering - Efforts to create a fun culture: game launches and swag, karaoke, version release parties, Christmas parties, hackathons, happy hours

      Cons

      - Senior management is a mess - out of touch with employees and current technology, false transparency, lack of objectivity across all team members, inability to establish baseline of trust with all team members, does not inspire confidence, all buzzwords and no real communication - Below-market compensation - Constant political struggle and general low morale - Projects are routinely killed - It’s a well-known fact in the Bay Area that contractors are treated like second-class citizens and are at best strung along for years - Process and progress occur at a glacial pace - Constant conflict with Tokyo office - their word is law and they are beyond feedback - Sterile cube farm - Low diversity - No employee development/lack of mentorship - Feature bloat - Verticals are completely siloed - Huge gaps of time in between projects - No one gets fired but they are managed out (demoted, compensation is cut)

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      12 people found this review helpful
    6. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      A place to kill your time but not to develop your career future

      Dec 19, 2013 - Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      flexible working hours; every year there is a holiday shutdown between Christmas and New Years day... that's the only pros I can think of...

      Cons

      too many/frequent changes at management level, senior managers/directors come and go, the working experience in the same company is not recognized by itself, incapable mid-senior management team, almost the entire DB department is called Indian team which implies its recruitment might not be a fair play, too many politics at all levels, you have career future here only if your manager likes you personally, work performance has nothing to do with it...salaries of same level engineers from different groups can be a huge difference...over the long term it's a sinking ship...

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      6 people found this review helpful
    7. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Wonderful atmosphere, but management should be more proactive

      Jun 24, 2008 - Manager in Foster City, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Excellent products, genuine concern, effort and desire to make our products the best in the industry. Lots of opportunity to work with employees at every level. No formality or rigidity, very congenial atmosphere. Many really smart colleagues.

      Cons

      Some members of senior management are entrenched and distracted or otherwise insufficiently responsive to important issues as they arise. Payroll, finance and accounting systems are overly labor-intensive and are highly dysfunctional.

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    8. 2.0
      Former Employee

      Very political, cliquey

      Aug 23, 2013 - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Nice neighborhood, free coffee. A couple of fun perks, such as free Sony Music CDs and a $10 voucher to spend monthly at the Playstation Network store online.

      Cons

      Low pay, long hours. If you're one of the "in crowd"--meaning you had a prior relationship with management--you get treated with a lot of respect, and are made to feel like part of the team. If not, not so much. Senior management all men with no kids--not much consideration for > 20-somethings with families. Not real big on self-criticism/project postmortems, which helps explain the ongoing poor performance (technical, not financial) of the Playstation Store.

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      9 people found this review helpful
    9. 1.0
      Former Employee

      Negative, stressful, unorganized environment

      Jan 19, 2017 -  in Rancho Bernardo, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The food, coffee, and special events.

      Cons

      Senior management is negative and puts others down as if it's a game. This demeaning attitude is also reflected in people who work closely with management. You're constantly criticized by others and never given support/encouragement. This was a regular complaint I heard from peers. You would constantly hear employees in Procurement and Project Management complaining about how stressed they were. The managers are incompetent and promoted without any experience in their field, with bunk degrees (DeVry, Phoenix, etc.). They also hire family members without experience in their field. This makes it difficult for anyone with actual qualifications to work effectively and make improvements. Many employees are incompetent and don't reply to emails or phone calls.

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      6 people found this review helpful
    10. 1.0
      Former Employee

      Worst job experience ever

      Jan 17, 2011 -  in Foster City, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Apart from global brand recognition...there are no pros to working here. Oh wait...discounts on video games, that was cool...better if they were free though!

      Cons

      -Senior management that is not only incompetent, but insane. They seem to pick their sr mgt based on: nepotism, BS skills, or whoever can manage to wait it out there.....15+ years. Imagine that! -No real career advancement path. -Complete lack of communication from Japan about company changes, product development...their employees find out from the media.

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      8 people found this review helpful
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