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Updated August 23, 2017
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Pros
  • Lots of great people and artists at the company (in 9 reviews)

  • Prior to the layoffs there was not much crunch time and work/life balance was well rounded (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours, upper management can seem out of touch, scheduling can be a mess (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "3d Artist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sony Online Entertainment full-time

    Pros

    I enjoyed my 8 and a half years of employment with Sony Online Entertainment. I worked on a highly profitable game with the company and saw the company grow to over 700 people and multiple studios throughout the world. I worked with many talented people who became good friends of mine while I was there. Great pay, bonuses and royalties during my time there. Best job that I ever had.

    Cons

    The company is no longer around as it was when I worked there.


  2. "Easy job but it is boring"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The job is pretty easy to do and most of time you can just search on the internet for whatever you want

    Cons

    could be very long hours

  3. "Great teammates"

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    Former Employee - Senior Database Developer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Database Developer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sony Online Entertainment full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people
    Good management
    Work/Life Balance
    Good benefits

    Cons

    Uncertainty due to company not being profitable


  4. "web desgin"

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    Former Employee - Senior Web Designer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Web Designer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sony Online Entertainment (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of great people and artists at the company. Best benefits I've ever had.

    Cons

    The company seemed to be going to through a rough time with Sony.


  5. "terrible management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    free events, food trucks on site

    Cons

    terrible management, lack of professionalism, no accountability


  6. "Meh"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun environment, Working in video games is always a plus. The people were great to work with and mostly loveable nerd-types. Challenging work too.

    Cons

    Terrible management, top heavy management style. More management than was needed by far. The hours were terrible and mandatory overtime that was made to seem not "mandatory."

    Advice to Management

    Gut it.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "SOE - fatally flawed"

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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
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing pool of talent. Absorbent amount of resources for developers. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Gross mismanagement of resources. Majority of production managers up to top execs were the plague of every product development cycle throughout hostly of company. Apart from EQ expansions, every single product was over budget and grossly over schedule. Incredibly over-extended use of crunch time showed massive oversights by managers in assessing scope, staff and scheduling time and time again. Massive gaps in productivity were not sensibly evaluated, instead the use of laying off employees was the go-to quick fix. Layoffs went from being a rare (every few years) event to a bi-annual one. Employee and community connection to product integrity was an ever-widening gap to the point where Employees could no longer defend their efforts due to bad creative decisions left to management. Any prior successful models were ignored and faulty tactics made by execs were a repeated annual pattern enough to harken that famous quote by Albert Einstein about insanity.

    Advice to Management

    SOE has since been bought out and had a shift in management. I cannot attest to new structure but still know many devs there and wish them all the best... pay attention to past mistakes.

  8. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Sony Online Entertainment full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Had a blast while I was working customer service for SOE. People were friendly, the work was fun, and everyone was always helpful.

    Cons

    Got laid off with the rest of my department after the company switched to Daybreak Games


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Not Recommended"

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    Current Employee - Programmer
    Current Employee - Programmer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Solid name recognition on your resume. Good people. Some fun projects if the crunch does not ruin it for you.

    Cons

    Unstable future and long hours are expected which seemed more of miss management rather than an underlining need.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great career"

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    Former Employee - Senior Environment Artist in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Environment Artist in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salary, Benefits and amazing talent.

    Cons

    Poor direction, accountability and planning.


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