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Sony PlayStation Foster City Reviews

Updated August 12, 2017
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  • Work/life balance is a struggle (in 17 reviews)

  • senior management is incentivized to prioritize department performance over overall business performance (in 24 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Fun, energetic company"

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    Current Employee - Department Assistant in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Department Assistant in Foster City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Loads of employee activities. Gym & restaurant on new campus.

    Cons

    No career advancement. Not much telecommuting allowed.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great products and fun environment; Lacking Senior Leadership"

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing in Foster City, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great products and a total blast to work with the fun people. Good competitive industry full of great smart people.

    Cons

    Lack of direction from Senior Management. Don't take great care of employees as it is a 'privilege' to work there. Not competitive salaries for same reason.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to your best employees and ensure they are valued. Give a clear direction to the workforce and keep the politics out of the lower levels.

  3. "Good people to work with but a bit disorganized"

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    Former Employee - Counsel in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Counsel in Foster City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sony PlayStation part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Easy going atmosphere and good work life balance

    Cons

    Very separate departments that do not sure information. Rigid chains of command

    Advice to Management

    Create better teams without all the top down management


  4. "At Sony Format QA, the atomosphere of the work place is very friendly and relaxing."

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    Former Employee - QA Professional in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - QA Professional in Foster City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Most permanent QA testers stick around for a long time and no one quits volunteerly.

    Cons

    There are some child-ish customs and regulations set by the management at FQA department (set by the supervisor).

    Advice to Management

    Some of the Sr. testers sit by the corner can surf the net all day without being noticed. They should be taking more leadership in the department and put more efforts into what they do.


  5. "Staff Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Foster City, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sony PlayStation (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good work/life balance; 4 weeks vacation;

    Cons

    Opportunities for advancement are limited; Senior mgmt communications could be better


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Sad and spiteful state of management"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Foster City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Initial impression of 'Sony' name on resume still good. A good learning experience on what type of company to not work for again.

    Cons

    Management out for what is in it for themselves only. No company loyalty. People who stay around are lifers, seeking static environment, no ambition, not about work or progress, just self preservation. Extremely risk adverse, not open to changes or new ideas. Management allowed to be spiteful, vindictive. Unprofessional behavior tolerated.

    Advice to Management

    Show concern and dedication to the company, walk the talk. Be open to change and new recommendations. Treat staff with respect.


  7. "Good people, lots of politics"

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    Current Employee - Marketing in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing in Foster City, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sony PlayStation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some very good people to work with, nice location, decent perks.

    Cons

    If your VP is connected well, your group will do well. Pick the wrong horse and your department will get absorbed into a different one. That's not unique to this place. Future outlook is murky. Vita needs to do better. Everything is riding on ps4. If it doesn't do well, it will be the end.

    Advice to Management

    The new building is nice, but more investment in rewarding hard workers is the key.

  8. "Used to be the greatest place to work"

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    Former Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in Foster City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Creative, highly motivated environment. A dream job for an engineer. Japanese company loyal to employees. Good at life work balance.

    Cons

    Sinking industry. Sinking company. Short-sighted and inept management. Terrible at keeping talent. Disfunctinal teams all across departments. In spite of much effort, lots of silos across the organization.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in training mid and senior level managers. Establish process, expectations and accountabilities. Foster collaboration acroos teams/disciplines/geographies. Invest in training software engineers.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "It was pleasant internship"

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    Former Intern - Research Intern in Foster City, CA
    Former Intern - Research Intern in Foster City, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sony PlayStation as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Work/Life Balance was good. Interaction within a group was good. You could talk and discuss work with your manager at any time.

    Cons

    Interaction among groups are a little less. They did not hold a group gathering for interns where interns from other department could meet at one place.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Fun Industry but Very Poor Executive Management"

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Foster City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sony PlayStation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great product, friendly co-workers, fun industry. I loved work here at PlayStation, mostly because of the industry. I learned a lot of what NOT to do!

    Cons

    Executive Mgmt is clueless. PS Move, 3D and PS Vita are all failures. PS Mobile will be the next failure. I don't have a lot of confidence that Orbis will sell well as I don't see it selling to the casual audience. They simply don't need it. The company is quickly losing support of their 3rd Party Publishers.

    Advice to Management

    Improve marketing and focus on your core gamer. Repair the relationship with 3rd Party Publishers. Stop investing in low margin areas where you can't compete, like casual games. Focus on the core gamer. That is your market!


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