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Sony PlayStation Marketing Reviews

Updated April 2, 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)

    "The best place to play! (And work)"

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager, Marketing in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager, Marketing in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you have a passion for gaming, and love working in a dynamic environment, there's no other place to be!

    Cons

    There is a disconnect of business goals between the various stakeholders and management, resulting in endless discussions about appropriate resource support. But with new management, this could be changing...

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your people and they'll take care of you. Don't and they'll all leave...


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Marketing"

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    Former Employee - Marketing in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing in San Mateo, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good company to start as a first gig. People have great passion for product and company is still growing. Laid back atmosphere and culture.

    Cons

    No criteria whatsoever to promote employees. If you are friends with VP's, great for you! You'll become a manager very fast!

    Advice to Management

    Be fair!

  3. Helpful (7)

    "Good Hang"

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    Former Employee - Marketing in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing in San Mateo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Atmosphere is low stress, people are great and the comp is decent. Most senior management are Sony lifers and not very brilliant or inspirational. If you like to game and be part of the industry you'll get some great perks in marketing, sales or development.

    Cons

    Senior managers are yes men and will do anything to keep their cushy positions. The top management is a full time internal PR machine.

    Advice to Management

    Promote younger management who might just make a difference and make the company better.


  4. "Marketing Intern"

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    Former Intern - CRM Marketing Analytics and Reporting in San Mateo, CA
    Former Intern - CRM Marketing Analytics and Reporting in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The team that I worked with was great - they gave me a lot of flexibility and support when I was doing explorative data-related work. The Summer Intern Program was well designed that I got to attend speaker series and have greater visibility to the senior management.

    Cons

    The working environment is great but the pace is not as fast as the other Internet companies in Bay Area.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more training programs for analysts who are interested in enhancing their technical skills.


  5. "Fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment"

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

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

    Pros

    Though the culture can vary wildly from department to department, there is overall an emphasis on the individual "making things happen." This is generally a good thing, provided that you are someone who can.

    Strong emphasis on personal relationships. The more people you know, the more you understand the way the company works and it's many components, the more successes you will encounter. This is not a company for somebody who needs to be nursemaided 24/7, or who is devoted to formal processes. If you possess talents, are good with people, take the initiative, and possess some measure of patience you can go very far.

    Cons

    It's not for everyone. Successful employees tend to put a lot of effort into decoding the large and complex org. I wouldn't recommend this company to anyone who wasn't open to putting in at least two years of service before passing judgement - this place takes time, but the benefits can be worth the wait.

    Hardware product business succeeds in large part due to strength of console. Software business needs fresh thinking.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on building product-level strengths first and foremost. A weak or noncompetitive product (PS TV, PS Vita, etc) has no chance in today's cut-throat market. No amount of marketing can change that.

    Find ways to expand the brand outside of the console.


  6. "Excellent Experience"

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    Former Intern - Global Events and Partnerships Marketing in San Mateo, CA
    Former Intern - Global Events and Partnerships Marketing in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    -Absolutely loved the people I worked with, fun company atmosphere
    -Worked on real projects that launched on PlayStation Network
    -The company made the intern experience enjoyable with visits to Sony Picture Studios, E3, and a baseball game

    Cons

    -Parking can be a bit of a hassle if you don't get to work early

    Advice to Management

    Set up a program for interns to have one-on-one meetings with full-time employees in a variety of departments to get to know what they do. Maybe 30 min lunch meetings.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Some great people slow moving to catch up"

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

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

    Pros

    Some groups are full of creative hardworking folks, but it varies from group to group. Overall being part of the video game industry is fun

    Cons

    SIlo'd groups, company is slow to change and share information. A lot of tenured people who are going through the motions, but new people as have a problem adjusting causing strife

    Advice to Management

    Share more information. The yearly company meeting feels like a lot of PR hoopla. Many groups don't know what their business goals are beyond "generate revenue"

  8. Helpful (1)

    "PlayStation is just as fun as you would imagine."

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    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in San Mateo, CA
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The culture is very open and everything revolves around the consumer which is something I havent seen in many other companies. The way that management gives freedom to its groups allows for greater creative freedom to develop ideas (always taking into consideration the needs of its consumers)

    Cons

    Sony corporate policies can sometimes overshadow the PS irrelevant culture. Bureaucracy and antiquated processes create some major frustrations when it comes to executions.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Great co-workers, zero career advancement"

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    Current Employee - Marketing in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - The people at PlayStation are passionate about the products we're assigned to, and its apparent in our work. We are pushed hard to accomplish a lot with little time.
    - There are many resources from within the company to manifest outward facing communication.
    - on-site gym and cafeteria.

    Cons

    - We work so fast, that we forget about our own careers... and HR does not seem to care. Our goals for the fiscal year are written within the last two month of the year, rendering them meaningless.
    - Prerequisites for promotion are vague. When a straight answer is obtained from management, the prerequisites change by the end of the year, making promotion impossible to achieve. Some employees stay in the same position for a decade (or more) before promotion.

    Advice to Management

    Care about your employees and invest in their development for a smarter, more efficient workforce.


  10. 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.