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Updated June 20, 2018
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Pros
  • "And the work-life balance seems very healthy overall, with a few exceptions" (in 55 reviews)

  • "A good mixture of corporate and relax work environment" (in 43 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 (7)

    "Great Company Overall"

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    Current Employee - PlayStation Network Senior Technical Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - PlayStation Network Senior Technical Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive compensation package with salary and bonus, but no stock. Great benefits - choice of three medical plans, two dental plans, and a vision plan; 401k w/ match. Lots of paid time off. Training and education budgets and benefits. Free PSN Plus, discounts on PlayStation hardware, games, and PS Vue subscription. Nice, laid-back culture. Diverse workforce and excepting culture. Lot of company activities including giveaways. Interesting and large-scale problems to solve.

    Cons

    Some disorganization / lack of coordination between company segments - this includes within SIE mostly, but also down from Sony global. Some duplicate efforts because of this. Compartmentalized between departments, so hard to understand overall technology stack / direction. Holidays are busy times for the products, meaning lots of pressure and responsibilities around these times. Scrum / Agile applied to all teams, even where not quite appropriate. Cafes not employer paid (stretch con).

    Advice to Management

    Drive better communication and planning between company segments and departments. Compensation counts. Benefits are appreciated.


  2. "Great Place to work overall!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Team environment, great salaries, benefits and overall work environment.

    Cons

    work balance and personal life can be a sacrifice.
    Overtasked with short staffed teams in engineering.

    Advice to Management

    Have more meetings with employees about recognition.

  3. "Analytics Developer"

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    Current Employee - Analytics Developer in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Analytics Developer in San Mateo, CA

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

    Pros

    Good environment, friendly people, nice office

    Cons

    None I can think of


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Leadeship heavy, powerless engineers"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Pay is OK
    - Bonus is above average
    - Socials and Playstation consoles available if you find time to play

    Cons

    - Leadership heavy, powerless managers of all kinds for a single project
    - Department director gets the final say on every small decision
    - Be prepared to work late shifts and holidays supporting production even for SW Engineering positions
    - People being hired (previous coworkers) without proper interview and causing lots of issues
    - Horrible HR tools

    Advice to Management

    Please provide a minimum set of professional HR tools and processes so it doesn't look like we work for a startup.

    Proportion of managers to engineer should be fixed, having 3 or 4 powerless managers (TPM, PM, PO, Dev managers) per project will not add any value if they all need to get the department director approval for every minor task.


  5. "Excellent Benefits, No"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sony PlayStation full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Smart coworkers, excellent pay and benefits, 401k matching, generous paid time off policy,

    Cons

    No room for growth, work load always increases without increase in resources, work/life balance terrible for senior employees


  6. "Interesting place to work"

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    Current Employee - Paralegal
    Current Employee - Paralegal
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sony PlayStation full-time

    Pros

    Highly intelligent, interesting and nice people working all over the company. Great perks, half day Fridays during the summer, fun game launch parties, and the company is doing really well right now. Great ERGs and learnind department.

    Cons

    Some politics and nepotism and in certain departments,

    Advice to Management

    Clearer goals and expectations.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Great Brand Weak Leaders"

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    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People in rank and file are great. Brand is amazing . Good work life balance

    Cons

    Sr management and leaders are weak. Political appointments.

    Advice to Management

    Promote people who move the needle,

  8. Helpful (1)

    "NOC Admin"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free sodas and doughnut Fridays

    Cons

    Management is horrible and plays favorites with the day shift (neglects both 2nd and 3rd shifts).

    Advice to Management

    Raise the wages of current people to match the new hires and allow people to move teams to get out of the atrocious NOC where managers talk badly about you.

    Raise the wages/bonuses of NOC members to come close to those of the rest of the company.

    Allow the NOC to do something technical instead of just monitor stuff (which will soon be automated).


  9. "Sony Playstation San Diego"

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    Former Employee - Animator in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Animator in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Location: San Diego.
     A good mixture of corporate and relax work environment.
    Everyone is friendly.
    Cool work.
    Every now and then, we get movie stars to show up.
    Fun regular events.

    Cons

    Hard to get a permanent job.

    Advice to Management

    Hire me! :)


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Used to be a good place to work...."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sony PlayStation full-time

    Pros

    Good career starting company. Competitive pay and bonus. Great brand name to be associated with. Not a lot of stress at work and balance of work/life. The CEO of Sony has turned the failing company around. For now.

    Cons

    Merger with the Network team from San Diego polarized the Playstation group. Team and group politics are rampant. People in power promoting their cronies is open and unabashed. Management from Japan seems to have no pulse of local technology developments (iPhone, Alexa, ,,,,). Or about the people who work in the US. Decisions from Japan on local processes and tools makes things worse.

    Advice to Management

    Stop playing favorites.


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