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Sony PlayStation Reviews

Updated November 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 25 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (2)

    "Great Company Overall"

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    • Senior Management
    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. "Contractor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sony PlayStation full-time

    Pros

    Nice building and friendly atmosphere

    Cons

    Some departments are very cliquey

  3. "Senior Manager"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay, Great Benefits, Great Facilities, Smart People. This place rocks, I have worked for several big companies and a few not so big....this is right up thee with the best companies i have worked for..If you can get in and be a part of this place DO IT

    Cons

    None at this time still early

    Advice to Management

    None at this time


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Sr Production Planning Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Production Planner in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Production Planner in Foster City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, two-week paid leave during the holidays, fun co-workers

    Cons

    They need to promote from within.


  5. "Sr Analyst"

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

    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.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "SCEA sucks"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Sony PlayStation full-time

    Pros

    Benefits, culture, free food and drinks, parties, my management is awesome (YMMV), opportunity to explore different things, some work from home, flexible hours, tons of paid time off.

    Cons

    Perks like holiday parties are declining, upper management cuts money on necessary small return items and spends liberally on unnecessary stuff; high turnover and onboarding of every single application anyone wants creates a lot of work and hemorrhages money, but they cut spending on office cleaning and other minor expenses. Merging of SCEA and SNEI has been appallingly inept and there has been little or no engagement of stakeholders for anything.

    Advice to Management

    Stop SCEA power grab and hoarding of PS brand. Keep the culture and gaming environment, logos, etc with PS in office. Engage employees with and don't remove the PlayStation gaming environment; it's a HUGE reason a lot of people work at SIE. Andrew House=disapprove, Kodera-san=APPROVE!! Senior management @SCEA=disapprove, @SNEI=approve


  7. "Good Place to work for!"

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    Former Employee - Data Analyst in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Data Analyst in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Professional environment
    Good management
    Very good work life balance

    Cons

    Vision of the company is not very competitive

    Advice to Management

    Need more innovation

  8. "Intern experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very friendly and fun environment.

    Cons

    insufficient space for every workers


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Can be good but trending down"

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    Former Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Investment in facilities, software, and hardware is fairly common.

    Cons

    Increasing pressure to do more with less... IOW- laying off people and having remaining folks take on the work.

    Advice to Management

    Your people are key to SIE's success. Schwag and perks are cool but long term career support is factor that retains good employees.


  10. "Great place to work and have on your resume"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Sony PlayStation full-time

    Pros

    Video games, fun environment, flexibility, great work/life balance

    Cons

    Low pay compared to other companies, little room for career advancement in some divisions


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