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Updated October 16, 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. Featured Review

    Helpful (1)

    "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. "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

  3. "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


  4. "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


  5. "PlayStation"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    They try to make it fun

    Cons

    It can be a very hostile work environment depending on who you are.


  6. "Senior Producer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Producer in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Producer in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great team, great brand, good benefits, good work/life balance. Well organized. Good balance of entrepreneurial spirit vs. corporate stability.

    Cons

    Corporate stability makes it not so nimble. Many groups are siloed, unaware that other teams are working on similar projects, creating unnecessary competition and inefficiencies. Risk-averse corporate culture.

    Advice to Management

    More transparency. Take more risks. Embrace a flatter corporate structure.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Central and Northern CA office cultures should be your target."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rancho Bernardo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rancho Bernardo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sony PlayStation full-time

    Pros

    Health and Wellness Benefits
    Online Gaming Benefits
    Employee Discounts
    Onsite Perks
    Free Parking

    Cons

    My recommendation is to avoid opportunities in the Rancho Bernardo office.

    Rancho Bernardo office culture is Siloed and Stifling.

    Yes, the salary was good but it really wasn't about the money. I felt stuck and stifled. I had already been there for 3 years and I could no longer handle the obscurity of its culture, lack of direction and transparency. The workload was too high and the pressure was constant. Additionally, having a manager constantly breathing down your neck was disheartening. C-Level leadership based in this office lacks vision and strategy, as well as the fortitude and insight to do what's necessary to generate process improvement and forward momentum.

    Don't take my word for it, check out the pictures on the company profile.

    Advice to Management

    Employees appreciate a workplace in which there is a shared vision, a growth strategy, clear career paths, where management is accessible, the direction is clear, individuality is celebrated, creativity is promoted and communication is transparent.

    Team members desire autonomy, to work for a company where opinions are valued and individuals are treated with respect. A little understanding, recognition, and appreciation all contribute to an overall good working environment.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Administrative Assistant"

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

    I worked at Sony PlayStation full-time

    Pros

    Great company benefits and team culture. Lots of fun company activities and generous paid time off.

    Cons

    None that I can think of right now.


  9. "PlayStation"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sony PlayStation full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work. On site perks.

    Cons

    I can't think of any at the moment.


  10. "Working at Sony Playstation"

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

    I worked at Sony PlayStation full-time

    Pros

    Sony is a great company to work for. The employees are terrific and very collaborative. The casual dress code is a bonus. Benefits are amazing.

    Cons

    This isn't really a negative but you will work hard - it's not 9-5.


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