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Updated June 23, 2017
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Pros
  • Team-oriented work and great work-life balance (in 46 reviews)

  • Amazing staff and very positive/professional work environment (in 37 reviews)

Cons
  • 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. "Great benefits and salary"

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

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

    Pros

    The benefits and stability here are great, especially for a company in this field. And, this is from someone who was laid off. They are also one of the top game companies, when it comes to paying their full time employees a good salary.

    Cons

    Although their salaries are great, the raises aren't, even with top yearly review scores. Over the course of 6-7 years, I received a total 9% raise. The actual salary was still better than all other places, but in a better market, I probably would have looked elsewhere. #2 absolutely no career advancement opportunity. Everyone is pretty much locked in place.

    Advice to Management

    You guys are doing good. Just try to hire on more full time employees, especially the contractors who have been loyal to you for many many many years in a row, without any chance at full time status/benefits.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Poor Middle Management, No Career Advancement"

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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
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great benefits and salary is reasonable
    - Bagels and pastries on Friday
    - Smart and reliable engineers
    - Diverse environment
    - Sony name reference on resume

    Cons

    - Middle management micro-managing, some very rude, very impersonal
    - No work-life balance
    - Unless you become friend with supervisor, you are stuck
    - Lots of office politics
    - Unfair working environment, some slackers

    Advice to Management

    HR and upper management should listen their employees. The annual employment survey stated the current issues with middle management and in general. Need to create more opportunities for career advancement.


  3. Helpful (6)

    "Good People, Terrible Management"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    - Large-scale
    - Really great engineers
    - Weekly lunches
    - Benefits

    Cons

    - 25% of the advertised compensation was a yearly bonus. Don't be fooled. Depending on when you join it might be 1.5 years before you get it.
    - Also, if they decide you are not worth what they're paying, which base salary is already below average, they will string you along until just before bonus time and cut you with 0 days warning.
    - Also, and this is a first that I've ever heard of in the Bay Area, no severance whatsoever. Yes, none at all. Nothing. No 2 weeks pay, no warning, no here's rent money until you find something. Just, don't show up any more.
    - They work you like a start up but you have none of the creative input.
    - Management is incompetent and out of touch with the technologies and decisions.
    - Politics. A friend who spearheaded a major initiative to change the entire server deployment process, working day and night, did not get a promotion while the manager is taking all the credit.

    Advice to Management

    Resign.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to Be"

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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 5 years)

    Pros

    Always a fun product to work on. The company invests in its employees, so long as you are willing to ask

    Cons

    Can be heavy on bureaucracy and feel like things are moving slow

    Advice to Management

    Keep acting like a challenger. The best way to stay at the top is to always feel like you are chasing


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work if you don't mind a huge corporate hierarchical structure"

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

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

    Pros

    Get to work on high quality game titles

    Cons

    Corporate environment. Don't expect a start up type of environment.
    Huge hierarchical structure
    Internal politics


  6. Helpful (9)

    "Would be an amazing place to work if it weren't for Internal Politics"

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

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

    Pros

    Amazing people to work with! Perks/Events/Swag is always a plus. Benefits got revamped and have the most amazing Dental Insurance available.

    Cons

    Too much politics in play. It's a constant power struggle between former SCEA and SNEI - it affects overall morale among different dept and teams.

    Advice to Management

    Leadership needs to realize that a new era of PlayStation has arrived - it is no longer SCEA and SNEI - it is now one company SIE. Change is inevitable, especially when it is to be a change for the better. Leadership needs to step up and accept change and not fall into this "this is how we do it, and there's no changing process" or "my way or no way" type of mentality - it only hurts the company and it turns away amazing talent.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great company to work but takes time to make decisions"

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    Current Employee - BI Developer in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - BI Developer in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work culture
    perks (free giveaways, bonus, insurance)

    Cons

    Slow moving
    No stock plans
    Not like bay area culture


  8. "An amazing place to work."

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

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

    Pros

    High end of technology.
    You are in the business of giving people fun experiences.
    Culture.
    People. It sounds cliché, but it's true.
    A desire to deliver on the tag lines.
    People with passion.

    Cons

    There aren't a lot.
    Compensation and benefits not best.
    At least in my position, organizational weight sometimes.

    Advice to Management

    Stay true to your core. You are so very good at it.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Culture is Different at Each Office"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The San Francisco office definitely has a little more of a start-up feel (things are a little more agile), but with a strong financial backing. The politics are not bad, and everyone seems to work well with each other.

    Cons

    However, there are some bureaucracies you have to deal with because Sony is a very big company. Departments which service employess (such as IT help desk and HR) are not very friendly at the SF office.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Enjoyable at times yet taxing almost always"

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    Current Employee - PlayStation Representative in Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - PlayStation Representative in Las Vegas, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - I get to work with a product I've grown up with and love.
    - I get to work with some of the coolest people I've ever gotten to know.
    - The team you get really starts to become family after a while.

    Cons

    - Favoritism is a huge issue here and the only ones promoted are those on the inside, not the qualified.
    - Management doesn't really disclose things that are pertinent to our job ahead of when we'll need the information.
       - We're often left blindsided by some of the issues that happen and our stats are used against us even if it's a new issue that we don't know how to resolve.
    - The turnover rate here is pretty high and good agents leave due to management's lack of transparency/flexibility or other stupid reasons.

    Advice to Management

    Do something to reward the agents that are still here and are also giving this place their all.


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