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Updated May 15, 2017
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  • Team-oriented work and great work-life balance (in 46 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Not exactly what they said"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pacifica, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pacifica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Sony PlayStation (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Exciting products and events, professional people, nice cafe, lots of parking

    Cons

    Disorganized, said this was a remote position, changed their minds, promised 40 hour week then sent me to a convention/tradeshow with 18 hour days

    Advice to Management

    When you have to look for a new employee every 2 to 4 months maybe its you


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Not a good hiring process: Sony interactive division"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Contractor - I Can't Say in San Mateo, CA
    Current Contractor - I Can't Say in San Mateo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sony PlayStation as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good communication with the hiring team but that's about it... I think the company would have been a good place to work at that is why I gave it a try but the whole process was disappointing.

    Cons

    It took almost two months to be interviewed too long of a process, keep changing the position to perm and temp, keeps changing the title which shows there is no communication and no good decision making. The vibe that I received during interview was there are lots of uncertainty with the department. They don't negotiate salary what so ever. Salary offer is too low that is why I reject the offer instantly.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to what your work force is doing below as your company will loose a lot of great candidates.


  3. Helpful (7)

    "Technical Graveyard"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Sony PlayStation full-time

    Pros

    Great Pay
    Good work balance
    Free stuff and great bonus

    Cons

    Old technology
    Long time employees don't seem to engage with newer employees
    Very cliqueish
    Newer technology is discouraged because the current skill set is of 2008 and behind

    Advice to Management

    Allow and encourage and make time to adapt newer technologies or turnover rate will increase


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  5. Helpful (12)

    "Not living up to its potential"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The Sony PlayStation network is huge network, presenting many challenging engineering problems. Coworkers are a great bunch of people who, while very diverse, get along well and are respectful of each other. There’s always a fun social event to participate in. Benefits are pretty good (I don’t know what other companies are offering but I’ve been happy with the benefits).

    Cons

    Over the past three years, the San Diego office has seen a new senior VP, two additional VPs, multiple directors and senior architects and managers all come in from the same company (Intuit). At the same time, the existing senior Sony people have been squeezed out, quietly encouraged to leave, or just fired. No one from the original Sony Network San Diego in any position of responsibility and no one from the original Sony days has been promoted. There have been many new senior level positions filled, but none from within the company. Some have been given new titles, but no real promotions. Existing engineers have not been allowed to participate in the technical direction of the network. They are seen as hindrances and not as contributors. A closed environment of fear and distrust has been created where people cannot question direction or voice honest opinions. It’s a dreary engineering environment lacking in excitement or peer collaboration.

    Advice to Management

    Fix the friction between senior leaders (Directors and up) and the rest of the staff. Recognize that the current platform is standing on the shoulders of the giants who made it what it is. Use and include that engineering skill, don’t throw it aside. Stop claiming successes of the business for yourselves when the network still operates on the same software it always has. Also, collaboration with remote sites (SF, LA and Japan) is in a poor state. Real leadership skills are needed to get everyone aligned.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Sr. Designer"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Designer in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Designer in San Mateo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very nice campus. Good benefits. Nice cafeteria. Some fun perks like monthly $10 game vouchers and discounts on hardware. A week and a half shut down during the holidays which is good for full-time employees, but not contractors (which don't get paid).

    Cons

    Some inexperienced employees waste multiple team's time and energy by being reactive and flip-flop in their decision making. This wastes time and energy for multiple teams and is frustrating to be effected by inexperienced employees with too much power. Pay is below market rate and hours are inflexible (9am-6pm).

    Advice to Management

    Invest in experienced employees for positions of authority. Support your managers in removing toxic employees from their teams. Get rid of the riffraff and reward employees that are actually good at their jobs. Be aware that teams that are important to the bottom line have been overlooked and not supported (years of neglect). Be flexible with working remotely and around commuting times. Not every employee is a gamer that you can take advantage of.


  7. Helpful (23)

    "SNEIntuit "Leadership" is Proof of "Be Careful What You Wish For""

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineering in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineering in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sony PlayStation full-time

    Pros

    The overall PlayStation product line and offerings are something the employees are proud of. The engineers and the line managers are hard working and competent. The grassroots attempts of perks and innovation programs are cool. Just not fully supported by upper management. Job security and overall company performance is positive. As is the work/life balance flexibility. There are times when we need to work off hours and off holidays, but the flexibility of daily activities makes up for it.

    Cons

    2 years ago, there was a leadership void in San Diego. The solution was transplanting Intuit employees up a ladder rung across the board atop SNEI employees. However, the leadership above line managers are not new leaders, but simply new managers. All Intuit employees coming to SNEI for promotions in your career beware, your "contributions" are not completely welcomed. Simply assuming you know best without asking questions or listening to feedback is an ignorant approach to management. Force feeding architecture and projects and getting acquiescence is not a sign of agreement but simply a sign of fear and sense of hopelessness. There is no trust. Some of the new regime are decent human beings, but others are simply egotistical, arrogant, micromanaging, over their heads, inexperienced, and disconnected from human interactions outside their circle of trust. All of this goes without saying that career movement opportunities is non-existent unless you break into the circle of trust.

    Advice to Management

    Listen. There are questions. Questions are not a sign of disobedience, they are simply questions. Don't be so defensive.

    Don't assume that since you are on a different pay grade from others, you are a better person. Do not flaunt your technology purchases or how many Amazon Echos you own. Do not speak down to others in San Francisco or Tokyo, that's called "talking behind people's backs." Finally, do not be surprised of an exodus of talent.


  8. Helpful (11)

    "Great employees, horrible management"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    Pros

    Most engineers are smart, dedicated and want to build great products. Some "Silicon Valley" type perks. Very casual environment where having an adult beverage is OK.

    Cons

    Management is ruining what used to be a great company. The new leadership from Intuit has killed morale and is forcing out the aforementioned smart employees. They are bringing in sub par former colleagues who were forced out of their previous company and buying "Enterprise solutions" instead of letting the engineers build great things. Do you like working a full day, then supporting midnight maintenances only to come in a few hours later for another full day of work? How about working Christmas day in the office? Good, because both are required. Non technical people leading and making the technical decisions? I'm confused. Every decision has become only about money, which I partially understand from a business perspective but it wears people out. Although management wasn't around for the development of the PS4 and the supporting services they like to take credit for how the company is doing.

    Advice to Management

    Step aside and let your bright engineers continue to grow this company. Let the engineers build solutions and stop buying incredibly expensive "Enterprise" software from your friends. You have some of the smartest engineers out there but you override their technical decisions for no apparent reason other than to assert yourself as the boss.


  9. "Sales Manager"

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    Former Employee - Sales Manager in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in San Mateo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sony PlayStation (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Fun industry and great product.

    Cons

    Lack in management, politics, lots of it. Doesn't promote people within.

    Sony PlayStation Response

    Jan 1, 2016 – Sr. Director Talent Acquisition

    We are continuing to grow as a company and have made some positive changes in leadership. With these changes, we will continue to look at our internal teams and provide career opportunities for all ... More


  10. "Decent company, but hostile environment in my department."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Corporate Finance in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Corporate Finance in Foster City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It is rewarding to have a career at this company if you are passionate about the industry and about being part of the whole picture.

    Cons

    There is poor work/life balance for the majority of the departments and the politics you find at companies of this size.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to work harder at finding solutions to problems rather than blaming them on other departments and/or employees.

    Sony PlayStation Response

    Jan 1, 2016 – Sr. Director Talent Acquisition

    It is disappointing that this former employee felt it was a hostile environment in finance after 5 years with the company. We take our culture and environment very seriously and it is in our values ... More


  11. Helpful (5)

    "It's not a culture for everyone"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - 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 a year)

    Pros

    Benefits are great as far as San Diego employers go. They try to compete with Silicon Valley companies on this front. Pay is generous for the area, as far as I can tell. They are definitely willing to pay out for talent. There's a nice cafeteria on the 11th floor, where you can occasionally get an ocean view. There are also many fun activities for employees throughout the year: take your child to work day, happy hours, nice holiday party, video games, off campus events, etc.

    Cons

    Much of this is probably dependent on the team you are a part of. In fact that itself is a major con. The teams are generally very siloed. There is not a lot of communication across teams on the individual contributor level. The management style is very top-down. They pretend to be agile by implementing SAFe, but SAFe is a little too structured and too pre-planned to really be considered agile.

    The company is very inefficient. Most of the teams at the San Diego location are there to support infrastructure in some form or fashion, but yet there are always outages. The company would do well to outsource the infrastructure support and hosting to a vendor and focus on developing services.

    There are also cultural inefficiencies. For those that are unlucky enough to have a team with mostly Japanese management, you had better learn Japanese or else you can expect not to be included in any of the decision making process. There is an obvious divide in business culture: Japanese and everyone else.

    They do a lot to take care of employees (see the pros) but the management style and the inefficiencies just make you not care to try. There is such a culture of mediocrity, and so much of the work seems like work for the sake of work. If you are close to retirement age and looking for a place to just coast for the last few years, there is probably a position here where you can give minimal effort and not get a lot of grief for it.

    Advice to Management

    You need more diversity in the upper management. The Japanese style just doesn't work for an American company (I think of SNEI as a predominantly American company).

    Don't allow management to prevent people from moving around to different teams (this happened to me when I applied for a position on another team). In fact, employees should be encouraged to rotate to other projects every six months or so to keep the mental juices flowing and prevent burnout.

    Do away with SAFe, and switch to scrum or something similar. Planning 3 months into the future is NOT agile, working sprint to sprint is the way to go.

    If you spent as much time, effort, and money on making management more efficient and the work part of work more enjoyable as you do on happy hours and other events, you would not only attract top talent, but keep them from leaving.


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