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Updated January 5, 2018
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  • Work/life balance is a struggle (in 18 reviews)

  • senior management is incentivized to prioritize department performance over overall business performance (in 25 reviews)

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  1. "Sr. Data Architect"

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    Former Employee - Principal Data Scientist in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Data Scientist in San Mateo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    SNEI, SCEA, and SCEE combined into SIE in 2016 after moving their HQ to San Mateo from Los Angeles in 2014.

    PSN is so profitable, particularly with PS+ their PSN subscription service, that every action is predicated on how much revenue gets sent back to Japan to invest in retooling SonyMobile and SonyElectronics, both in the toilet for years.

    On top of this the San Diego computer and warehouse effort is being shut down without anyone there knowing it's happening other than the new Intuit management brought in during 2015. The talent who realized this have all left, or they've gotten rid of their most senior staff by "abolishing their jobs (code for laying off highly-paid professionals they know will resist their new "QuickAndDirty" #FauxAgile approach), and the lower-paid-less-experienced replacements are managing to introduce more outages than fewer.

    Outages will be the ONLY driver of churn once PS4 and XBox put their proprietary prowess on the cloud , relieving them of a $400 chunk of plastic and iron sitting on your shelf today. When this occurs, PSN's propensity to "go down" due to sloppy code, an out of control codebase, multiple copies of their database in multiple locations across the globe, and poor security will eventually tilt in Xbox's failure.

    Sony's only hope for market dominance will then rely on a monopoly of critical game titles, the lone three of #GTA, FIFASoccer, and WorldOfWarcraft already comprising the lion's share of their total revenue including music-video-game-and-SonyVueTV.!

    Once a great place to innovate, it's now a great place to go lose your capacity to work anywhere else as old-timey technology like Oracle RDBMS and clones of RDBMS' functioning in under-horsed Hadoop platforms.

    Cons

    inability to move toward higher technology tools trapping professional staff in a cycle of future unemployability.

    Advice to Management

    Lose the San Diego management, all formerTurboTax IT clowns from San Diego, little more than #TalentlessHacks now pretending they are Japanese executives.


  2. 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.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Fun to Play, Terrible to Work"

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    Former Intern - Intern in San Mateo, CA
    Former Intern - Intern in San Mateo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sony PlayStation as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There were lots of events and fun activities that happened on the main campus. Giveaways, sales, and free swag.

    Cons

    You are just a number and the intern experience is not very valuable. I was constantly looked down upon and told that I needed to understand my place as an intern. This is like a "go fetch me coffee, intern" sort of internship. You are not given any coaching or growth opportunities. The culture is toxic and I watched people get hired and fired within months because it is so tough to work here. The pay is also poor for the area.

    Advice to Management

    Understand that interns are your future talent pool and should be taken care of. There are many companies in the SF Bay Area and you currently have very limited ways of attracting talent.


  4. "Okay"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sony PlayStation as a contractor

    Pros

    Access to smart colleagues, friendly.

    Cons

    No scope for career progression


  5. Helpful (8)

    "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.


  6. "Don't waste your time"

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

    I worked at Sony PlayStation full-time

    Pros

    You get to work on interesting titles, interesting projects and work.

    Cons

    You'll see when you deal with it.


  7. "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Sony PlayStation full-time

    Pros

    It's a stable and big company - some perks that come because of that

    Cons

    Horrible management, rampant use of H1bs at lower levels, management doesn't really care about measurable outcomes - all that matters is how you look to upper management.
    If you are actually talented or good at what you do, don't come here

    Advice to Management

    Recognize people for the contributions.
    Build a more data and outcome driven organization.
    Train management to actually be good managers.

  8. "Fun atmosphere, but frequent layoffs"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sony PlayStation full-time

    Pros

    There are a lot of great people and passionate gamers at PlayStation. There is also a lot going on and projects can change quickly, so if you thrive on rolling with the punches, you will be happy here. There is very little bench depth, so you also have to pull your own weight - but the people are willing to help and work a few extra hours so you can be successful.

    Cons

    Limited advancement opportunities and layoffs every 3-6 months. Employment is very unstable and management will not give you a heads up before you get a pink slip. In fact, we were told that no layoffs were being considered at a quarterly meeting by our SR. VP, yet 2 weeks later 50 positions were eliminated.
    Management is also pretty dishonest in general, and you can never get a feeling if the business is doing well or is in trouble. Finally, all the horror stories you hear about how people are "let go" in the gaming industry is very true at PlayStation - basically, your position was eliminated - give us your badge and get out.

    Advice to Management

    Treat people better and tell the truth. The staff understands that positions for advancement can be limited and competitive, but telling everyone on the team that they are the best and then hiring from the outside is an insult.
    Get a handle on the business side. Layoffs every six months places a major cloud over day-to-day operations. People who start a new job at your organization are envisioning spending the next 2 - 5 years with you - not being let go after six months.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "happy land for micromanagers"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits events large company hr, profitable business

    Cons

    Not a software company. Clock engineers. Big on timing, ops. No innovations. If you are here in person on time, that is all it is about. Best for hourly workers and watch dogs. Measure your performance by timing, not results. Very strange culture for software industry. You have to come to daily stand ups in person only. Micromanager does not time themselves though. "It" can come late and leave early as "it" wishes. Because "it" makes rules only for you. "It" is above the rules "it" makes. "It" can cancel or reschedule meetings at the last minute without any heads up although requiring you to give 24 hours notice to change a meeting. Because "it" "owns" the team including you. You are just a slave. "It" does not need to do real work. "Its" job is ----- watching you!!!!!

    Advice to Management

    Japanese car factory streamline can be managed like this, not software. We need flat management, not micromanagers without much skills (either tech or management) but watchdogs. Software need thinkers who are passionate and could work any time any where and meet deadlines, not hourly punching. It is awful and shocking to measure software engineers performance by clocking. When you hire a manager, do they know how to manage software engineers???? If you have money to burn, hire a watch dog and ruin the business. There is a saying pretty much in every industry, the closer a company is about to close down or when a manager knows nothing else, the more frequently the dogs do roll calls (that is, check attendance). Now I know why SONY is declining.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Used to be great, recently lost its way"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sony PlayStation full-time

    Pros

    - The individual contributors are very good. They're smart, driven, and very easy-going.
    - The benefits and perks as part of the Sony family are great: Good health plans, huge discounts on sony products, free playstation games, etc.
    - Workers are encouraged to develop their skills by learning new tech and attending training and seminars.
    - Work / life balance is great. People are given flexibility as long as the work gets done.
    - Office culture is relaxed and casual.

    Cons

    - With one or two exceptions, middle management is toxic, tribal, and self-serving.
    - Zero opportunity to move up in your career
    - Pending merger with SIE is causing dread and rumors about job security, made worse by silence from upper management.
    - Office space is outdated and falling apart, management has no plans to do anything about it.

    Advice to Management

    - Heavily re-think your middle management.
    - Be honest and open with the employees about the pending merger and what it means for people's jobs.
    - Acknowledge and work to dispel the "March = layoffs" yearly paradigm.


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