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Sony PlayStation Reviews

Updated December 9, 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. "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


  2. Helpful (9)

    "Not Bitter Just SAD"

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    Former Employee - Character Artist in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Character Artist in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Worked on many KICKASS games with some awesome people.

    Cons

    Worked for the company as a "Contract" employee for 8 years. To get around the laws of California they would "lay me off" for a few months then have me back so they didn't have to pay for my benefits. I loved what I did but management refused to give reviews, pay raises or hire me on full-time even though the position was available and I had received a Masters Degree in the same field. That all isn't the worst. The worst was after 8 years they "ghosted" me. Basically, they told me they were going to lay me off for a few months, then when I contacted them repeatedly for when my start date was...NO RESPONSE. I thought these people were my friends ...The biggest slap in the face was my job was posted on their website 3 weeks later. ....Thanks Sony San Diego!

    Advice to Management

    If you would have just called me...or emailed me or just told me the truth in the beginning, my family wouldn't have hurt so much financially over the past year. Be honest to your next employee.

  3. "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.


  4. "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.


  5. 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.


  6. 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.


  7. "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.

  8. "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.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "One of the best game studios to work for in Los Angeles"

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    Current Employee - Senior Environment Artist in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Environment Artist in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    AAA Quality Projects

    Competitive Benefits

    Unique Work Environment

    Encourages Creativity

    More Control of your tasks and creations

    Cons

    Not much room for personal growth, the studio is very large .

    It is not clear how certain individuals are promoted when comparing the amount of contributions other developers bring the studio.

    Not much of an effort has been made to solidify art direction.

    Lack of direction is also the result of allowing too much free will.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time and make more of an effort to find out who really is contributing real creativity, hard work, and innovation to this studio. Perhaps increase the number of broader peer reviews.


  10. "Good brand with average growth"

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    Current Employee - Senior Developer in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Developer in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sony PlayStation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of parties
    Work from home option (1-2 times/ week)
     not lot of work pressure except holiday season

    Cons

    No clear road map for technology
    Teams are spread over different places
    Outstanding performance has no relevance to promotion
    Promotions are backfill based on if someone in management leaves the company
    Salaries are bay area average
    No carpool benefit or company bus for commute

    Advice to Management

    Kindly ensure all people have a career path and growth plan with some statistics
    Start providing stock options to employee..they contribute to company growth and deserve it


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