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Sony PlayStation Reviews

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. Helpful (12)

    "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.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Lay off?"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    People are nice. Work is fun. Stable process. Managers are hard working people. Locations are nice. Benefit is good, salary not bad.

    Cons

    PlayStation is laying people off right now. Except it is not saying so. many people are disappearing suddenly. Someone we know disappeared and never came back. He is like he is dead. No response for calls, just disappeared. Quite a ok coworker too, wonder what happened?

    Advice to Management

    Stop this already. People are freaking out and are looking for jobs to leave. Exactly what the company is trying to achieve?

  3. Helpful (3)

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

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    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


  4. "System Administrator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Sony PlayStation full-time

    Pros

    Great people, good benefits, positive work environment

    Cons

    No development plan to help get you to the next point in your career. Little to no training oppurtunities

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your people!


  5. "Security Supervisor"

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

    I have been working at Sony PlayStation full-time

    Pros

    Best place to work atmosphere

    Cons

    None that I can think of


  6. 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


  7. Helpful (5)

    "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.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "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. "Overworked..."

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

    I worked at Sony PlayStation full-time

    Pros

    Great experience for your career, full immersion into big projects.

    Cons

    Verbally abusive Supervisor, 93+ hours a week on crunch time (which happens for a couple months on EVERY big game)

    Advice to Management

    Plan your game development cycles better. You've been doing this long enough to not have to grind your employees to the ground. Especially the poor sound guys.


  10. "Seemed like a great opportunity, but was one of the worst jobs of my life"

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    Former Employee - PlayStation Representative
    Former Employee - PlayStation Representative
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I got a ton of free games in the three months I was employed as a PlayStation Representative. I liked being able to set my own schedule to a certain extent.

    Cons

    Where do I begin. The pay is incredibly low for the amount of work you have to do. Getting shipped boxes every week and opening and organizing them all the time is time consuming in itself. My favorite account to work with was GameStop. I think the KPI metrics need to be revisited. Associate Engagement is a complete waste of time when Target, Best Buy, and Wal-Mart employees don't really care. There are a rare few that do though in those accounts. I received a warning for scheduling a day off on a day I was originally planning to work at the last minute. However, when you need to constantly schedule demo events and product trainings and a store calls you to confirm, sometimes you need to make last minute changes to avoid overtime, which is it what I did. I felt micro managed, which is something I despise. Just let me schedule my stores and events and you can view that in ROAM. The ROAM software is complete garbage. It's slow and I got a warning I wasn't writing detailed comments for my visits. Well, in the surveys, you ask what I'm doing, so I don't feel a need to write it down twice. Time keeping is a joke in itself. They need to really use Workday or Shift Planning or some other time tracking app because entering time in ADP and ROAM and then calculating your drive time is a mess in itself. HR told me I could work as much OT as I wanted, but I got a warning the first time I did, so I felt lied to. All in all, I didn't have a work/life balance and that is moist important to me.


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