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Sony PlayStation San Francisco Reviews

Updated March 22, 2017
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Pros
  • Team-oriented work and great work-life balance (in 45 reviews)

  • Amazing staff and very positive/professional work environment (in 35 reviews)

Cons
  • there is a great work/life balance but sometimes there are days when you take your work home with you on weeknights or weekends (in 14 reviews)

  • senior management is incentivized to prioritize department performance over overall business performance (in 21 reviews)

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  1. "Culture is Different at Each Office"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "Enjoyable workplace"

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    Current Contractor - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Contractor - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Enjoyable work, Will get discounts on SONY products

    Cons

    Nothing serious for me so far


  3. "It's all a ploy for cheap labor"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Having PlayStation on your resume is cool, telling your friends about it is cool, and the free swag is cool.

    Cons

    Don't expect to be valued as an actual part of your team. I was often left with no projects and when I asked for more, my peers and manager would tell me they were busy and I couldn't help them. There was a lot of politics even from an intern level. Although the dress code is laid back, the culture in general is not. I saw many team members staying late to meet deadlines and could feel the stress in the air. Sony will tear you apart and does not value their employees. It also sucks because they offer a lot of contract roles and you never know what your status may be with that. Very little information was offered to me in my performance review and I was never told how I could improve or what could have gone better.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to actually support your employees and develop people. Interns should be valued and considered for employment at the conclusion of the internship. Don't just take them for 12 weeks and dump them on the curb.


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  5. "Software Engineering Intern"

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    Former Intern - Intern - Hourly in San Francisco, CA
    Former Intern - Intern - Hourly in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Sony PlayStation as an intern

    Pros

    Very supportive manager and team
    Lots of fun, different events(E3, trips to SoCal, game launches, etc)
    Positive culture and good benefits even as an intern
    Challenging and rewarding work on a very forward-facing platform

    Cons

    While my team and other coworkers generally treated the interns as they would full time employees, there were some members in management who did not respect that at the same capacity. For example, events that we were encouraged to attend by HR were blocked by management, which is disappointing to say in the least.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your interns accordingly; an internship is a two way education for both parties.


  6. "Engineering Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineering Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineering Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Growing organization
    Striving to improve
    Good Engineers
    Using Agile Methodologies
    Good Pay
    Good Bonus

    Cons

    Sometimes a bit stressful and chaotic but improving

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the imrprovments


  7. Helpful (3)

    "PlayStation QA, Dream Job"

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    Former Employee - QA LEAD & INFRASTRUCTURE SUPPORT in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - QA LEAD & INFRASTRUCTURE SUPPORT in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Sony PlayStation (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Tested pre-release video games - a dream job for any Gamer. Very tight-knit community amongst QA staff. Great new campus with modern amenities (cafe, arcade, gym). Commuter benefits. Frequent game launch events on campus.

    Cons

    Cliquey. Siloing of divisions can make you feel like a stranger. Not all divisions appreciate the same perks (flex schedule, WFH, standard business hours). Individual contributions can be difficult to map to high-level Company Vision and Direction.

    Advice to Management

    Embrace modern software and technologies. Articulate high-level Vision in a way that individual contributors can appreciate tangible involvement. Implement competitive salaries. Champion diversity and equality amongst all divisions. Play a game every once in a while.


  8. "QA Engineer"

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A very Good Place to Work and is very Organized. Great Work Culture.

    Cons

    During my Work time,I had no issues.


  9. "Fun Company to Work For"

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    Current Employee - Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive salary, smart colleagues, and interesting projects. Opportunities to travel to Tokyo to present work. Flexible work schedule as long as you get your work done. Also, who doesn't like working on video games and entertainment?

    Cons

    Can take some time to ramp up and understand the nuances of working on the console.


  10. Helpful (9)

    "HR is a big disgrace!"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior User Experience Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior User Experience Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company is doing good and the benefits are decent. Technology stack is good and the work life balance is manageable.

    Cons

    San Francisco HR is a major setback for SIE. Majority of the HR folks are clueless about the benefits. All the time, they are worried about employees appearances. Many employees are considering leaving because of HR. This is the only company in the world where the executive assistants are a part of the HR. Useless executive assistants tend to settle personal scores by sending emails about employees to the management folks.

    Advice to Management

    reprimand the executive assistants.


  11. Helpful (7)

    "Toxic work culture, horrible management"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Sony PlayStation (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - very talented, capable people
    - tasks are challenging, good place to learn for a short time

    Cons

    - Terrible micromanagement
    - people are overworked; the Japanese work culture requires you to stay in the office longer than that is usual in the American work culture
    - everybody keeps a lot of distance, people don't usually talk to each other; they go to the office, work and go home; period
    - compensation varies widely based on who is the closest to the management
    - management has the technical abilities to lead, however completely lacks people management skills
    - no career opportunities; career development completely depends on friendship with the management
    - the HR is incompetent

    Avoid at all cost.

    Advice to Management

    - Improve your people management skills
    - Instantly fire people who ruin teams with their behaviour
    - Show respect to employees and don't treat them like disposable robots



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