PlayStation Reviews | Glassdoor.com.au

PlayStation Reviews

Updated Sep 12, 2019

To filter reviews, or .

Found 669 reviews

3.6
StarStarStarStarStar
Rating TrendsRating Trends
68%
Recommend to a Friend
92%
Approve of CEO
PlayStation CEO John Kodera
John Kodera
73 Ratings
Pros
Cons
  • "Not very diverse or supportive of females in senior management positions(in 27 reviews)

  • "Because of the fast pace, there is a struggle with a work life balance(in 21 reviews)

More Pros and Cons
  1. "It would be fun to work with them and try out new games."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Beta Game Tester in Mornington
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PlayStation part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Fun, excitefull, experience, challenged, happy.

    Cons

    Spending to much time instead of my homework.

    Advice to Management

    Think like a child.

    PlayStation2019-02-26
  2. Helpful (3)

    "Low $$ and toxic management not worth the Fun Culture and Great staff."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at PlayStation full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Fun Culture, Great People , MD who was passionate about the Brand. Social events and incentives + benefits great. Sales Team leadership was great.

    Cons

    Salary not competitive, OLD systems and technology, No direction from direct management, MD who lived and breathed the brand and cared about everyone was let go after launching the business 20+ years ago. Heartless. Collaboration between departments is not encouraged. Absolute boys club, no female managers. My manager would pile work on top of me even though i was struggling and concerns were laughed off.

    PlayStation2019-05-14
  3. "Great place to work but not a great deal of opportunity to progress"

    StarStarStarStarStar
     

    I have been working at PlayStation

    Pros

    Great people, culture and generally a fun place to work

    Cons

    Not a lot of opportunity to progress and can end up pigeon holed in the industry. Generally systems and technology aren't at the level you would expect. Salaries and packages aren't at the level you would expect

    Advice to Management

    More attractive salaries and more opportunities to grow in the business would help retain staff

    PlayStation2014-11-09
  4. "Challenging & Frustrating"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at PlayStation full-time

    Pros

    Amazing products, world renown brand, great culture, fantastic people, great office location, constantly changing landscape.

    Cons

    There is a real lack of real leadership with constant changes in direction and strategy. Senior management tends to micromanage and does not allow staff to make critical decisions. Everything was run by committee having to go through 3 or 4 people to get a decision made.

    Advice to Management

    Stop micro-managing people and empower them to make decisions that they are employed to make.

    PlayStation2014-09-17
  5. "Challenging yet fun"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PlayStation Senior Marketing Officer in Bangkok
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PlayStation full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Get to market new gaming contents every month like Software releases.

    Cons

    Deadlines can seem very short.

    PlayStation2019-09-09
  6. "Way too much bureaucracy and process"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Rancho Bernardo, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at PlayStation full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Rancho Bernardo office is beautiful. Employee cafeteria is on the 10th floor with a view to the ocean. Level 6, the Sony gym, is 100% subsidized and right on top of the parking garage, it's beautiful. In general the engineers are good to work with. Will pay for some people to go to offsite training, but the paperwork to get approval is outrageous. Fantastic relocation package. Decent profit sharing. (annual bonus)

    Cons

    Management won't allow upgrades of the technology even when it would benefit the bottom line. Up until this year they used C++98, a 21 year old compiler. (They moved to C++11) Claims to move projects to JAVA or at least micro services but never actually starts those projects. Sony back end services moved to AWS but won't allow teams to use the AWS suites without major reviews by "architecture team." Claims to have a... sandbox area for engineers to experiment in, but it's so locked down nothing actually can run there. Low level management has no clue how to run a team. Mid level management spends 110% of their time in meetings. Upper management puts out great "Dream of a new company" speeches but doesn't move the company fast enough. Playstation 5 will be the last set top box and then the companies profit line is going to tank as cloud competitors eat their lunch. Says they don't do stack level ranking but they do. Performance reviews have almost noting to do with actual work performed.

    Show More

    Advice to Management

    Toss the annual performance reviews. They are detrimental to employee morale. Since you plan with sprints, judge the members of the team by how well the team performs.

    PlayStation2019-08-31
  7. "Good benefits but weak compensation and poor management"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Legal Counsel 
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at PlayStation full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Fun place to work, quite social, lots of perks - free first party games, relaxed work culture

    Cons

    Lots of internal politics Below market rate pay Glacial pace of promotion

    Advice to Management

    Benchmark salaries

    PlayStation2019-09-13
  8. "Great data & infrastructure"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Data Scientist in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at PlayStation full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Young and committed team, lots of diversity, great product, good tools & set up for doing data science

    Cons

    Organisationally - slow to take up the potential to use data to change established practices

    PlayStation2019-08-25
  9. "Cool place"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Former Employee - Analyst 

    I worked at PlayStation full-time

    Pros

    Laid back environment. Subsidized lunch.

    Cons

    Not very “pro” innovation. Old-fashioned structure. Wages below market average.

    PlayStation2019-09-03
  10. "Best Place to work and Play"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Analyst in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PlayStation full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Work life balance is good. Management is good and knows what they are doing.

    Cons

    Some groups work in a reactive mode than proactive mode causing confusion to the team

    Advice to Management

    PlayStation is already BEST Place to Play. Make the workplace also BEST Place to Work.

    PlayStation2019-08-18
Found 669 reviews