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Updated 8 November 2018
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Pros
  • "Relaxed environment with great work-life balance" (in 57 reviews)

  • "Casual work environment , but not inappropriate behavior" (in 44 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work/life balance is a struggle" (in 20 reviews)

  • "senior management is incentivized to prioritize department performance over overall business performance" (in 26 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work but not a great deal of opportunity to progress"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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


  2. "Challenging & Frustrating"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great gamer culture, great growth opportunities, some shortcomings"

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Product Manager in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great educational, medical and transportation perks
    - Great bonuses and employee discounts on PlayStation and Sony products
    - Lots of opportunities to travel overseas, particularly to Tokyo or London
    - Supportive leadership that lets employees explore different career paths and grow
    - Passionate coworkers who love gaming and are really into what they are doing
    - A low-conflict environment with a strong drive for consensus and respect
    - Agile development practices with continuous improvement, hackathons and quick adjustments based on lessons learned
    - Work from home opportunities in the U.S. and management focused on results, not attendance
    - A quirky and creative environment typical of the gaming industry
    - A company that encourages playing games at work
    - A very approachable CEO and most other top leaders
    - Lots of women in leadership positions, even in Japan (mostly up to Sr. Director level but also some VPs)

    Cons

    - Incompetence is sometimes tolerated indefinitely, true to the life-employment model of Japan
    - Managers frequently lack the most fundamental people management skills and don't know how to motivate their employees
    - Lack of open conflict leads to a lot of back-channeling, politics and having to read between the lines
    - In the Tokyo office, expectations about work hours are insane and no one can work from home, which leads to female workers still largely being forced to choose between having career success and being single, or having a decent but unimpressive job at PlayStation and having a family
    - The super-Agile style of the San Fransisco office frequently clashes with the Waterfall thinking of Tokyo
    - As of 2018, analytics is still not a big part of decision making and a lot of product managers are weak
    - Employee performance management is unpredictable and convoluted. There are no company-wide OKRs and it's hard to understand how performance goals are measured

    Advice to Management

    Focus on training your managers in people management skills, particularly if they manage people from different work cultures. Normalize work expectations across different regional offices to reduce bias, such as "everyone in San Francisco is lazy". Raise the bar for the Product Management organization and train your PdMs to be true product leaders. Stop protecting poor performers just because they have been with the company for a long time - it's bad for everyone's morale. Make VPs and Sr. Directors get out of their offices and talk to each other and their teams - they are not on the same page most of the time. Reduce hierarchical and cocky behavior in the London office, which is contrary to the spirit of PlayStation.


  4. "Product Marketing Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PlayStation full-time

    Pros

    Good facilities (gym is great)

    Cons

    Doesn't have a strong organizational culture


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Nice People, Poor Pay"

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    Former Employee - Senior Sound Designer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Sound Designer in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people, occasional paid trips if you're in the right department, good benefits such as pension and travel allowance, the prestige of being able to say you work for Playstation

    Cons

    Poor pay, too many middle managers who contribute very little, poor facilities and tools to do the job, people held back in their careers and not given the chance to grow. I was also aware of female members of staff being paid less than their male counterparts, however I'm not sure how widespread across the company this was.

    Advice to Management

    Cut out the middle management that don't do much and invest more in the people who do the work. Pay people better and give an opportunity for people to progress in their careers without going into management.


  6. "Great people and product"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PlayStation full-time

    Pros

    - People love the products, the PS4 in particular
    - Colleagues are great and fun
    - Good parties
    - Cool brand to work for

    Cons

    - Politics between EMEA and US especially
    - People in leadership have been there a long time and can be conservative
    - Sony getting involved more which means the brand is a bit less cool

    Advice to Management

    Promote people more, pay more and you'll keep people longer .


  7. "General Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PlayStation full-time

    Pros

    challenging job and big responsibility is given.

    Cons

    work life time balance could be cons.

  8. "A dynamic and exciting time at PlayStation"

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

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

    Pros

    We make video games for a living!
    Fun place to work
    PlayStation is highly respected in the industry
    Much of the work is cutting edge
    Diverse and respectful workplace

    Cons

    Can sometimes be quite corporate although that goes with the territory of being a large global company

    Advice to Management

    Communicate more openly


  9. "Great bunch of people let down by management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people working around the clock trying to make things happen

    Cons

    The higher ups with a no risk approach letting down the potential this studio can output

    Advice to Management

    Take more risks, spend more time developing new ideas before making a no risk decision


  10. "Solid"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PlayStation full-time

    Pros

    Smart colleagues, great strategists and fun place to work

    Cons

    Consensus culture that may slow down speed to market.


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