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Updated 19 February 2018
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Pros
  • And the work-life balance seems very healthy overall, with a few exceptions (in 51 reviews)

  • i have a good work environment at Sony (in 41 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/life balance is a struggle (in 18 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 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 Sony 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. "Current Employment"

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    Current Employee - Senior Animator in Bend, OR (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Animator in Bend, OR (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are great for this industry.

    Cons

    Crunch time is still a thing, but not a prevalent as previous jobs.


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  5. "Great opportunities to learn, grow, and keep healthy W/L balance!"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Always exposed to new and interesting topics. Plenty of opportunities to grow and learn. And the work-life balance seems very healthy overall, with a few exceptions.

    Cons

    Although they've made a lot of progress in recent years, there really needs to be more coordination, communication, and better organization between all the many parts of Sony. It is very challenging to work with all the different parts of the company scattered all over the world. On the other hand, it certainly makes for plenty of fun work-related travel. This company definitely has the resources to make great things happen, but still lacks the coordination among all its disparate parts.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure engineers and developers really have the resources they need to get the job done. And don't stop working to make the entire Sony empire work together more effectively.


  6. "great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    they have a restaurant on the top floor, they even have their own Starbucks on the 3rd floor!!!

    Cons

    the drive is a bear when getting off at 5:30 no flexibility in shifts

    Advice to Management

    relax


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Solid growing company "inside" of Sony"

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

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

    Pros

    Diverse management and colleagues
    Better than average benefits and pay
    Management has a clear focused long term goal
    Unlike rest of Sony, flat organization (though its being challenged)

    Cons

    Grew a little too fast
    As the company grows within Sony, we are moving away from the flat organization
    HR and management has been focused on employee quantity for far too long. Too slow to invest on employee quality.

    Advice to Management

    HR and management has been focused on employee quantity for far too long. Need to be faster and more methodical to invest on current employee growth. We need to resist the hierarchical structure that Tokyo is used to.


  8. "Empowering employee focused environment with great w/l balance"

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    Current Employee - Senior Front End Engineer in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Front End Engineer in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Willing to change and question the norms.
    - Great benefits
    - Awesome technology

    Cons

    - So much work to be done
    - Team focused: which sometimes mean that you are working on a team that isn't what you are looking for.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Great company, middle management could be better."

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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 Sony PlayStation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great corporate atmosphere, company is doing well, top leaders are visionaries. Some of the smartest people I've known.

    Cons

    Some groups have been growing, which is good, but new hires in the last couple years at the director level have been poor at best. Very political with little accountability or vision. If you end up reporting to such a person, be cautious.

    Advice to Management

    Execs: hold directors accountable, don't be fooled when they seem endlessly busy in meetings.

    Middle management: own the work, drop the politics, or just go away. This company doesn't need you as an ankle weight.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Sony PlayStation (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Really good company to work for

    Cons

    Nothing I can think of.


  11. "Manager Programming"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sony PlayStation full-time

    Pros

    If you can find a great team, the experience will be very rewarding.
    Lots of room to try new things and grow across a spectrum of possibilities.

    Cons

    A bit Aimless. Unless the teams are making a sequel to an existing title there's a lot of waste spent trying to figure out what the next title should be.

    Advice to Management

    Current teams are very isolated from each other. Its very difficult to share lessons learned or best practices with teams that are so culturally different.


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