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Updated 15 May 2018
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Sony PlayStation President and Chief Executive Officer John Kodera
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Pros
  • And the work-life balance seems very healthy overall, with a few exceptions (in 54 reviews)

  • A good mixture of corporate and relax work environment (in 42 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/life balance is a struggle (in 19 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 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. Helpful (1)

    "Great Brand Weak Leaders"

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    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in San Mateo, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in San Mateo, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sony PlayStation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    People in rank and file are great. Brand is amazing . Good work life balance

    Cons

    Sr management and leaders are weak. Political appointments.

    Advice to Management

    Promote people who move the needle,


  4. "Can be great if you are in the right spot."

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

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

    Pros

    All the fun and challenge that comes with working on Sony entertainment products.

    Cons

    Ego-intoxication. Those few immature (regardless of age) managers in Japan, US and UK who skillfully undermine the company in service of their personal ambition.

    Advice to Management

    Some weeding is needed across middle management in the company to ensure it is able to successfully act in its own best interest.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Fun company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Policy Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Policy Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people and social, excellent events

    Cons

    Lack of women in senior management roles


  6. "Sony Playstation San Diego"

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    Former Employee - Animator in San Diego, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Animator in San Diego, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Location: San Diego.
     A good mixture of corporate and relax work environment.
    Everyone is friendly.
    Cool work.
    Every now and then, we get movie stars to show up.
    Fun regular events.

    Cons

    Hard to get a permanent job.

    Advice to Management

    Hire me! :)


  7. "Contracted to Sony Interactive Entertainment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Nice cafeteria and cool architecture.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

  8. "Great brand to work for, poorly managed"

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

    I have been working at Sony PlayStation full-time

    Pros

    - Relaxed environment
    - Nice offices, Central location (if you like Central London)
    - Informal dress code

    Cons

    - Lack of opportunity to grow
    - Management is very much a 'boys club', with perks or benefits only going to select few usually male employees
    - Salary is significantly lower than market value
    - Management concerned with cutting budgets, rather than spending it on their team development, morale and salaries

    Advice to Management

    Reinvest in your employees, value good members of staff and reward them. Otherwise good people will leave and PlayStation won't grow.


  9. "Great benefits and employee support"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sony PlayStation full-time

    Pros

    They have a fantastic benefits package including generous holiday allowance, life insurance and employee support as well as Sony discounts.

    Cons

    There aren't too many other than the usual culture of long working hours and the fact that they quite happily cut an arm off here and there so not one for job stability.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Used to be a good place to work...."

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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

    Good career starting company. Competitive pay and bonus. Great brand name to be associated with. Not a lot of stress at work and balance of work/life. The CEO of Sony has turned the failing company around. For now.

    Cons

    Merger with the Network team from San Diego polarized the Playstation group. Team and group politics are rampant. People in power promoting their cronies is open and unabashed. Management from Japan seems to have no pulse of local technology developments (iPhone, Alexa, ,,,,). Or about the people who work in the US. Decisions from Japan on local processes and tools makes things worse.

    Advice to Management

    Stop playing favorites.


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