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CRM and Paid Media Analytics Manager (Current Employee) –  San Mateo, CA15 July 2018
Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) has a lot of potential, but it will probably not realize it, as it is mired in politics and bureaucracy. There are a lot of smart and passionate people and some really good intellectual property (IP), but resources are allocated inefficiently and inconsistently and there is virtually no transparency or accountability. I believe that a lot of this stems from the differences among Japanese, British and American (Silicon Valley) management styles and expectations. Japanese expect hierarchical deference and 3 year strategic plans, while Americans are innovative, disruptive and irreverent and the Brits somewhere in between. So, it is difficult for Japanese management to allow decentralized ideation and data-driven decision-making to flatten the typical power dynamic (which has traditionally helped to maintain and control large organizations like Sony Corp). So, if you can navigate the personal relationships and be quite patient, you may find success in this culturally-complex global enterprise. I believe that each culture can learn from the other and the combined result can be a source of competitive advantage, but at this point it just seems like there is a lot of contradiction and misalignment.
Pros
Smart people, good market position and IP, work-life balance
Cons
Disorganized and inconsistently managed
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No progression
First Person Quality Assurance video game tester (Former Employee) –  Wavertree15 June 2018
There is no career progression past the basic tester level, those that do get past it are selected because they are friends of the bosses, or know someone higher up, if you do not know anyone like that, you will not progress, contracts are terminated before 2 years, they use a temp agency now with a record of having a high rate turn around, so do not expect to have long term employment.
Cons
No career, is more of a summer job for students
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Like the culture
Finance & Planning Analyst (Former Employee) –  San Mateo, CA22 May 2018
I enjoyed my time a sony. I found the culture and the people supportive, unfortunately, they use a lot of contractors. Additionally, reorganizations are constent.
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nice work place
Corporate Security Officer G4S (Current Employee) –  Los Angeles, CA9 May 2018
amazing place to work i really enjoyed my time here as an officer. I would recommend people to work for this company and if possibvle move up in rank and retire
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OK job but not for advancement in career.
Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee) –  Los Angeles, CA9 May 2018
Sony's tech stack is average, they are not eager to jump on to new technologies.

Advancement is difficult due to management's lack of interest in training nor interest in promoting employees in their interests.

Job is stable since Playstation is doing excellent for the past 5 years.
Steady pay increase and descent bonus based on individual yearly performance. No equity.

Descent benefits. The health plan isn't the best and it will come out of your paycheck. Some companies do pay 100% of the insurance but not Sony Interactive.

It isn't stellar job but its above average, however, if you have passion for technology it isn't the best place for it.

There is also favoritism in the work culture.
Pros
Stable job.
Cons
Lack of promotion or lack of management's interest in the employees career path.
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Great Place To Work
IT Support Specialist (Current Employee) –  Bend, OR30 March 2018
Working at SIE was a great opportunity for me. I was able to learn a lot more about the corporate structure and learned a lot more about enterprise level IT.
Pros
Able to work with people making a video game
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fun place to work
Visual Merchandising Manager (Former Employee) –  San Mateo, CA15 March 2018
Gaming company so the culture reflects that.
good work life balance, even though some days are long and exhausting but its like that anywhere when it gets busy. Work hard, play hard.
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No place for advancement
Sr. System Engineer (Current Employee) –  San Diego, CA7 March 2018
few years ago when I started, the company had a lot of room to grow individuals careers. However, in the last 4 years management has changed and the new managers brought "their own people". Since then, it is very difficult to advance. You can move between positions but in parallel not up (in most cases).
Pros
Great benefits
Cons
Under appreciated
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Fun Place
Logistics Specialist (Former Employee) –  San Mateo, CA28 February 2018
This office and company is great enough that I am, in all seriousness, almost superstitious about posting about how great it is.

Things just seem to be done so *rationally* here, and *reasonably* too. Workplace politics that I have come to deal with at other places are relatively nonexistent. Even the IT is well-thought-out *and* executed.

The management is doing a fine job of keeping a company both focused and flexible. The flexibility can also make work a bit difficult, in that other groups can change personnel and teams without that knowledge propagating easily.

The most enjoyable part of the job is working with people who are universally interested in learning and applying knowledge to an overall task that's pretty hard to argue with - getting people good jobs.
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Productive environment dedicated to well-being of Employees
LEGAL ASSISTANT (Current Employee) –  San Mateo, CA7 February 2018
A great place to work. My management was great (hands off but always available for questions). They invest in the mental well-being of employees and have fun events weekly for launches.
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Awful place to work at entry-level
Tester (Former Employee) –  Liverpool, Merseyside10 January 2018
If I could give no stars for "job security", that's what I'd give. The company employs new starters on a 3-month rolling contract, but can end it at any time and without regard to individual performance. You are not retained on merit, merely on how inexpensive it is to renew your contract in comparison to others, so hard work starts to feel as though it means nothing. This feeds an uncomfortable culture in the workplace, with people scrambling over each other to be recognised just to get that ultra-rare permanent contract. Management don't care about or speak to testers and the turnover rate for staff is high. If you can't do night shift for whatever reason, you get let go. No effort is made to swap you with someone who might be able to do it, you're just sacked. If you're unable to do copious amounts of overtime you're not considered a hard worker. A fine place to work if you enter at management level, on a permanent contract, as you're not just a number and will get some great opportunities. If this is the first games industry job you're applying for though, avoid like the plague. I was utterly miserable during the latter part of my time there.
Pros
You get to work on games and talk to devs, sometimes.
Cons
Low pay, no job security, horrible environment, lack of respect.
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Engineering management is way too bad, too much politics
client engineer (Current Employee) –  San Francisco, CA24 October 2017
Its a hardware company with a long established culture and its a Japanese. Very little transparency, lots of politics and very hierarchical. Very hard to achieve anything, no clear responsibilities, clear fails announced as wins, nobody says truth, very few people want (in management) want to hear truth.
Pros
Work-life balance is good
Cons
Growth opportunities are very limited
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Most departments are good
Sound Design and Dialog Manager (Former Employee) –  San Mateo, CA9 October 2017
My manager was terrible and there was no room for advancement.
Some teams are wonderful. Most folks are passionate and good to work with. Hit or miss on management strengths.
Pros
Discounts on Sony hardware/software
Cons
Game business demands cycles of extreme overtime
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自由、責任と風通しのよい社風
ライセンシーマネジメント (Current Employee) –  東京都 港区5 October 2017
与えられる自由と、伴う責任を理解していれば、
非常に風通しのよい社風もあり、楽しめる会社。

エンターテイメント業界らしい一面と、SONYの
流れをくむ古い体制も混在し、様々な顔を持つ
社風も多少の相性があるかも知れない。
Pros
意見の言いやすさ、自由度と任せてくれる社風
Cons
ルールや業務の伝達の体系化が弱い
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Fun place to work with a lot of good benefits
R&D Peripheral Product Manager (Current Employee) –  San Mateo, CA8 July 2017
Ideal placement of work for someone that is into gaming and consumer products and market.
Very competitive & challenging place to work , especially in R&D group.with emphasis on product development and quick to apply ideas/concepts into Mass production .
Pros
Flexible work hours and work from home
Cons
long hours
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A great place to work, if you're driven to grow/perform.
Project Manager (Former Employee) –  San Mateo, CA14 June 2017
Overall the best part of the company are the people who you work with/around. There are a lot of individuals with a wide range of interests, backgrounds, and experiences, all willing to share that knowledge with those willing to ask.

The largest challenge tends to be in the channels of communication between the various groups, because there are so many people doing so many things, it sometimes becomes difficult to maintain active channels, as the workload of some teams is vastly larger than others.

When you have this many driven people together in a single place, it's not uncommon to see people who are at their paid time off "cap", simply because work still needs to get done, and they may feel there is no one else to take on the 'lion's share' of it.

Up to the point of my leaving the company as part of the reorg/rebranding to SIE, the Executive and Sr. Management team had taken a visible interest in these imbalances and were making efforts to promote a more balanced work/life approach. However, the nature of the industry, the corporate culture at the time, and the (often intense) personalities of the employees, means things will likely be slow to change, if for no other reason than the drive to excel!
Pros
On-site cafe, gym, game areas, events, great co-workers
Cons
an "always on" environment
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Great place to work
Senior Systems Engineer (Data Warehouse) (Current Employee) –  San Diego, CA9 May 2017
High demand and high skill driven company. I would recommend any systems engineers to come and work for SIE, LLC. Perks are great with lots of company sponsored events for employees and family to participate on
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Greatness Awaits
Retail Marketing Specialist (Former Employee) –  San Mateo, CA5 May 2017
SIEA hosts a great environment to work based on your team/department. I was able to learn a lot of skills that promote cross-functional team building, relationship building, and project management.

The culture is friendly and everyone is pretty pleasant to work with.

The most challenging part of working at SIEA is the communication between teams, as information flow is sometimes not as fluid as it should be, which ultimately affect project timelines.

Depending on your manager, communication with your team may be good or bad.

The most enjoyable part of working is the friendships you build over time.
Pros
Nice Campus, Gym, Gaming Areas
Cons
Information flow
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Fun
Administrator (Former Employee) –  San Diego, CA12 February 2017
SIE is a fun place to work at but be ready for mass layoffs which happens yearly to bi-yearly. Gym access and free workout classes if you pay the tech center $10 for a gym badge.
Pros
Free coffee, soda, flexible work hours
Cons
Mass lay offs
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decent place
Problem and Incident Management Team Lead (Former Employee) –  San Diego, CA14 November 2016
submitting required survey for this job, I am not sure why indeed is making me do this before my account is fully set up. Maybe once I get some more seat time with the app I'll edit this to be legit.
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