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Terrible products, Terrible company

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Diego, CA (US)
Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Diego, CA (US)

I have been working at Sony Online Entertainment full-time (more than 5 years)

Pros

Some of the people are nice. Not too much overtime. Decent bonuses.

Cons

No career advancement or salary raises unless you are part of the in-crowd. Very cliquey, high school environment. Stale, irrelevant products. Low salaries. Absolutely no future to move up or work on anything different/more challenging.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Why do you think so many employees are jumping ship get it together, people. Management is constantly changing and company policies seem to change depending on who is in charge that week.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    The EQ2 team is great to work with

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    Former Employee - EverQuest II Game QA in San Diego, CA (US)
    Former Employee - EverQuest II Game QA in San Diego, CA (US)

    I worked at Sony Online Entertainment full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fun atmosphere
    Great people
    Quality games
    The contract company they use offers great benefits

    Cons

    Better planning could lead to less OT
    Some money issues causing cuts in some of the QOL things like breakfast and OT dinners

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better planning and time gained from pushing back deadlines should be used for polish rather than cramming in more features.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Sony treats its employees really well, but something seems to hold back the company from making big hits.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Environment Artist in San Diego, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Environment Artist in San Diego, CA (US)

    I worked at Sony Online Entertainment full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Salary and benefits are all really good at Sony. The work environments are relaxed and they generally treat their artists with a lot of respect. They send the whole company to movies every once in a while and have random fun employee events. They supply good food when there are mandatory crunch hours.

    Cons

    There are mandatory late/weekend hours sometimes, but that's the case with pretty much any game company. They typically reward well for this though, with nice bonuses & supplying dinner or random treats. There's a bit of a bureaucracy and hierarchy there where sometimes respecting hierarchy and order is more important than pointing out problems and solving them - especially if they are big and outside your specific department. So there's a lot of "yes man" mentality where you're just better off if you have problems - mostly keeping them to yourself unless it's something you can actually make a difference with yourself, directly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There's something about the structure there that makes lower level employees not want to give honest opinions about the current state of the game. So people will sometimes chatter to themselves about big problems that need to be solved and addressed, but for some reason they don't want to be the ones to point them out. It's a big studio where the fat is trimmed from time to time - and no one wants to be the fat. So no one wants to point out the problems because they don't want to offend anyone that might have a say in whether or not they are "trimmed." I don't mean to be too harsh though - that's just probably a big part of why the recent games havent been as big of hits as they could have been. Aside from that, management treats the employees very well and a lot of people have worked a long time there as a result.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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