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Updated 11 October 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. "game developer"

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    Current Employee - Game Developer in Pune City
    Current Employee - Game Developer in Pune City
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Its a dream job.

    Cons

    no cons because its the best organization I know.

    Advice to Management

    you are doing a great job.


  2. "Don't be attracted by the name of the company."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bengaluru
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bengaluru
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Less number of people, work is fun, not much pressure. Good for gamers or people who are ready to compromise ambition with leisure in their career.
    Few really good chaps work in there and its good to converse with them.

    Cons

    Do not expect anything in terms of growth if you are on a contract. Its peanuts.
    Process is not transparent. Feels like you are being mugged for your contribution tothe projects.
    Projects are scarce and learning is literally zero.
    The workplace does not contain the appeal and feel of a game testing lab and has more strict corporate feel to it.
    Canteen food is a real disappointment.
    Contracted employees are not made to be felt as a part of Sony, they are not involved in team outings.
    Ratio of contracted employee to permanent employee is 1:15
    Dependent on other playstaion regional offices to get a project.
    No direct client interaction. You interact with a QA of other region who interacts with the developer, which results in non-transparent process and zero learning.
    Logistics are outdated and slow.
    Zero female employee, all males.
    The management does not take this department seriously and consider it just a time pass job.

    Advice to Management

    Make the work place more exciting by changing the decoration to make everyone cheered up.
    Work should be more rewarding by converting the contracted employees into permanent depending on the performance rather than experience, hence gaining loyalty of good employees.
    Canteen food should be free.
    Nothing much can be done about the projects since the team dependent on other regions, this should be escalated and projects should be directly acquired from indie developers so the team can grow.
    Invest more in equipments and logistics.
    Have a better gender ratio.

  3. "QA - Program Manager having 10+ Years of Experience in ETL/BI QA,Automation QA uing Toad and selenium"

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    Current Employee - QA - Program Manager in Bengaluru
    Current Employee - QA - Program Manager in Bengaluru
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    1. One of the best company to work.
    2.management is really good and listen all the words.

    Cons

    1.If We loss one project then it is too dfficult to survive as the project count is really less.


  4. "good company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great people, good technology refresh

    Cons

    less compensation, change in management


  5. "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 .


  6. "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.


  7. "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

  8. "Solid"

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    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.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Senior Program Manager"

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    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people, the technology, the environment, the cool factor of working at PlayStation, the fact that you work at a company that has customers who are not just customers they are fans! The executives are actually really cool people who do not sit on a pedestal. In fact, all of the management team and all of the individual contributors are genuinely sincere people who really care about the product and that’s an amazing thing. The VPs and SVPs are incredible, approachable, knowledgeable, thoughtful and caring about the fans first. They practice what they preach for sure when it comes to being the best place to play (and work!) It’s really an incredible place to work for so many reasons. The benefits and the perks and everything, I won’t even describe because they’re what you would expect… Simply amazing. It is definitely the coolest place I’ve ever worked and that’s a high bar. There are so many great things to say about this company that I would probably spend the next hour writing them but I don’t know if anyone would ever read all the amazing things I could say.

    Cons

    No clue how they ever delivered any product in the 20+ years before I got there. The process, or processes, are a total mess. No one business unit has any of the same or even similar processes - even with in the same business unit. Remember now, I am giving a four star review here because it is truly a pleasure to work there. It would be a 5 Star review....But, there are some serious deficiencies in how the company operates that have been solved at software and hardware companies years and years ago. Generally speaking, there aren’t many egos to deal with but, there are a few and most of those come from the newer individual contributors, not the management team. Thankfully for the customers, a.k.a. fans, they make billions of dollars and can afford to make billions of mistakes and still deliver consistently. It’s a crazy mystery I’ll never understand but it does actually work I guess. The fact that no one knows who does what is the biggest challenge. Figuring out what people do in the company, because no one actually seems to know and I’m talking about people who have been there for years and years is amazingly difficult. AMAZINGLY DIFFICULT.

    Advice to Management

    Keep being awesome. Please look to your new hires as fast promotions because you have a lot of people who are stale. Make new opportunities even if they don’t exist. You will be rewarded by loyal talent you can rely on and make the stale people need to become fresh. Watch the burnout pace and hire well above and beyond your budget. There’s always room for new directors even if you think there isn’t. You’re gonna have the customers, you might as well get ahead of it. Drop the price point of some services and listen more to your customers about that and major feature requests. You really have to act faster to what the consumers really want. Don’t triage twitter and reddit... think of it as free user testing, and please listen to them. Just one last note to the Senior leaders, please take this advice as honest as it was a really true pleasure working there.


  10. "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


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