Manager of total chaos and bad planning (Former Employee) – San Diego, CA – July 25, 2018
I always try being positive in these reviews however I find it difficult on this one. To give a summary of life at Sony Interactive, don't plan on having one. The mentality around here is that your shift is 10 to 12 hours. You are pressured to stay and no extra compensation is ever given. Nights and weekends are almost always. Projects are not planned properly and often require last minute 'all hands on deck' to get it out and in the end, you get run down and get no personal time. Sony accepts the attrition (and actually plans for it) instead of fixing the underlying issues.
There is no work from home, there is no work/life balance, the pay is good however it is better at the other companies that do the same type of work. Overall, if you are young and have no family, this may work for you. I you want any personal time I would really consider looking somewhere else as this may really get in the way of your life instead of propel it.
Good pay, great benefits. Free food when they make you work 12+ hours
extremely long hours, no respect for employees, poor planing, Leadership needs things done their way and are not open to ideas
Sr. Technical Writer (contract) (Former Employee) – San Francisco, CA – July 23, 2018
I worked there as a contract technical writer. There was a definite lack of understanding (in the department in which I worked) as to how technical publications works. There was a lack of direction and although most SMEs were cooperative, some were almost hostile.
CRM and Paid Media Analytics Manager (Current Employee) – San Mateo, CA – July 15, 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.
Smart people, good market position and IP, work-life balance
Production Assistant (Current Employee) – San Diego, CA – May 24, 2018
Working the last 10 years for Sony has been a great experience. Having the opportunity to work with some of the best developers and artist in the business has taught me a lot about team building, working/collaborating with a large team and helped me grow as a leader.
Sr. System Engineer (Current Employee) – San Diego, CA – March 7, 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).
Logistics Specialist (Former Employee) – San Mateo, CA – February 28, 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.
Engineering management is way too bad, too much politics
client engineer (Current Employee) – San Francisco, CA – October 24, 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.
R&D Peripheral Product Manager (Current Employee) – San Mateo, CA – July 8, 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 .
A great place to work, if you're driven to grow/perform.
Project Manager (Former Employee) – San Mateo, CA – June 14, 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!
On-site cafe, gym, game areas, events, great co-workers
Senior Systems Engineer (Data Warehouse) (Current Employee) – San Diego, CA – May 9, 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