PlayStation Employee Reviews about "senior management"

Updated 12 Feb 2019

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Fun company to work for"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Policy Analyst in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PlayStation full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good people and social, excellent events

    Cons

    Lack of women in senior management roles

  2. Helpful (1)

    "Gender is an issue here"

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at PlayStation full-time

    Pros

    Exciting brand and decent bonus

    Cons

    Not very diverse or supportive of females in senior management positions

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  3. Helpful (2)

    "Good people - bad senior management"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
     in London, England

    I have been working at PlayStation for more than 5 years

    Pros

    People are nice and helpful. The brand is great and the overall vibe is good.

    Cons

    Senior management is like and old men club. Really old school. You need to be friends with senior management and flatter them to get noticed or to make any career progress. Also, there are so many layers of management that it is almost impossible to change processes of get things properly done or sorted, and by the time these are looked into, you are just indifferent. Everything takes for ever. From a manager to look at a small request, to making important tools or software available to you. Ultimately, there is no accountability whatsoever, so it is really easy to get unmotivated after little time. Arrogant attitude towards partners ... Fun place to work but for one year max.

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  4. Helpful (1)

    ""Freelancing""

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Freelancer - Community Manager in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at PlayStation for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - It's PlayStation. You'll probably come away with some free stuff and a good name on your CV - Office is in a very convenient location in the middle of London - There's a subsidised bar/canteen - Good place to learn about how much red tape there is in a company as large and poorly organised as SIE. Very educational.

    Cons

    - Company is filled with legally questionable 'freelancers' who can only work core hours, cannot work from home, and do not get paid holiday or sick pay. Furthermore, due to being unable to work from home or have flexible hours, freelancers are forced to take days off on bank holidays and over Christmas, for which they aren't paid. Freelancing wouldn't be an issue if they were given freelancer hours and paid more than 25k, which sadly isn't the case at PlayStation. - People frequently promoted due to being friends with senior management, who then sit on their position and do nothing. Yes, there are indeed people in management positions at PlayStation who do almost nothing all day except play games, just like the stereotype. - Senior management open to sharing ideas, but not at all open to actually changing or improving anything. - HR aware of all of these problems, but are powerless to assist. Especially if you have the dreaded freelancer status, in which case they cannot help you at all, as you are an employee but also not an employee. - Very much an old boys club - you can tell just by looking at the male/female ratio of the top managers in PlayStation EU. Women turned down for promotions due to being 'too opinionated', men promoted because they 'speak their mind'. Typical double standard. Overhearing loud conversations from Producers about how they only hire 'hot girls' is a treat. - Surprising number of people who don't actually play games or seem to like them at all work there. Colleagues would actually make fun of 'the nerds/losers/weirdos' who love PlayStation products whilst simultaneously designing marketing strategies to cater to said 'nerds'.

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  5. "Great people, great brand"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at PlayStation full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Strong brand, a forward thinking company producing some of the most exciting content out there

    Cons

    Weak Human Resource strategy. Poor communication between sister sony companies and from senior management

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  6. "Sr Analyst"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
     
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PlayStation

    Pros

    Good culture, lots of fun events and relatively good work life balance.

    Cons

    A bit antiquated in the systems and analysis conducted in certain departments and senior management seems content with the status quo.

  7. Helpful (12)

    "Great People, Toxic Management"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at PlayStation full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - Weekly lunches - Bagel/donut Fridays - Central SF location; close to transit - Cool brand recognition; looks great on a resume - Good work-life balance - High visibility of product - People are passionate about building great products - Healthy relationship with product and engineering - Efforts to create a fun culture: game launches and swag, karaoke, version release parties, Christmas parties, hackathons, happy hours

    Cons

    - Senior management is a mess - out of touch with employees and current technology, false transparency, lack of objectivity across all team members, inability to establish baseline of trust with all team members, does not inspire confidence, all buzzwords and no real communication - Below-market compensation - Constant political struggle and general low morale - Projects are routinely killed - It’s a well-known fact in the Bay Area that contractors are treated like second-class citizens and are at best strung along for years - Process and progress occur at a glacial pace - Constant conflict with Tokyo office - their word is law and they are beyond feedback - Sterile cube farm - Low diversity - No employee development/lack of mentorship - Feature bloat - Verticals are completely siloed - Huge gaps of time in between projects - No one gets fired but they are managed out (demoted, compensation is cut)

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  8. Helpful (6)

    "Negative, stressful, unorganized environment"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
     in Rancho Bernardo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at PlayStation

    Pros

    The food, coffee, and special events.

    Cons

    Senior management is negative and puts others down as if it's a game. This demeaning attitude is also reflected in people who work closely with management. You're constantly criticized by others and never given support/encouragement. This was a regular complaint I heard from peers. You would constantly hear employees in Procurement and Project Management complaining about how stressed they were. The managers are incompetent and promoted without any experience in their field, with bunk degrees (DeVry, Phoenix, etc.). They also hire family members without experience in their field. This makes it difficult for anyone with actual qualifications to work effectively and make improvements. Many employees are incompetent and don't reply to emails or phone calls.

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  9. Helpful (2)

    "Operations"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at PlayStation full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Whimsical and creative production environment.

    Cons

    Still has an antiquated "top down" management approach. Confining structure and to stodgy for the bay area. Questionable ethical behavior among some senior management folk. No stock options or RSUs.

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  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great company, OK department"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
     
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PlayStation

    Pros

    - engaging field - great people - great benefits and corporate perks

    Cons

    - questionable initiatives/direction - senior management is incentivized to prioritize department performance over overall business performance - lower levels of the company are underpaid

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