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This is a terrible company to work for. They don’t like having women doing the same job as a man who is 20 years old. If you are a women, they do not treat you the same way they do if you were a man. They do not respect you. Avoid this company at all costs
A nightmare, they are paying less and less, not to mention the benefits that were removed after a suspicious transfer to an umbrella company. Poor management and employees are just numbers.
Working at PlayStation can be fun, rewarding and exciting, however is often let down by disconnected management. Change can happen often, and sometimes the decisions within the change process don't seem very well educated. There is not much attention paid to the full value of the lower level staff, and as a result the organisation often loses loyal, skilled workers. There has also been a negative culture of contract based work, with some staff working over 10 years as contractors. Hopefully this will change with the new legislation in 2020. Despite these factors, working life is fun and there are many social events that happen for game releases, product releases and other occasions. The canteen becomes a bar on Thursday and Friday evenings, and food and drink is very affordable.
From day one you'll feel wowed by the role and the task and the free stuff. Advancement is a distant dream, even a permanent role is a long and forgotten thing. Takes advantage of young impressionable people to give essentially 0 hour contracts on poor pay. Job culture is dominated by old hats and office politics. It's very much a perm versus temp society which is highlighted by the difference in things handed out to permanent staff in front of you. Some benefits; It's not a hard job, there are freebies, less than perm but they're there. Overall it's better than being jobless. But do not go down QA route for career.
Working at Sony was an enjoyable experience for me. The environment at Sony was relaxed and laid back. My colleagues were really helpful and friendly and were able to assist me with any queries or questions that I had during my time working there.
A workplace that is generally only worth being a part of for the people you work with. Generally a lot of great people work here, but beyond that the company is mostly a negative experience. Management beyond lower middle management will generally avoid interacting at all with the general staff. Almost like they don't wish to be sullied by the common folk! Recently the company chose to offload all their contractors to a very poor and unprofessional company that has done nothing but cause problems and headaches for employees. Pay is all over the place and there are no employee rights to speak of. They employ poor management techniques and software that is not up to the task. Sony do not really care though, as they simply did not want to have to deal with contractors. Additionally any idea of a career ladder or step-by-step advancement has disappeared. There is now a huge jump from the lowest rung to the next as the company has removed a lot of the mid-tier advancements that used to exist. On top of this is zero job security as they can cut you at a weeks notice. Generally only apply to work here if you wish to gain a bit of basic experience in QA and want to experience something of the gaming industry.
General atmosphere of disdain for contractors, zero job security, difficult advancement.
Daily tasks would involve checking products arriving on the PlayStation store in the form publisher intended. Ensuring information, images, price and availability are in order. Planning and monitoring all content within the week up till future releases for the next few months. The department I worked in was very welcoming, we'd often find ways to handle tasks which would overlap with others to find the most suitable way to manage multiple duties. The work environment was very professional but not in a way to feel so stuffy, most staff are down to earth and know how to have a laugh while at work. Share stories, and information whether it was work-related or not. Most enjoyable part of my job would be the entire experience, sometimes getting to share, with my line manager, some of the most unorthodox game we got to manage.
Connection within the industry, interaction with game publishers and developers, events, game codes, canteen/bar within the HQ
Contractor may miss out on few benefits such as Japanese Lessons.
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.
No career, is more of a summer job for students
I found PlayStation in London GMS a nice place to work. Friendly people always willing to help. Their internal IT needs an upgrade but that's the only moan. I recommend you work here if you're offered to.
Subsidised meals, great London location
Working at Sony is focused on testing software / computer games with a requirement of data entry and word processing skills. A typical day usually is working with a team to find issues / bugs within a title and entering them into a database. The staff are pleasant and easy to work with, the same with some of the managers, but do not expect a career, as this is only contracted work.
Can be stressful beyond the positions expectations and no long term contracts
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.
You get to work on games and talk to devs, sometimes.
Low pay, no job security, horrible environment, lack of respect.
Sony Interactive Entertainment is a fantastic company at the leading edge of consumer marketing. Given its primary audience are digitally native, tech-savvy segments, the marketing work done in PlayStation is extremely agile and future facing. I would recommend anyone to work there.
the lines can get pretty busy so it can end up being a little bit stressful trying to log the call when you have a queue, I have learned how to cope under pressure and how to handle tough situations in a more professional way with this job. I would say one of the hardest things about the job is having to work most saturdays.