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Fun work environment
WWS QA Functional Tester (Former Employee) –  Liverpool27 November 2018
Has nice hours from 8:30AM till 4PM. Job lets you learn and advance yourself, though this doesn't mean you rise up quickly in the company.

Work culture is fun and offers a lot of benefits though for rewards of hard work, there isn't much.
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Excellent Oppunity
Third Party Relations - Production Coordinator (Former Employee) –  Soho, Greater London11 November 2018
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.
Pros
Connection within the industry, interaction with game publishers and developers, events, game codes, canteen/bar within the HQ
Cons
Contractor may miss out on few benefits such as Japanese Lessons.
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No progression
First Person Quality Assurance video game tester (Former Employee) –  Wavertree15 June 2018
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.
Cons
No career, is more of a summer job for students
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Excellent company to work for
Energy Policy Analyst (Current Employee) –  Oxford Street, Greater London25 April 2018
Good social life and events, excellent people. Fun and relaxed atmosphere to work in and offices are state of the art. Career progression can be limited.
Pros
Events, socials and people
Cons
Career progression
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Good people, poor work practices and difficult to advance.
Functional Tester (Current Employee) –  Liverpool, Merseyside10 February 2019
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.
Pros
Free games
Cons
General atmosphere of disdain for contractors, zero job security, difficult advancement.
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Fast paced, future facing organisation
European Product Marketing Manager (Former Employee) –  London4 January 2018
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.
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Awful place to work at entry-level
Tester (Former Employee) –  Liverpool, Merseyside10 January 2018
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.
Pros
You get to work on games and talk to devs, sometimes.
Cons
Low pay, no job security, horrible environment, lack of respect.
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Good workplace, slow to get things done
Infrastructure Analyst (Former Employee) –  London7 January 2017
On the whole its a good place to work there isn't too much opportunity for progression and the pay could be better. There is a nice work/life balance.
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