Sony Computer Entertainment

Location: Foster City, CA

Founded: 1994

Website: http://us.playstation.com/

Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC (SCEA) is the headquarters for all North American operations in support of the PlayStation brand. SCEA employs more than 1,800 people at the Silicon Valley headquarters and three other West Coast studios.


Notable Products

  • PlayStation game consoles
  • PSP handheld entertainment system
  • PlayStation Network
  • God of War
  • Gran Turismo
  • Ratchet & Clank

 

What to Expect

The Sony Corporation is one of the largest entertainment technology companies in the world, but don’t let that intimidate you. If you are passionate about gaming, motivated to produce only the best possible work, and want to participate in a creative and collaborative environment, then SCEA might be a great fit for you. There are opportunities available for full-time and part-time employees, contract workers, and interns. The company is committed to nurturing skilled employees and harnessing the best talent out there.

Simple things can impress a Sony recruiter; put your portfolio online, write a persuasive cover letter, and tailor your reel to display examples of your work that closely resemble the style and aesthetic of Sony’s current game titles. Most important, don’t abandon your application once it has been sent. Keep in touch; follow up with the recruiter. The best way to stand out is to maintain a positive professional relationship with the person reviewing your work. There may not have been a position available when you first sent off your résumé, but six months later your dream job could open up. Unless you keep in touch, Sony isn’t going to remember you. A short email that mentions your recent projects every couple of months is enough to keep your name fresh in the recruiter’s mind.

When you do get the interview, be prepared to prove yourself all over again. If you make the first cut, artists can expect to be given an art test. Programmers will be quizzed on their technical skills and software experience. Sony uses Maya, Mental Ray, and Z-Brush, and prefers experience in XML, PERL, and C++. This is where any puffery on your résumé will become obvious, so don’t embellish. It’s OK to admit you don’t know something. SCEA is happy to accept people with a good foundation of skills and talent who are eager to keep learning.

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