What does it take to get a job with Sony Computer Entertainment America? What is it like working at Sony Computer Entertainment America? ACR takes a look:
About Sony Computer Entertainment America
Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) has been in the gaming industry since 1994. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Computer Entertainment, Inc. The company is famous for its PlayStation brand and games such as Unchartered, God of War, Killzone, Resistance, Gran Turismo, PixelJunk, Ratchet & Clank, and LittleBigPlanet.
Sony Computer Entertainment America is based in Foster City, CA. This location serves as headquarters for all North American operations. The company is home to 1,800 employees working at the Foster City headquarters as well as offices in San Diego CA., Santa Monica, CA., and Bend, OR.
Sony Computer Entertainment America Jobs
Sony Computer Entertainment, like many gaming companies, is always looking for fresh talent. According to the company website, the company has many “exciting” opportunities for employment across the U.S. and in many of its corporate divisions and companies. The company prides itself on creating a “fun atmosphere where play is crucial to the success of its games and community.”
If you’re interested in working for SCEA, visit Sony, click “Corporate Information” at the bottom of the page, followed by “Job Postings,” then “Sony Entertainment LLC.” You can search through job postings and apply online. As of August 28, 2011, the following jobs were available:
- Senior Character Artist
- Special Effects Artist
- Motion Graphics Artist
- Maya Technical Director
- Graphic Designer
- Environment Designer
- Software Engineer
- Senior Producer
Many of the job openings were in Foster City (San Francisco Bay Area), Los Angeles, and Santa Monica.
Sony Computer Entertainment America Salaries and Benefits
Salaries for Sony Computer Entertainment employees vary depending job responsibilities, skills, and education. The company does not list salaries on its website but several sites, such as Glassdoor.com, offer salary information based on reports by employees. Just a few salary ranges for Sony employees are:
- Animator: $68,000-$81,000
- Artist: $54,000-$84,000
- Cinematic Artist: $83,000-$90,000
- Senior Producer: $115,000-$124,000
- Software Engineer (Hourly): $96-$103/hr.
- Software Engineer (Salaried): $79,000-$100,000
Game Developer Magazine conducts an industry-wide salary survey each year. The latest survey lists average salaries for programmers, artists and animators, game designers, production specialists, and sound designers working in the gaming industry. See how Sony compares. The results of the survey are as follows:
- Programmers: $85,733
- Art & Animation: $71,354
- Game Design: $70,223
- Production: $88,544
- Sound Designer: $68,088
- Business and Legal: $106,452
Game Developer Magazine is a San Francisco-based print publication serving more than 30,000 professional game developers.