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Sony Pictures Entertainment Reviews

Updated September 29, 2014
Updated September 29, 2014
188 Reviews
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Sony Pictures Entertainment Co-Chairman and CEO Michael M. Lynton
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Has great work life balance programs that help keep employees from getting burned out (in 15 reviews)

  • Great work environment, paid internship, great learning opportunities, beautiful studio lot (in 13 reviews)


Cons
  • Most of my time there was good although there was no work/life balance in my position (all work) (in 5 reviews)

  • Lack of communication in corporate policies or new policies (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Micromanaging Hell!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Culver City, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Culver City, CA

    I have been working at Sony Pictures Entertainment full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, gym, free movies, office location

    Cons

    Micromanaging, does not promote within, layoffs, no growth opportunities, bad management, turnovers, low morale

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember returns over effort and stop micromanaging. Start to trust and empower your employees. Follow through with what you preach.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Worst entertainment company in LA

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director of Information Technology in Culver City, CA
    Current Employee - Director of Information Technology in Culver City, CA

    I have been working at Sony Pictures Entertainment part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    None really nothing you cant find somewhere else

    Cons

    Bad management, low pay, mostly off shore hires

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in America

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Machiavellian Nightmare

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sony Pictures Entertainment full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, great quality of life, high-profile setting, incredible surroundings, nice perks

    Cons

    Way too many lifers, stagnation, Dilbert-esque situations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make your reports accountable. Stop worrying about your jobs and tenure and start implementing real change. Have courage to make changes and follow Daniel Loeb's advice and remove yourselves from the thumb of Sony Corp to really find out what true innovation is.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Management and higher ups are unethical and unprofesisonal

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sony Pictures Entertainment full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Healthcare, screenings, car incentives, fitness center

    Cons

    No opportunity for growth, HR doesn't foster an environment to help those in need, management usually comes in inebriated, continual layoffs and cutbacks in OT and spending

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Dead-end, low paying

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Culver City, CA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Culver City, CA

    I have been working at Sony Pictures Entertainment full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I work with some really talented and genuinely nice people.

    Cons

    Depending on the division you work for, there is no room for growth, no career development and no path to promotion. The division that I work for, expects too much work to be accomplished in too short of a period of time, with too few resources. You have to work a lot of extra hours in order to keep up with the demands.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Homogenous at top and middle tiers, hires european to boost diversity rather than utilize US talent and diversity.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Culver City, CA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Culver City, CA

    I worked at Sony Pictures Entertainment full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    It's a well known company with extraordinary resources. The film department brings forth the best most entertaining films of any studio. Despite despite a lack of diversity in upper management the studio can produce diverse product annually.

    Cons

    This studio is trying for people who are not to-the-manner-born--right last names, right universities, right ethnic background etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice would be to actually share the wealth and power, rather than speak about it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    No attention to Temps

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Digital Content Marketing Coordinator in Culver City, CA
    Former Employee - Digital Content Marketing Coordinator in Culver City, CA

    I worked at Sony Pictures Entertainment as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Hands on, a great deal of new work experiences working with new films

    Cons

    Temps are overlooked and overworked without regard. No one will help you because they are all afraid you will take over their jobs or know too much and be too much of an asset.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more kind to temps, they will stay longer

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    the IT department and Business Enterprise & Corporate Technology have no clue what they are doing.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Web Developer in Culver City, CA
    Current Employee - Web Developer in Culver City, CA

    I have been working at Sony Pictures Entertainment

    Pros

    Close to where I live, carries a good brand name

    Cons

    even If you are offered a million dollor job just run, I had been hired to work on Lotus Notes Migration to SharePoint, and part of my job was to analyse the requiremnts, the Enterprise & Corporate Technology is like your neighbors from hell! Sony is no longer a cool rich Japanese company, most employees are hired because they asked for lowest possible salaries, the level of professionalisem is extremly low, mostly managed from offices of Sony in Inida now, the company tries to copy what TimeWarner does. with tours around the studioes - which are mostly empty!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please hire people with relevant experinece in their field. you need a shake down. specially in Technology.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Every day was chaotic and stressful with some yelling involved.

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Sony Pictures Entertainment

    Pros

    Work around talented and creative people.

    Cons

    Not enough pay for the amount of work you do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Dishonest, unethical, immoral: Sony Pictures Entertainment

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Key Account Manager
    Current Employee - Key Account Manager

    I have been working at Sony Pictures Entertainment

    Pros

    + You get to work in the film industry
    + Other people out there still think that Sony Pictures is a good company to work for

    Cons

    + Nepotism: Managers tend to promote their buddies
    + Incompetent management. You can end up reporting to five superiors, which in total have less years of experience in the film industry than you, less academic credentials and less skills. However, as long as you've got a big mouth and lots of arrogance you can go far at Sony Pictures.
    + Too many chiefs, too few indians
    + Hire & fire mentality: I saw people hired for a new job role and fired after a couple of months because management found that the organization should be restructured again (this happens rather often), making the just created role obsolete

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    + Take your hat and leave.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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