Sony Pictures Entertainment Reviews

Updated July 3, 2015
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Sony Pictures Entertainment Co-Chairman and CEO Michael M. Lynton
Michael M. Lynton
8 Ratings

Pros
  • Great benefits and work life balance (in 17 reviews)

  • Great work environment and great benefits (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • Most of my time there was good although there was no work/life balance in my position (all work) (in 6 reviews)

  • Technology / systems lag behind other studios, lack of communication between divisions, no synergy between electronics and entertainment division (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Thank god I got

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

    I worked at Sony Pictures Entertainment full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    It's a big name to put on the old resume.

    Cons

    It's in a good location. Looking back it's been nice to have a big name on my resume since a lot of job sites check for that.

    Advice to Management

    They could be a little more encouraging. There seems to be a culture of throwing people under the bus, especially from managers to entry level employees.


  2. Office Coordinator

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    Former Employee - Coordinator and Executive Assistant in Lombard, IL
    Former Employee - Coordinator and Executive Assistant in Lombard, IL

    I worked at Sony Pictures Entertainment (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Many wonderful learning experiences and received my MFA while working at Sony

    Cons

    None. I've learned at every position I've held.

    Advice to Management

    Please give me a chance now that I can work full time after marrying and having to temp as our children are now in college.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Top heavy, incompetency, corporate culture

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Culver City, CA
    Former Employee - Analyst in Culver City, CA

    I worked at Sony Pictures Entertainment full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    -Compensation and benefits were decent. -Nice campus,Coffee Bean, Yogurt land, etc. (gets old very fast). -Weekly movie screenings (gets old very fast). -Breaking Bad motor home and Ghost Busters car.

    Cons

    I highly advise against working here. While working at a fortune 500 company like Sony might seem enticing, save yourself frustration, and look elsewhere. For those who have only worked at big corporations like this, you may not mind or even notice what I'm talking about. For those out there who have worked at smaller/progressive work places - look the other way, you won't make it past 6 months here. Cons: -Rigid culture - Strong corporate culture, a world that just hasn't caught on. Awkward business casual requirement in non-client facing roles. Felt like I was working in a corporate nightmare back in 1994. -Micro-Management and Incompetency - Managers who have no sense of department responsibilities, goals, or vision for growth. Exactly that, 'Managers' not leaders, the type of superiors who FWD emails for others to answer, play on Pinterest and FB all day, take 3 hour lunches, and loudly proclaim when they need to "hop on a call" or "do lunch with someone" -Annoying loud singing and blasting of bass by higher ups. -Complacent culture, one that doesn't promote or encourage growth, overall lack of drive and ambition. -Lack of direction. -Internal technology is behind on the times. Lack thereof equipment for employees (old desktop computer and one small monitor).

    Advice to Management

    -Higher ups need training on progressive thinking. -Take a step back and slim down management hierarchy. -Hire new/fresh talent. -Restructure management and do away with Office Space like management style. -Provide employees with the resources they need to do their jobs more efficiently. -Don't be afraid of change.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Micromanaging Hell!

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    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits, gym, free movies, office location

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

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


  6. Helpful (3)

    Worst entertainment company in LA

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    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    None really nothing you cant find somewhere else

    Cons

    Bad management, low pay, mostly off shore hires

    Advice to Management

    Invest in America


  7. Helpful (1)

    Machiavellian Nightmare

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sony Pictures Entertainment full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  8. Management and higher ups are unethical and unprofesisonal

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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


  9. Dead-end, low paying

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    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

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

    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.


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

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    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  11. No attention to Temps

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Digital Content Marketing Coordinator in Culver City, CA
    Former Contractor - Digital Content Marketing Coordinator in Culver City, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    Be more kind to temps, they will stay longer



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