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Sony Pictures Entertainment Reviews

Updated August 15, 2014
Updated August 15, 2014
170 Reviews

3.6
170 Reviews
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Sony Pictures Entertainment Co-Chairman and CEO Michael M. Lynton
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work environment, paid internship, great learning opportunities, beautiful studio lot (in 16 reviews)

  • Has great work life balance programs that help keep employees from getting burned out (in 14 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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41 Employee Reviews Back to all reviews

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  1.  

    Leading entertainment company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sony Pictures Entertainment full-time

    Pros

    Industry leader with great reputation

    Cons

    Depending on the department, the experience may vary.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Decent Company to Work for.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The lot is nice and they do try to make the employees feel like it's a 'green' company.

    Cons

    Management and leadership is constantly in flux and it's hard to tell what direction the company is truly moving towards.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Relaxed culture, good amenities and good benefits. Overall atmosphere is good but depending on the function and division you are working in, work/life balance can vary.

    Cons

    Technology / systems lag behind other studios, lack of communication between divisions, no synergy between electronics and entertainment division. There is a rigidity at SPE in certain areas (technology, finance etc) that hampers creativity or improvement.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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    Current Employee - Manager, Marketing  in  Culver City, CA
    Current Employee - Manager, Marketing in Culver City, CA

    I have been working at Sony Pictures Entertainment full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    There was more of an entrepreneurial spirit when I was there, with more collaboration and less division between departments and responsibilities than at other studios.

    Cons

    Reactive instead of proactive to changing market conditions; great ideas but little or no follow-through; job cuts made in batches that don't make sense instead of thoughtful refining of processes and reallocating manpower

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reinstate intermediary levels for employee advancement (i.e., Senior Manager, Associate Director) throughout company, not just in select divisions

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Sliding Down but holding on

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst  in  Culver City, CA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Culver City, CA

    I have been working at Sony Pictures Entertainment full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Excitement of the lot. Being close to production. And to new technology.
    Talent can be interesting if nothing else.

    Cons

    An ambiance of over paid old-timers who have stayed, and new, energetic lesser paid staff. But Company is doing a good job of cleaning up the obnoxious, diva, at times destructive hanger-on's, especially in legal and marketing. Just that the soul of the place is in angst, and projects never sure these days.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep developing the younger, more dedicated teams across the departments, and communicate central goals to all. The place can still be saved. Gotta remember advantages, especially with competitive technology and some dedicated, talented staff who are great to work with across departments. Keep motivating with clear goal setting and rewards!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Stable

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sony Pictures Entertainment

    Pros

    Very stable. HR invests in the 'little things' -- for example, there's a nice gym and weekly happy hours on the lot.

    Cons

    Very political culture, bordering on passive aggressive.

  8.  

    roller coaster - but a great ride!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Culver City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Culver City, CA

    I have been working at Sony Pictures Entertainment as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    people are friendly and everyone works very hard

    Cons

    The recent layoffs have really brought down company moral.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    top heavy org that could benefit from a flatter structure

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great atmosphere, great people to work with, but little company loyalty from above.

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    Former Employee - Manager, Digital Marketing  in  Culver City, CA
    Former Employee - Manager, Digital Marketing in Culver City, CA

    I worked at Sony Pictures Entertainment full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Sony Pictures and specifically, Sony Pictures Digital Entertainment, paid very well and the environment was fun and there are some really good and strong people.

    Cons

    The parent company gives up on new divisions too quickly and lays people off like there's no tomorrow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make your employees have reason to be invested in what they're doing and the organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Comfortable 15 years with a studio

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    Current Employee - Director of Finance  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Director of Finance in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Sony Pictures Entertainment full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great campus and location in Culver City

    Cons

    Senior manage and investors, office culture

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Passive Agressive! Not direct

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sony Pictures Entertainment full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good benefits. Work on films. What else do you want.

    Cons

    Back biting. You have to actively try to work hard to grow within the company.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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