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A really friendly working environment but with old Japanese manners

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Product Planner in Tokyo (Japan)
Current Employee - Product Planner in Tokyo (Japan)

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

Pros

What you do will affect the whole world and this feels really good.
The brand is really strong and give you some social status.
Feeling of doing something premium, not because it is cheap, but we will do it because it is good for the customer.
Friendly. People will smile during meetings and invite you to drink together.
Really interesting people around: Almost everybody has a hobby like playing guitar, scuba diving or Snowboarding. Easy to find your own group.

Cons

Slow to adopt to new process.
Always in big teams, too many meetings with too many people.
Too many middle management jobs and too much offshore, what demotivate some engineers that come here to create and eventually they are just managing cheaper labour in other countries.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Give more freedom to the employees. Everything has to be approved for so many people that sometimes the employees don't feel they are responsible for the project.
Stop so much offshore and let your great and high skilled engineers develop the new software and technologies that will change the world!

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    Good work life balance and good culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)

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

    Pros

    good culture, good work environment, good toward environment, good towards exposure and good change for onsite travel

    Cons

    shifts, sometimes too much of processes

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    OK but not somewhere for a long-term career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Manager
    Former Employee - Product Manager

    I worked at Sony full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    It's still a great brand to work for despite its flaws and current struggles.
    Staff discounts on TVs can be very good.
    There are some very good people amongst the ranks.

    Cons

    Corporate culture just will not change - very old fashioned, bureaucratic and slow moving. The company cannot decide if its focus is content (supported by hardware) or hardware (supported by content). As such, neither is done as well as it should be.
    Career progression can be limited due to the vast layers of middle management.
    Cost-cutting focus leads to numerous rounds of job losses and budget cuts - the best people often take their chance to leave when this happens.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remove layers of middle management.
    Become more agile and modern - learn from what competitor companies are doing so successfully.
    Reduce hardware product portfolio - take bold decisions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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