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Sony Electronics Reviews in San Jose, CA

Updated September 6, 2014
Updated September 6, 2014
434 Reviews
3.3
434 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance is better than most, and compensation is above industry average (in 26 reviews)

  • Great product, Great people for the most part(the only reason I haven't quit yet (in 28 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance can be off during peak period which can be most of the time (in 12 reviews)

  • The senior management team is absolutely clueless on how to bounce back from one dramatic setback after another (in 17 reviews)

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  1.  

    Very Nice place to work at, if..............

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    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Sony Electronics full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very nice strong engineers group, interesting projects.

    Cons

    there are some cons when unhealthy balance of ............... tipping

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Sales position is ok, no career path

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Sony Electronics part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Different products to work with to sell. If you are knowledgable in many sections job will be much easier, such as cameras, televisions, computers. Base pay is ok.

    Cons

    Very difficult to work with commission, you only get commission from extended warranty sales, which are very hard to sell. Working in specific sections can make it even harder to get commission. Average sales employee in my opinion has no future.

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

    Not a memorable experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Applied Research Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Applied Research Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Sony Electronics as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Location is good which is in Silicon valley

    Cons

    Except the pros: low salary, not good management etc

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Staff Engineer

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    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Sony Electronics full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work with a bunch of smart guys

    Cons

    Need to fight with beauracucy

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    On Track to Lose $1 Billion in Current Fiscal Year!

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    Current Employee - Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    I'm not sure there are any.

    Cons

    Upper management is still pursuing a 1980s-style manufacturing/industrial strategy. They don't realize the world has moved on and they can't figure out why no on wants to buy want they're selling. As long as this mindset persists, Sony will continue to decline in the face of competition from Apple, Samsung, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retire.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Soon Only Not Yet

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Sony Electronics full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Some really cool technology and lots of untapped potential. Most co-workers are very passionate and capable, if not shell-shocked from round after round of layoffs. A good place if you're really into office politics.

    Cons

    Few, if any, of the executives are true leaders. The current path seems to indicate the company will become irrelevant -- there appears to be no real strategy whatsoever other than laying off more and more people. Colleagues in Japan are in no way aligned with local realities; duplicate and contrary efforts abound.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to explain why it's not hopeless, but don't sugarcoat the truth -- you do yourselves a disservice.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sony is no longer a great employer

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Sony Electronics full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, good people to work with. A long history of engineering and product excellence. World top five brand leader.

    Cons

    The company is doing drastic cost cutting to stay afloat, and is not able to pursue innovative new products because of financial issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on new products and innovation, not selling assets - getting rid of your best people will lead to implosion even faster.

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

    The worst place to work

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    Current Employee - SQA in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - SQA in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    There is nothing I can say... Maybe just for store discount

    Cons

    Favorite people get promoted... Nobody cares about skills, experience etc.,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Review for Sony US Research Center, San Jose

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    Current Employee - Research Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Research Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Benefits are decent. The building is conveniently located next to the San Jose airport.

    Cons

    Rank/file employee turnover at this business unit is incredibly high. Specifically, turnover is at least 4-5 times higher than most Silicon Valley companies. As a result, this business unit is "always hiring." In contrast, no one in senior management has left this business unit in the past 10 years.

    HR is aware of some (but probably not all) of the problems that exist in this business unit. However, unlike an American company, HR is powerless to do anything.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Phil Molyneaux: You are in charge or US operations. Why is the employee turnover at this business unit so high? What are the complaints from former Sony Alumni, regarding this business unit? (There are a lot of US Research Center alumni out there.) Please find out. The best course of action is to disband the business unit, and to form a new one, with a brand new senior management team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to work

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    so much new technologies to work on and great team work in oversee

    Cons

    you can work on one project and not going home for two weeks. But I got a 2 weeks off after that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    planing ahead of time to get enough resources to handle the work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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