Sony Music Entertainment Reviews

Updated April 18, 2015
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Pros
  • Great artists, great international network, great people in general (in 13 reviews)

  • The culture was very laid back, which is nice if you don't want to dress up for work every day (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Not a lot of room for growth at the lower levels (in 6 reviews)

  • long hours, but hey, that's the entertainment biz (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Really Enjoyable Internship Opportunity

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Sony Music Entertainment as an intern

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fun work environment, relaxed colleagues and supervisors, and, if you have a passion for music, lots of fun.

    Cons

    I had an internship, so not much room for exposure to negatives. Perhaps a little more exposure to upper management, or more sessions with mentors.

    Advice to Management

    Work to create slightly more consistent programming/mentoring for interns. There were periodic meetups, but they could have been more frequent.

  2. New Release Planner

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

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

    Pros

    Great Artists, a lot of really nice people who work hard, good benefits.

    Cons

    Management at least in department I worked in was awful. Do what i say not as I do attitude. Not great pay, more corporate than other record companies,many layoffs!

    Advice to Management

    Be respectful and listen to your employees concerns or suggestions.

  3. Great Internship experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I have been working at Sony Music Entertainment as an intern

    Pros

    Very relaxed environment, fun people, nice work are.

    Cons

    no opportunities for growth

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Great place, tons of fun.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sony Music Entertainment

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

    Pros

    Great people, fun atmosphere very bustling!

    Cons

    Iffy on payment sometimes, they sometimes Needed to be hassled. But alwAys delivered.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Occasionally fun but mostly difficult chapter of my career

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

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

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

    Pros

    Resources available to a sony employee with the various wings of the company are unparalleled. When you want to get a meeting, very few companies will ever turn down sony.

    Cons

    Completely dysfunctional management structure. Poorly defined goals for an aimless company. Leadership that couldn't figure out what space it wanted to be in (this is an issue for all of sony, not just SME)

    Advice to Management

    Invest heavily in youth and rebuilding what is a very broken culture. SME is very top heavy and primarily run by a circle of old friends that don't have a vision for the future of the business.

  7. Helpful (1)

    It was Ok

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Release Planning in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Release Planning in New York, NY

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    flexible time off, causal dress and work environment, great location in NYC, gym and cafeteria on location both very affordable and sustainable. off hours: 10-6 rather than 9-5. made commuting easier and having an after work life balance very easy to maintain.

    Cons

    poor inter-dept communication, little to absolutely no movement within the company...in fact it's shrinking - bit of a moral killer. many are so ego driven and protective of their jobs that it's tough to pitch ideas to better projects and products, it was easy to close you out of meetings. new ideas were never taken seriously, in many cases they were ignored. medical copays were a little rough too.

    Advice to Management

    my biggest problem was with my immediate supervisor. he was a moral killer, kill-joy, an awful manager, and was responsible for 5 people (myself included) getting fired within 3 years because he didn't like them or their work processes. in fact he created a very hostile work environment. aside from that, I found it hard to get involved in projects. I was 100% confined to my position when I wanted to branch out and grow within the company.

  8. Fine

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Intern in New York, NY
    Current Intern - Intern in New York, NY

    I have been working at Sony Music Entertainment as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great name to put on your resume, some really awesome people and good look into the music industry. Depending on your department this could either be a great time or incredibly boring. I was called back to interview for a full time position after my internship ended, but I had already taken another position, so there are opportunities for growth.

    Cons

    The department I was in unfortunately had a poor structure, anyone below manager had a fair amount of grunt work to do vs meaningful projects, and this of course trickles down to the interns. This really reflected the "corporate" reputation I had heard about Sony.

    Advice to Management

    Difficult to say, again I know other departments that seemed incredible to work in, but I think overall the company can be relaxed more in terms of hierarchy

  9. Intern

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at Sony Music Entertainment

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Diverse Atmosphere
    Each desk has huge speakers and access to FREE Music
    Casual

    Cons

    This comes with all interns but I was told to do certain tasks without understand the overall purpose of them.

  10. Great experience.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Production Coordinator in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Production Coordinator in Miami, FL

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun, creative environment. Very relaxed atmosphere. You get to work with marquee brands and artists.

    Cons

    A major setback about working here is that the industry is constantly changing and the company has been very late reacting to change which has lead to constant restructuring and a low morale in the office due to the fear of one losing their job. Compensation for lower level management is low and personal growth within the company was very challenging.

    Advice to Management

    Bridge the gap between upper level management and lower level management and promote growth within the company instead of hiring outside.

  11. Somewhat creative since it deals with music, but still corporate environment.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in New York, NY

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Working with peers that are passionate about music and that have similar interest.

    Cons

    Corporate environment and office vibes can feel a bit overwhelming.

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