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Sony Pictures Entertainment Reviews in Los Angeles, CA

Updated February 25, 2015
Updated February 25, 2015
128 Reviews
3.7
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Pros
  • Has great work life balance programs that help keep employees from getting burned out (in 17 reviews)

  • Great work environment, paid internship, great learning opportunities, beautiful studio lot (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)

  • Lack of communication in corporate policies or new policies (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    One of the better major studios to work at in the film industry.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in Culver City, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Culver City, CA

    I worked at Sony Pictures Entertainment full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Centralized location, good employee benefits

    Cons

    The company has been shrinking consistently over the past few years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on career development to ensure talent turnover stays at a minimum.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Great Company!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst in Culver City, CA
    Former Employee - Analyst in Culver City, CA

    I worked at Sony Pictures Entertainment

    Pros

    A very employee centric company.

    Cons

    There was a lack of planned training for on the job duties.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Okay Company - GREAT Benefits

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations Coordinator in Culver City, CA
    Current Employee - Operations Coordinator in Culver City, CA

    I have been working at Sony Pictures Entertainment full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great Benefits, great employee perks. Great opportunity to learn different aspects of the entertainment industry from the inside. Outstanding people.

    Cons

    Women generally make less money than men - for the same job. Advancement opportunities are slim and/or non-existent. Very few "minorities" (Blacks, Latinos, Asian Americans) in leadership positions. Very few women in leadership positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire the IT department that jeopardized 40,000 employees' confidential identities - including mine. Please mentor and promote more ethnic minorities.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great internship experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - For Domestic Networks, Finance in Culver City, CA
    Former Intern - For Domestic Networks, Finance in Culver City, CA

    I worked at Sony Pictures Entertainment as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    I loved interning here because of its fast paced environment. It really gave me a feel of how "real life" accounting would be like. My managers and people I worked with were amazing! They gave my projects that definitely helped me understand accounting/finance better. They gave me real work, not the typical photocopy, busy work and errands like other internships. It felt like an actual job! Also, had team meetings every week and team lunches every month! VP and Co-CFO were both very humble and easy to talk to!

    Cons

    Wish the internship started sooner. Since I was just an intern, I didn't get any benefits.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    The company as a whole was good. Lots of perks.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Accounts Payable Analyst in Culver City, CA
    Former Employee - Accounts Payable Analyst in Culver City, CA

    I worked at Sony Pictures Entertainment

    Pros

    The free shirts, hats, food were good. On the lot was great because of all the restaurants and shops.

    Cons

    Some of the managers were lacking real motivation skills, difficult to move to another department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get real people skills, motivation is key to get real loyalty from emploees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Loved the environment, the people, the area

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Assistant Editor in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Contractor - Assistant Editor in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Sony Pictures Entertainment as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Really loved working on the lot, the work was fun, and the people were really great. Things went fast and fun

    Cons

    If you're a free-lancer they make you take a week off every 6 weeks, which can really work against you if you're trying to maintain a budget

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Loved working here-

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Culver City, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Culver City, CA

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

    Pros

    Many ex-employees are bashing and bringing legal action against Sony because of the hack. But I'd still be there if I hadn't moved. I loved working at Sony and even tho they did not encrypt our personal records...they took care of us and cared about the employees. Having been a long term staff member my compensation was high, I don't think I'll find another gig like that if I move back. We had a great team and we all loved our jobs...great social environment and sense of community.

    Cons

    After the layoffs we did have to work way too hard...each of us probably filling the shoes of 2 or 3 people. I can't think of anything that I thought was unfair. We had better amenities before the cost cutting measures over the fast 5 years or so- but personally I don't care about free coke. It may be difficult to overcome the challenges created by the cyber attack, wait and see. And I agree that career paths and promotions are political in nature...not always based on your performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do you really need to slash as much as you have? Don't forget... your biggest asset is your talent...don't let them go, you lose the integrity of a 1st tier studio and become a 2nd tier...be careful. And you better do some kind of study to see if anyone will work with Amy after the past month.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Top heavy, incompetency, corporate culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    -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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Enjoy working at Sony

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President Finance in Culver City, CA
    Current Employee - Vice President Finance in Culver City, CA

    I have been working at Sony Pictures Entertainment full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great team and not a lot of typical Hollywood attitude.

    Cons

    Under staffed and long hours at peak times.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  11.  

    Good Perks, Tough Work/Personal Life Balance.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Supervisor in Culver City, CA
    Current Employee - Project Supervisor in Culver City, CA

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

    Pros

    Perks and benefits are better than most businesses, in any field. Historic studio lot. Many opportunities to interact with a variety of departments.

    Cons

    Compensation is always minimal due to other failing divisions within the Sony conglomerate. "Lays-off" talented and experienced employees for young inexperienced kids with no responsibilities that will work however many hours "requested" in fear of losing their jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Relish and honor your experienced staff. Utilize them as mentors to the next generation of professionals. As a creative entertainment company removing the stuffy corporate environment that has permeated the workplace. Quality production is seriously compromised as the CYA mentality is rampant.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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