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Sony Pictures Entertainment Reviews

Updated August 28, 2014
Updated August 28, 2014
171 Reviews

3.6
171 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    It has a little bit of everything for everybody

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

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

    Pros

    Entertainment industry has a lot of Pros being a creative field. There are corporate jobs and creative jobs so there is a lot of opportunities for all depending on your area of expertise. It has a busy studio feel when you work on the lot which makes your days enjoyable. Friendly atmosphere of people with lots of perks, activities, and campus feel.

    Cons

    There are talks of the studio being sold, layotffs, etc which leads to the company not taking chances in a lot of areas. Also, it feels a little too top heavy with so many EVP, SVPs and VPs with high salaries when so many others have to do more with less as people get laid off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a deeper dive into the production and day to day. Seems that senior management controls the voice of everyone when that is the voice of few.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Work Life Balanace

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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 Pictures Entertainment

    Pros

    Everyone leaves at a decent time, the gym, yogurtland, happy hours on the lot

    Cons

    Hard to move up, everyone on the top doesn't work nearly as hard as those on the bottom which is a little backwards. Really hard to fire the people that deserve to be fired.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Major offshoring and outsourcing efforts, chasing expense and staff reductions all the time

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    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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Working in entertainment industry, company tries to give employees $5 lunch specials, nice to work on the studio lot.

    Cons

    Major focus on cost reduction, cheaper is better, reducing staffing and staff salaries. Little chance for promotion in current downsizing environment. Too much work moving offshore or being outsourced,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make better movies, change talent to produce more profitable movies and TV shows, get more production on the lot.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    Consultant

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sony Pictures Entertainment as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Good pay and great work environment

    Cons

    Nothing much to say about cons.

  7.  

    Great place, that could be better.

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

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

    Pros

    Great work/life balance, many perks like gym, free movies and cheap good food. Also formed great friendships, that will last forever. Nice bonuses and many days off.

    Cons

    Too many people without any true input or direction. It took longer to get things done, than it needed. Many departments don't work as much together as they should. The company is bloated and many of the "wrong" people are getting fired.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees. If they are expects in a certain field, trust them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Decent Company to Work for.

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  9.  

    Political atmosphere with little growth and yearly layoffs.

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

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

    Pros

    You can come and go as you please and you won't be micromanaged. You're hawking movies - it's not life or death and the culture reflects that.

    Cons

    Favoritism abounds at the expense of competence. There is no transparency in the promotion process. Pay is low and Analyst retention is nonexistent. People defect at the earliest opportunity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We know Netflix is bleeding us dry. Don't obfuscate and play favorites.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    A Better Option Than Most Other Studios

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources  in  Culver City, CA
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Culver City, CA

    I worked at Sony Pictures Entertainment full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Smaller studio. Friendlier Environment. Diverse Employees

    Cons

    Lack of a strategic vision by senior management. Very little follow through.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need more diverse ideas for our content. We seem to just rely on sequels or remaking old content

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Wonderfull company that makes a excelent product

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    Former Employee - Desktop Analyst  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Desktop Analyst in New York, NY

    I worked at Sony Pictures Entertainment full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Frendly work environment for all employees

    Cons

    Communting to NYC due to railroad issues

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

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