Sony Pictures Entertainment Reviews

Updated July 27, 2015
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  1. Good company, but going through lots of restructuring

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

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits. Pay is competitive. Positive working environment--people are generally happy.

    Cons

    Tough to make changes in the organization. People are stuck in their ways. Management has been trying to restructure the company for years, but (as stated) its hard to change this company. Constant restructuring has become the norm.


  2. Very good overall

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

    I have been working at Sony Pictures Entertainment full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice people, pretty competitive salary, the lot overall is nice

    Cons

    Hard to get promotions, no stock, the offices in the TV buildings are horribly designed

    Advice to Management

    Promote more often to keep key people. Better communication.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Top heavy, incompetency, corporate culture

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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 Management

    -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.


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  5. Awesome company to work for.

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

    I worked at Sony Pictures Entertainment

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

    Pros

    The Co workers are what makes Sony so wonderful to work for!

    Cons

    Not really anything bad to say about Sony; oh, the coffee they provided wasn't really that strong.

    Advice to Management

    Get out of your office and get to know the employees around you.


  6. Enjoy working at Sony

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great team and not a lot of typical Hollywood attitude.

    Cons

    Under staffed and long hours at peak times.


  7. Good Perks, Tough Work/Personal Life Balance.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  8. LOW PAY, UNINSPIRED FILMS

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

    I worked at Sony Pictures Entertainment full-time (More than 3 years)

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits, somewhat flexible vacation, cafeteria

    Cons

    An employee can go above and beyond but it's not often reflected by their pay. Salaries overall are not fair, room for growth is mostly non-existent. Upper management and senior executives provide little encouragement. The company releases poor product year after year as if they don't learn from mistakes.


  9. A good experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sony Pictures Entertainment

    Pros

    The people here are really fun to work with

    Cons

    pay isn't especially high as I would have liked


  10. Helpful (1)

    Wonderful corporate culture; pay suffers

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

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Management tries to make layoffs a last resort. There is room for career growth. The campus is beautiful; amenities abound.

    Cons

    Pay is low, but in line with the other studios as they know that people enjoy the glamour of working in the entertainment industry.


  11. Helpful (1)

    An excellent company to work for

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in Culver City, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in Culver City, CA

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    family-like culture where people care about each other.

    Cons

    you work so hard for many years, get promoted then you become a sitting duck waiting to get laid off so they can find a cheaper you. Sony has been picking some bad movies that 10 years ago may have opened to #1, but in todays world that doesn't fly.

    Advice to Management

    pick better movies and stop doing favors for Will Smith like After Earth.



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