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Updated January 27, 2015
Updated January 27, 2015
405 Reviews
3.3
405 Reviews
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Sony President & CEO Kazuo Hirai
Kazuo Hirai
114 Ratings

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Pros
  • If you are thinking working for a company that provides very good work-life balance (in 23 reviews)

  • Compensation, Holidays, Work environment, Excellent Campus (in 22 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance can be a challenge (in 9 reviews)

  • Senior management has weak ethical values (in 11 reviews)

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  1.  

    Senior Information System Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sony

    Pros

    Best and newest IT technology, good PMO and system project management methodology, business transformation IS.

    Cons

    overtime working, project schedule stress

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Talent and dedication among rank-and-file, but virtually no leadership

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sony

    Pros

    Many smart, talented, dedicated colleagues, across company functions
    Strong brand awareness
    Diverse corporate portfolio

    Cons

    Stunning lack of leadership
    Inability to make tough decisions regarding corporate structure and operation
    Lack of realistic corporate strategy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand that your employees are your strongest assets and treat them with respect and care.
    Be realistic about the decline of the brand and incredible increase of the competition and develop and communicate a corporate strategy that has a chance of succeeding.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    Not very great.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to think about international markets. Company has a history of innovation and if you like building cool stuff, more chances are that you'd be encouraged to work on them.

    Cons

    Very hierarchical structure as you'd expect of most of the Japanese companies. Decision making is slow. Inward looking, difficult to capitalize on innovative designs and fails to market them.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    Great experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sony

    Pros

    Business unit really independent from the corporation

    Cons

    Lack of growth inside of the business unit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensation

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Formerly admired brand, sadly now on the decline

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

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

    Pros

    Everyone has heard of Sony, and if they're over 30, probably has fond memories of Sony products. The global web project was exciting, had a big scale (60 countries so far), and offered many learning opportunities. The team in San Francisco was a great mix of ad agency people and international Sony veterans.

    Cons

    Our office, and our work were casualties of Sony's overall stumbles; lots of quality compromises occurred due to the vast bureaucracy and myriad stakeholders, and now all the work is going back to Tokyo. Despite sharing an office with Sony Network Entertainment, we never collaborated with them, which was representative of the fractured corporate structure. The typical thing is for each internal business unit to look out for itself rather than the company and customer at large, which means that while Sony often designs great hardware, the interfaces and user experience and complementarity between products often falls short.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Serious cultural changes have to be made for there to be much hope of resurrecting Sony in the 21st century, but from my two years here that seems unlikely. Kaz Hirai talks about "One Sony," but there is little to no traction with that message in daily operations. It's sad, because this company has achieved many great milestones in decades past, but I don't think it can evolve fast enough to succeed today.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Lack of follow-through

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sony

    Pros

    Local teams are great to work with, strong benefits

    Cons

    Lack of consistent strategy and approach, arrogance of past brand strength history inhibits ability to freshen and rejuvenate the brand to todays audience.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Big company so lots of interaction with different people. Put on lots of different projects.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sony

    Pros

    NY is a great place and the people are all very friendly and talented. The team has some of the best people I have had the pleasure to work with in my 6 years of professional experience.

    Cons

    Work life balance,. The IT and tech are not up to par considering this is a technology company.

  9.  

    Great company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sony

    Pros

    Perks were great, got free electronics!

    Cons

    No cons for me. Everything good

  10.  

    It was great

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sony

    Pros

    All the access to newest equipment

    Cons

    No time gor fun. All work.

  11.  

    marketing intern

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    Former Employee - Marketing Intern in Century City, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Intern in Century City, CA

    I worked at Sony part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Big company so lots of interaction with different people. Put on lots of different projects. Pay was really good for how much work you do

    Cons

    No room for growth. Stubborn upper management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    recognize talent when it is needed. Don't be too stingy with benefits

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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