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Sony Reviews

Updated November 25, 2014
Updated November 25, 2014
380 Reviews
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    A sinking ship

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, Internationally known name, fair discounts on product purchases.

    Cons

    Shrinking in the Market, No longer a leader of new ideas

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company should delayer many levels of management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    It was good, bad & great

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    Former Employee - Promotions & Marketing in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Promotions & Marketing in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    We had good music for the listeners

    Cons

    we had bad music & the CEO didn t respect the urban department

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the street soldiers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Was once a very good electronics company

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, as a part time student its easy to work, other than that the overall defects in machines and prices are ridiculous.

    Cons

    Bad work ethics, constantly forced to zone certain areas, not to talk to other associates on the sales floor...hello?? We are sales people talking is what we do and thats how the company makes money.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go undercover to stores in different locations, see why you are failing, sitting behind a corporate desk will do nothing. Other electronic brands are making same quality for nearly half the price. When product is made in JAPAN people know its reliable and will pay more...WHEN its made in MEXICO why would you still charge a premium price??

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Didn't get rich, but it paid the bills....

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sony

    Pros

    Convenience - was close to my home. Management was flexible for family issues, leaving early, etc.

    Cons

    Poor/lack of technical training - only select few are chosen... as is career growth. Gotta kiss ass to get anywhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to manage - don't spend $millions on a new facility then shut it down a year later. Get rid of your toys; i.e.: Lear jets, helicopters, water falls @HQ, etc. Think of the little guy for a change and not yourselves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Cool gadgets and innovative technology

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Support Specialist II in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Product Support Specialist II in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Sony full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Innovative technology along with strong Brand presence.

    Cons

    too many silos which creates duplicate work and politics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the silos!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Learning adn rewarding

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    Current Employee - Distribibution Supervisor in Terre Haute, IN
    Current Employee - Distribibution Supervisor in Terre Haute, IN

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

    Pros

    Sony has been a good company to work for. The benefits are equal if not better thatn most companies and have good 401K and health insurance

    Cons

    Company is at a point that due to the industry of DVD/CD manufacturing, it has had to make cut- backs. It looks not at experience to so the cuts but some are being cut long years of service. In this way the company saves money.

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

    A Shadow of Past Greatness

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    You are treated very fairly as an employee. Benefits are very good. Work conditions are good. Product quality overall is good.

    Cons

    Used to be a market leader and develop new Technolog and create new markets, but now have degraded into a me-too company that copies others technologies and ideas. Heavy on admin and top level execs contributing little of substance or value. Mostly coasting on past glory.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No guts and no glory. I met and worked with both Morita and Ibuka 25 years ago. They had passion and imagination and took risks. You need top management shake ups and to give your middle management a swift kick in the ass. They are sleep-walking through the days. You have great technological talent, but limited imagination and no one who will risk it all.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Digital Marketing

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sony

    Pros

    Brand Affinity and Great Products

    Cons

    Difficult Market Place - Hard for the US division to make impact-full changes when they are really driven from HQ in Tokyo, which thus makes it not an easy work environment

    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great while it lasted..

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sony full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Actually fun to go to work. Great employees, managers, exciting environment, great pay.

    Cons

    Things are coming apart from up above.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Best job ever

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Culture, travel. Products, dynamic industry

    Cons

    Poor performing software, product developers not on board through entire product life cycle.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in US

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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