Sony Reviews

Updated August 30, 2015
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  1. Software Engineer II

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sony (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some great people and some smart leaders Opportunity to work some of the latest technology and devices Opportunity to work with a variety of teams across the organization

    Cons

    SNEI is experiencing growing pains. As the organization has expanded they have recently adopted a framework known as SAFE (Scaled Agile). This has helped to facilitate collaboration between teams, however it has come at a substantial cost. Many engineering teams have been forced to designate dual role responsibilities for developers and qa engineers to fill the SAFE roles. (Scrum Master and Product Owner). This sort of work would ideally be done by Program or Product Managers, and is not optimal for someone that wants to focus on engineering duties.

    Advice to Management

    Take a hard look at the impact SAFE is having on engineering teams. Consider hiring more PM's to fill the roles of SM or PO for multiple engineering teams, let the engineers focus on what they are good at!


  2. Not the best innovative company but good benefits...

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and some good perks. People are generally nice and not too demanding.

    Cons

    Losing sight of innovation. Not cutting edge anymore.

    Advice to Management

    Restructure to encourage high-performance culture and try to retain the best talents.


  3. Sony Mobile Employment Experience

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Director in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Mobile industry is fast paced and competitive. Sony culture appreciates a healthy work life balance. Flexible work hours within reason given their mobile centric business.

    Cons

    Ensure Sony has a commitment to marketing and developing products for the US market. Decentralized organization structure can sometime lead to lack of accountability.

    Advice to Management

    Capitalize on your potential by making the inner circle folks deliver something. There is a significant part of the work force who are politically connected, but really add little to no value to the bottom line.


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  5. Many good minds, slow progress.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Genuine curiosity and care for quality work, great history.

    Cons

    Not enough competition, communication or collaboration between groups and individuals at any level or between (m)any levels.

    Advice to Management

    Open & encourage communications & collaborations (up, down, sideways & diagonal) at and across every level globally. Move to Agile globally.


  6. Alot of fun

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Being around state of the art electronics

    Cons

    Having to push as many bonus items as you can

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on customer education outside of the store


  7. great company with lots of opportunity for growth

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    great challenges, engaging, decent work life balance, great time off policy

    Cons

    cumbersome, to many layers, to many approval layers, to many long term un-innovative staff members

    Advice to Management

    rebuild, lean mean fighting machine


  8. A great company that has undergone a great many challenges and changes - the Mobile Division.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sony full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fabulous employee benefits, exemplary work/life balance, wonderful people and terrific leadership within the North America customer unit. Camaraderie and teamwork was evident everyday. We were family. Pay was above average. Well-respected leadership. Happy environment. Business casual dress code. Everyone had the same goal in mind - to make the mobile business a success.

    Cons

    Too many people involved in the decision-making. Not enough attention paid to the people doing the work in the trenches and their recommendations. Not enough opportunities for growth within the ranks. Inept HR department - not thought of favorably by employees. Not much in the way of training.

    Advice to Management

    Tokyo needs to listen to the Mobile Customer Units and take advice from their experiences with the customers. Product Development needs to do its job better and on time - this has always been a problem for the Sales teams. How can we push a product that isn't ready when we say it will be or isn't what we expected in terms of quality??? Very disappointing.


  9. Hard choices ahead

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    Former Employee - Systems Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sony full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, people-centric HR policies

    Cons

    Extremely political. And you'll be lucky to have a job there in a year.

    Advice to Management

    You need to make great products again. Otherwise nothing else matters anyway


  10. Lead Telecom Tech III. Responsibilities include installing Cat5e, Cat6, and coaxial cable. Installing and programming

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Telecom Tech III in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Lead Telecom Tech III in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The best thing about working at Sony are some of the entertainers that periodically come through the building. Discounts on Sony products are also good.

    Cons

    Some of the Cons are slow to non existent promotions. Lack of communication from upper level management.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to Management would be to reward those individuals who are really going above and beyond to make a positive difference at the company. And to be more forthright with information, especially when news travels on its own and that may lead people to come up with their own conclusions to things that they may hear or misinterpret.


  11. You need to love Japanese culture to feel good after you Join the company.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good package, work life balance

    Cons

    Very Japanese. No room to grow



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