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Sony Electronics San Jose Reviews

Updated November 21, 2017
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  1. "Sony Electronics Component Solutions Division"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flat organization; responsive senior management; market leading products in several categories, particularly image sensors

    Cons

    Limited cross communication between groups. This is being addressed more recently.

    Advice to Management

    Support new employee driven initiatives to make he company a truly great place to work.


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    "Company Outlook"

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    Former Employee - Director of Sales & Marketing in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Director of Sales & Marketing in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Offered well balanced life style for employees.

    Cons

    Last number of CEOs and executive management lost touch with reality and did not adapt fast enough to analog to digital platform conversion. Did not invest and inject new capital to new manufacturing technologies and factories.

    Advice to Management

    Bring new management team to turn around the company and culture of innovation and adaptability.

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    "US Research Center"

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    Former Employee - Senior Applied Research Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Applied Research Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    flexible working hours, interesting projects, kind colleagues

    Cons

    heavy bureaucracy, top-down, disrespectful management

    Advice to Management

    stop trying to impress Japanese HQ at surface levels. care about your employee about their growth and develop real products


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    "Unfulfilled Promise - lack of vision"

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    Former Employee - Vice President in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Vice President in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some great people, with potential for providing strong contribution. History of strong technology; still some important patents. Decent pay and good benefits. Potential for important synergies between Sony pictures, Sony music, Playstation, Consumer electronics and professional electronics -- no competitors have that.

    Cons

    Weak management with frequent turnover. No accountability. Constant re-shuffling of leadership in Japan means nobody has the incentive to take business risks and "own" important new initiatives. US management has been reduced to beancounters and apologists. True product management, strategic planning and R&D have all been decimated.

    Advice to Management

    Take a page out of your competitor's playbook -- like Apple, Samsung, Nest, Sonos; hire innovative engineers and product planners in Silicon Valley to leverage latest trends. Commit to a new business initiative (like medical, networked home or digital cinema) and hire expert leaders to build the best team.


  5. "Sales position is ok, no career path"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Different products to work with to sell. If you are knowledgable in many sections job will be much easier, such as cameras, televisions, computers. Base pay is ok.

    Cons

    Very difficult to work with commission, you only get commission from extended warranty sales, which are very hard to sell. Working in specific sections can make it even harder to get commission. Average sales employee in my opinion has no future.


  6. "Not a memorable experience"

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    Former Intern - Applied Research Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Intern - Applied Research Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sony Electronics as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Location is good which is in Silicon valley

    Cons

    Except the pros: low salary, not good management etc


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    "Staff Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work with a bunch of smart guys

    Cons

    Need to fight with beauracucy

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    "On Track to Lose $1 Billion in Current Fiscal Year!"

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    Current Employee - Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I'm not sure there are any.

    Cons

    Upper management is still pursuing a 1980s-style manufacturing/industrial strategy. They don't realize the world has moved on and they can't figure out why no on wants to buy want they're selling. As long as this mindset persists, Sony will continue to decline in the face of competition from Apple, Samsung, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Retire.


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    "Sony is no longer a great employer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, good people to work with. A long history of engineering and product excellence. World top five brand leader.

    Cons

    The company is doing drastic cost cutting to stay afloat, and is not able to pursue innovative new products because of financial issues.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on new products and innovation, not selling assets - getting rid of your best people will lead to implosion even faster.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Soon Only Not Yet"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some really cool technology and lots of untapped potential. Most co-workers are very passionate and capable, if not shell-shocked from round after round of layoffs. A good place if you're really into office politics.

    Cons

    Few, if any, of the executives are true leaders. The current path seems to indicate the company will become irrelevant -- there appears to be no real strategy whatsoever other than laying off more and more people. Colleagues in Japan are in no way aligned with local realities; duplicate and contrary efforts abound.

    Advice to Management

    Try to explain why it's not hopeless, but don't sugarcoat the truth -- you do yourselves a disservice.


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