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Updated Jun 21, 2019

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Sony Electronics President and COO Michael Fasulo
Michael Fasulo
105 Ratings
Pros
  • "Global work environment, your ideas are respected, definitely the best place for fresh grads(in 60 reviews)

  • "Great brand, great people, great office gym(in 55 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work life balance very dependent on role(in 34 reviews)

  • "The middle and senior management dont have a vision and all senior are the oldest in the system who have no clue about the changing dynamics(in 25 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (6)

    "Frustrating place to work"

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    Former Employee - Director in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sony Electronics full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Nice offices with fitness center, on-site cafeteria, Star Bucks and covered parking garage. Some attempt to make it a fun place to work with "take your kid to work day", free movie screenings, some product discounts, etc.

    Cons

    Very limited local decision making which makes the company slow to respond to competition or changing consumer demands. Seems like the engineers/product designers in Tokyo determine what cool gadgets to make without much input from world market consumers. Senior management has very little financial decision making authority so everything gets analyzed to death up the food chain to Tokyo.

    Advice to Management

    Retire Mike Fasulo and bring in a change maker.

    Sony Electronics2016-09-01
  2. "Changes are the only constant in this company."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sony Electronics full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Very nice compensation packages and product discounts were one of the main draws to the organization. Experience working with different departments help cultivate togetherness.

    Cons

    Different management styles were causing friction among everyone in the department caused decline of morale. Favoritism was a main issue that was brought up to senior management and they just continued the course.

    Advice to Management

    When a group of employees were assigned to improve morale, please listen and not brush their suggestions under the door after slamming the door on their faces.

    Sony Electronics2014-09-09
  3. "Used to be a great Company"

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    Former Employee - Middle Management in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sony Electronics full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The pay and work environment were good. The people were friendly, loyal to Sony and dedicated to working hard.

    Cons

    The senior management team is absolutely clueless on how to bounce back from one dramatic setback after another. Samsung, LG, Apple, Beats and more are eating what used to be Sony's lunch and nobody knows what to do to stop the trend. Japanese management remains clueless to what resonates in the American market.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on putting the quality back into the products. Too many bad product launches with defects have turned former loyal Sony customers away. Time to shake up the top US and Japanese management teams. The same old people won't be able breathe new life into a company that is on it's last legs in the US.

    Sony Electronics2014-08-21
  4. Helpful (2)

    "Tough Times"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sony Electronics full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    some smart people, hard workers, decent compensation

    Cons

    extremely difficult market, slow and reactionary, senior management overseas does not understand consumers in different regions

    Advice to Management

    change must occur in approach and philosophy towards markets and competitors. Need to be more innovative and not try to just save declining categories

    Sony Electronics2014-06-19
  5. Helpful (5)

    "Upper Management Bloat And A Fragmented Organization Are Destroying Company"

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    Current Contractor - Project Manager in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Sony Electronics for less than a year

    Pros

    Great coworkers, great hardware and company image to get behind. Excellent campus/facility in San Diego.

    Cons

    Exorbitant losses (1.1 BILLION) last year are making the company continue to downsize. Not an environment in which ANYONE wants to work. Corporate communication is horrible. There is virtually no visibility between departments; as such, many departments function as their own companies and do a large amount of redundant work. It's something that everyone is aware of and is crippling to the productivity of the... organization. As a project manager, trying to get people to accomplish when they're aware their jobs may not be in place at any given time? Incredibly difficult. Also, there is no strong PMO overarching for the entire company. Each department has to create the functionality which the entire business should be providing across the board (including PMs, UX/UI, etc). Un-empowered project managers, along with senior management in place merely because of seniority (not due to ability, education or understanding of projects and business systems), causes massive lack of efficiency and accountability. The organizations standard knowledge document, for project timelines, is PowerPoint (great for communication, not tracking). No room to move up, because the company has been consistently downsizing for the last several years. Contractor -to-hire possibilities are not clearly outlined or, encouraged. Creating that bridge would be an excellent way to test out employees before considering hiring them on as FTE (or, not).

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    Advice to Management

    Hirai-San and Mr. Fasulo, You're doing it wrong. There are so many topics to cover; which, would be absolutely impossible to do, in this short review but, I will make an attempt to start. Departmentalization and fragmentation of your company, including massive upper-management bloat, is causing your company to run extremely inefficiently. The 1/3 workforce reduction/layoffs are taking place on the... bottom-level; where people actually get the work done, as opposed to increasing the efficiency of the organization's overall structure. Compare the massive business inefficiencies and 'fixed' overhead costs of this company to competitors in any category and you will find a stark contrast. Stand by your 'One Sony' message and unify the company with direction and purpose. The fact that a majority of your organization is aware of the glaring errors in management that lead to the ineffectual, relatively autonomous departments, causing a complete lack of collaboration (and, sometimes, unhealthy interdepartmental competition) should tell you something. As should my ability, as a lower-level contract PM, to recognize these endemic issues in such a short time with the organization. Turning a blind eye to these massive operational inefficiencies and cutting your legs out from beneath you (lower-level workforce reductions) is absolutely not the answer. The entire company essentially forfeited the productivity of the month of February; due to a massive corporate communication fumble. Why would you (publicly) announce the sale of VAIO and break off of the TV division then, wait an entire month to take any action? That basically guaranteed uncertainty, disillusionment and complete morale gloom to overtake the company from that point until 'resolution.' Massive productivity loss, due to mismanaged communication and announcements. Another important macro-problem is the lack of vertical integration of all your subsidiaries. It comes as a massive opportunity cost to the Sony Corporation. While it may be beneficial to separate the corporations for accounting purposes, that does not translate to marketplace and operational efficiency. Sony has the opportunity to own massive amounts of content and hardware from production all the way to delivery and you're fumbling it; big time. As much a catch-phrase as it might be, this company is missing a massive amount of 'synergy' on a big-picture basis. I realize this will likely never reach you and probably do nothing to effect change; but, it has to be said and, hopefully, someday realized.

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    Sony Electronics2014-02-26
  6. Helpful (1)

    "manager"

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

    I have been working at Sony Electronics full-time

    Pros

    even though it's a sinking boat, but the boat is huge thus it will take quite long time to sink to the bottom.

    Cons

    sneaky senior management who are responsible for current declining sales are still there, meaning no one can stop current lying culture in the company. there is no chance for turning around. no customer is waiting for Sony to come back to the market any more.

    Advice to Management

    nothing can change current crisis. it's better to find the exit plan

    Sony Electronics2014-03-13
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Sony is a great company but beware of Senior Management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Park Ridge, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Sony Electronics full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great employees, decent pay, the opportunity to learn many different functions and enhance your skill sets. Sony has awesome technology!

    Cons

    Senior Management holds their positions because of relationships they have with Japan NOT because they are qualified or educated. Many executive management level employees do not have an MBA. There is a lot of politics, backstabbing, and bullying from Senior Management which makes for a very stressful environment. Employee morale is extremely low.

    Sony Electronics2014-02-11
  8. "good company"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sony Electronics part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    benefits, life and work balance

    Cons

    senior management needs to listen to employees, promotions

    Advice to Management

    promote good employees

    Sony Electronics2014-02-12
  9. "Frustrating"

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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Park Ridge, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sony Electronics full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Globally recognized. Once a true innovator of ground-breaking technology.

    Cons

    There is NO strategic direction or vision offered by senior management. It's all about office politics. Creativity, new ideas and hard work won't necessarily get you ahead and sometimes can hurt as those attributes are threatening to management's "business as usual" culture. Too many layers of management. Too many senior level management. Not enough employees in the trenches to actually get the work done.

    Advice to Management

    For the sake of the company you need to clean house at the top and bring in some fresh new blood with real leadership ability to reenergize and spark some true innovation - what this brand was founded on.

    Sony Electronics2013-08-08
  10. Helpful (1)

    "Review for Sony US Research Center, San Jose"

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    Current Employee - Research Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sony Electronics full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Benefits are decent. The building is conveniently located next to the San Jose airport.

    Cons

    Rank/file employee turnover at this business unit is incredibly high. Specifically, turnover is at least 4-5 times higher than most Silicon Valley companies. As a result, this business unit is "always hiring." In contrast, no one in senior management has left this business unit in the past 10 years. HR is aware of some (but probably not all) of the problems that exist in this business unit. However, unlike an... American company, HR is powerless to do anything.

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    Advice to Management

    Phil Molyneaux: You are in charge or US operations. Why is the employee turnover at this business unit so high? What are the complaints from former Sony Alumni, regarding this business unit? (There are a lot of US Research Center alumni out there.) Please find out. The best course of action is to disband the business unit, and to form a new one, with a brand new senior management team.

    Sony Electronics2012-11-19
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