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Updated Oct 9, 2020

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  • "Professional technical style and good work environment(in 65 reviews)

  • "very organized, analytical, great people on average, great producst(in 56 reviews)

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  • "moderate work life balance, sometime have long hours(in 38 reviews)

  • "long hours, random working locations(in 25 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee

      NA

      Aug 13, 2020 - Logistics Analyst in San Diego, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      It has a great working environment

      Cons

      Sometimes work and life balance isn’t good.

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    2. 5.0
      Former Contractor, less than 1 year

      Business Planner

      Nov 12, 2019 - Business Planner in San Diego, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great work environment. Team oriented

      Cons

      Long hours. No transparency between employers and management.

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    3. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 10 years

      Can Sony rebound?

      Nov 8, 2014 - Expert Financial Analyst in San Diego, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Flexible work environment, dedicated and loyal workforce, excellent amenities. Opportunity to work with cool products that you use personally. Brand recognition.

      Cons

      Years of layoffs due to declining sales have reduced this company to a shell of what it once was. Sony is desperately trying to gain market share, but their efforts do not seem to be working; therefore, this company is not able to offer long term job security. Budgets are tight, very little opportunity for career growth or dollars spent for development.

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    4. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Excellent place to work!

      Aug 13, 2018 - Software QA Engineer in Middleton, WI
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Management cares about their employee's on a persona level Lots of room to develop skills and grow Good compensation Lots of work flexibility Good vacation policy Excellent and talented coworkers. Very friendly work environment

      Cons

      Unsure of companies long term financial stabilities QA staff gets moved from project to project fairly frequently, making it difficult to become an expert in a single product

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    5. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Sony is a good place to work.

      Jul 26, 2010 -  in San Diego, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Cool products, nice new HQ building, great people to work with (mostly), employee discounts on Sony products, good communication from top level management, international work environment, pretty good salaries, pretty good benefits. Overall a good place to work.

      Cons

      A little slow to react to market trends so they have become a follower in some areas, though they are trying to change that. A few groups work a lot of overtime. Some groups have limited promotions, so need to look to move to other groups if you want to move up the ladder (but that may not be a bad thing).

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    6. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 10 years

      Used to be a great Company

      Aug 20, 2014 - Middle Management in San Diego, CA
      Recommend
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      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.

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    7. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      It was a pleasant experience, however changes

      Sep 5, 2012 - Sales Specialist in San Ysidro, CA
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      Pros

      Great time and experience working as an sales specialist. Sony offer some of the best product training programs that any company can offer to its employees. Great benefits such as 401k, tuition reimbursement, medical, vacation. It was very fun working there until the last few months before I left.

      Cons

      Big changes in management which resulted bad, decaying work environment, and lack of communication are some of the problems. Benefits began to be reduced and career opportunities are not as common as before.

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    8. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      A good notch for your resume if you can survive a 'House of Cards' environment

      Feb 26, 2014 - Senior Manager in San Diego, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      High company recognition - you'll never have to explain what Sony is. An excellent primer for junior staff and new college grads - due to Sony's fast-paced work environment, you'll be exposed to a lot of business problems and scenarios that will be invaluable later in your career.

      Cons

      Organization Hierarchy - even in it's now leaner levels, Sony is a haven for middle+ management. The company is so awash in Mangers/Senior Managers/Directors/VPs/SVPs/EVPs that it's actually amazing there are people in the organization actually there for the day-to-day execution of actual "work." This places even greater stress on those individuals because that smaller section of talent is asked to perform at levels that support the bloated organization. (Obviously Sony is downsizing, so if you're planning on applying, be sure to ask what the manager : individual contributor ratios are in the DIVISION your applying for.) Work/Life balance - perhaps one of the worst in places I've worked at. Particularly for technical/engineering jobs - you'll work similar hours to a lean startup... just without the compensation that generally comes with those kinds of environments. This place WILL grind you - and as Sony downsizes this will only get worse, as now the same amount of work to sell, support, and engineer products is delegated to less and less people. Office politics - cronyism at levels that would rival Government. The intensity of this was directly (inversely) proportional to the health of company. As numbers went down, and layoffs became more common, the environment grew commensurately toxic as working groups and division fought tooth and nail to prevent their silo from being placed on the chopping block. Also, other observations about "relationships with Japan," are accurate - knowing and having strong relationships with people in Tokyo is one of the best ways to ensure job tenure. It's also worth noting that over time, these kinds of environments change both your colleagues and yourself. Lack of transparency - A lot of the discussions/decisions that many of us would have felt empowered knowing about were kept on a "need-to-know" basis - where that "knowing" imparted special status among higher management. Of course there are the "town halls" - but these very often we're cheer-leading sessions, particularly for products that we're less than stellar. Often felt more like being at a TupperWare party or AmWay conference than a legitimate forum for state of the business. Low-ball compensation - As a hiring manager, this was a constant struggle in trying to work with HR to get pay ranges for positions in the San Diego location to *at least* at market levels, often times requiring special arrangements to make that happen. This made retaining talent difficult as companies like Qualcomm, Motorola (now Google) and other Engineering shops could offer better packages. - Raises are paltry, particularly for Tech/Engineering - Best benefits were reserved for Directors and Up One NOTABLE exception was the 401K plan - which up until 2012 had a much higher matching contribution rate than market - with a caveat: 2yr vestment before matching contributions kick in. Not a great place for non-JP engineers - you'll work on some fun projects, but chances are they'll be scrapped, as Sony doesnt have a good track record of supporting products they released that weren't breakout-successes (Aibo, Rolly, Dash, etc.. ). Company Culture = Culture of your direct Manager - if you had a good Director or VP, then you could potentially be in a very positive environment, otherwise it was merely something in an e-mail that didn't reflect the reality of what you were directly incentivized by from your direct manager. Lots of outsourcing - even for domestic operations. This essentially created two classes of Sony employees - the "Blue-Badgers (Full-time)" and "Red Badgers (Contractors)" - and the levels of ownership and collaboration were really almost on a vendor-by-vendor basis. Even more troubling was when vendors had to work with other vendors on Sony projects, as this created weird "tribal knowledge" dynamics in an effort to shunt more billable hours to their respective companies. This placed the Sony employees in difficult scenarios, and often Sr. Managers and Directors inherited messes directly created by these dynamics.

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    9. 3.0
      Current Employee

      Great brand but this Japanese-style company facing increasing challenges across the board

      Sep 26, 2008 - Marketing Manager in San Diego, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great brand -- well-known, powerful, a career resume asset. If you love the category (consumer electronics) you will appreciate access to the latest and greatest technologies. International exposure (mostly with Tokyo and US-based Japanese colleagues) is a plus, especially if you plan on having an international management role later on. Linkages with Playstation and Sony Pictures are strong and getting stronger, so there are interesting opportunities that arise due to those relationships like getting to attend premieres, previews of new films, and the chance to do strategic partnerships. Breadth of business is incredible, so exposure to all sorts of media and technology business happen with great frequency.

      Cons

      Not a great environment for an MBA-type. Very old school, and old boys club in terms of environment. "Post Office" type of organization where keeping your head down, developing relationships, and just being at the office will eventually move you up the ladder or at least create strong job security. Not a place for people who want to rise quickly and make change happen. This will probably chnage as company becomes more and more impacted by the rise of newcomers to industry (Smasung in TV, Apple in portable devices, etc) but the overall stratification of the organization will make rapid changes difficult to deploy. Also a very Japanese-centric work environment on a number of fronts -- employees often work 8-midnight in order to get the US business complete while waiting for Tokyo to "wake-up" and provide direction. Not a true marketing organization, but instead a "sales office" -- this means that many decisions need to have the input and/or arte made by the teams in Tokyo. Because of this the Sales Organization is the powerhouse of the company and has tremendous power, which makes marketing even less impactful.

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    10. 3.0
      Current Employee

      good place to work but with baggages of a large organization

      Jun 13, 2008 - Staff Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Sony name is respected everywhere. The work environment is good. co-workers are very talented. Ample opportunities to learn. Management strongly pushes for innovation. Hard work is recognized and rewarded by management. Employment benefits are good. Employees can buy Sony products at discounted price which is very nice. Focus is on quality of products and customers.

      Cons

      salary not at par with similar jobs in the industry. politics of large organization hurt competitiveness & innovation. limited power to make "things" work.

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