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Updated July 27, 2017
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Sony Pictures Entertainment Co-Chairman and CEO Michael M. Lynton
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  • Not many responsibilities, no room for growth (in 13 reviews)

  • Insane hours in some departments with no concern for an employee's work/life balance (in 12 reviews)

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  1. "great place, great perks, stressful time for the studio"

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    Former Employee - BRM Manager in Culver City, CA
    Former Employee - BRM Manager in Culver City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sony Pictures Entertainment (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    great people, great perks (happy hour), overall great compensation

    Cons

    frequent layoffs, sometimes people are there for way too long

    Advice to Management

    more internal mobility opportunities


  2. "Overall a great place to work, but not without its flaws"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Culver City, CA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Culver City, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Sony Pictures Entertainment full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Always plenty of work to be done
    Chance to see film/TV projects come to fruition
    Very good benefits
    Companies makes an effort at employee appreciation
    Working on the lot affords plenty of perks
    Fantastic gym (free for employees)

    Cons

    Depending on your role, advancement opportunities may not be as advertised
    High rate of recent executive turnover so things feel a bit directionless
    Salaries are essentially at the minimum acceptable level for new employees
    Days can be very long if you don't make yourself leave
    Certain departments are understaffed

    Advice to Management

    As overworked as everyone is, please make more of an effort to connect with your employees regarding performance reviews, opportunities for growth and advancement, etc.

  3. "Staff Accountant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Culver City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Culver City, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sony Pictures Entertainment (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Challenging and great coworkers. Great gym and cafeteria onsite.

    Cons

    Sometimes long hours but that is expected. Sony is a great company.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Good culture starts with the management"

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    Former Intern - Intern in Culver City, CA
    Former Intern - Intern in Culver City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Although administrative, you get to work on a movie lot! The variety of projects I got to work on, gave me a lot of experience.

    Cons

    There is a disconnect in communication between the different departments, leading to inefficiencies within each department, and surrounding other departments. Also communication/feedback from management was generally poor, as an intern, I didn't find this to be a very conducive environment to learn. Part-time or contract employees get treated like second class citizens with their badges making that apparent by being a different color and not allowing for some of the positives associated with the full-time employees (weirdly enough, I had a full-time badge, and I even thought it was undermining) . More than that though, part-time or contract employees are offered no re-assurance or commitment by the organization, which would rather hire externally, than within the company. This external hiring practice extends to all positions, not just part-time/contract employees being hired fully. It gives the employee a feeling of being used, being an intern, I expected my tenure to end at some point, but there were many part time or contract employees that I knew that had issues with the uncertainty behind their position, with their tenure getting extended, only to be replaced by an external hire whom they then had to train before they leave. For full-time employees the equivalent would be waiting and waiting to get that promotion, only for your boss to hire someone externally. Talk about a slap in the face.

    Advice to Management

    Hire internally more, develop the talent you have, its insulting to your current employees to do otherwise. Have better communication and feedback channels in place, make it a part of the culture to have open door policies and regular feedback.


  5. "Great culture"

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    Former Contractor - IT Technician in Culver City, CA
    Former Contractor - IT Technician in Culver City, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sony Pictures Entertainment as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, great environment and culture. Very laid back and non micro management.

    Cons

    Pay is way below market. No room for growth

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees. Stop giving out BS raises.


  6. "Great stepping stone to the next company..."

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    Former Employee - SPHE in Culver City, CA
    Former Employee - SPHE in Culver City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sony Pictures Entertainment full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The lot is beautiful , just don't eat at the commissary, food is horrible. There is a gym on site, celebrities, and the vibe is really chill. Kudos to the facilities department on the upkeep and maintenance on the lot, it's really pretty. It has a campus like feel, and it's always nice when you see familiar faces around. Everyone is pretty much friendly, you don't feel like you're at a studio with stuffy people. And now that Sony Music is on the lot, it has brought more diversity, and the dynamic has shifted towards more creative.
    It's hard to get a job at Sony, unless you know someone, you might have chance. So if you got in on your own, congratulations, that itself is an accomplishment.

    Cons

    You report to work and after a while, it becomes a routine. If you are looking for growth, this place will not offer it, or at least be prepared to wait 20 years. But who has time to wait that long? Learn and do as much as you can. Gain new skills that will help you move to the next level.....at another company. Afterall, Sony looks great on paper. And remember to network, network, network....network.

    Advice to Management

    Senior Management, pay attention to what the "workers" are saying and what they want. If someone tells you they need to be challenged, don't run from them. You should be flattered that people want a path that will lead to longevity-- afterall, turover can be costly. Listen, learn, and Let them grow! Otherwise only hire people who are content to collect a paycheck, those are a dime a dozen. You can have P&O scout them at the beach.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Theatrical (Movie) Division in flux"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Culver City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Culver City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sony Pictures Entertainment full-time

    Pros

    - Under the Jeff Blake regime (Chairman), the studio was in it's heyday during the 21st Century. Great leadership.
    - Incredible history on the former MGM studio lot
    - Convenient location near restaurants, bars, stores in Culver City
    - Used to have award worthy films that employees were proud to work on.

    Cons

    - As of 2015, the new management has made life very difficult for employees.
    - Many people leaving or unceremoniously being pushed out.
    - This creates a toxic environment that even HR can't even control.

    Advice to Management

    Per the phrase "The fish rots from the head down", a clean sweep of upper management is required.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Animator"

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    Former Employee - Animator in Culver City, CA
    Former Employee - Animator in Culver City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sony Pictures Entertainment full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fun and talented group of people to work with.

    Cons

    Steady pressure to relocate to Canada where salarys are lower and more regulated among similar studios. Recruiting not reliable with long term employment promises, contracts can be dropped at the first sign of a slow down.

    Advice to Management

    Take a look at updating the pipeline and consolidating the tools.


  9. "Intern"

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    Current Intern - Intern in Culver City, CA
    Current Intern - Intern in Culver City, CA

    I have been working at Sony Pictures Entertainment as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    They have a very good environment and great management

    Cons

    I haven't seen anything that I didn't like so far


  10. Helpful (3)

    "High turnover..."

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    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sony Pictures Entertainment full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great company to work for. Good benefits, great campus, and great to spot celebrities and shoots from time to time

    Cons

    Some departments are just ok being mediocre. No room for growth, which makes good talent leave to other competitors; studios, agencies... Management has no clue what they are doing and are always shuffling hoping something will stick to the wall, instead of fixing the real issues with in each department. Very low morale throughout the studio, and always layoffs and they expect you do do double the work with no upside for the employee. Unsatisfied.

    Advice to Management

    Look at your staff, who's there to work and who actually cares about the work they are doing. Who is getting involved throughout the studio. It seems only mediocre staff who are just there for a paycheck are able to stick around. Sad...


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