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Sony Pictures Entertainment Reviews

Updated August 12, 2017
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  1. "Unethical company which cares more about profit than the employees who deliver results"

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

    I worked at Sony Pictures Entertainment full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits and nice lot

    Cons

    The HR department does not respect the law - they respect the wishes of high level executives and will "position" their choices within the framework of untested law hoping it will fly. Discrimination is rampant and this is not a place for your career to shine if you are a woman - men will be heard, women get told to "lean in" more when they try to influence strategy. Management here think they are progressive - they are stuck in the stone ages

    Advice to Management

    Wake up! It's the 21st century!


  2. Helpful (7)

    "My GOD this place just keeps getting worse."

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    Current Employee - Director in Culver City, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Culver City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Coffee Bean on the Lot. And SOME coworkers don't make you want to kill yourself.

    Cons

    Literally everything. This place has been in chaos for years, and only getting worse by the month. Management is bloated with a bunch of out of touch bureaucrats who just sniff each other's butts but don't actually do anything, and the staff is mostly very junior and completely unprofessional. Feels like junior high band camp. But worse. Management protects each other to a ridiculous degree. There are people in Senior roles who have been reported to HR by multiple direct reports. And what happens is the direct reports leave, and the managers get to stay because HR does nothing. Morale could not be worse.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of yourselves. And get rid of your harassing senior staff. Stop keeping known harassers around running teams. Make HR actually do their jobs. When you fix that, start looking at the terrible movies you greenlight, and maybe then you'll begin to realize why the studio has been doing SO BADLY.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -The lot is actually a rather wonderful location to work. The on site gym, commissary and coffee shop make things really convenient.

    Cons

    -Insane level of politics
    -Fear base culture that perpetuates bullying and mistreatment of employees
    -Insane hours in some departments with no concern for an employee's work/life balance

    Advice to Management

    Blow this whole place up and start over! The films being green lit are dismal at best. The fear based culture kills creativity. This is a poorly managed company that is hemorrhaging money since they can't figure out how to function in the new climate. Please get rid of the old regime who get paid exorbitant amounts of money to bully everyone and make poor decisions. Sony should bring in some new, younger management who can think ahead of how to monetize the companies assets in the new digital era.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Concerned"

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

    Pros

    Working for a movie studio, screenings, co-workers, some upper mgmt, upbeat environment.

    Cons

    Cliques, not transparent about anything, a lot of hierarchies (not a flat organization), egos. Some upper management lacks management training, some are exceptional leaders. Unethical employees destroying reputations to shield themselves from looking bad. Not a lot of feedback or development from management. No time for employees low on the totem pole. People running departments that do not have the same skills as their subordinates. Leadership decisions lack good business economics 101. Feels like a popularity contest. Need to restructure some groups to make them more effective. Jealousy and competition seem to fuel most decisions because people are motivated to stand out instead of making good decisions for the business.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being so arrogant and put the needs of the organization first. Ask your subordinates for their opinion before making decisions that might affect them. If someone is badmouthing another employee, get as much data as you can before making a decision. Don't just take someone's word because they have been there longer.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Outsourced American Jobs, lots H-1B visa workers on lot"

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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 (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Nice studio lot to walk around. Close to lunch places.

    Cons

    Yearly outsource jobs to oversees, a lot of workers on studio lot are on working visas. Laid off employees whenever they can. Low employee morale.

    Advice to Management

    What goes around comes around.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Toxic culture and lack of transparency"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Culver City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Culver City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Compared to other studios I have worked for, Sony offers a reasonable work-life balance and offers a nice working environment. Summer Fridays are offered to let employees to leave half day for some days during the summer, to spend more time with family. The holiday break is also very good as it's much longer than other workplaces.

    Cons

    SPE is a company which is still built upon the foundations of lies. Since emails were released in 2014, attitudes have not changed. Instead, everything that people used to say in email now is simply said over the phone or in person. No one believes in the movies and everyone deeply dislikes the head of worldwide marketing.

    In my department, my coworkers see SPE as backwards and often a very socially volatile place to work. International and domestic digital marketing have an ongoing feud for no reason and people named as the worst perpetrators during the the email leak still work here as producers.

    Company culture is not based upon solid work effort and putting the hours in, but more about a tactical execution of who you like and don't like. Don't expect to work here and deliver outstanding results unless you hustle a deep, dark political system too. You will be valued upon your ability to work the Sony political system, not upon your experience.

    Other services at Sony Pictures such as food are sub-standard compared to other studios. Technology provided is always outdated. Cubicle spaces for mid and junior team members is unreasonably small.

    Advice to Management

    Execs need to be called into less meetings.

    Provide promotions based upon merit, not age, longevity of bullying a VP.

    Work on building a better company culture where people will feel proud to work again.

    Discourage down talking of coworkers more often and provide management training to everyone with that title or above.


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Nightmare from hell"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Culver City, CA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Culver City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are no pros - I would pick a negative number of stars if that were an option

    Cons

    Horrible management, re-orgs and layoffs , dead-end and low pay, career killing, soul-sucking. No work-life balance, No path to advancement. Constant verbal abuse from inept micro-managers. Toxic culture.

    Advice to Management

    It's hopeless - let the ship sink and don't bother to rebuild it

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Coordinator TV"

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    Current Employee - Coordinator in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Easy work and a few good people to pass the days with. Good perks as well.

    Cons

    Poor management, little to no room for growth. Openly announced if employees weren't happy to leave - they are easily replaceable. Management looks down upon coordinators.

    Advice to Management

    Build your teams and encourage open discussion. Promote from within as well as inter-departmentally.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Stale Management"

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    Former Employee - National Account Coordinator in Hollywood, CA
    Former Employee - National Account Coordinator in Hollywood, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Historic Lot and Good Product Discounts

    Cons

    Old school management that made things hard. Typical studio where everybody acts like they are putting out fires.

    Advice to Management

    It's a movie not blood plasma for a dying child.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Terrible place to work no structure and poor management"

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

    Pros

    Nothing good at all. Wouldn't ever recommend to anyone. You are treated like crap.

    Cons

    Terrible place to work. Management is a joke. Went to work first day doing nothing because no one knew what to do. They make it feel like they are doing a favor by hiring you.

    Advice to Management

    Actually do something. Have better communication and trainings. You would think the hack would help them be better but nope. Don't take unless you are desperate.


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