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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Reviews

Updated July 20, 2017
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Pros
  • Work life balance, in house athletic department to go to for workouts or company sports leagues, comfortable campus in the studio (in 4 reviews)

  • Very comfortable work environment (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • no room for growth, inexperienced upper management (in 4 reviews)

  • Micro-management and lack of empowerment (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Executive Director"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people are largely great.

    Cons

    Micro-management and lack of empowerment.


  2. "Director, Finance"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Sony Pictures Home Entertainment full-time

    Pros

    Good people below upper management

    Cons

    Upper management staying away from workers

    Advice to Management

    Walk the floor and talk to the people. Do not walk by - engage

  3. "Previous employee"

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    Former Employee - Staff Accountant in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Accountant in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The people and environment are friendly.

    Cons

    Wish they promoted within first.


  4. "Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sony Pictures Home Entertainment full-time

    Pros

    Exciting to be in Entertainment
    Flexible leave policy
    Great location for anyone in central LA city limits

    Cons

    Favoritism
    Lots of people don't know what they are doing
    Not a lot of room to be creative


  5. "boring"

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

    Pros

    decent benefits, some work perks

    Cons

    beurocratic, slow, and risk averse


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Manager's Point of View"

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

    I have been working at Sony Pictures Home Entertainment full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance, in house athletic department to go to for workouts or company sports leagues, comfortable campus in the studio

    Cons

    Typical corporate politics, promotion is rare, questionable movies that are greenlit


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Manjit Singh - The New President is ineffective and worse than David Bishop !."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good if somebody wants to build a career in a dying DVD business .

    Cons

    The company focuses only on transactional VOD and EST business which has limited scalability . Manjit is also custodian of a dying DVD business . Keeps making silly , juvenile and non-strategic presentations in All Hands meet . Seems like he just wants to retire with a fat salary. Hasn't done or porposed a single scalable model for SPHE . Make senior level appointments who have no skills to drive innovation .

    Advice to Management

    Please broaden your business portfolio and align yourself with TV business . No need to have a highly paid President for SPHE as the division will never scale up . Its just a cost cutting place and its unfair on talented employeees .

  8. Helpful (8)

    "Avoid Domestic Marketing"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Sony Pictures Home Entertainment full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The people here are amazing to work with and really want to work together to achieve a common goal. Love my peers! Every department is fantastic to work for except Domestic Marketing.

    Cons

    Domestic Marketing. A very hard group to work with as the employees are not empowered and are consistently micro-managed. Over the years, the department has lost countless of extremely qualified employees (ranging from assistants to Executive Directors) due to lack of leadership skills and growth potential. Disrespectful to own employees and an unhealthy work environment. At whatever cost, do not apply to any position within Domestic Brand Marketing (Home Entertainment). Saw too many colleagues/friends become extremely unhappy and broken mentally. A very unrewarding job. So sad to see many dedicated, hard working people leave or forced out due to management style vs job performance.

    Advice to Management

    Bring in new Sr. Management for fresh voices and perspectives. Not only would this be greatly welcomed, but may change morale which has now hit an all-time low.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "top heavy"

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

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

    Pros

    the benefits package is nice. walking around the lot is nice. free movie screenings.

    Cons

    There are too many VPs, SVPs and EVPs. The EVP I worked under was completely inexperienced and, in my opinion, promoted into a position for which she was not ready. The SVP under her was entirely more competent. I also found management to be two-faced so it was always hard to gauge my performance. They had vague ideas of how to achieve goals, but didn't empower workers to make decisions to reach those goals. Their data systems were significantly under-built, to the point of hindrance.

    Advice to Management

    Cull the VP, SVP and EVPs. Be honest and direct. Don't spend so much time in useless meetings, and meetings about meetings. Know when a vendor you are using is not providing you any value but merely wasting your time with endless meetings. Know the difference between business intelligence and data science. Don't blindly follow what some 25-year old, probably recent MBA grad consultants tell you what to do.


  10. "Marketing Manager"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Culver City, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Culver City, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good perks, movies, people

    Cons

    Politics, competition, micro management

    Advice to Management

    Give employees more autonomy


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