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Updated October 21, 2017
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Pros
  • They promote work/life balance throughout the company (in 70 reviews)

  • Very good, friendly stress free work environment" (in 73 reviews)

Cons
  • Bad middle management, difficult work-life balance (in 19 reviews)

  • No career growth opportunity for people above 9 (in 18 reviews)

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  1. "KN is a great company to work for. A lot of knowledge in middle management, however, the raise structure and the pro"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Escondido, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Escondido, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great atmosphere. Great people. Wonderful location. Huge profits and a company that isn't going anywhere. The management will let you be autonomous.

    Cons

    Tough place to get a promotion. No pay raises, no structure for promotions. No love for an outsider. It's not the right place for a career.


  2. "Great company that makes you feel relevant and like family."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager and Senior Recording Engineer in Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - Manager and Senior Recording Engineer in Berkeley, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sony full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    They care about their employees and go the extra mile to make you happy and fulfilled.

    Cons

    In my experience, it was always pleasurable.

    Advice to Management

    Take time to know entry level or new employees, so they feel welcomed in their new environment.

  3. "Great place to work and grow"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sony full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work and grow

    Cons

    Depending on sales forecast always


  4. "Pretty decent retail job"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Premium Services Representative in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Premium Services Representative in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun atmosphere, open store floorplan

    Cons

    management disorganized and cross communication with warranty/repair companies non existent

    Advice to Management

    organize


  5. "IT Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good to work for them

    Cons

    No cons i found about them


  6. "A great place to work at."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sony full-time

    Pros

    Sony is a wonderful place to work for.

    Cons

    It can be difficult to transfer to another department.


  7. "Sr. Project Manager"

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in New York, NY
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to learn many things .

    Cons

    none available at this time

  8. "You learn a lot, yet no real career path and with little pay."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Digital Marketing Manager
    Former Employee - Digital Marketing Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great colleagues, really great non-toxic environment, no cut-throat competition, brilliant school-like orientation and also there is a great emphasis on learning internal tools, products and endless trainings (as much as you want), great chance to work on cool projects with different Sony offices, ability to take great responsibility as juniors, chance to travel extensively and network between different offices. Great fresh out of college experience, but no need to stay more than a couple of years

    Cons

    Management is not fair when it comes to promotions.
    You might be punished by managing a team although you have great projects on the side.
    Salary is way below industry standards/competitors.
    It is a global company on paper, but no chance for global mobility (applying for other offices and rotation is extremely difficult).
    The more years you spend at Sony (8-10 years) the more respected you are, if you are less experienced in an internal meeting , your opinion never matters.
    Insane turnover, the year I left 15 people left within the same year from a department of 50 people.
    They let all their "go getters" leave, as they cannot manage or motivate or let the person grow.
    Management is scared by being replaced for new comers to take their jobs.
    You might come across with 50 people across different Sony offices globally who are doing exactly the same thing with you. (Talk about why there is little pay!)
    There is no visible structure, team setup or division/department mentality in different offices. You can never find its equivalent in a different office.
    Too much bureaucracy, and at the end of the day Tokyo HQ calls the shots, no regional flexibility.
    They spend incredible amounts of money to do things exactly the same it was before, just call it a different name, impossible to understand their decision making, super inefficient programs in marketing.

    Advice to Management

    What is killing Sony - and partly responsible of its status in the industry - is the so-called "brand equity" only Sony employees (with 20+ experience at Sony and never worked for another company) thinks or believes in. That brand equity you think Sony has, was in 90s where buying Sony was considered a status symbol, and that game changed so much and a while ago.

    Try to keep your employees who love your company, who took tons of responsibility to grow, multitask working with projects which are not even their core responsibility.

    Stop counting the days of employees and compare, when it comes to deliver promotions, measure results, not years.

    Do not kill one employees career by giving them a team responsibility, and just limit their success by motivating the team. Just hire a manager. You cant have a principal specialist and manager at the same time. Similarly not everyone wants to manage a team to move up.

    Give your employees a chance to rotate between different teams and offices, they will never bypass you, let them grow. When they grow, you will look better. Not the other way around.

    Stop thinking working for the same company for 10+ years is a good thing, we are in 2000s now, people with more management experience can bring you some fresh air and shake things up.

    With doing exactly the same things, you cannot expect a different result, unfortunately Sony will never recover, and will be able to compete on par with its real competitors.


  9. "Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sony full-time

    Pros

    There are lots of opportunities to work various fields.

    Cons

    Middle managers tend to have no visions.

    Advice to Management

    It is essential to show great visions to team members for building great times.


  10. "Great Culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Enjoyable work that was fulfilling

    Cons

    Projects not getting enough resources

    Advice to Management

    More resources to projects


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