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Updated April 27, 2017
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  • Lack of career opportunities for non-japanese employees, lack of work-life balance (in 17 reviews)

  • No career growth, slow decision making by the management (in 17 reviews)

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  1. "Pretty good place"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Big company with many interesting products and positions available; good benefits; decent advancement opportunities. Market leader in several major industries.

    Cons

    The silos are a real problem. The company does not function as a unit. More like a group of fiefdoms, sometimes resulting in a mess. Lost market leadership in numerous industries. Also, Tokyo has a lot of control since they usually pay the budget. Local people feel they are not really valued.

    Advice to Management

    Do more to break down the silos. And do something to save the mobile division, which is falling further and further behind the industry leaders (currently Apple and Samsung).


  2. "Sony Latin America"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sony full-time

    Pros

    a good place to learn,

    Cons

    if you want to get to the top you have to be Japanese

    Advice to Management

    more stable management decisions


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Like red-tape and young, unaccountable employees? Work at PSN!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - PlayStation Game Partner Manager in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - PlayStation Game Partner Manager in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Young, creative, vibrant culture. Nice campus, cafeteria, gym.

    Cons

    Poor internal tools/workflows. Former underperforming workers had been promoted, who in-turn have now hired other low-performing workers. Created a toxic/unaccountable environment. This is seeming to change (slowly) with Layden as CEO. However there are still many low-performing/stagnant SVPs and Directors which need to be flushed.

    Advice to Management

    Don't become a dinosaur again (remember PS3?). Let employees innovate with less oversight. Hire better/smarter people, not your friends or colleagues. There's no shortage in the Bay Area of smart-creatives who will innovate SIE, when the old-dogs are flushed.


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  5. "Producer"

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    Former Employee - Various in Culver City, CA
    Former Employee - Various in Culver City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Sony part-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great brands and great benefits at the time.

    Cons

    Disorganized. Too many departments. Top heavy.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Company Org"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Steady work and a company that will be around for a while.

    Cons

    Little Advancement and many decisions mandated from corporate

    Advice to Management

    Be more flexible


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Team coordinator"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Team Coordinator in Mount Pleasant, PA
    Former Employee - Team Coordinator in Mount Pleasant, PA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sony (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, work environment, people. Continued improvement

    Cons

    Politics for advancement. Work schedule. Overtime.


  8. "Sony Corp"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good compensation & benefits
    Good people and work environment
    Varied products and product lines
    Many different kinds of jobs related to consumer entertainment

    Cons

    Company continues to struggle financially, causing increased downsizing and consolidation
    Does not invest in employees skills and training.
    Upper Management does not include subordinates on long range company goals.

    Advice to Management

    Include your staff more, and always take feedback and adjust. Sharing information is better for everyone and keeps everyone working towards the same collective goals.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Computer Forensic Analyst in McKinney, TX
    Former Employee - Computer Forensic Analyst in McKinney, TX

    I worked at Sony (More than a year)

    Pros

    Training Oppurtunities, good environment, good equipment

    Cons

    Management had no direction and did not hire appropriate people.


  10. "Good job but location closed"

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    Former Employee - TV Sales Associate in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - TV Sales Associate in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay, Good people, Products even I want to own, the commission is easy to get. I felt like the team became a family and we hung out together.

    Cons

    I wish the products were cheaper so that making a sale was easier and the customers wouldn't feel like we didn't want them in the store.

    Advice to Management

    Bring back the retail locations and lower prices so everyone can buy your items and not just millionaires


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Contract Employee"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software QA Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software QA Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    Great Company to work for.
    Interesting work assignments.
    Decent salary.
    Highly motivated and educated people around.
    Overtime is always compensated at the highest rate (contractors only).
    Free food (mainly Tuesdays) and drinks (always).

    Cons

    Building we worked in was old and had some problems with air conditioning. Sometimes it was a little bit too cold and some people were freezing.


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