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Updated 21 March 2019
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  • "The environment is extremely friendly and very good work life balance" (in 43 reviews)

  • "Great brand, great people, great office gym" (in 54 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Recommended"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Specialist in San Diego, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Specialist in San Diego, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Truly international company. Salary above average + bonuses, medical insurance, etc
    Opportunity to develop your skills, constantly learning new about changing world of technologies
    Best employee enviorement I've ever seen

    Cons

    As in every big company - level of bureaucracy


  2. "Nice place"

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in Basingstoke, England
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Basingstoke, England

    I worked at Sony Electronics (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Exposure to a global company, training opportunities good, some ability to rotate
    You can make a career at this place

    Cons

    No investment in the facilities.
    Large element dictated from Japan (but then it is a Japanese company)
    Some departments work long hours
    No flexible working

  3. "Promoter"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sony Electronics part-time

    Pros

    Decent pay, Friendly team, Staff discount, No micromanagement especially if you're hitting your target

    Cons

    Slightly more scope of work than Samsung and Panasonic promoters


  4. "Stressful"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Weybread, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Weybread, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Multinational, friendly colleagues, social activities, in house career opportunities

    Cons

    old systems, slow processes, lack of support from management, long work hours


  5. Helpful (1)

    "None or very little care for its employees"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Weybridge, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Weybridge, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and pension scheme

    Cons

    The company structure and culture is trapped in the 70s or 80s
    Poor poor HR, I would actually say the worst HR system and management I've ever seen. They seem to exist to encourage people to leave the company

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees more and HR should do their job properly


  6. "Sony Professional Solutions"

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

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

    Pros

    Very relaxed environment, flexy hours, work from home, shape the role the way you want it to be

    Cons

    old fashioned way of thinking. Culture is a blocker. Company is 70yo and sometimes acts that way. People have been there for ages so are used to the way things are and do not like change.

    Advice to Management

    Make change happen. Shift cultural behaviour even if this means changing people in the company to younger fresher career driven employees.


  7. "Good experience"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -It is a great multicultural and multinational experience.

    Cons

    - To complex organization structure sometimes slowing things down
    - Organizational structure is not mature still and changing too frequently

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent Brand- Poor Corporate Management with Poor Skills"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Weybridge, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Weybridge, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The offices are pretty nice. There is a restaurant, a coffee shop and a small gym for employees. Plenty of parking spaces.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, Sony in Weybridge count with a non-supportive Human resources team, with the inability to deal with the increasing amount of unskilled corporate managers.

    Most of the Japanese managers don't speak in English properly, increasing the amount of redundancy for English citizens and Europeans. Follow by creating positions for other Japanese employees , normally exported as an expats into the UK. ( They normally withdraw applications without explanations, to external or internals and suddenly there is another Japanese sitting by your side)

    Women are also not respected by the Japanese culture , making the career progression for the ladies an impossible mission.

    It is really sad to see how a great brand like Sony is going down the hill, thanks to unskilled discriminatory culture and the scared HR managers to take the right actions.

    Advice to Management

    I will probably advice the HR department directly , and invite them to have a reflection on their own professional skills and be strong to take fair actions.

    Denying or hiding what is going on at Sony is not the solution. The company is constantly losing high skilled employees due to this problem, people who have been working hard to support the corporation, people skilled enough to deserve a career progression instead of a redundancy package .

    Most of English citizen or European employees are being substitute by Japanese or Interns. It is embarrassing to see how departments are dealing with abusive and disrespectful management, and Human Resources is scared enough to don’t do anything more than agreed with them.

    I would like to also understand how Head of a departments are managing a significant amount of employees, holding such a high position when the English proficiency is below the beginners level? How someone can hold this position and have the right to work in the UK?


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Employees stay in the hope they will get made redundant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Weybridge, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Weybridge, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sony Electronics full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good redundancy policy. Good colleagues.

    Cons

    Lack of trust,
    Lack of innovation.
    Lack of strategic direction.
    Line Manager's do not know how to manage.
    No flexible working or working from home.
    Work life balance is laughable. Long working hours culture. Need to be seen.
    No diversity or inclusion programmes.
    No employee engagement.

    Son'y approach is bottom line, legal compliance and tick box.

    Advice to Management

    You are setting Sony up to fail.
    Recognise your people are an asset!


  10. "Avoid if you're aan ambitious female who wants to progress - sexism is widespread"

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

    I have been working at Sony Electronics full-time

    Pros

    Good products
    Nice working environment
    Lovely team of people at mid-junior level

    Cons

    Widespread sexism - females in the office are quizzed about 'family plans' by senior management and speculative judgements held by mostly senior Japanese management toward working mothers. If you are a female, have children, are married and of childbearing age you will be judged if you want to move into a new role or progress your career in the business. There have been several cases in the past year where female co-workers were told either; a) that an internal vacancy was not right for them by the hiring manager because they were married, b) that a working mother would not have any career progression if she decided to choose part-time working hours (equating to 30hrs/week) , c) a female employee made to feel she owed an apology to Management for attempting to move roles internally whilst pregnant d) female employees asked about their family plans and whether they are planning any children by Senior Management.

    Advice to Management

    Sex discrimination is a real and serious problem and needs to be taken seriously. You cannot brush or diffuse such cases branding them as 'cultural differences'. It's 2018, many workplaces support flexible and part time working for mothers. There should be no excuse for this discriminatory behaviour.

    Sony Electronics Response

    23 Jan 2018 – Branding & Talent Specialist

    Dear Anonymous Employee,

    Sony values diversity within our workforce and takes complaints of discrimination very seriously. Sexism, harassment, and discrimination of any kind are prohibited by... More