It's remarkable just how much your immediate working relationships can impact the quality of your work life, and Sony is no different.
Overall, the company is a pleasant place to be. If you enjoy a pleasant, Californian work environment you'll feel very comfortable here. If you have any sort of ambition or aim to be "#1" in anything, you may find yourself disappointed as Sony's culture prevents the organization from being anything other than superbly average. This has much to do with the top-heavy management structure (full of leaders who are too old and lazy to understand modern technology and how it's used or how it's built).
Most importantly though, and the reason Sony Pictures will continue to be a middling organization that will eventually be steamrolled by Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and Disney is that their process is backwards. Whereas a company like Disney starts with evocative, emotional and compelling story as the driver for decisions, Sony first hunts for money and then finds a logical business justification which then informs content.
Sony, very simply put, no longer "starts with why." And that reason alone is the reason the entire organization will eventually succumb to companies with strong missions that can recruit impressive talent and produce works of art (content, product, technology or otherwise) that will define history.
Cushy surroundings, polite coworkers
Poor compensation, no real strategy, no concrete evocative mission, rough management