Looking at Sony from the outside, the place seems like a great place to work: Casual dress code, ok benefits, ok hours, free swag. But beneath the gloss, you see how unhappy people are there. Both offices in New York and New Jersey have an open space work environment, meaning you work in a large room at a desk with little storage space, surrounded by other people all day long, so you have no privacy. They promote this as a "creative environment" but it's just a way of saving money by shoving as many people on a floor as possible and being able to keep an eye on everyone. The people who do have offices tend to be self-important air heads. The big chiefs are treated like GOD while everyone is as disposable as tissue paper. Not everyone is like this of course, but it appears to be rule rather than the exception. A typical day at work consists of attempting to do your job and making sure everyone knows how great you are. What I learned is that if you are not liked, you will not last, no matter how good your work is. Management, for the most part, is clueless and suffer from "Ground Hog Day" syndrome, meaning they seem to try to reinvent the wheel over and over every day. The hardest part of the job was trying to figure out if I was in good with the boss so I knew my job was secure. To my surprise, even after I went above and beyond my duties, I was let go. This is a good place to start out your career, but unless you look like a movie star (and act like one), you won't last long. While I was there, many departments turned over.
Short lunch, no privacy, The Boss.