Sony Music Sucks Customer Reviews and Feedback
Sony Music Group (commonly referred to as Sony Music) is an American global music conglomerate owned by Sony Corporation of America and incorporated as a general partnership of Sony Music Holdings Inc. through Sony Entertainment, a subsidiary of the Japanese conglomerate Sony. It was originally founded in 1929 as American Record Corporation and renamed as Columbia Recording Corporation in 1938, following its acquisition by the Columbia Broadcasting System. In 1966, the company was reorganized to become CBS Records, and Sony Corporation bought the company in 1988, renaming it under its current name in 1991. In 2004, Sony and Bertelsmann established a 50-50 joint venture known as Sony BMG, which transferred the businesses of Sony Music and Bertelsmann Music Group into one entity. However, in 2008, Sony acquired Bertelsmann's stake, and the company reverted to the Sony Music name shortly after; the buyout allowed Sony to acquire all of BMG's labels, and led to the dissolution of BMG, which instead relaunched as BMG Rights Management.
5 reasons why Sony Music sucks according to a current employee:
1. Rampant Incompetency 2. Stuck in the 90s 3. Understaffed 4. Low pay 5. Exploitation of employees
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee says"Rampant Incompetency Stuck in the 90s Understaffed Low pay Exploitation of employees"
Former Employee - Marketing says"An old model with the same management mentality. Business run based on artist contract not from the innovative ideas."
says"I wasn't treated as a member of the team and was constantly put down or made fun of by co-workers. I went to HR about these issues and nothing was done about it."
Associate Director says"Unorganized, a lot of work for the amount of of pay, environment of "on an island by yourself"; not enough tools or training to be able to complete your job."
Former Employee - Coordinator says"No concrete policies and procedures within departments, no concrete roles or positions and no room for growth, not the place to start your career"
Marketing says"Old school folks all around showing their long-time badges and really busy covering their backs. From a marketing stand point; you'll learn ZERO. They mastered the copy-paste technique."
Director says"inconsistent practices, lack of communication from management. Clicks within management teams."
Former Employee - A&R says"This was my second stint working for a "major" label (all of which are going through very bad times these days), but Sony is the worst of them culturally. Very stratified and hierarchical, and each department/division is silo'ed off from others. Upper-level management I worked with spent the vast majority of their time trying to negotiate office politics (and slay each other) and appease their own bosses instead of creating a vision or setting standards. I stayed at my first "major" label job for half a decade and did very well there. With Sony -- I quit within a year and never looked back."
Former Employee - Administrative Assistant says"Poor growth opportunity, poor compensation, poor working environment, lack of leadership, very top down structure with entry to mid level employees constantly leaving."
Current Employee - Business Analyst says"I don't know where to start there are so many! There is absolutely no growth opportunities and don't expect to get a foot in the door and be able to move anytime soon. Upper management doesn't care about the state of the company nor about your personal growth or ideas. The culture is if you have an idea keep it to yourself because it will either never be implemented or if it is it's no longer your idea. You will also not be working with any other department/label. This company needs a complete overhaul. I have yet to meet anyone innovative or has any idea what the future is for Sony Music. HR is not your friend here they have absolutely no power they are committed to the company only. With all this said everything happens for a reason so if you do want to work here or are working here you have to turn into a positive. I can say there have been some positives in working here. You really do have to create your own opportunities."
Director A&R, Management (Former Employee) says"I enjoyed time working for Sony mostly because of the perks. Free gym, classes, occasional concerts, and vendor fairs. But the overall business atmosohere, its managers, and HR people were not helpful at all. You are treated as just another number.Movie studio lot acces, lots of cool movie memorabilia, movie theater on campus, great food in the cafeteria, nice new offices, ample parking, the assistants, cleaning staff and security are all very friendlyNo executive development, HR doesn't bother trying to do anything that will help employees grow into great leaders, they'd rather hire you then fire you then find someone newer to do your job for cheap, nobody could even answer simple questions about compensation plans or raises or bonus', upper management also doesn't define clear goals for their employees to achieve"
Product Manager, International Marketing (Current Employee) says"Nepotism in action; and one's work is not valued nor appreciated unless a favorite of the department head who controls advancement. The work load is unbalanced and there is no set path for advancement - different hoop jumping for everyone unless you're in the right click / liked by your department head and then it doesn't matter the quality of your work and you'll be promoted regardless. Definition of working to live to live hand to mouth is working at Sony Music. The rat race at its finest."
Communication / Marketing (Former Employee) says"Lors de mon parcours en Distribution à l'école de cinéma la plus prestigieuse des États-Unis, j'ai eu l'opportunité d'un stage en Marketing et Communication pour Sony Music The Orchard Distribution : non seulement l'atmosphère dans le bureau était loin d'être stimulante, aussi la qualité des produits distribués démontre un manque d'attention envers la demande du public."
Production Analyst New Media (Former Employee) says"Some managers were ok, others were just completely unprofessional and/or way in over their heads. A lot of people that were not qualified for the job got promotions as long as they partied all the time with managers.Cool building. Some departments are okread above"
ARTIST/MUSICIAN (Former Employee) says"I was signed as an artist in development. Meaning I was paid to write write and record songs until the record label felt I had a viable catalogue of songs to create a commercially successful album. Before my album was finished the subsidiary label, which was underneath the Sony Music Entertainment umbrella folded, and I was released from my contract.Travel, studio time, fair compensationhigh stress"
Proofreading, editing (Current Employee) says"Sony requires my undivided attention. I love meeting deadlines and it gives me an opportunity to continuously hone my skills in copy editing, writing and proofreading. My co-workers are happy, helpful individuals and make the hardest part of my job--facing Monday mornings--enjoyable."
ACCOUNTING CLERK (Former Employee) says"Like all productions you are working with freelancers that have little to no background in management skills. There's no Human Resources Dept so be prepared to either leave your job when harassed or suck it up.Free lunch, snackspoor management, no support, little room for growth"
Union Helper (Former Employee) says"need better management and understanding of workers health and family outside of this production. temp agencies hire for this jobplenty of workbad management skills"
Publicity & Marketing Coordinator (Former Employee) says"Sony Entertainment was an Ok company. It does not provide work life balance, however they do provide you with essential tools to complete your daily tasks.N/aN/a"
Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) says"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.Free merchandise.Short lunch, no privacy, The Boss."
Audio Engineer (Former Employee) says"low pay no opportunity to grow there. I have enough experience to more to seek new adventures and endeavors. im a very talented individual but growth, there was not good. ill be honest."
communication (Former Employee) says"Environnement de travail stressant. Difficile à conjuguer avec la vie personnelle."
Senior Analyst (Former Employee) says"You will be constantly under pressure to provide data to 15-20 people a day, unable to perform your regular duties in a timely manner. You will get judged for coming in an hour before everyone and leaving an hour or two after everyone. When they determine you are the worst employee in the department, they will let you go. You are a number, nothing more."
Assistante juridique (Former Employee) says"Rédaction des jeux coucours ainsi que les recherches d'antériorité auprès de l'INPI."
Associate Creative Director / Senior Copywriter (Former Employee) says"Managers do not know what they are doing. Arcade Creative Group positions itself as a digital advertising agency and then contracts out the digital work to an unprofessional digital agency. Clients leave as a result. Management continues to contract unprofessional digital agency.Good pay. Decent cafeteria.Incompetent management"
A&R Manager, RCA/SONY (Former Employee) says"I did many fun things over my time at Sony. It is a very relaxed place to work at with a lot of additional activities to do outside of work. It is however, the sort of job that you will be required to work long into the evening. So if you want a 9-5, this job will not be for you.Lots of free stuff.Long hours."
Forklift Operator (Former Employee) says"I Would move product from one end of the warehouse to the other. I would also pull orders and take them to were they needed to go. I would also pull inventory for the packing lines."
Hardware Engineer (Former Employee) says"workplace culture, got many frnds, most experiance... etc.. ound that it was very important to work with people not only in the team but across other departments."
Associate, Finance and Business/ Legal Affairs (Current Employee) says"Great learning experience. Middle management tends to be overworked, underpaid, and generally mediocre. My supervisor was extremely bad at communicating, which can make learning the internal systems exceptionally difficult."
Financial Analyst (Former Employee) says"Not much culture and a lot of people were getting laid off because of the downfall of the music industry."
Mikkel says"Don't care about (legal) fair use of their product."
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In The News
Music Business Worldwide reports"Sony Music Group boss Rob Stringer: 'Whatever lies ahead, we will continue to put our employees, artists, and songwriters first.'"
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