Sonics

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Sonics Reviews

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  1.  

    Company consistently does okay, but never hits it out of the park

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA

    I worked at Sonics

    Pros

    Nice co-workers.
    Lots of interesting things to do if you are willing to put in the time.
    The company gives people an opportunity to do things that they may have never done before, such as a lot of overseas work.
    For the most part, management is very flexible if there is a personal reason to need to work offsite.

    Cons

    Few ways to advance or get a raise.

    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A big mess

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sonics as a contractor

    Pros

    Very flexible work schedule and family life balance

    Cons

    People misuse the worktime/ telecommute flexibility
    Most people have been here to long, some dont even contribute anything anymore
    Management makes bad decisiosn - financial and technical
    Too much company politics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the chaff from the wheat

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Had a great time personally, but company is not growing

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    Former Employee - Architect in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Architect in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Sonics full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    If you are lucky, you will get a good boss and a great working environment with flexible hours. I was one of the lucky ones. The CTO and some of the senior level folks are very approachable and very knowledgeable

    Cons

    The pay is bad. The company itself is not growing much.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Would be great if the management recognizes that it takes forever to even small decisions to be made.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Wasted Opportunity

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Sonics full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Most personnel outside management are reasonable people. Pay and benefits OK. Location was nice (but they have moved).

    Cons

    Badly managed, too many people in upper management/finance for size of revenue stream. No imagination, company is on slow flight into terrain - suing competition now, rather than improving product.

    System administrator was not very competent, survived by being friend of management. Dysfunctional computing environment.

    Large amounts of unmaintainable C++ and Python code - only work on it if you have lots of spare brain cell capacity.

    Failed to meet IPO criteria in the past, unlikely to do it in the future.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Slim down upper ranks. Stop fighting the competition, and co-operate instead.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Software engineer

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Yerevan (Armenia)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Yerevan (Armenia)

    I worked at Sonics full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great place to get high level C/C++ experience in RTL testing
    Frequent trips to USA is plus

    Cons

    Very slow career advancement in all areas.

  7.  

    It was what it was

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Yerevan (Armenia)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Yerevan (Armenia)

    I worked at Sonics full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Very friendly team, reasonable salary and benefits.

    Cons

    Might grow boring after a while if you are not really into specifics of the industry.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    start-up

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sonics

    Pros

    Start-up environment. Working on very challenging products that require great deal of creativity. Helpful and competent colleague. Pioneer of what they do.

    Cons

    Poor job security due to frequent lay-offs. Very sensitive to economy cycle. Average management. Below average compensation. Stock option dilutes quickly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is getting old to talk about IPO.

  9.  

    Mire company.
    Salary grows very slowly even when experience and skills of an employee grows more and more.

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Yerevan (Armenia)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Yerevan (Armenia)

    I have been working at Sonics

    Pros

    Good salary from the beggining (but then it will remain almost the same).
    Free working graphic.
    Friendly team.

    Cons

    Slowly growing salary.
    Poor management.
    Bad working environment (They are trying to save even in the cast of the tickets of the business trips...).
    Very specific work. One can gain here very specific knowledge which are useles in other companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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