Sonos

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Sonos Reviews

Updated August 18, 2014
Updated August 18, 2014
22 Reviews

3.5
22 Reviews
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  1.  

    A wonderful place to work

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    Former Employee - Windows Systems Administrative  in  Santa Barbara, CA
    Former Employee - Windows Systems Administrative in Santa Barbara, CA

    Pros

    Modern, upbeat, technologically speedy and leading edge.

    Cons

    I felt like a red headed stepchild as a contractor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider contractors as humans and check their work to make sure they are delivering what they need/expect.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Engaging, fun, lots to learn!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Santa Barbara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Barbara, CA

    Pros

    Great work/ life balance, lots of smart people work here, fun culture, wonderful parties.

    Cons

    Sonos is growing really fast and as a result the company is quite disorganized. I believe they can overcome it but it makes for a confusing time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get organized!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Absolutely amazing place to work at

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great teams that are fun to work with. You are surrounded by the smartest people in the Industry who are very passionate about the product.

    Cons

    Relatively small company, and hence you might not get the same perks and benefits as the big ones.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great product, terrible management starting at the top.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Fun industry with a lot of smart people. Amazing product built by the grunts.

    Cons

    Poor leadership from the very top down.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put more "people person" management at top. Hold top down accountable for repeated mistakes that would get a normal employee fired.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 10 people found this helpful  

    Candidates Beware

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Santa Barbara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Barbara, CA

    Pros

    Sonos makes great wireless audio products and really brings the joy back to listening to new music. But you have to ask yourself why a company that is more than 10 years old and has been manufacturing since 2006 has 12 GlassDoor reviews. Just assume they buy a lot of silence on the way out the door.

    Cons

    There are two major challenges with Sonos: (1) location; and (2) leadership/management. There is no talent in the Santa Barbara region, so most employees are recruited from other markets. When you move there, you quickly realize Santa Barbara is a small, boring town. There are only so many soccer games and wineries you can go to. You are remote. If you thrive on idea generation, keeping your skills current in your speciality, or networking, get ready to do that virtually while your resume becomes stale. Beware of the cost of living in Santa Barbara which is approximately 20% greater than Los Angeles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leadership will tell you they are having a problem managing because of hyper growth. That may be partially true. But if it’s hard to get people to come to Santa Barbara, they are extending offers to second or third-tier candidates because they couldn’t afford their #1 choice. Managers tend to be over-extended and don’t have time to manage. Lots of silos and lefthand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing. I saw many people get hired and fired in their first 90-120 days (imagine relocating and moving again because there are no jobs in Santa Barbara). A lot of this management will attribute to “not a good fit culturally” but the reality is there is a profound misunderstanding about true roles and responsibilities.

    In hindsight, coming to Sonos was the worst decision of my career. Do your research and weigh the pros and cons and pay attention to the red flags during your interviews. There is generally no career path at Sonos so the only way up is out.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great perks and generous product discount but no work/life balance

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

    Pros

    Lots of free food, generous product discounts, casual dress, passionate and smart colleagues, MUSIC!

    Cons

    No work life balance, sick days are really "work from home" days, some colleagues even called into meetings while on vacation! "Trial by fire" training for new employees...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Innovative but challenging

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    Former Employee - Engineering  in  Santa Barbara, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering in Santa Barbara, CA

    Pros

    Great company, hip innovative atmosphere, cool products (market leader in wifi speakers). Lots of employee perks and amenities, you can choose east coast (Cambridge) or west coast (Santa Barbara) locations.

    Cons

    Experiencing rapid growth pains. Organization is a little unfocused and disorganized, R&Rs and expecations between departments not always clear.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some departments need a little more strategic vision.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great pay, great perks, great location.

    Cons

    Competitive, love to cycle through interns

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't waste the money you spent on interns... HIRE THEM!

  10. 7 people found this helpful  

    Unable to hire Director level staff to save their lives

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    Former Employee - Senior SQA Engineer  in  Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Senior SQA Engineer in Cambridge, MA

    Pros

    Excellent Individual Contributors with whom to work. Some of the best UX, and the technical expertise in networking and sound is impressive.

    Cons

    Senior management has a few over-promoted techies who are ruining the show.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Come on guys.. get your act together for hiring Sr. Directors! Choosing a director from an industry segment (like gaming) with completely different business requirements is folly. Your collection of Directors kept around but 'out to pasture' will eventually be noticed by investors.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Having great experience working here

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer  in  Santa Barbara, CA
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Santa Barbara, CA

    Pros

    Good culture, growing company, perks are good as per location..Excellent opportunity to learn new things from senior persons.

    Cons

    Till now enjoying working here

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