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Sonos Overview

Santa Barbara, CA
1001 to 5000 employees
2002
Company - Public (SONO)
Consumer Products Manufacturing
$500 million to $1 billion (USD) per year
The Sonos Wireless HiFi System delivers all the music on earth, in every room, with warm, full-bodied sound that’s crystal clear at any volume. Sonos can fill your home with music by combining HiFi sound and rock-solid wireless in a smart system that is easy to set-up ... Read more

Mission: Listen Better. Live Better.

Company Updates

  • Big day at Sonos yesterday. We just announced Sonos Beam, the compact, smart soundbar for your TV (and everything else you want to listen to). It has voice control, Airplay, and clear, room-filling sound. Can’t wait for Beam to arrive on July 17! http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQTQd

    Sonos Has a New Soundbar Called Beam, and Alexa Lives Inside It

    The Sonos Beam is a new $399 soundbar, but to Sonos, it's a heck of a lot more than just a speaker that sits under your television. It's a fabric-wrapped representation of how Sonos sees the future-one in which all the voice assistants from Apple and Google and Amazon can live next to one another.

  • Read about Sonos Director of User Research Kirsten Lewis' perspective on her discipline, and why the title of "researcher" doesn't do justice to the scope and creativity involved in her team's work. http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vMCCO

    Using Agile Research and Prototypes to Amplify the User Voice

    Conversations Sonos' Kirsten Lewis on why researchers are explorers, and how prototyping makes an ongoing conversation with users possible. Words by Carrie Neill, Visuals by Emi Tolibas Kirsten Lewis wants to eliminate the word "researcher" from the vernacular. It's an interesting choice for someone whose title is Director of User Research.

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Sonos – Why Work With Us?


In 2002, Sonos set out to reinvent the way people listen at home. The wireless home sound system we created makes it easier than ever to fill any and every room with music, podcasts, TV, and just about anything else you could ever want to hear—all with brilliant, immersive clarity. Since then millions of people in over 60 countries have made Sonos part of their lives.

Today we remain focused on innovation, thoughtfully designing products, inventing new technologies, expanding our software platform, crafting the best sound experience and making a positive social impact in the world.  

We’re empowering people to listen better because listening builds understanding and drives change. It even increases happiness and brings people together. Simply put, listening leads to a better life. (We’ve got the data to prove it.)

Looking to Join Our Team?

Are you interested in innovating at Sonos? Here’s what we look for:

You’re not like everyone else.

You bring a unique perspective to the table. Transparency tops your list of values. Your smarts and creativity are off the charts, matched only by your humility. You want to collaborate with a team of diverse talent. You proactively contribute to a culture of respect and inclusion.

You enjoy a challenge.

Inquisitive and focused, you see every challenge as an opportunity. You’re ambitious and unafraid to make mistakes because you learn from them and bounce back quickly. You don’t stop until you get it right. “Impossible” isn’t in your vocabulary. You’re more interested in creating the future than waiting for it.

You love to listen.

You start every interaction from a place of listening and seeking to understand. You’re culturally connected. You remember your first concert. You can readily recommend a binge-worthy show on Netflix, Hulu or HBO. You can’t sit in traffic without a great audiobook, podcast or album. You can make a killer playlist. Your idea of a good weekend includes watching a movie or playing a video game.   

Learn more about working at Sonos.



Sonos is a global company that boasts a rich culture of diversity and innovation. With 1,500 employees in offices across 13 countries, from Seattle to Boston, Santa Barbara to Amsterdam and Beijing to Melbourne, we value a diverse workforce that enables each employee to do the best work of their life and contribute to projects they are passionate about.

We are a values-oriented company – our values act as a north star. Everything we do is driven by them:

The Experience Comes First.

We don’t rest until we get it right. Ruthlessly simple and dialed in tight. Any time we feel we can make something better, we keep going.

Be Relentlessly Progressive.

We want everything we create to push the edge of what’s possible. Outshine whatever came before. Get better every day. Solve the hardest problems that matter most to customers.

Remember the Golden Rule.

We treat each other like we want to be treated – with equal parts respect and caring candor. We openly ask for whatever help we need. And willingly give whatever help we can.

“Sonos is a place filled with friendly and positive-minded people, which makes it feel like a second home. The encouragement and support I get from my supervisors and colleagues for personal development is unprecedented.”

-Allen Antony, Senior System Software Project Manager

 

“Every day is different. Challenges and opportunities present themselves almost by the hour and I continue to learn something new every day.” 

-Lauren Matysiak, FP&A Manager

 

“Music is played all the time in the office. You experience the products you are working on so closely. It creates a sense of ownership." 

-Lorna Dsilva, Software Engineer, Platforms and Infrastructure

 

"We're given the latitude to create groups and tackle problems in a way that fits the work at hand. I enjoy the flexibility." 

-Matthew Glidden, Project Manager, Customer Care

 

"I appreciate that we have and encourage a culture where everyone's opinion matters, no matter how junior or senior you are." 

-Sarah Shekhar, Senior Software Engineer

At Sonos, we care about our employees – after all, we are only as good as the people who work here! As a result, our benefits and perks prioritize the interests of our employees. You will notice that they align with our DNA and have been chosen with our culture in mind.

Music Services Program: we care about listening deeply at Sonos and music is ingrained in who we are. We offer Sonos employees free music services to ensure that they can listen to the music they love freely.

Work-life balance: we know that everyone has busy lives – appointments, soccer practices, a quiet space to finish that report and more. Sonos prioritizes a healthy work-life balance. Employees ultimately own their calendars and can block them to take care of the, “life,” that comes up. We’ve invested in systems such as Slack, our internal messaging software, and Zoom, our video-conferencing software, to ensure that global collaboration is productive and possible.

Vacation Time: paid time off varies across our global locations. In the US, in addition to 12 paid company holidays and their birthday off, employees receive 15 paid vacation days and two volunteer days off annually. After three and five years, paid vacation time increases. We also offer generous maternity leave – 16 weeks for the primary care provider.

Smart Ride Program: in our US locations, you can opt-in to our Sonos “Smart Ride” program. If you choose to commute to work by a “green” mode of transit, you can be rewarded for every green commute that you take. You can earn a free bike, walking or biking gear, a subsidized bus or train pass or even receive cash incentives for your green commute.

Sonos Product Employee Discount: all employees receive Sonos product discounts to ensure that music continues filling their homes with music.

Other perks: Sonos perks vary according to office location but they all have a tendency to keep us smiling. In our Santa Barbara and Seattle locations, dogs are welcome in the office. Offices stock snacks and drinks to keep employees hydrated and well-fed. We host annual parties to celebrate product releases and we have regular Sonos Showcases to provide an outlet for colleagues to see their peers perform. Office lunches bring everyone together. Onsite yoga provides an opportunity to unwind and local gym discounts keep employees healthy.

We also offer traditional benefits such as competitive healthcare coverage, retirement plans, flexible spending accounts, bonuses for employee referrals, reimbursement for continuing education and professional development, among others.

At Sonos, we care about leaving a lasting social impact on the world. Listen Better, our social impact initiative actively promotes and protects the future of music. Our deep connection to music drives our impact, but we are also motivated to promote social activism and protect universal human rights. We use our platform to influence what matters most. Our primary role is to listen first. Below are just a few ways that listening has led to action that has made a difference.

Boom Boom Room

At the world’s largest Consumer Electronics conference, CES, Sonos took a stand in response to CES’s lack of diverse keynote speakers. We hosted four panels with eleven unique female voices. Panelists spoke about how we can make progress and ensure that diverse voices are heard in technology and culture, areas that have historically been limited to one voice. 

We believe the future is dependent on our ability to listen. By taking a stand, Sonos gave voice to a group that has not traditionally been heard at CES. And as a result, we heard women saying, “For the first time at CES I feel seen.”

Net Neutrality

In December of 2017, the Federal Communications Commission issued new regulations eliminating protections and instating paid prioritization on the internet. Sonos was founded with an open internet and we believe that music needs net neutrality.

In response, we took action to mobilize individuals to get involved.. We closed our 101 Greene Street Store in New York City on one of our busiest shopping days. We blacked out the store windows with the message, “Music needs net neutrality. We need music. Tell Congress to listen better.” 

Sonos Cares

Over the past 15 years, Sonos has grown from five employees to nearly 1500. There is power in numbers and part of caring about positively changing the world includes encouraging our employees to do the same.

Sonos launched its “Sonos Cares” program this year. This program offers employees time and flexibility to volunteer and pursue the causes that matter most to them. Employees now receive two days a year, in addition to company holidays and paid time off, to volunteer for the organization of their choice.

We offer a range of internships and full-time new grad opportunities for the next generation of talent that will help build how we listen more freely, deeply and together. At Sonos, student interns and employees alike are empowered to take charge of their own career, applying their education to innovate boldly and collaborate with some of the greatest minds in the industry. Every voice matters in helping us further our mission to listen better.

We offer two programs for college students. The Summer at Sonos internship program is for students currently enrolled in a university program. The program includes workshops to help students further develop their professional skills. We offer lunch and learns to deepen intern knowledge, social events to provide opportunities to connect with other interns and current Sonos employees. Most importantly, student interns contribute to meaningful projects that impact Sonos. Internships are posted on our careers website in January.

Our Sonos new grad program targets students who have either recently graduated or are graduating in the winter or spring. We offer full-time positions to students to kick-start their careers at our growing organization. New grad hires are given the opportunity to innovate as soon as they join Sonos. Roles are posted on our careers website in the fall.

Real Industry Design Challenge

We partner with Real Industry to connect with junior talent and offer exposure to Sonos. As a nonprofit organization, Real Industry partners with companies like Sonos to create workshops to help students develop real work skills under the guidance of industry experts.

In 2017, Sonos and Real Industry hosted two Design Challenges at local universities. Students had 10 days to develop a working prototype after meeting with experts from Sonos. Winners were invited to attend our Hack Week demonstrations to present their projects. 

Interested in learning more about Students at Sonos? Visit our careers website.

Sonos Reviews

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    I have been working at Sonos full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great work culture, helping people, growth

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work, do not get derailed.

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Sonos Photos

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Sonos Interviews

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    Straightforward interview. The recruiters and HR kept in touch regularly to update the progress post interview and would respond back to any emails you send to them if you have questions.

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    • General programming questions and questions about why you think you're a good fit for the job as well as about previous projects. Then a video call live coding question to remove duplicates in list using any preferred language.   Answer Question
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Sonos Awards & Accolades

  • Sonos Play:1 Music Gadget of the Year, Stuff Gadget Awards, 2013
  • Curator's Choice Award - Henry Ford Museum, IDEA, 2013
  • Candidate Experience Award, The Talent Board, 2015
  • Readers’ Choice Award, PCMag, 2015
  • Editors’ Choice Award, Macworld, 2011
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