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Sonos Overview
Santa Barbara, CA
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Private
$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: Fill every home with music by creating the ultimate in-home music experience.

Company Updates

  • We're delighting the world with new stuff on a frequent basis. I'm really looking forward to doing that & making sure we're filling a lot more homes with music.

    New Sonos CEO Patrick Spence on Taking the Reigns, Voice Activation and Meeting the Music Biz (Q&A)

    Last week Sonos' CEO and founder John MacFarlane, the smart speaker company's prime mover and force of personality, announced he was stepping down after 15 years of growing his business into a billion-dollar global brand. The sudden news came as a surprise to many in the music business.

  • Sonos Product Manager Joni Hoadley is this week's guest on 100productmanagers podcast talking about letting your passion lead your path (in her case that passion is music.)

    Interview with Joni Hoadley from Sonos - 100 Product Managers

    By: Suzanne Abate @suzanneabate Stepping inside the newest Sonos office in Santa Barbara feels a lot like stepping into their flagship store in NYC - a sensory delight composed of modern furniture, fixtures, and a functional floor-to-ceiling speaker wall blasting today's playlist. I didn't come to geek out on the technology.

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Sonos – Why Work For Us?

undefinedIn 2002, we set out with a goal – to reinvent home audio for the digital age. Our vision was simple - fill every home with music and make listening a valued experience again. We’re making it easy for everybody to listen to the music they love in every room of their home. To hear the songs they love, to discover new music they never knew existed, and to appreciate it all with the highest sound quality.

We’re doing it all over the world – In more than 60 countries, in seven languages through thousands of retailers. We’re constantly looking for ways to improve the experience – with new products, new software and continually investing in ways to provide our customers the best experience possible. We’re doing what we set out to do. Changing the way people listen to music – one home at a time.

Sonos is the smart speaker system that streams all your favorite music to any room, or every room. Control your music with one simple app, and fill your home with pure, immersive sound.

undefinedWe’re looking for college students who love music. Who are passionate about the way the world listens to music at home. And want to make sure it sounds as good as when the artist recorded it.

We’re true music lovers too. And we’re committed to harnessing the sonic power and smarts of engineering and software. All with the goal of creating the ultimate listening experience.

Have a technical brain? An artistic imagination? Entrepreneur’s courage? Then come audition for our band.

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    "The leading innovators in wireless smart speakers"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Barbara, CA
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    I have been working at Sonos full-time (More than 10 years)


    Killer product roadmap and a highly motivated team.
    Big enough to play to win, but small enough that new people can make a big difference.
    Competitive salary and employee equity program that gives even junior people a chance to share in the company's success.


    Consumer electronics is a holiday-driven business and things certainly get busy in the leadup to the fourth quarter.
    It's no secret that voice-powered speakers like Amazon Echo and Google Home are a threat, but the company is on the right track through partnering with these services.

    Advice to Management

    Keep investing in the business - continued success is within our grasp.
    The culture leads to highly motivated employees - trust them to do their best work.

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Sonos Interviews

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    Software Engineer Interview

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    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Sonos.


    Contacted by recruiter who works for the company (no outside agency). Had about a 30min discussion about open positions/projects within the company and end goals for said projects. Recruiter then sets up an hour long video chat with a Software Development Manager. Next, I am asked to complete a code challenge. The coding exercise is extremely open ended with no time limits and very vague instructions. It takes a couple of hours to complete. The team that grade the exercises seem to grade things that aren't related to the task. For example, the type of framework you use i.e., Spring, which should be irrelevant and not count towards the score. Even if you come up with a fully-functional and tested REST API for this task, the team will deduct points for things like the number of classes used, which is NEVER stated anywhere within the challenge guidelines. The entire exercise is poorly written and grading of this exercise is even worse. It appears as if they have a QA dept with very little development experience grade the code submissions. The feedback given reflects this. I wouldn't bother interviewing with this company.

    Interview Questions

    • Q. Code challenge was centered around rate-limiting   1 Answer
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Sonos Awards & Accolades

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