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Sonova Overview

Stäfa (Switzerland)
10000+ employees
1947
Company - Public (SOON)
Health Care Products Manufacturing
$1 to $2 billion (USD) per year
Over 15% of the world’s adult population is affected by hearing loss. At Sonova, we consider this number to be too high, and envision a world where everyone enjoys the delight of hearing and therefore lives a life without limitations.

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Sonova – Why Work For Us?


A world where everyone enjoys the delight of hearing and therefore lives a life without limitations

At Sonova, our vision is straightforward. We foster a world in which there is a solution to every hearing loss and all people equally enjoy the delight of hearing. The Sonova Group aims to be the most respected hearing care company in the world and, as such, has a social as well as a business goal: help people hear the world by providing the most innovative technology, service-oriented dedication and by accepting responsibility for all of our actions.

Our Hear the World Foundation contributes to turn our aspirations into reality even for those people who otherwise would be left aside. Its stated mission is to assist in specific ways where people with hearing loss can be helped. To this end, the Foundation involves itself with financial resources, the provision of hearing aids, or the deployment of a team of professionals to provide hearing care services, so that everyone can enjoy a life without limitations.

Sonova, headquartered in Stäfa, Switzerland, is the leading provider of innovative hearing care solutions. The group operates through its core business brands Phonak, Unitron, Hansaton, Advanced Bionics and AudioNova. Sonova offers its customers one of the most comprehensive product portfolios in the industry – from hearing instruments to cochlear implants to wireless communication solutions. Founded in 1947, the group is currently present in over 90 countries across the globe and has a workforce of over 13,000 dedicated employees. Sonova generated sales of CHF 2.07 billion in the financial year 2015/16 and a net profit of CHF 346 million. Across all businesses, and by supporting the Hear the World Foundation, Sonova pursues its vision of a world where everyone enjoys the delight of hearing and therefore lives a life without limitations.

Serving an attractive and growing market

Around one billion people in the world today cannot hear well – and the great majority of this vast potential market has not yet bought a hearing aid. Sonova provides the most comprehensive range of solutions to address hearing loss: leading-edge hearing aids and accessories from Phonak and Unitron, providing a natural listening experience through advanced, versatile technology; innovative cochlear implants from Advanced Bionics, bringing reliable hearing solutions to children and adults with significant hearing loss. Sonova offers its solutions to end-users through a wide variety of service channel partners, providing them with the support they need to ensure that each consumer and patient receives the appropriate care for an optimal hearing experience.

The hearing aid market continues to grow, driven by long-term socio-economic forces. It is also a diverse market, requiring a broad range of technologically advanced solutions and high reach customer service channels.

Sonova is ideally positioned to benefit from the trends in this growth market.

Customer driven innovation

Understanding our customers’ articulated and unarticulated needs and turning them into our challenges – this is what motivates us daily and ultimately leads to innovation leadership. Be it in products, solutions, or processes across all disciplines.

Our overall goal is to make sure that all people, especially those affected by hearing loss, can hear their world and live their lives to the fullest. We carefully listen to the input of current users of our technology and to the feedback of the hearing care professionals who work with our solutions every day to provide optimal care. We combine this input with our deep technological and audiological know-how and relentlessly challenge the current limits of technology to strive for the optimal solution. That's how we drive our rich pipeline of new products: with the purpose to make people hear the world.

Values & principles

Our values

At Sonova, we come to work every day knowing that our relentless innovation drive across all disciplines, our shared engagement as a team and our responsible approach to everything we do brings the delight of hearing to many millions of people: to hear better, to listen to music for the first time, to communicate effortlessly with friends and loved ones, and to fully enjoy life with all its great variety of sounds. Our shared core values and beliefs of innovation, engagement and responsibility reflect the corporate culture that defines and unites us as a company across all brands and regions.

Innovation

  • We strive to be recognized as the innovation leader across all disciplines.
  • We offer the best solutions to our customers.
  • We continuously push the limits of technology.
  • As we grow our business, we remain pragmatic and quickly adapt to changing circumstances.

Engagement

  • Our highly dedicated employees are key to win the hearts and minds of our customers.
  • We believe in cross-functional teams in which every voice matters.
  • We pursue a strong presence in local markets and we understand local needs.

Responsibility

  • We strive to be credible and transparent towards all stakeholders.
  • We turn the challenges of our customers into our own, bringing everyone the delight of hearing.
  • We take our social responsibility serious: we are committed to the prevention of hearing loss and support people affected by hearing loss.

Our principles

Code of Conduct

Our shared core values and beliefs of innovation, engagement and responsibility reflect the corporate culture that defines and unites us as a company across all brands and regions. Ethical behavior and unquestionable integrity form the core of our corporate culture. Our reputation for ethical behavior and integrity is one of our most valuable company assets. It is the result of our daily actions and as such it is an integral part of our endeavor to create sustainable success and value. Each one of us is personally responsible and accountable for helping the Sonova Group maintain its reputation for the highest ethical behavior and unquestionable integrity.

The Code of Conduct is binding for and applies to all employees within the Sonova Group, its subsidiaries and any contractors or vendors performing work for the Sonova Group or any of its subsidiaries.

Leadership principles

At Sonova, we strongly believe that the way we lead and collaborate with our employees, customers and other stakeholders is a key business differentiator. To leverage the strengths and to tap the full potential of our employee talent base will be key to meeting our business goals in the long term. The Sonova Leadership Principles reflect and build on our shared, group-wide leadership understanding and form the basis for excellent leadership. By implementing and living up to the Sonova Leadership Principles we reach our objectives and realize our vision in a sustainable way.

In a life without sound, our work provides meaning. As the world’s leading hearing care provider, we are not just a company that makes products: we are a team on a mission to help people enjoy the delight of hearing. To enable a life without limitations, we develop, manufacture and distribute solutions that push the limits of technology and redefine the future of our industry. At Sonova, our employees contribute to something greater than themselves – they transform lives.

Impact

We are a team of highly motivated experts and leaders with passion to improve the quality of life for people with hearing loss.

Leadership

We believe creative genius can be found at all levels, and foster a culture of flat hierarchies to empower people.

Growth

We offer a highly challenging and flexible environment that inspires personal growth and professional development.

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    Pros

    Supportive management and good benefits from this employer. The company culture is dedicated to improving the outcomes of people with hearing loss.

    Cons

    There are times when work life balance can be difficult, but it’s manageable. Additional staff would be helpful to decrease the workload.

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Sonova Interviews

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    The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Sonova (Santa Clarita, CA).

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    Phone Interviewed with Manager and that was it. The interview seemed to go well but I have not heard back in weeks. Not sure why the hold up but saw the job re posted a few times now.

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Sonova Awards & Accolades

  • Prix Balance ZH, Kanton Zurich, 2017
  • Webranking 2017 Switzerland, 3rd place, Lundquist, 2017

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