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  1. "Simply the best ISP in California."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Sonic provides a wide variety of Voice and Data solutions at competitive pricing and 1st of class customer support.

    Cons

    Keeping up with the on going challenges and technological advancements within our industry.


  2. "Smart people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The founders really believed in their employees and mentored them. Some individuals went from customer service roles to upper management.

    Cons

    At times there was a negative vibe.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great teams, dwindling market - it's a shame"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sonic Solutions full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Smart engineers
    Interesting technology
    Great locations and good opportunity, if you ask for it

    Cons

    Focus on PC is/was ultimately negative
    Growth by acquisition results in duplicated effort, silos
    Senior leadership driven by wall street - inevitably

    Advice to Management

    Senior management (and the follow on owners) need to break out of markets that are not growing. IP litigation isn't really a growth market either, and it leaves the company with no future. Great if you're private equity, but...


  4. "Software engineer"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Novato, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Novato, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sonic Solutions full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Sonic solution had a pretty good product Roxio: not expensive and easy to use. The company located in the beautiful Marin county. It is a great place to work.

    Cons

    Nothing coming from my memory.


  5. "VEry good place to work at SONIC"

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    Current Employee - Database Administrator in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Database Administrator in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    All positive only
    good work life balance
    good growth

    Cons

    please let us know inadvance of acuistions

    Advice to Management

    none


  6. "Working for Sonic Solutions has been a positive growth experience for me."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Novato, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Novato, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Sonic has led so many technology innovations which has meant a lot of change at the company. Even in that ever changing technologies market, I felt that sr. management always demonstrated that they care about their employees. I was able to grow my career through promotions and learning opportunities. I feel that my salary was certainly mostly in-line with what I could have earned from other companies, but the opportunities for learning and growth was what kept me at Sonic. Overall, my experience at Sonic has been invaluable in positioning me for success in my future endeavors.

    Cons

    The only real negative things to say about Sonic are just about things that a company like Sonic didn't really have much control over. The massive efforts and expense to comply with changing Federal reporting regulations, industry-wide technology confusion, and a terrible economy, were all things that Sonic had to combat. I personally feel that they did the best they could have done.

    Advice to Management

    Thank you for many great years!


  7. "Very people friendly & supportive"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    Very people friendly & supportive

    Cons

    No proper process in place

  8. "Very positive, I learned a tremendous amount and got to work on some very interesting projects"

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    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Novato, CA
    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Novato, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Sonic creates/develops interesting applications and Management was not afraid to take chances and enter new markets. The employee base is largely enthusiastic and passionate about the work. Management is respectful and understanding

    Cons

    Given the nature of Sonic's businesses, there are hard deadlines that need to be met. The result is long hours at certain times of the year. In recent years there has been a reduction in some of the perks (i.e. 401K matching), but I suppose that's the norm at many companies.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to make smart business decisions and take risks. When profits rise, make sure you the benefits trickle down to staff.


  9. "Employees are treated as a herd"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Novato, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Novato, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You can create a liitle cacoon for yourself and pretty much focus on what you want

    Cons

    No support for innovation - very limited career growth

    Advice to Management

    Start having a long term vision


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Confusing at best"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The one good thing about Sonic is that there is often a lot going on there - many different areas of business and certainly lots of comings and goings. In addition because there are many many offices around the world there are often opportunities to visit far off exotic locations.

    Cons

    However the company changes direction on a day to day basis. Things tend to lurch from one extreme to the other and often times this is done without any direction to the employees. This means that what was priority 5 one day should have been priority 1 a week ago, but no one was informed down the line.

    Advice to Management

    Explain the business model internally and the long term plan


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