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  1. "Resilient"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tracy, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tracy, CA

    I worked at Sonics (More than a year)

    Pros

    Core CXO team has been together a long time and always seem to be on the same page.

    Cons

    Very old for a start-up so have not got everything right yet; nor have they failed yet.

    Advice to Management

    When you have been around this long, but have not yet succeeded, we have always done things this way is a bad answer. Really evaluate what is and and is not working.


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    "This company is going downhill... expect doors closing SOON"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain House, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain House, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Ability to select your own tasks/projects/workload due to LACK OF MANAGEMENT and direction.

    Cons

    Again, lack of management, communication, direction, AND NOT A SINGLE PROCESS. Not sure how this company survived as long as it had.

    Advice to Management

    Seriously need to accept defeat and dedicate resources to satisfy customers.


  3. "Had a great time personally, but company is not growing"

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    Former Employee - Architect in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Architect in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sonics full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    If you are lucky, you will get a good boss and a great working environment with flexible hours. I was one of the lucky ones. The CTO and some of the senior level folks are very approachable and very knowledgeable

    Cons

    The pay is bad. The company itself is not growing much.

    Advice to Management

    Would be great if the management recognizes that it takes forever to even small decisions to be made.


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  5. "Wasted Opportunity"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Most personnel outside management are reasonable people. Pay and benefits OK. Location was nice (but they have moved).

    Cons

    Badly managed, too many people in upper management/finance for size of revenue stream. No imagination, company is on slow flight into terrain - suing competition now, rather than improving product.

    System administrator was not very competent, survived by being friend of management. Dysfunctional computing environment.

    Large amounts of unmaintainable C++ and Python code - only work on it if you have lots of spare brain cell capacity.

    Failed to meet IPO criteria in the past, unlikely to do it in the future.

    Advice to Management

    Slim down upper ranks. Stop fighting the competition, and co-operate instead.


  6. "Company consistently does okay, but never hits it out of the park"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice co-workers.
    Lots of interesting things to do if you are willing to put in the time.
    The company gives people an opportunity to do things that they may have never done before, such as a lot of overseas work.
    For the most part, management is very flexible if there is a personal reason to need to work offsite.

    Cons

    Few ways to advance or get a raise.


  7. "Great place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good people to learn from

    Cons

    Challenging competitors to beat in market


  8. "Top heavy"

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    Former Employee - NOC/IP Generation
    Former Employee - NOC/IP Generation
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Oldest company in its sector. Still going after all these years.

    Cons

    Oldest company in its sector, not going anywhere. Top heavy, too much revenue burned on executive salaries.

    Advice to Management

    Quit.


  9. "Can be acceptable place for first work but no more"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Mostly employees are very friendly persons. There are things to learn if you work for a first time.

    Cons

    Poor management, company not grows, a lot of non professional employees. Nothing to learn after a year of employment. Poor technical background.

    Advice to Management

    Sometimes listen to your employees feedbacks and improve yourself and organization


  10. "Software engineer"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Yerevan (Armenia)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Yerevan (Armenia)

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

    Pros

    Great place to get high level C/C++ experience in RTL testing
    Frequent trips to USA is plus

    Cons

    Very slow career advancement in all areas.


  11. "It was what it was"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Yerevan (Armenia)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Yerevan (Armenia)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very friendly team, reasonable salary and benefits.

    Cons

    Might grow boring after a while if you are not really into specifics of the industry.


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