Sonos Reviews

Updated Jul 24, 2020

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4.1
79%
Recommend to a Friend
98%
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Sonos CEO Patrick Spence
Patrick Spence
70 Ratings
Pros
  • "A great product and service, a very caring culture, quick to react to changing trends and world events(in 34 reviews)

  • "Flexible hours as long as you can deliver, work life balance(in 19 reviews)

Cons
  • "As with any growing company, there are some growing pains, but these are challenges/opportunities that we are excited to be facing head-on(in 10 reviews)

  • "Then again, the mostly flat structure has made it so that nobody is backstabbing each other for middle management roles, which is a good thing(in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Excellent"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sonos full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great work culture, helping people, growth

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

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  2. "Great place to work"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Support Technician in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sonos full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great group of people to work with and a very transparent company.

    Cons

    Difficult to get in to Sonos due to competitive nature of the market.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Great company"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sonos full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great benefits, new hire and annual stock grants as well as 15% cash bonus Great leadership team. First company where I feel like our leadership team sincerely cares about the employees Flexible work-from-home policy 3 weeks PTO annually + Holidays + Birthday + Days for charity Great people Many opportunities for advancement. Once you have a job there, there are clear steps you can take to move up to the next level if you desire.

    Cons

    Ever since the George Floyd situation, management has been encouraging employees to take company time to read anti-racism and white guilt literature (note: encouraged, not required). Conservative views are not publicly spoken about, while progressive views are welcomed and talked about openly. I'd prefer to keep politics out of work altogether. I would still consider this a 5 star company, which is saying a lot. I plan on working here for years to come, and my hope is that the politicization of our work environment is only temporary and will blow over when public outrage moves on to some other topic.

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  4. "Great culture and values"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sonos full-time

    Pros

    People-oriented company with special culture. Leadership team tries to actually live by the values they talk about. Amazing co-workers - smart, creative, and passionate.

    Cons

    Several reorgs have resulted in layoffs Limited career growth opportunities as organization has been flattened in recent years

  5. "Great company to work for"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Individual Contributor in Santa Barbara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sonos full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Awesome product. Great place to work with amazing CEO who lives Sonos values. A lot of opportunities here to grow in your career.

    Cons

    Difficulty in collaborating across various team due to messy processes and systems.

  6. Helpful (2)

    "Neutral outlook"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales and Marketing Manager in Santa Barbara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sonos full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Interesting blend of hardware and software experience Some talented colleagues Has gotten better with benefits (401k match, stock options)

    Cons

    Too often people are rewarded for being blockers to innovation/new ideas (reluctance to try new things) Promotions largely dictated by politics vs. performance

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  7. Helpful (1)

    "Still having growing pains."

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Individual Contributor 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sonos full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    CEO leads with integrity and inspires bandmates. The products and product roadmap are visionary. Really smart colleagues who are committed to moving the company towards its goals. Great energy and enthusiasm in Customer Care and Product groups. Good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Your experience at Sonos will depend heavily on the VP, and their (in)ability to lead and to play politics. Some are competent leaders, other are not. Bullying is tolerated, and diversity is still sorely lacking across the organization. The diversity and inclusion officer never misses a photo-op, but has failed to implement noticeable change. HR continues to fail corporate-wide with aligning published culture with practiced, which is not too surprising given the elitist and ineffective leader. Managers are hamstrung by HR when wanting to promote their employees, resulting in turnover. Negotiate hard for your salary, as you may not receive a raise for a few years. Workplace can be noisy and disruptive. Breakout rooms are often used as offices by the same people who publicly endorse the open floor plan.

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  8. COVID-19
    Helpful (4)

    "Don't work here."

    1.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    CRM Campaign Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sonos for less than a year

    Pros

    a couple of free speakers, some cheese sticks and refreshments available before the pandemic.

    Cons

    Let's go: Hiring manager asked if there was a pause considering this leap from current FTE role to take a fixed term contract role for a consumer electronic company most people would scratch heads at the name? Yes. I managed a CRM program for a top global brand. I also helped manage one of the most powerful apps in the world. Any person with a brain would pause at this crazy notion but with the lay-off climate at my company at the time, I felt compelled to take a risk. I was promised opportunity for growth. I love the speakers. I love the work behind this product. Then you meet the marketing org. I mistakenly trusted that Sonos actually cared one second about my goals and vice-versa. This company is let-me-tell-you *major bully culture* in a startup environment that was so outgrown. You will be challenged personally in meetings with your superiors. It's disgusting. They call it transparency. In the end and after all that energy spent and time lost that I will never get back, I discovered I was just filling a maternity leave. Lucky me! I was a warm body in a seat to cover for a person that truly had it in for me from the beginning to never succeed. I have a very detailed progression in writing of what happened month by month but this site continues to reject my submission. Hindsight is painful. So is censorship. So is a lousy tech-stack and the employees who don't even know what to do with it. Don't trust what management or HR (the people team) tell you. A couple of free speakers is not worth your future. People are truly miserable at this company. If you work in D2C, I warn you to go elsewhere.

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  9. "Great place to work, but company priorities can be scattered at times."

    4.0
    Current Employee - Software Development Test Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends

    I have been working at Sonos full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    They support employees individual growth and development and are very people focused which translates into their products.

    Cons

    There is not a lot of diversity and there's difficulties collaborating across teams.

  10. "Best company I've ever worked for"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Director in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Sonos full-time

    Pros

    Humanity first, considerate management, diversity valued

    Cons

    Bumpy stock price, other similar public companies have better market performance

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