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Updated February 13, 2018
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Pros
  • Great people, great culture, great product (in 23 reviews)

  • There is still a bit of a startup feel with a good work-life balance (in 10 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)

  • As many other have said middle management can be a issue (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sonos full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great products, many challenging problems to work on. Awesome brand reputation. There is still a bit of a startup feel with a good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Rapidly growing company comes with some growing pains. If you don't have an appetite for a constantly changing environment, this place may not be right for you. As the company gets bigger, it can he harder to get things done.

    Advice to Management

    Keep working hard to preserve the right balance between exiting startup culture and sustainable growth environment.


  2. "Great place to work, awesome culture and excellent product-focus!"

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sonos full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The people are amazing, it really is experience-first for product development but also for employees. Recruitment was fun and accommodating, and the office culture is A1.

    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.

    Advice to Management

    Stay laser focused on our goals and competing in the growing smart speaker market

  3. "Make sure you love what you do"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sonos full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good work-life balance
    Great product
    Brilliant engineers

    Cons

    Managers love to micromanage
    Review process is horrible
    Not enough mobility

    Advice to Management

    Stop micromanaging
    Point out bad behavior when it happens, instead of doing so after it's already been forgotten


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great Please"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Barbara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Barbara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sonos full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The culture, people, road map is all amazing and its very exiting to work here.

    Cons

    HR, Reviews process, Upward movement.

    Advice to Management

    Fix the HR structure to support current employees not just new ones.


  5. "Great culture, engineering management was a bit of a muddle"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software QA Engineer in Santa Barbara, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software QA Engineer in Santa Barbara, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The interpersonal culture was great. Everybody loves good music and that ties the company together.
    They are seriously good about speaker engineering and were doing "internet of things" long before that was a term. They have deep expertise in every aspect.

    Cons

    It's a design driven company and that can be frustrating as an engineer. Designers generally don't understand that "we want a new product with new feature X by D" has way more uncertainty than "can you do that in blue?". They get there eventually but it a painful process.

    They could use more investment into engineering tooling. What they do is very special, so you can't just buy solutions for things like embedded systems testing. But they don't want to invest in the in-house solutions, so they always feel under staffed.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to engineering as much as design. You have to have both to succeed.


  6. "SW Manager"

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    Current Employee - Software Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Software Manager in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sonos full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, great culture, great product!

    Cons

    They don't match 401K contributions


  7. Helpful (8)

    "Lost in Obscurity"

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

    I worked at Sonos full-time

    Pros

    There are a lot of music lovers, and some wonderful people hidden under the surface.
    The products sound good.

    Cons

    Management is an impenetrable sect that has no accountability and veils its decisions behind closed doors.

    Advice to Management

    Send all the middle management to extensive managerial & organizational behavior training. The traits I saw across middle management were being generally unaccountable, inscrutable, and unapproachable.
    There is little to no communication across departments, and middle management is seemingly left to their own devices. In my department the day-to-day operations were left to the Team Leads, and we rarely knew what our managers were doing. Workers and team leads were pressured heavily to stay after hours, while mangers left at 5 at the latest. I saw a Team Lead crying at his desk during the middle of the day.
    After my first two weeks at the job, the other person I had started with and I were walking out to the parking lot after another 10 hour day. "At least there's overtime.." he said somberly, "even if it is mandatory."

    I was mislead on the multiple interviews about the company culture. The manager played up the relaxed informal "rockin' out, beer-sippin" culture. Maybe that goes on in some of the other divisions. Going by the company orientation where they browbeat us with how progressive and adherent Sonos is to their lackadaisical corporate creed, it certainly seems that there's far more koolaid drinking than culture present.

    I saw about five people vanish while working at Sonos. They were there one day and gone the next. Management never addressed it. We learned through word of mouth that they had been fired.

    I'd approach any interview or job offer with this company very carefully. If possible, ask a current employee in the division you're interviewing with about the efficacy of the management and general work culture.

    My division was rotten at the top, but there were some great people working alongside me. They were generally far too stressed out to show this side of themselves though.

    Please do your due diligence before working here!

  8. Helpful (1)

    "current employee sonos review 2017"

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    Current Employee - Senior IC in Santa Barbara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior IC in Santa Barbara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sonos full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    great company culture and work environment. work-life balance is comfortable

    Cons

    Very Top-Down, not much room for growth, low wages, given low amount of resources

    Advice to Management

    Provide more resources to the company so we are capable of growing. Better compensation plans to decrease turnover.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Very poorly managed"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Individual contributors across the company are superb.

    Cons

    Management is completely disjointed and generally underskilled. Classic case of strong individual contributors being promoted to management when they are not able.

    Advice to Management

    Unify your message, put as much effort into talent acquisition above individual contributors as you do with IC.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Very top down culture"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Barbara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Barbara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sonos full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Very upbeat work environment
    - Good benefits including free music services subscription
    - Good work life balance

    Cons

    - Very top down culture, all information is shared at the top and only some information trickles to level below
    - Managers try to solve technical problems and often do it incorrectly
    - Crazy about Sonos User Experience but than its used anytime to silence opposing thoughts by old timer or higher ups

    Advice to Management

    - Stop micro managing teams
    - Involve team earlier in discussion and trust them


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