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Sonos Reviews

Updated September 4, 2018
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Pros
  • "Great people, great culture, great product" (in 25 reviews)

  • "Strong work-life balance for employees" (in 11 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. "Great experience so far!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineering Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineering Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Sonos is indeed a company not like traditional consumer electronics company. There is so much amazing technology inside its product than it looks. Software does a lot of the magic behind the scene and works very well with rest of the system including hardware and design. This company is filled with incredibly smart and capable people, as well as many challenging and interesting problems, putting them together creates a lot of energy propelling the company and product forward. I'm also impressed with how transparent and collaborative the culture is here, everyone is very helpful, you can walk up to anyone with a problem, they will help you. The product roadmap ahead is incredibly exciting, which should help with the stock price as it is now a public company.

    Cons

    Current office location in Seattle is challenging with working across offices, especially with conference room situation, but thanks to flexible working remote policy, it helps with days where there is a lot of meetings.

    Advice to Management

    Keep building excitements around future product roadmap and build more partnerships to leverage company expertise.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "A place where you can love what you do for a living."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great products, fun people, strong values, progressive atmosphere and work/life balance. Competitive compensation and lots of opportunities to grow your career.

    Cons

    Can be slow to pivot at times, but people are willing to try new things, so I mostly see this as an opportunity to make progress.

    Advice to Management

    Keep pushing innovations—with products and processes.

  3. "FP&A Manager"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sonos full-time

    Pros

    Strong work-life balance for employees

    Cons

    Silo'd organization leads to lack of transparency


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Great Products, Intelligent Employees, Poor Management"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    ICs are passionate, hardworking, willing to help each other out.
    Software releases are faster
    Improved communication with Zoom and use of Slack.
    Free Bi-Weekly Lunches, Decent Snacks, Fresh Fruit
    Software/Hardware Release Swag
    Great employee culture, but slowly fading with a lot of people who have left or been let go

    Cons

    Constant change with no true signs of improvement.
    Silo-ed teams reduce transparency with no real quarterly/monthly organization meetings.
    Documentation needs work or employee growth will struggle
    Lots of low quality pictures in different areas.
    As someone else mentioned, don't expect too much growth unless you're a part of the Microsoft club.

    Advice to Management

    Product Management: Do your jobs by managing the product better and finding ways of improvement. Doubled the amount of staff yet, still only 1 product shipped a year. LEAD the changes in technology, DON'T follow the changes in technology. INNOVATION is key.

    Software Team Managers: Develop your employees better. Utilize their talents, not the skills your team is missing. Help them grow their skills for their career first and then find ways to utilize these skills for helping grow Sonos.

    Customer Care Upper Management: Take care of your employees better. They help us maintain customers. Often, they are missing out on what makes Sonos special. Find ways to grow these employees since they too also have more than communication skills and Sonos knowledge.

    Human Resources: Talk to everyone in your organization, not just managers! Self-reviews were key for employees who worked hard from their perspective! Stick to a review method that is better for BOTH employees and their perspective managers. Recruit better management, directors, VPs.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "nothing to see here"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sonos full-time

    Pros

    The IC's are great, caring and collaborative

    Cons

    Mgmt is inexperienced, they do not lead but dictate and don't hold themselves to the standard expected of their reports.


  6. "OK place"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Barbara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Barbara, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great working environment, good facilities

    Cons

    Travel time to and from Hilversum


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Technical support specialist"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sonos full-time

    Pros

    Free food, good environment

    Cons

    Management, not a good time management

    Advice to Management

    None

  8. "Great Work Environment"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior DSP Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior DSP Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The work is very satisfying. Everyone is extremely intelligent which makes for high performing teams. The ability to work from home when needed enables you to get the job done while having a life outside of work. Great communication from senior leadership on the company's path.

    Cons

    Confusing compensation strategy and no 401k match.

    Advice to Management

    Keep enabling your employees to innovate.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Decent place to work, management needs a new vision"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great products that, sometimes, push the edge. Customers love the products which is always a great feeling.

    Cons

    Management is in the Microsoft mold. It's very much a club. If you are in the club, the sky's the limit, else you are stuck.


  10. "Incredible amount of talent & passion"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of very talented engineers. Everyone is incredibly passionate and into there work. Good benefits and pay.

    Cons

    hard to think of any

    Advice to Management

    - continue focusing on product development
    - lots of competitors


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