Sonos Employee Reviews about "growing pains"

Updated Feb 6, 2018

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Sonos CEO Patrick Spence
Patrick Spence
81 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. Helpful (1)

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

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sonos full-time for 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.

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  2. Helpful (6)

    "Great place to work!"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sonos full-time for 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.

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  3. "Great place to work with some minor issues"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Sonos full-time

    Pros

    Great company culture and great products.

    Cons

    With the growing organization came growing pains in terms of corporate structure.

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  4. "Great place for new challenges"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Test Engineer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great product. Very fun to work on. Lots of opportunity to learn new things and take on new challenges. Easy to have a large impact on the company and product.

    Cons

    The growing pains of transitioning from start up to large company can be tough

  5. "Heading in the right direction."

    4.0
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, cool product, and replaced work environment.

    Cons

    Young company with growing pains.

  6. Helpful (2)

    "Great people, dealing with growing pains"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sonos full-time

    Pros

    Inspiring commitment to values and mission: this is the glue that holds the company together The people: smart, open to new ideas, transparent

    Cons

    Growing pains, as the company continues to seek that right balance between start-up type grittiness and flexibility, and the maturity needed to run a large business.

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  7. Helpful (3)

    "Great place to call home"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Santa Barbara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work environment with a company that treats their employees wonderfully. I have never worked somewhere where I was valued for "being myself".

    Cons

    Company is going through some growing pains as they scale larger.

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  8. Helpful (2)

    "Unique company, great people"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     in Santa Barbara, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Sonos for more than a year

    Pros

    Everyone who works at Sonos believes in the mission of delivering the ultimate home music experience so I work with people who are really into what we're doing, not afraid to express themselves, to dissent and fight for what they think is right all with the same shared purpose in mind. And people are crazy about music which is awesome. I've never worked anywhere like it. There isn't that internal competition I've seen other places, I really feel like we're a band all moving forward together. The work is also interesting, challenging, love the chance to focus on fewer things and do them really well.

    Cons

    Experiencing some growing pains and in need of systems and other solutions to scale as the company grows. Working there requires your heart and soul to be IN the company (could be a pro as well) but it's demanding physically and emotionally.

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  9. Helpful (9)

    "Getting in their own way"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    You get the opportunity to work with smart people who as passionate about music. Competitive employee health benefits.

    Cons

    Management turns a blind eye to internal issues, tenured managers who don't live the company values, no 401K matching, growing pains, company gets in its own way of success, hire good individual contributors who shouldn't be managing teams, and constant reminders of how the employees aren't meeting the unattainable standards that the company has set for the fiscal year.

  10. Helpful (6)

    "The next couple of years will be critical"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Sonos

    Pros

    The people are nice and if you are in an entry level job, the atmosphere is great. The speakers themselves are a great product and you can be proud of them. As a benefit you get discounts on the products. There is a very strong vision for the speakers themselves and the management will stop a product release until it is of a very high standard. This is a company you will either love or hate. If you are used to working in a structured company and executing on a strategy, this probably won't be the place for you. If you have a lot of energy and patience and can tolerate the churn and noise and just do stuff, then you will probably enjoy Sonos.

    Cons

    There are way too many people with opinions on how to do things, but not enough people to execute these. Everybody and their dog will have an opinion on your work and they usually won't tell you to your face. Either that or they will expect to have sign off on what you do. This problem is made worse by the time zones. I have seen things which normally take a short time in other companies get bogged down by every man and his dog wanting input. The result is usually a failed project which wastes time, costs a lot of money, leaves a lot of technical debt to clean up (which nobody does). The company is moving from being a start up to a mature company and is going through considerable growing pains in the change. They have hired very talented people, but there is a bit of conflict between the people who have been there for a long time and new people. The company is aware it needs to change, but really struggles at allowing people to make those changes. Again, the time zones make this even worse. If you want to make real change you have to be prepared to work with 3 different time zones (and counting) and the long hours that entails. In my experience, there is a lack of trust in middle/upper management and a general feeling of job instability as a result.

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