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Sonova Reviews

Updated April 20, 2017
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  1. "This company aims to take advantage of seniors."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    It was easy to get time off when needed, and the insurance plan isn't too bad.They would try to do things to boost team morale, like BBQs and stuff.

    Cons

    Worst managers I have ever experienced, they were vindictive and completely unwilling to contribute to team success.

    Advice to Management

    Stop encouraging customer facing reps to be dishonest with customers, its a terrible business model.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Dreadful and a waste of time"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sonova full-time

    Pros

    There are no good reasons to work here.

    Cons

    Poor compensation. No career advancement or opportunities for growth


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Sonova Prison Experiment"

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    Former Employee - Production in Warrington, North West England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Production in Warrington, North West England, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sonova (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Nothing to make you want to stay there, no incentives, no pay rises. (wages are capped very low)

    The head honchos make you feel like you are worthless and incapable of doing the simplest of tasks.

    Never ever told you were doing a good job, no appreciation whatsoever.

    Dusty & dirty environment, numerous skin issues with staff.

    Lack of parking for the amount of staff there.

    Subsidized canteen which is more expensive than your local Co-Op.

    No progression whatsoever either, oh, unless your face fitted and had the least amount of skills possible, then of course you would be promoted to the top with fake certificates.

    And as for any management there, they couldn't even run a bath, none of them knew how to run a production line, as the majority have only been there less than 2 years with no knowledge of any of the products or processes, just meetings after meetings to discuss unnecessary changes about changing processes which did not need changing. Far too many managers there compared to the amount of staff, was more like a competition to see who came 1st within the hierarchy by giving them different colored lab coats, Red coat,(Pre-Op) Blue coat, (Key-Op) Green coat, (Team leader) and not forgetting normal staff lab coats which where white, only thing missing was the straps off them as if management had their way they would have made them into straight jackets.

    Micro Management at its worst, cannot even go to the WC for 2 minutes as you are scrutinized as to why you were so long, I am surprised they never had a spreadsheet to monitor your bowel movements.(They have a spreadsheet for absolutely everything, scrutiny is the key to persecute their victims if you do not hit target or if you get rejects).
    An underline of arrogance which is basically classed as bullying with a 'you know where the door is' if you dared to question any of their authority mentality.

    There is marked similarities between Sonova and the Stamford Prison Experiment movie, (A must see for all you production workers).

    All in all, if you work on production you are classed as the lowest of the low, you are just a number not a person.

    Cons

    I Left after a long long time.

    Advice to Management

    Go back to school and learn real things.


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  5. "Not ideal if you look for career progression or are ambitious"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sonova full-time

    Pros

    Good work culture
    Good company to work for (taking care of employees)
    Relatively international (German/ Swiss German quite helpful though)

    Cons

    Low turn at senior positions, limited chances to progress
    Career progression is not managed at all by HR


  6. "Engineer"

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    Current Employee - HW Engineer in Stäfa (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - HW Engineer in Stäfa (Switzerland)
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sonova full-time

    Pros

    Flat Hierarchi. Nice canteen. Nice and open environment

    Cons

    A bit chaotic sometimes. Pretty conservative management.

    Advice to Management

    Don't put people into managing positions just because they are good at their work.


  7. "Comfortable and interesting work."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sonova full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great work-life balance. No one is expected to do any overtime. Work is interesting and the company is growing as well as the industry around it.

    Cons

    Very little chance of progression.


  8. "Not bad"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Working on high tech and advanced technologies. Nice place to work.

    Cons

    Quite small desks and can be a noisy environement.


  9. "good place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stäfa (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stäfa (Switzerland)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sonova (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    people culture, easy, a lot of opportunities, growing industry

    Cons

    not much really, slow in decision-making

    Advice to Management

    act decisively


  10. Helpful (10)

    "Friendly people in disorganised, inefficient, short sighted organisation"

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    Current Employee - R&D Engineer in Stäfa (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - R&D Engineer in Stäfa (Switzerland)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Employees are generally cooperative (not competitive), and have a sense of ethics.
    - friendly and nice work attitude, despite frictions produced by disorganisation
    - Medical Device industry means very healthy profit margins.
    - If you don't perform much, nobody will pressure you.
    - very secure place. You won't be fired if not for outstanding negligence. Many people have stayed with the company for decades.

    Cons

    - a widespread disorganisation leads to unclarities on roles, macroscopic gaps in communication, preventing people from working efficiently.
    - exaggerated "equality" wipes away competencies and roles; everyone around the table has the same weight in a decision, which effectively prevents sense of ownership and voids the use of growing competence. This works OK for Type B personalities, but causes great frustration to Type A ones.
    - position openings are created without clear consignment, so many new hires will find themselves wasting time on finding their niche instead of doing actual work a few months in already.
    - the company culture is allergic to decisions. Ambivalence is permeating the organisation, no simplifications are ever accepted, definitions and decisions are formulated with the purpose of not being sharp or hard enough, so nobody will be disappointed. This causes confusion, projects running forever, repeated delays or sacrifices at the end, and people working on features they see no value in.
    - there's practically no career options; HR doesn't provide any career plan, and incidental opportunities don't occur either: when any leadership position leaves (which happens extremely rarely), the company doesn't care of promoting internals.
    - salaries are slightly under industry average, and they are never adjusted. If the company suspects you may be about to leave or ask for a raise, they will trigger a "preemptive raise": an insignificant raise (0.x %) to prevent you from asking an actual raise.
    - Bonus is artificially fixed at 10%. You may get 11.x% if you're a "high performer", which is so little it makes no motivation to put the extra effort. Since the bonus is so rigid, it appears to be a trick to lower your salary, since the bonus is waived for the year you leave, thereby losing 10% for every month from start of business year until when you leave.
    - the company is located far out of the city, at the boundaries of the region, which has a number of consequences:
        - it takes a long time to reach office unless you leave in the very same tiny town
        - living in that and surrounding towns is still expensive (comparable to the city), as they attract affluent retired people, and people who seek tax saving due to their very low tax rate.
        - the location causes the company to attract more family people in their mid 30s and later, as opposed to young "high performers".
    - the company makes claims as "innovation leader", but is permeated by small-time thinking: always incremental and rarely with brand new concepts or technology. Establishing a project beyond the routine new feature takes another competitor having launched the same, or a large customer having requested it.
    - company culture praises work hours rather than performance. There's no performance indicator, let alone public ones, to show when you're achieving a lot. Instead, people take pride about how many hours they work. Although most departments officially allow flexible work hours, small remarks are made by people the day you arrive late to work, or you leave early. I found this to be confirmed to happen in most departments.

    Advice to Management

    - establish clear values to define a clear roadmap
    - remove overly friendly culture and support clear decision-making
    - encourage simplifications to get out of the vicious cycle of small thinking (or stop claiming you're innovation leaders)


  11. "Good place to work; High Tech company with a pleasant culture"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Stäfa (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Stäfa (Switzerland)

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere; Successful company (as of 2015); Innovative and dynamic; Generally young staff

    Cons

    No general shortcomings. Depends on what your role and and professional ambition is


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