Sonos just shtcanned 12% of its employees. Myself and my entire team, and most of our customer care department. Some of us have been with the company for 8+ years. And the way they have done it is so underhanded. Hooray for corporate greed. So long fckers.
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I was impacted and yes it s—s to be without a job during these difficult times. But, lets all get our heads screwed on straight. Sonos did absolutely everything they could for impacted employees. The separation package was very generous (way, way beyond the norm). The management person and H.R. person who attended my separation meeting sincerely cared. Medical insurance paid 100% until the end of the year. There was enormous support from co-workers who were not impacted and that support has continued. The CEO, nor did any of management want this to happen. COVID19 came about unexpectedly. There has been collateral damage worldwide from the Pandemic. Those of us impacted just have to tough it out and move on. Thank you Patrick and company for everything you did for those us impacted.
The discretion regarding how the lay-off would be done (no class, wait for an email, not getting input from a persons supervisor before deciding that person would be let go) isn’t surprising. It is very much like the awful off-the-Mark decision to give a customer a 30% discount on a new speaker and then brick a perfectly good speaker. What are these people thinking. How about pulling your heads out of your you-know-what and simply use some common sense?
Totally agree. To be told at 9am that if you are losing your job you will receive notification by 5pm via email is with zero class and concern for ALL employees. If 5pm comes and goes and you do not receive an email notification your job is safe. How fcked up and classless is that? And yes, my manager was also not given any opportunity to provide any input regarding my selection as one of the people who would lose their jobs. Again, how fcked up is that? Typical America upper and executive management. kiss A$$ to those above you, do what they want and you keep your high paying job. Gutless puppies ..... all of them. I hope upper management and the executive staff are proud of yourselves. You are self-centered slobs concerned only for your own well being. If Sonos is not acquired by Apple or Amazon the end will come, but it will be a few years. Obviously since Sonos is suing Google, Google won’t buy Sonos. Instead Google will draw this out, bleed money from Sonos and ultimately win putting another nail in Sonos coffin. But for the executive staff and upper management it won’t matter because they will have put enough money in their greedy pockets.
I think it could have been done more fairly. Yep if you were in the good old Girls + boys club you didn't lose your job. To lay-off people without getting any input from the persons supervisor is totally unethical horse$hit. The people who are full of themselves made the selections, and in many, many instances had no idea of the contribution a person was making because they didn't have the decency or class to decide and discuss with the persons manager / boss. But rather went with the "I am the King" attitude and I will make the decisions because I know best. Why would or should I actually get input from the lay-off candidates manager? That wouldn't make any sense since "I am the high + mighty authority and do not need anyone's input. Once a great place to work, Sonos is just another "also ran $hithole"
There were several BIPOC folks in my area who were laid off. Anyone else experience this? I see downvoting on the original suggestion of this, presumably by Sonos people.
I heard BIPOC folks were disproportionately effected. Anyone laid off Black, Indigenous or a Person of Color? I feel they might have a lawsuit brewing..
Did they outsource the tech support?
If you feel positively about this, you were probably one of those directors that got a decent severance. No coincidence that this link was shared internally and everyone still with a job is downvoting the negative feedback. Typical Sonos policy, fake it until you break it.
This is a historic pandemic. You are seeing huge layoffs everywhere, and there is no good way to lay 12% of your company off in one day.
As someone who went through the interview process and after an intense process e fed up with a coupon to buy Sonos products (that I would have had to expend my cash on) nothing surprises me with this company. You had a good ride while it lasted. Upward & onward
Company wide. Territory directors were even cut.
@1jfu I agree with you - it was done in a decent way with some minor hickups.
WOW really? thats real sh–ty...
I don't agree with the above comments. I was also in the layoffs but I appreciate the chance to hear the reasoning and approach directly from the CEO and have a chance to say goodbye to friends and colleagues. Unlike most companies, where you are just deactivated and asked to leave immediately, this felt a lot more humane. Layoffs are never going to be a positive experience but this felt like a better way to do it. Covid has had a severe financial effect on many companies, and is especially hard for hardware. I truly believe sonos did everything it could to avoid this, and the leadership has been transparent about listing everything they have done and the exact financial scenario. I still feel positively about sonos and patrick.
@zdw+15Bp7pds, I'm not sure. Many smaller officers also got shut down, though to echo Spence, that "does not mean that their jobs will be impacted". Happened one day to the next after we had supposedly been doing "better than expected given the current world situation". I guess the executive board had to protect their bonuses somehow. Agreed, this has been the most shameful way that they could have done this.
Company wide. Honestly have never seen such a disorganised way of laying people off in my entire career.
I wasn't affected personally but I now realise how little my position matters in the grand scheme of things.
Good luck with the outsourcing.
They had a call with all employees, and basically told them that if they haven’t received an email before 00.00 pm. You are safe.
I have never in my entire career seen a company do their layoffs like this. Letting their entire workforce sit with extreme anxiety for hours waiting for that dreaded mail. Shame on Sonos for this atrocious behavior.
Wow. Really sorry to hear that. Any idea what offices were affected, or it is company-wide?