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1 person found this helpful  

Used to be a good place

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at Skype

Pros

Making the product people love

Cons

Owned by MS - some policies enforced

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Depressing to turn up to work and see competitors zooming past you

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    Current Employee - Director
    Current Employee - Director

    I have been working at Skype full-time

    Pros

    * Great work/life balance.
    * Very fulfilling product to work on - Skype is a very loved brand, and it feels good to read about the great ways we improve people's lives.
    * Microsoft is pretty good parent company

    Cons

    * NOTHING gets done. No real progress in the last year. Viber, Whatsapp, LINE, Google are all now much better than Skype. We cannot do build anything any more
    * Decisions take forever to make. Senior management will consistently avoid making a decision if there is any way out
    * Compensation and career progression heavily tied to acquisition value. New employees don't seem to get a great deal unless they are coming from Microsoft

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way to inspire urgency back in the organisation - either through acquisition (what ever happened to GroupMe?) or by firing a lot of the current org. Lead by example - make a decision or two.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Management hell

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test in Prague (Czech Republic)
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test in Prague (Czech Republic)

    I worked at Skype full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    bonuses, training, work from home, geek people, great opportunities to learn

    Cons

    strange agile practices, not caring about technical proficiency but 'political' games, mixed/confused jargon(i.e. calling 'cross-functional' guys who are learning c# which uses c++), expecting overtime without pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get rid of fake managers and people who has no communication abilities in case you're looking for pair-programming

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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