Skullcandy Reviews

Updated March 10, 2015
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  1. Excellent

    Former Employee - Brand Ambassador in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Brand Ambassador in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Skullcandy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people to work with and they have solid focus on product strengths.

    Cons

    There are no cons working for this business.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work

  2. Great engineering department, just a poor pay scale for interns.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Mechanical Engineering Intern in Park City, UT
    Current Intern - Mechanical Engineering Intern in Park City, UT

    I have been working at Skullcandy as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Was a great place to work, enjoyed my boss. They really taught me quite a bit and gave me a lot of autonomy for an intern.

    Cons

    Unfortunately the pay was extremely low for a mechanical engineering intern. Things might have changed though, as this was three years ago.

  3. Great work environment and dedication to the craft

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Graphic Designer in San Clemente, CA
    Former Contractor - Graphic Designer in San Clemente, CA

    I worked at Skullcandy as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I worked here as a freelance designer for a few months, I was linked up through a talent agency.

    - the Creative Director Dino Manuel is great to work with and passionate about the product
    - good staff, everyone is dedicated to doing beautiful work
    - work environment is fun, snacks and coffee is provided
    - team meals help bond people together

    Cons

    - 45 min -1 hour commute to work from where I worked
    - doesn't seem to have many long term employees

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!

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  5. Good job if you're single and live in Park City.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good, fun people for the most part, the 'prestige' of working for somewhere 'cool' like Skullcandy (you might see a celebrity or pro athlete! OMG!). The perks if you value them. Casual work environment & flexibility. There are good departments, positions, managers - if you can actually land that job.

    Cons

    Make no mistake that this is corporation with human resources purposefully stretched thin all dressed up in 'culture' - and this lipstick-on-a-pig is 100% for the benefit of shareholders (not you or your career). The ideal employee is someone who is single, lives in Park City, wants their entire social & work life to be the same, and thinks the skiing at the Canyons is great (worst resort skiing in the Wasatch FYI). All the big talk is designed to keep you strung along on a meager salary - don't lose sight of the fact that you are a $ amount that can be replaced at any time. Especially true since every snowboarder, skater, and college grad is willing to take the lowest pay possible to work at the brand they identified with when they were a teenager.

    Almost 100 people including the majority of upper management left the company in the couple years after going public. With virtually no backfill for these positions, the additional workload was spread around the company with little more than a high five for 'just doing your job'. This barebones operation continues: expect to wear many hats and have your performance held to unrealistic standards, but paid entry-level high-school-grad salary. Instead of promoting from within (the reason to take an entry level job here in the first place) they typically resort to hiring externally to fill low to mid-level management positions ("we need the PERFECT candidate").

    It is no secret at the company that one of the main metrics of job performance is who is still there at 7pm 'getting the work done done done'. HR is more concerned with ordering pizza and having food trucks come by to 'get you stoked' than actually fighting for employees and doing meaningful work. Lots of sleeping with each other / married leading to unprofessional conflicts of interest.

    If this was such a dream employer then there would be only one or two open positions available every year. Good place to learn for a year or two, not a good place to stay.

    Word of warning - the hiring / interview process will take a long time - don't expect an interview for 2-3 months, and then another 2-3 months to make a decision and approve budget for said position.

    Advice to Management

    Buy back the shares and take the company private - going public killed its soul and made margins more important than people.

  6. Hard Charging and Doing Cool Things

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations in Park City, UT
    Current Employee - Operations in Park City, UT

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Company has gone through a massive transition over the last year for the positive. Really cool spot now doing a whole lot more than just making headphones. Management team constantly lives and talks about switching the paradigm from being a "normal" company that does things for financial reasons into a "missionary" company that starts with people at the foundation of the place. Lives it and not just words. Management really cares about the team and where the company is going. Just a really cool vibe in the office. Tons of career opportunities with a really young team.

    Cons

    Definitely a place where excellence is expected and management and high achievers are very driven and expect a lot. But--that is really cool when you are a hard worker, want to learn and win.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Company in constant transition- losing the headphone market and has lost its mojo.

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    Current Employee - R & D in Park City, UT
    Current Employee - R & D in Park City, UT

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great young team with tons of energy, start up driven environment, lots of opportunities to learn and contribute in impactful ways, excellent first job out of college.

    Cons

    The company seems to be constant transition, and it's way too apparent that it is solely bottom line driven. Get it, learn what you can, and get out.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring couples for key management positions, it puts employees in compromising situations and creates an uncomfortable environment for the employees that have to report to them. Especially in the HR department!

  8. Great Place to Work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Park City, UT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Park City, UT

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Awesome culture and people. The people live the lifestyle of action sports, creative, music. It is a lot like being back in college--in a good way. Work hard for sure but always being pushed, friends around, and a cool product/marketing/etc. Park City is also a huge plus for snowboarding, trail running, mountain biking and Sundance. The Olympic Park is right out the window and Canyons is five minutes away for pow mornings. Insane!

    Cons

    Team definitely works hard--not a slacker place. The company becomes part of your life with friends, intramurals, workouts, and riding. For some people it could be too intense and not enough space between work/home.

    Advice to Management

    Great place--stoked to work here...

  9. Best Place to Work in Park City

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Park City, UT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Park City, UT

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing company culture, the leadership team really cares about making Skullcandy a fun place to work. Lots of opportunities for career advancement and challenging assignments. Sweet benefits such as flex time and summer Friday's, subsidized season passes to mountain resorts, powder days, gym reimbursement, tuition assistance and great employee discount. The medical plan meets my needs and isn't super expensive. SKUL University is the new learning and development program and it's rad! Most importantly, I love the people I work with - it's not often that you get to work AND play with your friends. The company promotes living an active lifestyle and the CEO hosts team workouts every other week. The executives all sit in an open pit (no ivory towers here!) and openly communicate with everyone. Fun atmosphere for sure!

    Cons

    Because the company is growing, the work-life balance is sometimes hard. I find myself working a lot of hours but I also don't mind b/c I know what I'm doing is making a difference and that my co-workers rely on me. The company is really lean and mean so I think adding some resources would be helpful to creating more work-life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing, I"m stoked to be on this team and very excited for the future!!! Maybe keep the skull huddles on time too :)

  10. Business Development

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - International Business Development Manager in San Clemente, CA
    Former Employee - International Business Development Manager in San Clemente, CA

    I worked at Skullcandy full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work I recommend

    Cons

    unstable marketplace and lack of coaching

    Advice to Management

    No advices

  11. Awesome culture and inspiring senior leadership team.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Park City, UT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Park City, UT

    I have been working at Skullcandy full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Culture: flexible scheduling, casual dress, fun people, and creative work environment
    -Senior Leadership: communication is clear and often from the top. Our senior leaders have a true passion for the products and come with a lot of solid experience. None of them sit in a corner office and instead are very visible and active with the rest of the team. Employees are publicly acknowledged for their successes.
    -Work-ethic: this is not a place for clock watchers. Employees work hard and often late to get the job done!
    -Opportunity: there is so much opportunity to directly affect change at Skullcandy and to create new processes and/or alter existing ones.

    Cons

    The team is small and so people normally are responsible for work that at other companies might spread across 2-4 people. This can be overwhelming BUT if you love the brand/products and are able to prioritize & strategize around your space, it's very rewarding.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the communication coming!

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