Skype Reviews

Updated August 27, 2014
Updated August 27, 2014
48 Reviews

3.4
48 Reviews
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  1.  

    Simply awesome

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    Former Employee - Design Researcher  in  Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Design Researcher in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Skype full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Free Breakfast!

    Extremely flexible work schedule

    Impactful and important work on Lync and Skype.

    Really great People!

    Cons

    Contractors are physically separated from FTEs and 2nd class citizens unless you prove yourself.

    Early meetings do to half of the team in London vs. Redmond

    Reorg after Reorg after Reorg after Reorg [Hopefully settling down now]

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't let Microsoft crush what makes Skype different from the other teams!

    The lack of opportunities for conversion from contract costs you talent and the 100 day forced me to relocate for a steady job [thanks to 5+ reorgs in a calendar year]

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Tumultuous, Chaotic, Lacking in Vision

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    Current Employee - Anonymous  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    The people at Skype are extraordinarily talented and intelligent; working with them has been a treat.

    Cons

    As Skype further integrates with Microsoft, a lack of vision and leadership has really begun to take its toll. Corporate doublespeak abounds; people are no longer sure what they're doing or why they're doing it, and management has responded to this not with a strong blueprint for the future, but rather nitpicking about small issues. Talented and resourceful employees are being wasted in dead-end jobs with no hope for advancement or greater responsibility.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Overstaffed, slow and bureaucratic

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Skype

    Pros

    Spacious office, nice perks, free lunch, kitchen

    Cons

    Microsoft is enforcing Skype to abandon its own choice of technologies and use Microsoft's instead, .net, Azure etc. As a result a lot of Microsoft employees join skype because they are familiar with these technologies. But they often carry the characteristics brewed in the infamous Microsoft employee rating system : instead of focusing on doing good work, they work to prove that they are better than their coworkers, and they carry over the Microsoft bureaucracy as well. More procedures are introduced, more people joined yet things are done slower, or are never done.

    It is striking that with so much competition on the market (Google hangout, whatsapp, just to name a few), the Skype client remains the same, except it now has ads.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Test engineer at skype

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test II  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test II in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    Working with great people, since Microsoft showed up compensation, health insurance, bonuses and facilities provided got better, more career opportunities among different teams.

    Cons

    Since Microsoft showed up Skype started spending more time on integration than on actual development, so there are lots of opportunities that were lost due to acquisition process.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less conservativeness should add more work satisfaction and get results more quickly.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Cool product, lots of opportunity unrealized

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    Former Employee - Marketing  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Skype full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Cool product and brand. Desire to innovate.

    Cons

    Things move slowly. Company distributed across many geographies which has some advantages but also some challenges.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Capitalize on one of the biggest brands in the communications space.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fun but not satisfying.

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Skype full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    All the non-work related perks you can think of. Lunch, snacks, parties, celebrations, you name it...

    Cons

    Very little satisfying engineering work to be done in the Palo Alto office combined with over-hiring makes for a depressed/bored workforce with a ridiculously high turnover rate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Close that office down. I know you like the idea of having a presence in California/Silicon Valley but as an engineering office, it's pointless. Open yourselves a corporate corner in Microsoft's offices in Mountain View and leave it at that.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very dysfunctional

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Skype full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You get to work on a great product that is used by millions of people worldwide.

    Cons

    The organization is completely dysfunctional, where nothing can ever be done. The overall organization is bureaucratic and people at present have given up in trying to innovate and are just waiting to cash out by end of the year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out of the way and let people do their job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sales Executive

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Skype

    Pros

    Great sales managers and fellow employees, very open to new ideas. As long as you are doing your job they will not micromanage you. It is a great place to work.

    Cons

    Compensation is the only downside to working there..

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fun and friendly place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    Free lunch and fully stocked fridge and snacks.
    The health benefits are great!
    Office decor is modern and comfortable.

    Cons

    Long commute from San Francsico.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Has potential, but lacks polish and respect for workers

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Skype

    Pros

    Skype has a nice, new office that is a very comfortable place to work. Snacks and drinks are provided twice a week and have now generally reached the point where they will last through the week. There are recreational activities, such as pool, ping pong, foosball, and basketball. Management attempts to be transparent about the direction of the company.

    Cons

    Skype has an ingrained culture of distrust between teams and the lack of desire to share knowledge. Projects tend to get over-engineered; that is, they become more complicated than they need to be. It also has the culture of a work-first environment, so if you're looking for a good work-life balance, this is not the place for you. The transparency management shares doesn't seem to line up with what the feeling and rumors are saying.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Many of the bonuses and gifts are based on a work-to-be-served basis, rather than a work-served basis. Give employees the credit that they deserve when they have worked their tails off to take the company to the next level. Transparency is good, but be honest. Most employees are uncertain about the merger and how it will benefit them. While you reassure us that it will be good, tell us what we get in return. Otherwise, we all think that it's all about Management getting rich.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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