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Updated August 27, 2015
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Gurdeep Singh Pall
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Pros
  • Possibilities to work from home, no pressure on how much time you spend at work if you deliver at the end of sprints (in 4 reviews)

  • Great benefits and really good work-life balance (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • politics and senior management can slow things down (in 3 reviews)

  • Career opportunities, salary and bonsuses are near to impossible with microsoft stack ranking (in 3 reviews)

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  1. product marketing manager

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Global Product Marketing Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Global Product Marketing Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Skype (More than a year)

    Pros

    free to work remotely, great opportunity to learn a lot from professionals, and great opportunity for promotions

    Cons

    Team lacks structure, to many re-orgs, no culture


  2. Principal Program manager

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Lots of smart people in other parts of Skype

    Cons

    skype for business is a playground for old time MS friends of Zig - stay away.They are not very good, do not take pride in their products ,and plan to win on the backs of users by pleasing IT. They do not get the new world.

    Advice to Management

    Fire Zig and his cohorts


  3. Amateurish in software dev and test processes

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    Current Employee - Mobile Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Mobile Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Free snacks, drinks, lunch, parties

    Cons

    Worked with Software developers and testers who don't know what Unit tests, regression tests, etc. One Software Engineer in Test (SDET) asked me "What is unit test? do you mean uni test?" All their SDET does are using their finger or mouse to manually test Skype. No automated test. When developer wants to implement Unit Test or Automated UI test, they are not encouraged or supported, or discouraged. Because Dev Team and QA Team are competing with each other. They didn't want one another to be successful.

    Advice to Management

    Support developers to do test driven development, ui test, and unit tests. So that they can develop with confidence


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Circus

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Skype full-time

    Pros

    Free food, huge budgets, nice office

    Cons

    Poor leadership, lack of quality execution

    Advice to Management

    Needs strategic direction and transparency from leadership team


  6. Helpful (1)

    Reactive and chaotic

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, excellent free lunch and snacks, bring your dog to work

    Cons

    Microsoft hasn't decided what they really want to do with Skype. Consequently, there are frequent strategy changes which leads to nonstop re-orgs. As a result, people are afraid to speak up and say what they really think for fear that they will be next. More time is spent preparing Powerpoint deck for senior leadership than doing actual work. If you're great at politics, you may enjoy it. If you hate politics you will be frustrated. Work-life balance is totally dependent on your manager.

    Advice to Management

    Pick a strategy and stick with it. Encourage people to push back and disagree. Hire more people who work in the office as opposed to remotely.


  7. Helpful (3)

    Tumultuous, Chaotic, Lacking in Vision

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Skype full-time (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.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Simply awesome

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Design Researcher in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Design Researcher in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Skype full-time (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 Management

    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]


  9. Helpful (2)

    Overstaffed, slow and bureaucratic

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

    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.


  10. 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
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Skype full-time (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 Management

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


  11. Cool product, lots of opportunity unrealized

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Skype full-time (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 Management

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



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