Skype Reviews

Updated July 13, 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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    Current Employee - Global Product Marketing Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Global Product Marketing Manager in Redmond, WA

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

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

    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. Circus

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Skype full-time

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

    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


  3. Helpful (1)

    Reactive and chaotic

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    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.


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  5. 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

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

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

    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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Simply awesome

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Design Researcher in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Design Researcher in Redmond, WA

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

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

    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]


  7. Helpful (2)

    Overstaffed, slow and bureaucratic

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Skype

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    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.


  8. 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 (More than 3 years)

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

    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.


  9. Cool product, lots of opportunity unrealized

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing in Palo Alto, CA

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

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

    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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Fun but not satisfying.

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

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

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

    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 Management

    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.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Very dysfunctional

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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



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