Skype Reviews

Updated October 20, 2014
Updated October 20, 2014
53 Reviews
3.4
53 Reviews
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Gurdeep Singh Pall
10 Ratings

Review Highlights

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
  • The company is still very young and growing fast (in 3 reviews)

  • Senior management will consistently avoid making a decision if there is any way out (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Awesome team. Great work experience. Slightly disconnected.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Luxembourg (Luxembourg)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Luxembourg (Luxembourg)

    I worked at Skype as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Relaxed culture, great people to work with, interesting product. All made it a very easy environment to work.

    Cons

    Disconnect between teams. Difficult to get some things done quickly. Lot of politics.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company to work for, lot's of bureaucracy

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Tallinn (Estonia)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Tallinn (Estonia)

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

    Pros

    You have a chance to work with smart people on a cool product. Cool brand name. Great benefits and really good work-life balance. Pay is good as well.

    Cons

    Career opportunities in the Estonian office are limited. MS has introduced several layers or bureaucracy since it acquired Skype a few years ago. The base of innovation has slowed down.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of some of the middle-managers who don't seem to be doing much

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    High Calibre People, yet a Dysfunctional organisation

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Finance
    Former Employee - Finance

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

    Pros

    Work life balance, very bright workforce, travel due to multiple locations, cool product. Got rid of the old Engineering leadership team.

    Cons

    Org structure creates conflict, not healthy tension. Culture is not enabling success, little passion and excitement in the business this has resulted in a lack of product innovation. Low morale and lots of people building CVs not products to delight customers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the org structure and accountabilities of different teams (i.e metrics), things are not working in their current state

    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    data analyst

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    Current Employee - Data Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    reliable, but could be quite involve lots of burocracy

    Cons

    low paid, could be quite boring with all the msft standards

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to work - interesting projects

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Programmer Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Programmer Manager in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Skype as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great office, free breakfast, nice people, interesting product, always moving forward

    Cons

    politics and senior management can slow things down

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less politics, more focus on the user!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Competing groups

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Commercial Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Commercial Manager in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Skype full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits and culture. Smart offices to work in, good environment.

    Cons

    almost constant change in org leads to a lack of focus on startefy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great brand, great company but has started to be very bureaucratic

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Skype

    Pros

    Possibility to work on a great product with smart people in a nice environment

    Cons

    With Microsoft acquisition became too slow and bureaucratic . Endless discussions instead of doing work. Environment became too aggresive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be closer to people. Get back old open-minded and easy Skype working environment

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Very interesting company to work for

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test II in Prague (Czech Republic)
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test II in Prague (Czech Republic)

    I have been working at Skype full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    compensation, work atmosphere, attitude, friendly climate, flexible working hours. Lower management actually knows what they are doing.

    Cons

    You can survive here quite long without too much effort if you want, too much time and effort is spent on bureaucracy and politics. Too big emphasis in test on numbers and metrics - trying to compare incomparable things, or thing where comparing simple numbers does not make much sense.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overall, I think they know what they are doing and generally they are doing it well.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    good until microsoft take over

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

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

    Pros

    - Flexible time, not too bad salary.
    - Great people, friendly environment.

    Cons

    - Management by Lync people who has no idea how Skype work before.
    - Slow to market and improve due to re-org happens every month.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should leave Skype as it is before, focus on development feature to end users instead of merging consumer and business in piece of crap.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    A place where old and new clash... badly

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test II in Prague (Czech Republic)
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test II in Prague (Czech Republic)

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

    Pros

    + If you're a free spirit, you'll love the Skype culture, in and out of work
    + Pay, bonuses and benefits are top notch, at least for Prague (CZ)
    + The work community is very friendly. You'll feel very cozy
    + Very undemanding work conditions. Possibilities to work from home, no pressure on how much time you spend at work if you deliver at the end of sprints
    + Working with top notch technologies and hardware, especially if you're working on the backend side
    + Fair review system, based on performance and peer feedback

    Cons

    - Politics, politics, politics. Projects come and go, and you'll rarely get too attached to a specific project
    - Different parts of management seem to have different views on how we should achieve our vision
    - "Skype" management and "Microsoft" management often have very different opinions. Unfortunately, their battlefield are the hard-working employees
    - (Very) Hard life if you're unlucky enough to still have to work with old (legacy) components which are cryptic, unstable and very hard to grasp for newcomers. Same if you're working on the parts which need "backwards compatibility", like features depending on Peer-to-peer or old proprietary protocols
    - Catastrophic tentative to mix up Agile development with our slow product evolution. Meetings and Agile processes are a massive productivity killer

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's high time that Skype stopped being the spoiled child that everyone thinks it should be. If you want to put the "mature" into Skype, just playing with Agile won't cut it. It needs to be killed and revied as a brand new product, with a brand new infrastructure supporting it.
    Last but not least, you should keep your "strategy" battles inside your own meeting rooms and let the employees actually do what they love and do best: produce awesome software that people love. Yes, it might be shocking, but the developers and testers actually want to do exactly what their names say: develop and test, not spend countless hours in groomings, architectural reviews, writing countless emails for countless approvals, and so on. K.I.S.S!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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