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Skype Reviews

Updated August 6, 2014
Updated August 6, 2014
48 Reviews

3.3
48 Reviews
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Gurdeep Singh Pall
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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Has potential, but lacks polish and respect for workers

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

    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
  2.  

    Competing groups

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Commercial Manager  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Commercial Manager in London, England (UK)

    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
  3.  

    Very interesting company to work for

    • 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)

    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
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  5. 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)

    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
  6.  

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Prague (Czech Republic)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Prague (Czech Republic)

    Pros

    Compensation, benefits, office location and environment

    Cons

    Culture, atmosphere, bureaucracy career, opportunities

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    good until microsoft take over

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Microsoft have killed all that was good

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    Nothing anymore, just another Microsoft division with lots of meetings and slow process
    Only good thing left were odd pockets of old skypers.

    Cons

    Politics
    Meetings
    Constant late night calls to Redmond
    TERRIBLE middle management (All have come from Redmond)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let Skype be Skype again, distributive and quick to react else it will be dead

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Very slow pace - will be difficult to survive

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Microsoft is a good employer. Still a very popular brand. Management is changing for better.

    Cons

    Competition is eating Skype alive. Very slow. Good place to learn and then to move on. Management is changing, yet as everything in Skype - very slowly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change or die.

    Negative Outlook
  10.  

    System engineer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good pay when you start, the people you work with are always nice and friendly (most of them anyway). During the period of September to February hours are great.

    Cons

    They tend to update things that do not really need updating but will not update the thing that do need updating like computers. They make certain changes that they think are for the better but are not like the new system of PTO. They act like just because Flu season is over from March through August that we get less busy and SLASH hours like its no ones business.

  11.  

    Awesome new management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    - New management (Gurdeep Pall is effectively ceo) seems to have great vision & technical chops
    - great spot for a developer focused on mobile

    Cons

    - Losing share to Whatsapp.
    - new Microsoft leadership untested.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lets go after the competition

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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