Skype Reviews

Updated August 27, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Fun but not satisfying.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Skype full-time (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 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.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Very dysfunctional

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Skype full-time (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 Management

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


  3. Helpful (1)

    Sales Executive

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

    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..


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Fun and friendly place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Skype full-time (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.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Has potential, but lacks polish and respect for workers

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  7. Awesome company awesome colleagues

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineering Lead in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Engineering Lead in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Skype full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent pay, excellent training, excellent equipment, excellent colleagues, true autonomy

    Cons

    It's super hard working on a massive product with teams split across so many countries.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  8. Great company

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

    Pros

    Great company culture and very interesting work.

    Cons

    Too many restructuring, too many changes for senior management


  9. SDET

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Prague (Czech Republic)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Prague (Czech Republic)

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

    Pros

    work salary location colleagues development

    Cons

    salary promotions technology behindtimes location


  10. Sinking ship

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Free Friday beer, friendly environment, Microsoft benefits

    Cons

    Low professionalism, lack of motivation, most of the people don't care of the result of their work, reorgs every few months, sometimes it is hard to understand why you do what you and if there's really anyone who needs it.

    Advice to Management

    I don't know what to advise. Something radical is required to fix the situation.


  11. Work/Life balance is far away not acceptable

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Prague (Czech Republic)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Prague (Czech Republic)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive salary per month Fully-equipped kitchen Free food (primarily unhealthy items)

    Cons

    Taking into account that in this company, there are 320 working hours in month, not 160, salary does not seem to be that competitive anymore.

    Advice to Management

    Co-located teams, better communication, more clear performance/bonus metrics.



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