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Skype Reviews in United Kingdom

Updated September 22, 2014
Updated September 22, 2014
55 Reviews
3.5
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Gurdeep Singh Pall
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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.  

    data analyst

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2.  

    Great place to work - interesting projects

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 a 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
  3.  

    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)

    I have been working at Skype full-time (less than a 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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
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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
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Microsoft have killed all that was good

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Skype full-time (more than 5 years)

    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
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Very slow pace - will be difficult to survive

    • 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

    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
  8.  

    Awesome new management

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

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

    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
  9.  

    Nice company, lots to learn

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

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

    Pros

    work/life balance
    technologies
    recognition
    brand
    the new head of Skype (Gurdeep Pall) seems competent, although still too early to judge.

    Cons

    slow pace.
    company sit on their laurels while being outpaced by competition in every aspect.
    constant changes in org slow the whole thing down.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's been a year I hear "we are mobile first", let's talk less and actually make it awesome.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Depressing to turn up to work and see competitors zooming past you

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

    I have been working at Skype full-time

    Pros

    * Great work/life balance.
    * Very fulfilling product to work on - Skype is a very loved brand, and it feels good to read about the great ways we improve people's lives.
    * Microsoft is pretty good parent company

    Cons

    * NOTHING gets done. No real progress in the last year. Viber, Whatsapp, LINE, Google are all now much better than Skype. We cannot do build anything any more
    * Decisions take forever to make. Senior management will consistently avoid making a decision if there is any way out
    * Compensation and career progression heavily tied to acquisition value. New employees don't seem to get a great deal unless they are coming from Microsoft

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way to inspire urgency back in the organisation - either through acquisition (what ever happened to GroupMe?) or by firing a lot of the current org. Lead by example - make a decision or two.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Brilliant brand, passionate people, fast paced

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

    I have been working at Skype full-time

    Pros

    All employees love the product

    Cons

    Speed can sometimes overtakes quality

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep striving for quality improvements that customers will value to keep current in increasingly competitive market

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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