SoundCloud Reviews

Updated April 9, 2015
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  1. The best place I have ever worked.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at SoundCloud full-time (less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Semi-flexible working hours (depending on the meetings you have), ability to work from home, diversity initiatives, wonderful people, and wonderful offices! Additionally, the C-level people actually care about our work and make us feel heard. Great culture – actual culture – that values feedback and self-improvement. There's more, I'm sure. Pretty great.

    Cons

    Occasionally the morning meetings can be a little much (if you work in the US offices). There can be some hiccups as change happens every now and then, but honestly that's just how life is.

    Advice to Management

    Keep listening to people at every level of the company. Remember the company's core focus, and stay as transparent as possible with employees and consumers.

  2. Helpful (4)

    Simply amazing.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Development in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Business Development in New York, NY

    I have been working at SoundCloud full-time (less than a year)

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

    Pros

    This company rocks. ( I mean that, figuratively AND literally.) The people here are SO friendly and down to earth. The NY office is beautiful and spacious. Typical work hours are from 9:30-6, but everyone seems to work within their own schedule. It's just so refreshing to be at a company where everyone is actually passionate about the product, and believes in a common goal. The perks are INCREDIBLE (ie: catered lunches twice a week, snacks galore, and last but not least...real-life musical instruments for happy hour jam sessions.) Need I say more?

    Cons

    I really can't think of any cons. However, I guess since the company hasn't really started selling ads on the platform as of yet - there's a bit of of an unknown.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up! The future certainly seems bright!

  3. IT

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SoundCloud full-time

    Pros

    Its a great company to work for.

    Cons

    Not really a startup anymore.

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  5. Helpful (3)

    Looks good on the outside but not as nice on the inside

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Berlin (Germany)
    Former Employee - Engineer in Berlin (Germany)

    I worked at SoundCloud full-time (more than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Can meet some pretty chill people
    Interesting product
    Social environment where people can have fun

    Cons

    Senior/Exec leadership have unrealistic expectations
    Monetisation strategy is a disaster
    Lots of asking but no listening
    Unreasonable expectations on engineers and managers

    Advice to Management

    Chill out and understand how software is built before trying to ask something of your engineers which is completely unrealistic. Demanding the world be built by X date is not how it works.
    It is clear that the monetisation strategy being executed on is not working, and employees wanting to join over the next 12 months should take this into consideration. SoundCloud is at a pretty critical stage in its life and the decisions it takes will either make or break it. Right now, it is breaking it. OnSoundCloud is a failure and change needs to happen very soon.

  6. Helpful (1)

    A once great company; lost its culture and values

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Back-end Engineer in Berlin (Germany)
    Former Employee - Back-end Engineer in Berlin (Germany)

    I worked at SoundCloud full-time (more than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Free breakfast and free lunch two times a week.
    Not as social as it used to be, still a winter/summer party.

    Cons

    In the beginning there was good team spirit and a wish to create a product for musicians. Then the founders got disinterested and hired for the company many middle managers. Now instead of changing the music industry for the better the goal is to become part of the existing ecosystem by any means necessary.
    What were once core values of the company are now just repeated as mantras. Talented people come but do not stay for long when confronted with the politics. The company does not care for their loss as they can just hire others. Product gets worse however and no innovation. For that reason a good place to work if you are a music industry careerist, not so if you are a creative type designer/engineer/musician.

  7. Can't imagine working anywhere else!

    • 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 SoundCloud full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    International multicultural environment
    Really smart and caring people
    Challenging work - never bored!

    Cons

    Can feel like there is just too much to do. Its not a 9-5 gig

  8. Kann ich gar nicht genug sagen... Can't even say enough....

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berlin (Germany)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berlin (Germany)

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

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

    (Translated from English)

    Pros

    Ich habe niemals ein Managementteam kennengelernt, dass so viel in seine Mitarbeiter investiert hat. Dies ist eine Firma, der wirklich das Wohlbefinden und die Zufriedenheit Ihrer Mitarbeiter am Herzen liegen.

    Never have I known a management team to so fully invest in its employees. This is a company that deeply cares about employee wellness and happiness.

    Cons

    Wir wachsen so schnell, dass es manchmal schwer ist, den Stress fernzuhalten.

    We are growing so fast that sometimes its hard to keep the stress at bay as we scale.

    Advice to Management

    Behaltet die Leute, die Leidenschaft und das Produkt im Fokus.

    Keep the focus on the people, the passion and the product.

  9. Helpful (3)

    Engagierte, begeisterte Leute, Unternehmen wächst schnell. Challenging, passionate people, growing fast.

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

    I have been working at SoundCloud

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

    (Translated from English)

    Pros

    Herausfordernde Arbeit und wirklich begeisterte Leute.

    Sehr flexible Möglichkeiten zu arbeiten und gute Chancen für berufliche Weiterentwicklung.

    Freundliche und offene Atmosphäre.

    Challenging work and really passionate people.
    Very flexible ways of working and opportunities for growth.
    Friendly atmosphere and open vibe.

    Cons

    Starkes Wachstum bringt Probleme mit sich, die das Unternehmen etwas besser voraussehen könnte.

    Manchmal problematischer Ansatz zur Problemlösung durch Konsens.

    Authentisch bleiben, während das Unternehmen wächst, ist nicht leicht.

    High growth brings problems that the company could predict a bit better.
    Accountability sometimes gets lost through consensus approach to problem solving.
    Being authentic whilst growing is tough.

    Advice to Management

    Veränderungen wahrnehmen und darüber sprechen

    Acknowledge and talk about change.

  10. Großartige Leute, tolle Energie, hartes arbeiten und feiern von Erfolg Great people, great energy, working hard and celebrating success

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berlin (Germany)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berlin (Germany)

    I have been working at SoundCloud full-time

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

    (Translated from English)

    Pros

    Die Leute! Offene Kultur, Leidenschaft für das Produkt und der Ansporn immer die Latte höher zu hängen.

    International, liegt in Berlin aber die Leute sind aus der ganzen Welt

    Klare Vision und definiertes Ziel

    The People! Open culture, passion for the product and driven to constantly raise the bar.
    International, Berlin based but people from all over the world
    Clear vision and defined purpose

    Cons

    Schneller Wachstum deswegen der Versuch die richtige Balance in der Organisation zu finden während die Anfangs-DNA behalten wird. Soweit erfolgreich aber es wird interessant sein zu sehen wie sich dies über die Jahre entwickeln wird. Bis jetzt sieht es aus, als wären wir bereit für Erfolg.

    Growing very quickly so looking for the right balance in organizing while keeping the start up dna. So far successful but interested to see how this plays out over the years. For now it looks like we are set up for success.

    Advice to Management

    Weiter so! Ich liebe es.

    Keeping going! Loving it.

  11. Alles, was man erwartet und mehr. It's everything you expect, and more.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berlin (Germany)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berlin (Germany)

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

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

    (Translated from English)

    Pros

    Während der letzten paar Jahre hat sich bei SoundCloud viel geändert, aber trotz allem hat es seine ausgezeichnete Kultur und Arbeitsatmosphäre behalten.

    Man arbeitet mit extrem leidenschaftlichen Leuten, denen ihre Arbeit wichtig ist.

    Es wird nie langweilig (wenn man ständig auf die Uhr sehen möchte, ist man hier nicht richtig : ).

    Wir nehmen uns alle Zeit, unsere Leistungen zu feiern.

    Unsere Arbeitsweise erlaubt uns, Dinge 'richtigzustellen'.

    Die Büroräume sind erstaunlich (wirklich erstaunlich).

    Der Ausgleich zwischen Arbeit und Freizeit ist gut, aber man muss gut organisiert sein.

    The last few years SoundCloud has gone through a lot of change but despite this, has done a great job of retaining its great culture and work atmosphere.
    You get to work with extremely passionate people who care about their work.
    There is never a dull moment (if you like clock watching, this is not the place for you : ).
    We all take the time to celebrate our achievements.
    We have the opportunity to 'fix things' in the way we work.
    The office office space is amazing (really amazing).
    The work-life balance is good, but you have to be the master of your own calendar.

    Cons

    Wir sind eine wachsende Firma. Manchmal handeln wir ein bisschen zu schnell und treffen die falschen Entscheidungen, aber wir werden besser darin und lernen von diesen Erfahrungen.

    We're a growing company. Sometimes we move a little too quickly and wrong decisions are made but we're getting better at this and learning from these experiences.

    Advice to Management

    Vertraut uns weiterhin und meldet euch oft. Das sind die beiden wichtigsten Elemente, um weiterhin Ergebnisse zu liefern.

    Continue to give us trust and communicate often. These are two of the most important things which we need to continue doing a great job.

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