Spotify Reviews

Updated March 30, 2015
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Pros
  • Great employees, smart people, and generally a wonderful work environment to be in (in 5 reviews)

  • I consider my coworkers my friends, and there's a great work life balance (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Stock option program benefits only the upper management, with even the oldest employees left with minimal benefits (in 5 reviews)

  • Stock option program is a bit of a joke to be honest (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Spotify Cares

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Spotify genuinely cares about is employees and it shows. They invest in employees with a week long "intro days" trip to Stockholm hq. The organization is relatively flat with opportunities to move laterally and try new things as well as grow your career and responsibilities. There is very little resistance from the org if you want to invest time and energy. Hack time is great and well respected by the company from the top down, including a hack day usually every 2 weeks and a full organized hack week every so often.

    There is a strong ethic of questioning things, even well established things and making sure that ideas still pass the test. There is some really top notch engineering talent and few people who are not at least very good engineers.

    Food is really good. Plenty of good options for breakfast and lunch and often there is food to be had for dinner as well and plenty of beverages, including iced coffee, espresso and a good selection of beers.

    Cons

    The technology infrastructure and client are pretty well established and a lot technology decisions are all already made. There is some pretty strong resistance to introducing new technology for fairly legitimate reasons. Spotify is really becoming a data driven company and there some excellent opportunities for data engineering. There are too many internal quirky libraries and systems that could be better served by using something open source or more standard. This seems to have been recognized and this is gradually being phased out.

    Benefits could be a little stronger like paid transportation and gym memberships for instance would really be nice.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to mend more fences with the artistic community.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. It was low commitment and low reward

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    Former Contractor - Student Representative in UCI, CA
    Former Contractor - Student Representative in UCI, CA

    I worked at Spotify as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    no specific time requirement, low commitment, perks included 50 dollars of compensation in addition to high quality speakers, spotify decals, stickers. This provided opportunities to continue long term involvement but no promotion.

    Cons

    Requires you to advertise on any form of social media you possess, which decreases the legitimacy of your social media posts. Also requires you to use multiple campus organizations into your customers which causes alienation and reduced suppport.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Decrease the amount of social media hijacking and increase the benefits. When my social media presence becomes entirely a commercial, its not going to benefit the company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Ok, great product, nice and smart people to work with. Very slow organization

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    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY

    I have been working at Spotify full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The product is great! Most colleagues are very nice and talented.

    Cons

    Senior management is not very experienced. The organization is a bit chaotic and unless you are in the "right" place it is very difficult to get things done.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Cool company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Spotify

    Pros

    Amazing office. Free food, and lots of it. 9 to 5 kinda environment, great if you're a family man but still want to work for a cool company. Very much holds on to the values of a start-up. You can feel that energy.

    Cons

    It was a 9 to 5, so if you're young and creative you may not be challenged as much as I was.

    Approves of CEO
  6. Awesome place for engineers

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Engineering Culture - engineers can drive processes and projects. They can change things and experiment.
    Hack days (bi weekly, within the squad) and hack weeks (twice a year, company wide)
    Trying to be a Mobile-First company.
    Very organized Agile culture
    Very strong Product Owners that drives amazing projects

    Cons

    Sometimes move slow
    Document driven company (there's a Jira ticket for everything)
    Product Owner are very storng and can shadow engineers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Great company

    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I have been working at Spotify as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    they treat you with respect and are super fun people to work with. Corporate gets back to you quickly when you email them

    Cons

    They don't give you a salary or an hourly pay nor do they give you free spotify premium which is extremely odd and I think turned a lot of people off

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    give free spotify to influencers

  8. Campus ambassador

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    Former Employee - SpotifyU Campus Influencer in Eugene, OR
    Former Employee - SpotifyU Campus Influencer in Eugene, OR

    I worked at Spotify part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    fast response times, receptive to user feedback, awesome work environment

    Cons

    User databases and established systems at the time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9. SpotifyU campus influencer

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    Former Employee - SpotifyU Campus Influencer in Eugene, OR
    Former Employee - SpotifyU Campus Influencer in Eugene, OR

    I worked at Spotify part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, very responsive, open to suggestion, great product to brand

    Cons

    During the time on my work, all of the referral systems were not up which caused several problems.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Mostly marketing experience

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    Former Employee - Campus Influencer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Campus Influencer in New York, NY

    I worked at Spotify

    Pros

    Many opportunities for involvement within campus life

    Cons

    As my title says this mainly benefits those who need marketing experience or plan to continue with the company after.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. A Dream Work Environment!

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

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

    Pros

    Spotify truly cares about its employees and their professional development. Flat management structure that values unconventional, innovative thinking.

    Cons

    If you prefer structure and like to be told what to do, the freedom can be intimidating. You must be a self-motivated doer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maintain the culture at all costs, don't let an IPO / acquisition change things

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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