Spotify Reviews

Updated July 21, 2015
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Pros
  • Lots of smart people to learn from and force yourself to become better, tons of responsibility and freedom in the projects you work on (in 5 reviews)

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

Cons
  • Very poor stock option program, with RSUs reserved only for senior management (in 5 reviews)

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

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  1. Misc.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Spotify part-time

    Pros

    The company had a great culture

    Cons

    The movement within the company was quite difficult at times

    Advice to Management

    keep up good work


  2. Helpful (1)

    Campus Influencer

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Amherst, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Amherst, NY

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Really fun company to work for and included a lot of perks. Management was very nice and easy to talk to.

    Cons

    Was one of the first student classes to do the program so organization was a little messy.


  3. I LOVE Spotify

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY

    I have been working at Spotify (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    They care. They work hard and they want to win. They listen. They have an amazing culture. They have an amazing product. Fantastic executive leadership.

    Cons

    A bit siloed but its getting better

    Advice to Management

    keep listening to customers and employees. keep creating an environment that encourages innovation and creativity. keep us focused on the path to profitability.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Business Ops

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Spotify

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    perks a plenty (free concerts, free food, flexible work from home)

    Cons

    Euro-centric culture (read: work on their timezones, accommodate their vacation schedules). Somewhat arrogant culture.


  6. 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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Need to mend more fences with the artistic community.


  7. Helpful (7)

    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)

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

    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.


  8. Helpful (3)

    Cool company

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Spotify

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  9. Helpful (2)

    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)

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

    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


  10. 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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

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

    Cons

    User databases and established systems at the time


  11. SpotifyU campus influencer

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    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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.



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