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April 1, 2019

What is working from home like at Klarna?

Pros

Work side by side with amazing talent Culturally diverse Modern dev tooling Full-stack independent teams

Cons

The office is just crammed with desks. If you're lucky you might get your own. An increasingly number of teams now work in shared workstations, where you'll be all day pairing or mob programming with your team all day, every day, at all times. Of course that's great for productivity, risking your coworkers' disapproval, how can you get distracted? For the same reason the office is very noisy. Open workspace + mob programming = NOISE (with the S) You can't work from home. Company policy. When asked about these topics, a top level manager said working from home was not good for teamwork, and that they're doing something about the lack of space: replacing desks with workstations and putting curtains between teams for avoiding noise. Fragile to criticism. You're expected to show a positive attitude at all times. Remember, good employees don't complain. Software factory mindset. You're told to work hard, the more time you spend at the office the better. It shows commitment. Not a place for creative people. According to studies, your brain needs to alternate between focus and diffuse mode many times a day to facilitate creativity. You won't be able to do that here, you need to be focused at all times when you're pairing the entire day. Don't get me wrong, I think pair programming is a great tool, I've had a great time using it in the past, but I also believe you can only do it too much, and it can be easily abused by managers whose only concern is numbers. No working at your own pace. No slow thinkers. Mandatory pseudo-scientific logic tests. High churn rate. High dissatisfaction levels measured by the company itself. No empowering the individual with trust and freedom. No disruption in work environment whatsoever. It's a bank, after all.

Advice to Management

Disrupt on the inside.

You can't work from home.

April 1, 2019

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January 12, 2021

How is the work/life balance at Klarna?

Pros

nice user experience driven team

Cons

work life balance hard to maintain

work life balance hard to maintain

January 12, 2021

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October 13, 2020

What is overtime like at Klarna?

Pros

- Klarna makes use of the latest technologies to enable Data Scientists - Many different project areas where Data Science is used at Klarna. - If you have a new idea - you can start a team to focus on this problem space. - Klarna has many benefits, wellness bonus, pension top up, mortgage discounts, breakfasts, good coffee, etc

Cons

- There is a change that you will be required to work overtime (overtime is paid out or taken as additional days of leave). - Work form home policy is quite strict (pre-coronavirus) - hopefully this changes.

Advice to Management

Revise the work from home policy to be less strict.

There is a change that you will be required to work overtime (overtime is paid out or taken as additional days of leave).

October 13, 2020

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September 17, 2020

How flexible is your schedule working at Klarna?

Pros

Company is fully of highly motivated and driven people who make the work place very fun to work in. People are always there to help with anything at any time of day. Company looks after their employees and creates fun and unique events for employees. Smoooth Week was the most fun I've ever had at work. Company is growing rapidly and there is full support of entire HQ behind the US team and its very easy to get things done. Really great product and very ambitious plans. Leadership is really good - very talented and dynamic, both at the C-Level and Mid/ Upper Management levels Great flexibility in career path - Its very easy to transfer between departments

Cons

Can be very fast moving at times. Sometimes hard to keep up HQ is in Europe and sometimes there is little communications between the different markets

Advice to Management

Keep on doing what you're doing! The success we've been having recently is due in a large part to the support we are given. I think we are taking all the right steps into growing Klarna and reaching out potential and am very happy with working at Klarna!

Great flexibility in career path

September 17, 2020

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