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"Start-up days are culturally long gone, but still a great company"

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
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Approves of CEO

Pros

Interesting technology, product that people don't just use but actually appreciate and are thankful for, reasonable level of flexibility in work arrangements

Cons

A lot of development sites for a relatively small company leading to inevitable miscommunication or lack of communication or infighting

Other Employee Reviews for Skype

  1. Helpful (2)

    "Fun work environment but no room for professional growth"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Tallinn (Estonia)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Tallinn (Estonia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Exciting pace of change keeps things interesting. The office environment is fun and the culture is relaxed. Work can be interesting and the impact is immediate. Skype's international network of offices provides for frequent travel.

    Cons

    Estonian culture is very insular and I have not observed foreigners in Tallinn office being promoted (foreigners probably make up 10% of Tallinn workforce). No formal review process exists and management seems arrogant and abrasive. High-level communications is pathetically spartan: Skype employees know to hear news about company from Techcrunch, not from senior management. Salaries are low, even by Estonian IT standards, and quality of people coming into organization is also low given ease of local talent moving abroad within EU and foreign talent not being attracted to life in Tallinn. Very little support given to foreigners moving to Estonia, especially compared to other IT companies in Estonia recruiting from abroad. Management has "take it or leave it" philosophy toward retention, which is relic of times passed when Skype was premier employer in Estonia. Bureaucracy in Tallinn office is a nightmare. Cronyism in Tallinn office is a serious problem, and employees who were hired early on have been promoted to very senior positions and kept on payroll despite their contributions to the company being questionable.


  2. "Not ready for businesses to utilize our software, but working on becoming more professional"

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    Current Employee - VOIP Consultant Sales
    Current Employee - VOIP Consultant Sales
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Skype is surely on the leading edge of VoIP software and I feel as they complete their acquisition with Microsoft they will surely benefit many organizations.

    Cons

    Skype is not a business that is geared towards achieving businesses minded support and product development. There is also no training that is in place to better prepare sales on technical aspects of their products.

    Advice to Management

    Train and empower your employees especially your inside/outside sales reps to close and build business quicker

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