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Skype Reviews

Updated September 3, 2018
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Pros
  • "Good work life balance, decent pay, reasonable workload, great working environment" (in 9 reviews)

  • "Benefits: free food and drinks, payed public transportation, etc" (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • "Satellite of of Redmond now that MSFT as integrated" (in 7 reviews)

  • "After MSFT acquisition, things changed for bad" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Global Communications Pioneer"

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    Former Employee - Former Customer Insights and Market Research in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Former Customer Insights and Market Research in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Skype full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Strong financial backing by MSFT
    Great team spirit.
    Creative approaches to marketing

    Cons

    Satellite of of Redmond now that MSFT as integrated.
    Lost entrepreneurial edge.


  2. "Skype so many changes"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Skype full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    big opportunity to integrate with Microsoft products.

    Cons

    late in the game and lost the momentum

  3. "Great People, but becoming large company-ish with Microsoft purchase"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Skype full-time

    Pros

    Top-notch co-workers with excellent domain knowledge

    Cons

    Some old-school Microsoft hubris and cut-throat management was imported, but improving with Satya Nadella's influence

    Advice to Management

    Be honest and communicative, don't dump MS lifers here without evaluating actual fit


  4. "Skype was a great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Skype full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great working with friendly people focused on creating a cool product that helps people communicate with family and friends world wide.

    Cons

    The organization was working through a transition phase. A classic time when politics of a few degrades from progress of the whole.


  5. "awesome"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great people
    great food
    location
    diversity of employee base makes it an interesting and cultural experience to behold

    Cons

    busy, work life balance
    travel
    comp
    the microsoft acquisition has led to some challenges however those are being addressed and there is excitement for the future


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Pay attention to turn over"

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Skype full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Catered Lunches
    - Flexibility
    - Microsoft benefits incl. backup child care.
    - Good Paymaster

    Cons

    - Frequent (too) reorganizations
    - Office Politics. Too many cooks-in-kitchen
    - Low-morale among employees in general

    Advice to Management

    One of the most challenging things about dealing with these frequent changes is that “it’s hard to get into a rhythm" and specially when every 3/6 months person has to start from zero as previous contributions are NOT recognized. It's hard to make any progress in such environment leading to stagnation and low satisfaction. Please pay attention that policies which are implemented are indeed followed by your senior partner and GPMs to held them accountable.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Bye skype"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Skype full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Amazing people, exciting brand and product with great potential

    Cons

    The company as it was is long gone, Microsoft crushed the soul

  8. "great proving ground for product marketing"

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    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    super collaborative environment, great work-life balance, high end of pay scale.

    Cons

    Application is losing market share to other communication apps so advertising (where I worked) is not a huge priority, Aol/Microsoft merger make a mildly chaotic environment.

    Advice to Management

    None, really. Everyone I worked with was a total pro. And exec decisions were sound.


  9. "Senior Designer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Skype full-time

    Pros

    Its such a friendly environment, the hours are, no offense, but really easy and relaxed, great pay, great bonuses, really practices social mobility and is an encouraging environment. I love it here.

    Cons

    Senior management, at least in the Seattle HQ, can be a pain in the behind, they are always on you about getting things done, not on time, but early, on time = late

    Advice to Management

    Working at Skype as a Senior Designer is the best decision I ever made in my life. But a little advice, you have to know your stuff to work here. You need a college degree at the very least.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Principal Program manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Lots of smart people in other parts of Skype

    Cons

    skype for business is a playground for old time MS friends of Zig - stay away.They are not very good, do not take pride in their products ,and plan to win on the backs of users by pleasing IT.
    They do not get the new world.

    Advice to Management

    Fire Zig and his cohorts