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Updated June 20, 2017
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  • Good work life balance, decent pay, reasonable workload, great working environment (in 8 reviews)

  • Super smart people, great work experience (in 13 reviews)

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  1. "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


  2. Helpful (1)

    "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.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "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


  4. "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.


  5. "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.


  6. 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


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Amateurish in software dev and test processes"

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    Current Employee - Mobile Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Mobile Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Skype full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Free snacks, drinks, lunch, parties

    Cons

    Worked with Software developers and testers who don't know what Unit tests, regression tests, etc. One Software Engineer in Test (SDET) asked me "What is unit test? do you mean uni test?" All their SDET does are using their finger or mouse to manually test Skype. No automated test. When developer wants to implement Unit Test or Automated UI test, they are not encouraged or supported, or discouraged. Because Dev Team and QA Team are competing with each other. They didn't want one another to be successful.

    Advice to Management

    Support developers to do test driven development, ui test, and unit tests. So that they can develop with confidence

  8. Helpful (1)

    "product marketing manager"

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    Current Employee - Global Product Marketing Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Global Product Marketing Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    free to work remotely, great opportunity to learn a lot from professionals, and great opportunity for promotions

    Cons

    Team lacks structure, to many re-orgs, no culture


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Circus"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Skype full-time

    Pros

    Free food, huge budgets, nice office

    Cons

    Poor leadership, lack of quality execution

    Advice to Management

    Needs strategic direction and transparency from leadership team


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Reactive and chaotic"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Skype full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, excellent free lunch and snacks, bring your dog to work

    Cons

    Microsoft hasn't decided what they really want to do with Skype. Consequently, there are frequent strategy changes which leads to nonstop re-orgs. As a result, people are afraid to speak up and say what they really think for fear that they will be next. More time is spent preparing Powerpoint deck for senior leadership than doing actual work. If you're great at politics, you may enjoy it. If you hate politics you will be frustrated. Work-life balance is totally dependent on your manager.

    Advice to Management

    Pick a strategy and stick with it. Encourage people to push back and disagree. Hire more people who work in the office as opposed to remotely.


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