Skype Reviews

Updated Apr 14, 2021

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3.6
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52 Ratings
Pros
  • "Smart people, not THAT Microsoft dependant(in 14 reviews)

  • "good working environment : brand new office(in 9 reviews)

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

  • "re-orgs are happening very often(in 6 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Global Communications Pioneer

      Mar 7, 2018 - Former Customer Insights and Market Research in Palo Alto, CA
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      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.

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    2. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Skype so many changes

      Sep 3, 2018 - Software Engineer in Redmond, WA
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      Pros

      big opportunity to integrate with Microsoft products.

      Cons

      late in the game and lost the momentum

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    3. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Senior Designer

      Apr 27, 2016 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      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

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    4. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Simply awesome

      Jun 12, 2014 - Design Researcher in Redmond, WA
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      Pros

      Free Breakfast! Extremely flexible work schedule Impactful and important work on Lync and Skype. Really great People!

      Cons

      Contractors are physically separated from FTEs and 2nd class citizens unless you prove yourself. Early meetings do to half of the team in London vs. Redmond Reorg after Reorg after Reorg after Reorg [Hopefully settling down now]

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    5. 2.0
      Current Employee

      Overstaffed, slow and bureaucratic

      May 20, 2014 -  
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      Pros

      Spacious office, nice perks, free lunch, kitchen

      Cons

      Microsoft is enforcing Skype to abandon its own choice of technologies and use Microsoft's instead, .net, Azure etc. As a result a lot of Microsoft employees join skype because they are familiar with these technologies. But they often carry the characteristics brewed in the infamous Microsoft employee rating system : instead of focusing on doing good work, they work to prove that they are better than their coworkers, and they carry over the Microsoft bureaucracy as well. More procedures are introduced, more people joined yet things are done slower, or are never done. It is striking that with so much competition on the market (Google hangout, whatsapp, just to name a few), the Skype client remains the same, except it now has ads.

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    6. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Reactive and chaotic

      Mar 17, 2015 - Anonymous Employee 
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      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.

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      4 people found this review helpful
    7. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Amateurish in software dev and test processes

      Aug 5, 2015 - Mobile Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
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      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.

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      2 people found this review helpful
    8. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Pay attention to turn over

      Sep 7, 2016 - Product Manager in Palo Alto, CA
      Recommend
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      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

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    9. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Skype was a great place to work

      Oct 20, 2017 - Senior Software Developer 
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      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.

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    10. 5.0
      Former Employee

      Sales Executive

      Apr 4, 2013 -  
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      Pros

      Great sales managers and fellow employees, very open to new ideas. As long as you are doing your job they will not micromanage you. It is a great place to work.

      Cons

      Compensation is the only downside to working there..

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