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Skype Reviews

Updated May 17, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Fun but not satisfying."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Skype full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    All the non-work related perks you can think of. Lunch, snacks, parties, celebrations, you name it...

    Cons

    Very little satisfying engineering work to be done in the Palo Alto office combined with over-hiring makes for a depressed/bored workforce with a ridiculously high turnover rate.

    Advice to Management

    Close that office down. I know you like the idea of having a presence in California/Silicon Valley but as an engineering office, it's pointless. Open yourselves a corporate corner in Microsoft's offices in Mountain View and leave it at that.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Very dysfunctional"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Skype full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You get to work on a great product that is used by millions of people worldwide.

    Cons

    The organization is completely dysfunctional, where nothing can ever be done. The overall organization is bureaucratic and people at present have given up in trying to innovate and are just waiting to cash out by end of the year.

    Advice to Management

    Get out of the way and let people do their job.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Fun and friendly place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free lunch and fully stocked fridge and snacks.
    The health benefits are great!
    Office decor is modern and comfortable.

    Cons

    Long commute from San Francsico.


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  5. "awesome"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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. "Senior Designer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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.


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Principal Program manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    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


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Reactive and chaotic"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Overstaffed, slow and bureaucratic"

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

    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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Sales Executive"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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..


  11. "Nice place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart people, not THAT Microsoft dependant

    Cons

    Not Microsoft dependant, so management strategies and decisions are sometimes...ughm...questionable.


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