Skype Reviews in United Kingdom | Glassdoor

Skype UK Reviews

27 reviews

Filter

Filter

United Kingdom

3.3
StarStarStarStarStar
Rating TrendsRating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
(no image)
Gurdeep Singh Pall
14 Ratings

27 Employee Reviews

Sort: PopularRatingDate

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

  • Very good benefits package under Microsoft ownership (in 9 reviews)

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

  • Redundancies, lack of career opportunities, bad management (in 5 reviews)

More Pros and Cons

  1. "SDET"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very positive culture. The environment is very technical focused. Many hackathon or similar tech events.

    Cons

    The team structure often changed. Could be switching between different projects in 6 months.


  2. "Good company, constant org changes"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Skype is part of Microsoft so you get to be involved with lots of cool things that are happening across Microsoft and in the world of tech
    Good benefits
    You get to work with lots of clever people
    The products you work on are used by hundreds of millions of people

    Cons

    Organisation structure was continuously being changed so it was difficult to develop a sense of ownership for a particular area or to build strong relationships with stakeholders
    Lack of focus and changing strategy
    Focus on features and requirements to fit Microsoft's needs took priority on improvements to meet customer needs

    Advice to Management

    More focus, less reorganisations, clearer strategy and better communication to staff.
    Increased focus on the needs of the customer.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Once great, now lost it's way"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal Engineering Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Principal Engineering Manager in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Worked with some very smart folks, nice office environment. You used really feel that your actions directly impacted on user satisfaction. Access to later Microsoft Software & Hardware.

    Cons

    Decision making is very much being pulled back to Redmond, to the point that if you are an engineer outside of Redmond then you are pretty much treading water. A lot of Redmond-centric management are making decisions for the strategic direction of the product. It's a pity these folks do not understand the value of the brand, the history of what made it great in the first place and more importantly they fail to understand the value of the employee that help build that. These actions directly impact the general morale and lead to the exodus of good people.

    Advice to Management

    Re-look at what made the brand great in the first place. Understand & value what you have in your employees before it is too late.


  4. Helpful (12)

    "Good place one time, now a sinking ship"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer II in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer II in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    A good place to work with smart people. Pay and benefits are pretty decent.

    Cons

    After the Microsoft takeover London was supposed to become the center for Skype development, with Gurdeep Pall, the new head of Skype pledging to move to London.

    What followed was the opposite: Gurdeep never moved, all interesting projects were taken to Redmond and the States, only the boring maintenance things are left in Europe. Expect to have little to no impact here and to work on legacy projects to maintain. All the best people have left, new joiners are in for a disappointment.

    Advice to Management

    Decide what you want to do with Skype in Europe and be transparent about it. Morale is rock bottom, people want to have impact, but can't any more.


  5. "CRM Manager"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - CRM Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - CRM Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work environment, professional people with no egos

    Cons

    Occasionally can be hectic due to vast data dependency

    Advice to Management

    Keep the Skype spirit, don't become too 'corporate'


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Lost it"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart people, cool work environment

    Cons

    - Constant reorgs, constant change,
    - Weird implementation of the move to devops,
    - Laid off some people who are going to be missed.
    - Gone full on microsoft - any previous idea of skype being skype has gone

    Advice to Management

    Get *someone* who owns quality - think about the way you organise better. something has to happen with no management outside Redmond. That is why i rated career opportunities so low.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Seen Better Days"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very good benefits package under Microsoft ownership.

    Cons

    If you're new you won't know any differently and might think it's a great place to work. It is very much Microsoft and not Skype anymore and for those of us that worked there pre-microsoft, the change from being in a fast moving dynamic constantly changing company to one with the turning speed of the titanic was too much of a change. There is a lot of corporate box ticking going on constantly.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Awesome company awesome colleagues"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineering Lead in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Engineering Lead in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent pay, excellent training, excellent equipment, excellent colleagues, true autonomy

    Cons

    It's super hard working on a massive product with teams split across so many countries.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Not what it used to be"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Skype (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits (healthcare, pension etc.), genuinely friendly and passionate people in the office, good location - Chancery Lane, flexibile with working hours/working from home.

    Cons

    Org changes and restructures happen far too often, it's not uncommon to have several different line managers in a short space of time which usually causes a disconnect. After having an amazing line manager for a few years, I was passed over to two other managers within the space of 10 months - neither seemed to care for my desires to grow within the company. Microsoft procedures have sucked the soul out of Skype.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your staff. Make time for them. Skype used to encourage passion and drive. Now staff feel like small fish and that their voice can't be heard. Managers need to stop hiding behind processes and supporting their staff.


  10. "Great place to be an intern"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great teams, highly intelligent people. Amazing intern events.

    Cons

    The cons are mainly related to the city. Living in London is a matter of prefference.


Showing 27 of 131 reviews
Reset Filters