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Updated May 7, 2021

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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    😏 ☁︎

    Aug 19, 2015 - Software Engineer in New York, NY
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    Pros

    SoundCloud has a dope cultural exchange program that allows employees who have been there for a year to spend 3 months working out of one of their other offices. Berlin trip anyone?

    Cons

    From what I've seen, a lot of employees here are incredibly musically talented. Unfortunately, this makes them a less than ideal karaoke group if you're a terrible singers like myself.

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  2. 4.0
    Former Employee

    Great culture, Shaky business

    Jul 20, 2017 - Software Engineer in New York, NY
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    Pros

    Cool product, smart people, and a great culture.

    Cons

    Not profitable, just laid of 40% of the staff, and they do not have a clear path forward.

    4 people found this review helpful
  3. 4.0
    Former Contractor, less than 1 year

    Tech giant

    May 7, 2021 - Live Sound Engineer in London, England, England
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    Pros

    fluid working in an office with flexible times

    Cons

    London biased no home working when on contract

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  4. 5.0
    Current Employee

    One of the best places to work in Berlin

    Sep 6, 2020 - IOS Engineer in Berlin
    Recommend
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    Pros

    People are very open for support, sharing knowledge - You’re allowed to spend 20% of your time (usually Fridays) on projects not strictly related to your product work. If you’re interested in different technologies, there will be always someone who can help you. Very good work-life balance - for engineers working over-hours or on weekends almost never happens and would be considered as a negative sign. There are many occasions to celebrate wins together, every few months there will be a Friday party hosted by employees and more Great company culture - you can see that many people are really into music - playing instruments, DJing, producing, (…).

    Cons

    If you expect the company that moves and iterates fast, SoundCloud might not be the best place. The amount of tech-debt is quite significant what slows down the engineering a lot. But because of this could be a great place for training your architectural skills, navigating toward goals with limited resources. SoundCloud might improve on testing - since there is no QA team onsite, engineers need to rely on automated tests or external support. This not always can be enough and quite often simple mistakes make it to the production.

    5 people found this review helpful
  5. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Transparent, engineering led company

    Sep 3, 2020 - Software Engineer in Berlin
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Strong engineering culture Huge scale, not seen in many places, run by a relatively small engineering org. Great place to learn how to run things at scale. Massive talent pool to learn from. Very employee friendly, great office, management mostly listen to feedback and things do change. Teams are partially autonomous, although "which project to work on next" is fairly tightly controlled.

    Cons

    Moving towards profitability means very targeted improvements, feels less "startup-ey" and more established business with deadlines , processes etc.

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  6. 3.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Still a great place to work despite countless failures of the leadership team

    Jul 2, 2020 - Software Engineer in Berlin
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Great colleagues who care about our users and quality of our product. Learning and development opportunities, self allocated time. Interesting and challenging problems.

    Cons

    My team structure got changed several times because of reorgs. Most of the decisions are top-down, that produce dead on arrival projects. Lack of transparency and trust from the leadership. New technology operations team endangers the existing culture.

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    4 people found this review helpful
  7. 2.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Unhealthy environment

    Nov 16, 2019 - Software Engineer in Berlin
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Nice office, free food, the kitchen. A few smart people still left. Could be some interesting projects to find to work on.

    Cons

    Extremely toxic environment. People who spent longer in the company bullying newcomers. Distribution of levels is unfair. Unethical treatment of users.

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

    Good original idea, unable to execute to stay current and viable

    Jan 16, 2019 - Engineer in Berlin
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Innovative work environment. Lot's of highly skilled people who are happy to share and learn together.

    Cons

    Terrible track record with middle and upper management. High percentage of people in positions of power were first-timers. Very real world experience or maturity in the leadership; resulting in competition within the company rather than externally. Lot's of posturing and land-grabbing.

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    5 people found this review helpful
  9. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Software Engineer

    Jan 7, 2019 - Software Engineer in Berlin
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Open culture, cool tech stack, Friday demos, beers on Fridays, free lunch twice a week, great work culture, easy to show off your skills

    Cons

    Business development team needs to be stronger

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  10. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Not sure about the future

    Sep 7, 2018 - Engineer in Berlin
    Recommend
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    Pros

    - Good location and nice office with free snacks and food twice per week. - Known company, interesting business. - Unique and interesting problems to solve. - There are some really great and smart people, who cares. - SAT and learn budget.

    Cons

    - No clear strategy. Once you started to make a new feature, management changes their plans. - Disconnected management on all levels. Sometimes 10 people solve one problem. - You need to play games, politics, solve tickets but not problems, be the loudest person in the room to be promoted. - Bureaucratic - small problems take months to be resolved. - Toxic environment, very unpleasant (and illegal) situations just ignored. - Encouragement of unethical solutions on the product to have more profit.

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    6 people found this review helpful
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