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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
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  4. 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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  5. 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
  6. 2.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Unhealthy environment

    Nov 16, 2019 - Software Engineer in Berlin
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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.

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  7. 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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  8. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Great place to work

    Jan 20, 2018 - Software Engineer in Berlin
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Amazing culture Great work/life balance Strong engineers

    Cons

    People that level up are not the best ones, but the more visible/political ones Will it be profitable?

    2 people found this review helpful
  9. 2.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Poor leadership and yet no opportunities for new leaders

    Nov 18, 2015 - Software Engineer in Berlin
    Recommend
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    Pros

    - The founders managed to create a very open and inclusive culture. Something that a lot of people take for granted but it is not common at all. - SoundCloud is still a great brand that manages to win a lot of sympathy from users. - Employees really like the company, even though some people hired recently are more interested in progressing their own agendas and careers.

    Cons

    - Leadership in Engineering is simply non existing. Projects are only delivered based on personal heroics. This situation won't be sustainable for much longer. - No opportunities for people that want/can contribute to receive more responsibility due people getting very territorial and not leaving space for new leadership to emerge from within. - SoundCloud is very perk-centric, which created a huge sense of entitlement among staff. Now that some adjustments are to be made, people don't understand the real severity of it.

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    8 people found this review helpful
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