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62%
Recommend to a Friend
75%
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Daniel Ek
94 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great values, good work life balance(in 42 reviews)

  • "Free food, creative atmosphere, lots of great people, amazing product(in 27 reviews)

Cons
  • "growing pains and learning how to be efficient(in 17 reviews)

  • "If you are not in the main offices (Stockholm or New York) many benefits are not available to you or only after extensive begging(in 12 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review
    Helpful (7)

    "Amazing culture and trust"

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    Current Employee - Data Engineer in Stockholm, Stockholm
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Spotify full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    - Very smart and friendly coworkers - Safe work environment (in engineering at least) - A lot of trust is given to the employees to do their jobs correctly and to do what's right for the company - The most inclusive workplace I've ever seen

    Cons

    - Some growing organisational pains. The "Spotify model" is good but is reaching it's limits, in my opinion. - HR is very slow in this company - Compensation is at market level but no as high as other tech companies

    Spotify2018-11-25
  2. Helpful (7)

    "Finance"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Spotify full-time

      Pros

      Cool office, great perks, new employees get a trip to Stockholm, 6 month maternity leave, cool events and parties. Fridge is always stacked with beer and wine. Free lunch, snacks, soda, breakfast everyday. You occasionally get a free shirt or some sort of swag here or there. We also get the occasional performance and celebrity sighting. Video games galore. Ping pong is popular in the office. Aside from that, the people...

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      Cons

      Finance tends to work some long hours, especially during month end close. This might interfere with any fun Spotify happy hours or events, but not the biggest deal since there’s always events. Also, working late is pretty standard with most finance positions.

      Spotify2018-11-18
    • "Good platform to launch career"

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      Current Employee - Marketing Director in New York, NY
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I have been working at Spotify full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      Great brand, flexible lifetsyle, beloved product.

      Cons

      Hard to get ahead out of Stockholm office, little opportunity for advancement in career within the company.

      Spotify2019-05-21
    • Helpful (1)

      "Wonderful people & amazing product, but chaotic with little room for growth"

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      Current Employee - Data Scientist in New York, NY
      Doesn't Recommend
      Positive Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I have been working at Spotify full-time

      Pros

      The people that work here are smart and wonderful, and it's great to get to work on a product beloved around the world. Unparalleled work-life balance and excellent benefits. The company is also very transparent (it's easy for anyone at the company to learn what strategic priorities are).

      Cons

      Frequent disruptive reorgs, little room for professional growth (people are brought in from the outside rather than being promoted from within), and major growing pains

      Advice to Management

      Frequent reorgs are much more disruptive than management realizes. Also, when people complain about poor management, they're not necessarily complaining about new mid-level managers... Failing to promote ICs into manager roles is not going to fix complaints about poor management and contributes to ICs feeling like they have little growth potential at Spotify

      Spotify2019-05-15
    • Helpful (2)

      "Growth pains, lack of clarity"

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      Former Employee - Data Scientist in New York, NY
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I worked at Spotify full-time for more than 4 years

      Pros

      Benefits, lots of fun travel, and well respected brand and product

      Cons

      For all the hype from the outside, it can verge on being a s*show from the inside. Too many divisions trying to split work and take credit means lots of infighting and documents galore. And when things don't work, re-orgs kick in and the cycle restarts.

      Advice to Management

      Change isn't bad but we need clarity and support, not more change.

      Spotify2019-05-10
    • Helpful (5)

      "Good product, nice team, slowing down and managment heavy"

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      Current Employee - Senior Engineer in New York, NY
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I have been working at Spotify full-time for more than 4 years

      Pros

      New NYC office is incredible. You will be happy working in that environment. Compensation improved a lot recently. Coworkers are smart and kind. Actual product is one people love.

      Cons

      Everything moves too slow. Consensus driven to the point where nothing can get done. And most parts have too high manager to workers ratio.

      Advice to Management

      Stop hiring so much, and streamline who is here. Work on speed. Emphasize delivery.

      Spotify2019-03-22
    • Helpful (5)

      "Good people, moves too slowly."

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      Former Employee - Designer in New York, NY
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I worked at Spotify full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      Great people and talent, cool product. CEO is strong and has a vision.

      Cons

      Moves incredibly slow, extremely safe / no risk taking, need 100% consensus to make even the smallest decisions. Very frustrating environment to get anything done. With Apple being the #1 competitor, I don't see the company succeeding as it's currently run. Things are way too lax and the fire just isn't there.

      Advice to Management

      Bottom-up doesn't work for a company this size. It's time to grow up, you're not a tiny startup anymore.

      Spotify2019-03-10
    • Helpful (3)

      "A dysfunctional mess with good people"

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      Current Employee - Program Manager in Los Angeles, CA
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I have been working at Spotify full-time for more than 6 years

      Pros

      Flexibility and fun colleagues, and a great mission to help better the world of music!

      Cons

      Terrible management, terrible pay, and terrible work environment in terms of career mobility, salary, and ability to work well in a cross-functional enviroment.

      Spotify2019-03-27
    • Helpful (3)

      "They don't appreciate employees"

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      Current Employee - Customer Experience-Vendor Management in New York, NY
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I have been working at Spotify full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      None at all, zero, nada

      Cons

      everything, this place really sucks

      Advice to Management

      Being nice to your employees would be a great start. There is no transparency and so many people are not qualified to have the position they are in.

      Spotify2019-03-11
    • Helpful (7)

      "Varies a lot team to team"

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      Current Employee - Senior ML Engineer in New York, NY
      Doesn't Recommend
      Positive Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I have been working at Spotify full-time for more than 4 years

      Pros

      Smart coworkers, easy to get a long with. Pay is ok especially for very good work life balance. Total compensation depends on when you joined and how your options are worth, but base salary is good and so are benefits. New NYC office is very confenient and nice. Work can be interesting depends on your team.

      Cons

      Near constant reorganizations. Very inexperienced management, from middle management to the top. HR is nightmare, but good news is most of the people can just avoid them. No RSUs. Pay not competitive for very senior people so hard to hire them. Some people have not things to do, because there was too aggressive hiring and now too many people work on small problems.

      Advice to Management

      Hire experienced managers. Give better comp to senior people and RSUs. Consider performance based bonus.

      Spotify2019-01-09
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