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Updated December 11, 2018
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  • "Extremely fast growth leading to growing pains" (in 15 reviews)

  • "Constant reorgs, middle management isn't very transparent, lots of politics, plenty of favouritism" (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Experienced Receptionist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Spotify full-time

    Pros

    Very good company, good benefits, friendly people

    Cons

    very busy and active


  2. "Great Perks"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Free food
    - Trips to Stockholm
    - lots of activities

    Cons

    I am getting tired of the constant reorgs. My team had a great vibe and then was suddenly uprooted and hasn’t recovered. Morale is low across the company because of this.

    I’ve felt stuck in my role without advancement. Unhappy with manager who doesn’t seem to be able to help or provide any guidance on moving forward.

    Advice to Management

    For the love of God, stop the reorgs. It hurts employee morale and disbands effective teams that are actually doing great work.

  3. "Finance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    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 I work with are wonderful. Not only are they great work wise , but they know how to have fun too. Can’t complain about management either. My managers are always looking out for us and want to see us grow and progress in our careers. Things are always changing at Spotify, which is great because you are never bored. There’s always something changing or something new happening that might impact your work. I see this as a good thing since it keeps you on your toes and provides you with more exposure in a sense.
    Overall, pretty cool and awesome place to work for.

    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.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Editor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Spotify full-time

    Pros

    Fulfilling, Fun, Learning, Future, Business

    Cons

    Not a clear career path.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "the song remains the same... off-key and out of tune (data scientists beware!)"

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

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

    Pros

    decent compensation, good benefits and perks – but those aren't things you can get elsewhere

    Cons

    What's worse: how management neglects the development and growth of its direct reports (the emphasis on growth mindset and employee-driven development is a cop-out for this neglect) or how the same issues have plagued the company for several years without proper attention?

    Promotions are a crap-shoot. I couldn't tell you how they get decided and management probably can't either.

    If you work as a data scientist, prepare to deal with a painful data infrastructure, no central oversight of data quality, an absence of analytics data engineers, and a lot of repetitive a/b test analysis because of how broken that system is. Expect to have a manager who never will understand or try to empathize with the pains of your job. It's a decentralized analytics organization, and it's a mess.

    Advice to Management

    Take a long hard look in the mirror and recognize the role you play in how unhappy people are with their jobs.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Good policies disappointing management"

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    Former Employee - Experienced Developer II in White Plains, NY
    Former Employee - Experienced Developer II in White Plains, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Employee focused policies, free lunches and snacks, mostly self paced work, smart people

    Cons

    Mid management very disengaged, smart people but with very bad attitude. Company hired many people during growth and now people just slack at work (mostly because they are busing chatting on slack channels). Non existent growth opportunities because managers are always focused on external hires

    Advice to Management

    No point since you know it all !!


  7. Helpful (8)

    "Politics and inexperience everywhere"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Multinational company makes it a bit bearable

    Cons

    NYC tech office is full of politics and power hungry people. Promotions are pretty easy if you constantly brainwash upper management. This leads to junior people being promoted relatively quickly and only because they've been there for some time. And then they experiment with processes and reorgs which have no proven track record of working.

    Employees are rewarded for talking and face time vs impact. So if you want to succeed here regardless of your title, come with a marketing background. Engineers suffer pretty bad amongst all this because their managers are inexperienced and not able to help them grow. A bad engineer gets worse, and a good engineer never gets rewarded because he/she is busy working so much that they don't have time to craft a story for their promotion. By they time he/she realizes it, the bad engineers have been promoted. Exactly the same with Product Management, Engineering Management, Quality, VP, Directors.

    Advice to Management

    Try some bottom up feedback if you really want your employees to speak up about your management. No point in continuing to promote people who are only doing work in the management's eyes but are bad at their jobs in everyone else's eyes.

    Oh and please fire people faster :) you really need to if this company is to survive

  8. "One of the best employers in the world"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Rarely have I felt a company cares about you so much than at Spotify. It's the little details like vacation, health programs, afterworks, and fika all the time!

    Cons

    Spotify has a lot of work to be done in its promotion culture and I've seen great people leave for Facebook, GitHub, etc because of it. I know it'll get there someday.


  9. "Interesting work, slow moving"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Spotify full-time

    Pros

    Good perks, interesting work, meaningful product

    Cons

    Bad management which makes things slow


  10. Helpful (7)

    "Creator Services Coordinator"

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

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

    Pros

    Freedom to find a flow that works for you (minimal rigid office "norms" to follow), amazing benefits that reduce personal stress. If you're passionate about music and seek new challenges, Spotify is hard to beat right now. You have a voice, and you are encouraged to use it. Squeaky wheel definitely gets the grease.

    Cons

    There is an understaffing issue that is quite possibly the result of overpaying employees who aren't earning their keep. Frequent reorgs, changes in management, and standard office politics/nepotism sometimes make you feel like you're spinning your wheels no matter how hard you try to drive your own development...which they want you to do. Expect some difficulty in navigating the internal ecosystem. Tech departments and content/music departments don't speak the same language or have the same priorities. HR is an absolute mess. From the lack of transparency in hiring, to the slow-as-molasses internal experiences...Spotify is better than this.

    Advice to Management

    Clean up HR, consider prioritizing culture over tech every now&then, and place strong leaders on the music business side. Managers who are interested in climbing a ladder rather than building up their team will be the ultimate downfall of this fantastic company.