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Updated Jun 11, 2021

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Spotify CEO  and  Co-Founder Daniel Ek
Daniel Ek
394 Ratings
Pros
  • "the best work life balance I've ever had at any company (helps to be working in Sweden, for sure)(in 65 reviews)

  • "Free food, not common in Sweden(in 43 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Only disadvantage was that it's hard for partners to find work in Stockholm(in 21 reviews)

  • "growing pains and learning how to be efficient(in 20 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Great place to grow!

      May 28, 2021 - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Culture, benefits, diversity and inclusion, great work life balance

      Cons

      There are no significant cons to list

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    2. 2.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Be careful what team you get placed on

      May 26, 2021 - Senior Data Engineer in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Salary was pretty good - My stock tripled in value when they bought Joe Rogan - Food/perks were good

      Cons

      Be really careful what team you get placed on when you start. I got placed into the Financial Engineering org, which operates separately from the rest of the engineering organization. It's much closer to working at a bank than a traditional software engineering organization. Deadlines are very much done in the "waterfall" model you see in banks, rather than a normal agile sprint organization. Engineering is seen mostly as a cost center function to support financial analysts, and there's very little room for product feedback or creative input from the engineering function. As for the overall direction of the company I didn't really get it. I love the music product, but the podcast product is really terrible and is dragging down the rest of the product. All of the all-hands are the company leadership apologizing for terrible things Joe Rogan says. It's just not a place I felt proud of anymore.

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

      Mixed Bag with A Lot of Perks

      Feb 11, 2021 - Copy Editor 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      -There are a bunch of really wonderful people working there who I'm still friends with to this day -The amenities and perks are fantastic. Free breakfast/lunch. Great live events and holiday parties -Good pay, workload was pretty light all things considered

      Cons

      -Content itself is pretty paint by numbers, not very meaningful -Some of the people at the top are very tone deaf/clueless as to what makes good content -A very avoidant work culture. People would rather fire others or get them to quit so they won't have to have a "difficult" conversation with them. Super passive aggressive -Overall since of malaise from working on something that is completely superfluous -No room for you to grow in your job even if you're doing work that is mostly above your job title. The glass ceiling there is bulletproof

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      12 people found this review helpful
    4. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      If the White vibe is your thing, this is your spot.

      Jun 9, 2021 - Content Writer in Los Angeles, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Health Care, Human Resources Department is outstanding.

      Cons

      Diversity in my department was non-existent. One black woman, and me, the Latinx hire. That was it. I got Mexican beer as a Christmas gift. Didn't have the heart to tell this person I was Cuban.

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      4 people found this review helpful
    5. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Engineer

      Jun 8, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      -culture -work life balance -candid people hired -great values from manager -money for new projects/ research always present -great place to get big tech experience and move elsewhere

      Cons

      -wildly disorganized due to flatness -reorgs -moving targets -compensation is sub par

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    6. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Brand perception >> actual corporate culture

      Mar 5, 2021 - Marketing in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      good brand and product talented and passionate employees outstanding healthcare and vacation policies

      Cons

      - pay is not up to par with the companies Spotify claims to compete with - 'drive your own development' mantra for growth is very bias and disporportiontely affects minorities with no accountability on people managers (why even have people managers) - very minimal yearly salary increases - POLITICS POLITICS POLITICS - insanely political place to work, more than anything I'd imagine for such a 'progressive tech company' - people managers need serious training and better qualifications - Black/brown employee turnaround is terrible for a platform that benefits so much from these communities - no clue what performance reviews actually do, and no standardization from review results to actionable growth plans

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      20 people found this review helpful
    7. 1.0
      Former Employee

      Great Parental Leave, popular product, well-known brand.

      May 20, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Parental benefits, - Offices (when open), - Transparency, - Well known brand and product.

      Cons

      Unskilled managers, very junior hires with little or no experience are given responsibility on the basis of how popular they are. Extreme nepotism in certain departments, where hires and promotions are only secured if you participate in social events. Open, widespread and obvious mistreatment (lack of opportunity, unequal pay, name calling, etc.) of people of color; just take a look at the number and quality of people of color that have left the company in the last few years. Some people are hired despite being completely disrespectful to others in prior companies and lacking total empathy or soft skills.

      3 people found this review helpful
    8. 3.0
      Current Employee

      Good, but could be much better

      Mar 7, 2021 - Software Engineer 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - You get to work at a "cool" company - Good opportunities for learning - Good tech stack for the most part - Nice office - Low stress work environment

      Cons

      - Promotions don't reflect the value you bring to the company. They seem to align with the number of years at your company. Put in enough years and you will eventually get promoted. There are a fair number of senior engineers with poor technical skills and don't contribute much to the team. On the other hand, there are juniors who contribute a lot and don't get promoted. This encourages poor performers to stay and encourages good performers to leave. - There is a lot of overlap amongst the teams. As a result, there is a lot of duplicate work. - Slow pace work environment. Feels like things never get done. It would be nice if coworkers have more drive and ambition. (But this could be rephrased as a positive, "work-life-balance") - Lack of vision, although this depends on which group you are in.

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      8 people found this review helpful
    9. 5.0
      Current Employee

      great place

      May 23, 2021 - Software Engineer in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      work with best talents in the industry

      Cons

      not much growth room for junior role

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    10. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Great culture

      May 15, 2021 - Senior Data Scientist in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Culture is very nice and inclusive.

      Cons

      The future of the company is sometimes unpredictable.

      1 person found this review helpful
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