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Spotify Software Engineer Reviews

Updated June 7, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Many interesting problems to solve, so much to learn!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting work using big data to understand how people engage with music
    Positive, supportive team dynamic that celebrates success and learns from failure
    Every employee has a voice in team and company decisions
    Actively promotes diversity and inclusion
    Benefits -- flexible hours, work from home, amazing parental leave
    Fun, relaxed vibe -- catered lunches, beer fridge, concerts, meetups

    Cons

    Frequent travel to other Spotify offices can be tiring (though the opportunity to travel might be a pro for some)

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  2. Helpful (1)

    "It used to be better"

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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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good brand.
    Cool culture.
    Lots of freedom.
    OK benefit.

    Cons

    1. Underpay. No bonus. Crappy options.
    2. Acquired some consulting company (I won't name it here) two years ago with toxic culture and a charlatan leader ( self proclaimed thought leader, scientist and entrepreneur) and somehow this toxic culture grows in the company. This "charlatan leader" who is hated by almost everyone somehow have the ears of the CXOs and kept dishing out ridiculous/stupid roadmaps. It is pretty mind blowing the leadership can't see this phony through.
    3. Hiring like crazy. Extremely low bar. Bad on boarding. You can get hired even with only 1 thumb up.

    Advice to Management

    Fire people.

  3. "Love the Music"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits.
    Boston location is near lots of food and shopping.
    Free Food. Free Snacks. Free Soda
    Working with the brightest people in the tech industry.
    Progressive company that truly means it when they say they strive for diversity and inclusion.
    Office has music playing at all times. It is was one of the best parts about the boston office is the democratized music playing robot!

    Cons

    Not really a con, but Swedish culture can be difficult for people who are from traditional american style of leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Don't change the culture. A lot has changed as the company grows. Continue to keep the great things about Spotify and keep the Swedish style of leadership! :)


  4. "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineering in Somerville, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineering in Somerville, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Spotify full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working on some really cool stuff, or trying it out before anyone else.
    Great benefits for parents (6 mos leave for births or adoptions!)
    Get to listen to music all day.
    Management takes employee concerns seriously and takes action to fix them. (Or empowers us)

    Cons

    It's a big company, so hard to remember what everyone does, and hard to feel important.

    Advice to Management

    Take transparency concerns seriously.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Amazing Culture and Productive Work Environment"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I came from a highly corporate job, and while I knew that the culture here would be good, I did not expect anything like this. The fact that a company this big could still maintain a culture this awesome is incredible. And yet, it doesn't take long for you to realize that despite the fact that people seem to be constantly socializing and just hanging out, a TON of work actually gets done.

    Career development is carefully maintained, and as the company grows, it regularly evaluates whether the paradigms that are in place are still valid.

    I have also long had a good view of the general business decisions made by Spotify, especially in the recent years, but any doubts I ever had about the decisions that they made were blown away when I was exposed to some of the stuff they are working on. They really are on the cutting edge of media, and will hopefully bring about a lot of positive change in the way people experience music in the years to come.

    Cons

    There is some sense of entitlement I pick up on from time to time, but that might just be me transitioning from a corporate role.

    Advice to Management

    None at the moment, keep up the awesome work.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Awesome!"

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

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

    Pros

    Fantastic work-life balance. A great culture with fantastic passionate people. A very empowering environment!

    Cons

    None that I can think of


  7. Helpful (4)

    "It's ok"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY

    Pros

    NYC. Culture is pretty good. The engineers are all pretty bright and love music and that their job is related to music. Food and snacks are free. There is a gaming room

    Cons

    Pay. While not bad, it's considerably smaller than in the bay companies. Other than that, there aren't that many cons

    Spotify Response

    Apr 27, 2016 – HR Communications Manager

    Thank you for the review!

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Spotify Cares"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior 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

    Spotify genuinely cares about is employees and it shows. They invest in employees with a week long "intro days" trip to Stockholm hq. The organization is relatively flat with opportunities to move laterally and try new things as well as grow your career and responsibilities. There is very little resistance from the org if you want to invest time and energy. Hack time is great and well respected by the company from the top down, including a hack day usually every 2 weeks and a full organized hack week every so often.

    There is a strong ethic of questioning things, even well established things and making sure that ideas still pass the test. There is some really top notch engineering talent and few people who are not at least very good engineers.

    Food is really good. Plenty of good options for breakfast and lunch and often there is food to be had for dinner as well and plenty of beverages, including iced coffee, espresso and a good selection of beers.

    Cons

    The technology infrastructure and client are pretty well established and a lot technology decisions are all already made. There is some pretty strong resistance to introducing new technology for fairly legitimate reasons. Spotify is really becoming a data driven company and there some excellent opportunities for data engineering. There are too many internal quirky libraries and systems that could be better served by using something open source or more standard. This seems to have been recognized and this is gradually being phased out.

    Benefits could be a little stronger like paid transportation and gym memberships for instance would really be nice.

    Advice to Management

    Need to mend more fences with the artistic community.


  9. Helpful (10)

    "Spotify is "Different""

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Best group of peers I've ever worked with, both in terms of talent and culturally as well. My friends at work are what I look forward to the most going in to work every day.

    Cons

    Compensation is sub-par, and equity is poor for a pre-IPO company. Revenue growth is tied to expanding to new markets, and it's not clear what will happen when they run out, or when Apple's marketing muscle gets behind Beats, or Amazon finally goes all-in. US teams are also not given the attention or transparency into goings on in HQ, and seem to be held to a double standard because of the higher wage structure. Feature work is often scattered where the approach seems more "shotgun" than tied to an overarching vision. Technology solutions are often overcomplicated with no sense of standards/governance either; the common answer as to why is often that "Spotify is different", which, while accurate, is no excuse for management to avoid the challenges of coming up with a more well defined organization that scales.

    Advice to Management

    Make a decision on either committing to truly building out tech in the US, or admit to the existing employees that the vision moving forward is more along the lines of "containment". If the aim is granting all teams true autonomy (including those in the US), then hold true to that rather than adding exceptions dependent on "lifelines" to HQ.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Fun, interesting, and fast paced"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, great product, with a lot of new ideas in the pipeline.
    Everyone is open to ideas and suggestions, you can contributed as much as you are able to, and your are only encouraged to take on responsibility. Teams are extremely autonomous.
    Benefits are second to none, lunch and snacks are great! Free Beer.

    Cons

    Lots of teams with their own plans, coordinating timelines, releases and features is/can be a challenge.
    You don't always know what other teams are working on, and how far along their projects might be (there is no secrecy, you can talk to them, it's just not as transparent as it could be).

    Advice to Management

    Keep working on org structure and transparency, you are improving, keep doing so!