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Updated Oct 18, 2020

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  1. 4.0
    Current Employee

    Business Development

    Sep 15, 2015 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Great people, fantastic company culture and love the product!

    Cons

    Limited upward mobility and career progression. Spotify is in an awkward 'growth' stage where it has too many employees and is trying to figure out how to operate effectively, flush out its strategy and utilize everyone it's hired

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    5 people found this review helpful
  2. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Spotify is a great place to grow your career

    May 23, 2018 - IOS Developer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommend
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    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Great company culture and generally great colleagues as well as a great brand and product. It is a transparent and compassionate place to work.

    Cons

    ESOP leave a lot to be desired. Do not pay market value for engineers. Management can sometimes seem wishy washy, reactive and like it’s being made up as we go.

    3 people found this review helpful
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  4. 4.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    Great work culture

    Apr 6, 2018 - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Never planned on staying here forever, so I enjoyed it for what it was. Work load was challenging enough, but what I loved most was the company culture. Very down to earth, intellectual (some), and fun people to be around. 8/10 would do it again.

    Cons

    I didn't meet Miley Cyrus

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    4 people found this review helpful
  5. 3.0
    Current Employee

    Easy to ride the wave...

    Jun 2, 2017 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    - Friendly company culture but clicky - Good benefits - Welcoming to ship new ideas - Global company

    Cons

    - Lack of structure/procedures - High demand with no career growth - Managers with no relevant experience - Below average pay

    5 people found this review helpful
  6. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Nice place to work

    May 9, 2018 - Data Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommend
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    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Good company culture. good 401K match 6%. good PTO 20 days + 3 floating days.

    Cons

    There's work overlap across different teams.

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    3 people found this review helpful
  7. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Spotify review

    Oct 18, 2020 - Product Designer in London, England, England
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Great company culture and work environment Transparency Perks

    Cons

    There isn't really a lot of cons for working for Spotify, it is a great company

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  8. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    Great people

    Sep 17, 2015 - Software Engineer in Stockholm, Stockholm, Stockholm
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Working in a great team with talented people to learn from. A good company culture with passionate people. Really nice office and perks.

    Cons

    Chaotic at times, difficulties running projects that spans across the whole organisation. Depending on team, junior people needing guidance might not always get the time needed (has improved over time though).

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    1 person found this review helpful
  9. 4.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Talented people, fast moving company

    Jul 21, 2015 - Software Engineer in Stockholm, Stockholm, Stockholm
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Some of the smartest and most capable engineers were people I met while at the company. The passion and talent here is among the best in the business, which makes for a great environment for personal growth, since there's so many people to learn from. The office vibe is also very nice, encouraging creativity with a laid-back touch (however, the "Friday music" tradition practiced in some offices is a notorious annoyance). The company culture, especially in the two big offices (Stockholm & NYC) is a bit like a university, with social events, interesting and intelligent people walking around, and a creative/inspired vibe. Spotify is building product on a huge scale, and does a very good job of trying to build this product based on data analysis. The company claims that numbers and analytics are the best arguments, and for the most part, this is true. The company culture is extremely self-critical (sometimes to a fault), and discussions about faults within the product, workflow, office culture, etc. are openly and bluntly discussed with a constructive tone. People talk about problems because they want in earnest to find solutions to them, not to just cynically complain.

    Cons

    As the company grows, it is having a difficult time reconciling its traditional Swedish roots with the challenges of managing a large multi-cultural, multi-office. The result is that employee input is solicited frequently, but then seemingly ignored. Similarly, product design is a very top-down process with little room for individual freedom of work. If you have a great idea for the product, be prepared to work on it after hours and weekends to make it happen. The company has annual "hack weeks" to encourage innovation, but in practice, it's difficult to get these hacks released without buy-in from product owners. The number of amazing hacks that I saw created and then never released to the outside world are too many to count. There's a strong agile culture at Spotify, which unfortunately falls in the "cons" category. A large number of agile coaches roam around the company, but their actual responsibilities are extremely unclear and getting them to do actual work is nigh impossible (even meta-work, such as organizing a squad dashboard or the bug tracker). In the worst case, the agile staff impose ridiculous time-wasting activities and frequent meetings with large invite lists. Some teams manage to take matters in their own hands, and these tend to be the highly productive ones in the company. Company priorities shift rapidly and widely. This is partly due to the very fast-paced and competitive world of streaming, and Spotify has done well to shift company resources rapidly enough to beat off all competitors. But from the inside, this sometimes feels like "the next big thing" dominates the entire office just long enough for something new to come along and displace it. Many of the older and ill-maintained efforts pile up into a slow and steady burden of external support and tech debt (though to be fair, the company is very good at managing and eliminating tech debt). There is also some troubles with career advancement at the company. To the credit of upper management, this was identified as a problem and they introduced a program to address this. However, the end result of this is a vague series of "steps" in which most engineers agree that advancement means being shifted towards management and out of engineering. I'm not sure how non-tech sees these issues, but regardless, attempting to shoehorn all company roles into a single generic career advancement model reflects the lack of understanding at the heart of the matter.

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    8 people found this review helpful
  10. 5.0
    Current Intern, less than 1 year

    The best ever

    May 23, 2018 - Marketing Intern in Sydney
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    - Talented, supportive and like minded employees - Lunch provided - Always gigs, showcases or events on - Incredible company culture (meditation sessions, guest speakers, friday drinks, etc) - Amazing work/life balance

    Cons

    Can't even think of one!

    1 person found this review helpful
  11. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Sales

    Aug 8, 2016 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Great company culture, well liked brand, opportunity to move up

    Cons

    Slightly unorganised with always changing priorities and lack of experienced management

    1 person found this review helpful
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