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Spotify Overview

Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)
1001 to 5000 employees
2006
Company - Private
Internet
Unknown / Non-Applicable
We’re pioneers.

Our industry sector didn’t exist before we arrived. Nowadays, when people think music streaming, they think Spotify.

And we’re not done yet, nowhere near. Our mission is to give a million ... Read more

Company Updates

  • Say hello to Flexible Public Holidays. #LeadOnLeave #LifeAtSpotify

    http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQuFG

    —14 days ago
    Say hello to Flexible Public Holidays

    I'm really proud to see the team introduce a new benefit for all Spotifiers today. Public holidays are no longer set days off at any office within the Spotify family.

  • Spotify comes to Thailand!

    http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQyCH

    —30+ days ago
    The Spotify Blog

    Spotify, the world's leading music streaming service, launches today in Thailand offering a revolutionary and unrivalled music experience tuned to your personal tastes.With a worldwide community of more than 140 million people, Spotify offers both a free ad-supported music service and an upgraded ad-free subscription service.

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Spotify – Why Work For Us?


Spotify is a new way to listen to music

Millions of tracks, any time you like. Just search for it in Spotify, then play it. Just help yourself to whatever you want, whenever you want it.

A world of music awaits

Think of Spotify as your new music collection. Your library. Only this time your collection is vast: millions of tracks and counting. Spotify comes in all shapes and sizes, available for your PC, Mac, home audio system and mobile phone. Wherever you go, your music follows you.

And because the music plays live, there’s no need to wait for downloads and no big dent in your hard drive.

Music is social

It’s now easier than ever to discover and share music with your friends. Thanks to Spotify and Facebook, you can see and hear what your friends are listening to – just hit play on any music post.

You can also share music with a flick of the wrist. Send it straight to your friends, or post tracks on social networks. It’s how music should be.

Join the Band.

With a great product and brilliant people, it's no surprise that Spotify is such a successful and fast-growing company.

That's why we're always on the look-out for new, talented people who can help us to achieve our goal - to make music instantly available to everyone, wherever they are. 

If you are looking for a fun and exciting workplace with talented and passionate colleagues, this is definitely the place to be.

 


Why join Spotify?

  • We're dynamic, bold, fast-paced and energetic. We don't do dull moments.
  • We see opportunities rather than boundaries, using technology to make all our lives a little bit better.
  • We aim big, and you will be able to do so as well.
  • What you do will impact the lives of millions of people and artists around the globe.
  • You will work with talented colleagues from many different countries and offices.
  • We're friendly and like a good laugh. It's Spotify we take seriously, not ourselves.
  • We are curious and like questions, so you can always bring forward your opinion.
  • We're a diverse bunch too. So expect to find us welcoming and appreciative no matter who you are.

 

Meet some of our people

To give you a taste of what it's like to work here, we've asked a few of our colleagues to describe life at Spotify.

 

Ricardo Santos

Software Engineer

"Hi, I'm Ricardo and I'm a Software Engineer here at Spotify! Although naturally from Lisbon, Portugal's capital and biggest city, I grew up down south, in the smaller and sunnier town of Faro.

When I first came across Spotify, it amazed me the overall quality of the service, but more than anything else, how fast it would play any track I'd wish. The music lover in me loved the new service I had found and, the engineer in me loved to find that Spotify was hiring and furthermore, the technologies they used were appealing to me. I decided to apply.

Does "I love it!" sound too sketchy? Well seriously, most people here at Spotify are really passionate about what they do, that includes me.

As most engineers at Spotify, I get to participate in a lot of different projects. However, I spend most of the time with Team Content. We do funny stuff to music tracks and album metadata so that it all gets delivered nicely to you.

I'm not sure if I should include here that I can also frequently be seen skating around the office or shooting people with NERF guns..."

You just have, Ricardo.

"Well anyway, one can do a lot of things around here!"

 

 

John Brophy

Premium Campaign Manager

After studying Business Administration at Plymouth University, John spent seven years running the nightlife social network he co-founded - dontstayin.com. After selling the company, he knew exactly where he wanted to go next, Spotify.

John looks after all the campaigns that help convert users into our lovely Premium service.

"It's great to be part of such an amazing team. We're constantly growing and learning what makes our users tick. Everyone has a really entrepreneurial attitude towards work. There are no slackers in the office, everyone loves to be here. I'm really proud to be working on something that is redefining an industry."

John's most amazing experience at Spotify was when he was introduced to Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher. They had just popped in to see the office…as you do!

"My advice to people who want to work here? Watch the jobs page on Spotify.com like a hawk. Be proactive, follow us on twitter to get an idea of how we work / think. If you get an interview, be brilliant / confident and come in with ideas on how we can improve the service!"

What music do you like, John? "I like good music! I go from listening to the darkest techno from Berlin to classical tracks from Bach to rocking out to the Eagles of Death Metal. Have a listen!"

 

 

Sophia Bendz

Global Director of Marketing

Sophia grew up in Stockholm, Sweden, and studied the master program in economics at Stockholm University and Contemporary Art at Baruch College in New York.

Over to Sophe.

"I met Martin and Daniel in 2006 and got super excited about Spotify. So when they asked me to join the team and come and work for them, I didn't need to think for very long."

And what makes you smile about your job?

"I get to work with music and a product that helps people to enjoy music, regardless of time, place or platform. We make sure nothing comes between our users and their favourite music. That's such a beautiful thing and it's why I feel like what we do really matters.

My previous years working as a consultant have been beneficial to me, but what I believe is the most important thing - no matter what job you're at - is your drive and attitude. In a start-up it's crucial to be able to solve problems, embrace change, think in new patterns and enjoy it while doing so."

Words of wisdom for people interested in working here?

"Please keep visiting our Jobs pages. It's the only place we advertise jobs, so make sure you pop back regularly."

Spotify around the world

Stockholm, Sweden

New York, USA

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Berlin, Germany

Cambridge, UK

Chicago, USA

Copenhagen, Denmark

Gothenburg, Sweden

Hong Kong, China

London, UK

Los Angeles, USA

Madrid, Spain

Mexico City, Mexico

Oslo, Norway

Paris, France

San Francisco, USA

Sao Paolo, Brazil (TBD)

Singapore, Singapore (TBD)

Sydney, Australia

 

 

 

 

Spotify Reviews

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    Pros

    Work on a product used and loved by millions of people around the world, while keeping an excellent work/life balance.

    Cons

    Let me think about it.

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Spotify Photos

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Spotify Interviews

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    Recruiter Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
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    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Spotify (New York, NY).

    Interview

    I applied online. I was invited to a phone interview. Scheduled an initial date. The recruiter had to reschedule the last minute. I never heard back from her. So I followed up and got an automatic out-of-office response. Then she finally got back to me. The night before the phone screen, she reached out and said that they found another candidate. So essentially, their recruiting team rescheduled and cancelled on me twice last minute.

    I love Spotify as a company. I use the product. This makes me want to puke. I was a recruiter myself. I am proud to say I have never done something so disorganized and unprofessional to a candidate. Please stop wasting candidates time and get your acts together.

    I thought Spotify had one of the best recruiting teams and practices...I guess not. Very glad I did not end up working with such team.

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Spotify Awards & Accolades

  • Top 10 best places to work in Sweden, Universum, 2014
  • Most Innovative Company, Technology Review, 2012
  • Best Music App, Webby Awards, 2012
  • Hottest Streaming Media Company, Adweek Digital HotList, 2011
  • Hottest Start Up, Adweek Digital HotList, 2011
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