Spotify Reviews

Updated 8 Jul 2020

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3.8
74%
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88%
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Spotify CEO  and  Co-Founder Daniel Ek
Daniel Ek
305 Ratings
  1. "Sales planner"

    3.0
    Former Employee - Contract Administration Manager 

    I worked at Spotify full-time

    Pros

    Stock options, over time, vacation days

    Cons

    Not diverse, work life balance

  2. "Senior PMM at Spotify"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at Spotify full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great culture, fun place to work.

    Cons

    Speed to market, no annual bonus.

  3. "Great Company"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Agriculture Water Quality Assistant in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Spotify full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Benefits, compensation, learning, teamwork, and tech spirit

    Cons

    The culture after IPO changed a lot, it's hard to keep the culture.

  4. Helpful (3)

    "good place to work"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Spotify full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    good music to listen to

    Cons

    long working hours every day

  5. Helpful (6)

    "By far the worst company I have ever worked for"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Spotify full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - Free food (and that's about it!)

    Cons

    - Teams are super disorganized (across the board) - Management is very inexperienced - Culture of fear (do what I say or I'll tell your boss) - Pay is horrible - If you're not a manager/lead, you will have zero autonomy - The amount of internal politics is insane - Zero diversity (although you will hear that they care about it. No. They do not)

  6. Helpful (1)

    "Amazing techs and flat organization"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Spotify full-time

    Pros

    - All your equipment needs are provided - External conferences to boost your skills - Internal projects are challenging and satisfying to work on - Foods are free via the open fridge - Company takes really great care of their employees

    Cons

    - Flat organization can be exhaustive sometimes

  7. Helpful (4)

    "Great forward-thinking company with a desire to be consistent"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Stockholm, Stockholm
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Spotify full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I have been at Spotify over 3 years now, and it's an excellent employer. I don't think we are comparable to Google or Facebook in terms of engineering competency but we are one of the best employers in every other way. - Great benefits - Incredibly diverse (in many ways - terms of gender, ethnicity, languages, etc) - Passionate about audio - Incentivizes learning (via conferences, internal trainings, embeds) - Easy to move around, either team or role - Plenty of colleagues with personality - A handful of world class engineers that are easy to talk to - Daniel and C-level management are refreshingly transparency. Huge fan of Daniel, Gustav, Barry's personality and approach to business. Honoured to work under them. - Positive work environment - Never afraid of change - Truly autonomous, each team mostly operates as its own "business" - We make decisions primarily based on our own insight/views, secondly what our customers are saying, and thirdly what our competitors are doing. Priorities are right - We are 100% working on the right thing. Everything proves towards it - Incredible afterworks and summer/winter parties - Huge emphasis on team over individual - Great investments in technical infrastructure, ie Kubernetes/Kotlin/Swift - Real work-life balance, in true Swedish fashion

    Cons

    - It can be slow to make decisions or ship (but being here for a while, I'm not entirely convinced if this is just due to a sprint vs marathon mindset. But yes it's very intentional from management) - Astoundingly poor manager retention (I am seeing managers leave left right and center, unclear why this is the case, and this will affect your personal growth) - Constant state of change in terms of restructuring (although you do get used to it, but it will affect your individual goals potentially significantly) - Promotion culture is weak. It has good intentions, but fails to work time and time again. Two examples: first is one person didn't get promoted because "they didn't ask for it" (and others don't because "they ask too much rather than doing") and the second example is I saw someone not get promoted because they did not show enough loyalty in their tribe. Has nothing to do with our newly introduced promotion framework and plays a part in why we struggle to maintain senior talent. - To my surprise, the longer you've been at Spotify the lower your salary has proven to be (and the new hires get offered significantly higher base salaries). I am not even sure if it is a good idea to just leave and come back 6 months later. Intentions are good, but in reality performs astoundingly with varying results. I am also unclear how this compares with other companies. - Increasingly political and process-driven, which doesn't suit individuals who want to stay as individuals. This makes us increasingly slower to execute - HR seems to rule the business. No exceptions exists in Spotify. This seems to stem from Swedish business culture where there are no exceptions. Don't work harder, it is not valued. Work hard during your paid hours and you'll be fine. You have to be a role higher than HR, such as a senior business leader, to be remotely considered as an exception.

  8. "Fantastic"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Writer 

    I have been working at Spotify full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, great culture, forward thinking , innovative, creative working environment

    Cons

    None so far, everything has been smooth sailing!

  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great if you are independent"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Machine Learning Engineer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Spotify full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good amount of help from people, autonomy

    Cons

    Time zones, duplicate work, low pay

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  10. Helpful (2)

    "Awesome company to work for"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Product Designer in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Spotify full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    I've been at Spotify for under a year and absolutely love it. The people here are incredible, everyone knows there craft so well which is incredibly inspiring, I already feel like i've learnt a tonne from my colleagues. The projects are also incredibly interesting, you have the power to really delve into a problem space and solve real problems.

    Cons

    Challenge with multiple teams working on similar initiatives.

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