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50 English questions out of 50

7 November 2019

Does Spotify offer massages?

Pros

I have been at the company for two years. Never have I worked somewhere where there is such a focus on staff well being and staff engagement. The office environment is second to none - We moved in last year and it’s absolutely wonderful. It’s been designed with staff in mind so there are loads amazing areas to work from, you have the Hideaway which is for quiet working with cool sofas and a smoothie bar, Fitness Studio, collaborative squad areas for teams, the ‘pitstop’ for grab and go items with fridges stocked to the brim with free food and drinks and we are all eagerly awaiting new new ground floor to open which will include a stage area, cafeteria for free hot meals, coffee shop, games rooms etc. Spotify is unique in that it is headquartered out of Stockholm. New York and London are its 2nd and 3rd biggest hubs. You get to travel pretty frequently if you so wish which one of my favourite things about the company - It’s truly global. All meeting rooms are decked out with Google Hangouts too so it’s super easy to have video calls with anyone no matter their location . All staff get new Apple Macs upon joining and the choice of an Android or iPhone - We are very lucky to be given the very latest in technology whereas lots of my previous companies would give staff pretty old stuff to work with. The benefits are insane such as stock options upon joining, Bupa Dental, Bupa Healthcare, 6 months full pay maternity and paternity benefit with a 7th month gradual back to work, 12% pension (4% you 8% Spotify), 6 free counselling sessions a year, flu vaccinations, weekly massages, agile working so you can work from home pretty frequently thanks to Google Hangouts, crazy amount of free food and snacks daily and great Summer and Holiday parties too. Everyone is super friendly which make it an incredibly enjoyable environment to work in.

Cons

We hire 120 every month globally so there needs to be a focus on ensuring that the culture remains there. That’s like the size of a company every month.

Advice to Management

Keep doing what you are doing. I’m inspired to be working for a ‘change the world my company which is focused on ensuring we are the best audio platform in the world.

The benefits are insane such as stock options upon joining, Bupa Dental, Bupa Healthcare, 6 months full pay maternity and paternity benefit with a 7th month gradual back to work, 12% pension (4% you 8% Spotify), 6 free counselling sessions a year, flu vaccinations, weekly massages, agile working so you can work from home pretty frequently thanks to Google Hangouts, crazy amount of free food and snacks daily and great Summer and Holiday parties too.

7 November 2019

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10 February 2021

Does Spotify offer relocation assistance?

Pros

Exciting company that's rapidly growing, amazing benefits package, leadership cares about upholding a good workplace culture (even while virtual)

Cons

Upward/lateral mobility can be tough - many blockers and lots of politics to navigate

Exciting company that's rapidly growing, amazing benefits package, leadership cares about upholding a good workplace culture (even while virtual)

10 February 2021

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1 July 2021

Does Spotify offer dental insurance?

Pros

- Spotify hires great people, so you're surrounded by talented & bright colleagues. - Inspiring company mission - Innovative product - Transparent compensation review & promotions. - Good benefits (dental, health & life insurance, 25 days off, flexible holidays, etc.) - Empathetic middle managers

Cons

- Overall, a toxic work environment where growth takes complete priority over people that work so hard to make the company succeed. - The company has definitely lost its Nordic culture over the last 2 years. - Considering how great the app is, the internal systems are absolutely horrific. Working with them made me feel very anxious & stressed. - Poor communication between management and their teams. - Lots of talk but no action (e.g. mental health). - Very chaotic. And it's not a "controlled" or a "creative" kind of chaos.

Good benefits (dental, health & life insurance, 25 days off, flexible holidays, etc.)

1 July 2021

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27 November 2019

Does Spotify offer parental leave?

Pros

- offices are well-designed and comfortable - benefits are quite good, including vacation and parental leave - nice product that people outside the company know and respect - other perks, like lunch in the US office, are very welcome - compensation is comparable to other mid-tier tech or media companies, although it falls well short of the top tier

Cons

- This is probably one of the worst-managed companies in the world, making the experience of working here miserable unless you somehow land on the right team - bizarre organization design (missions? Tribes?) that seems like it was deliberately intended to create a host of dysfunctional fiefdoms, silos, and sleepy backwaters - deeply insecure and insular culture that can be hostile to new ideas, outside influence, and critical thinking- it might look like a fun Californian tech company on the surface but it is anything but open and transparent underneath it - cross team communication and collaboration is spectacularly broken: it’s gotten to be almost impossible to get anything done unless you can do it by yourself - the tech stack is badly fragmented and riddled with system-level architecture debt, making things like decent data infrastructure and common developer tooling impossible - senior management is left over from the startup phase and hasn’t yet been replaced by a professional management team - and other than the excellent ex-Netflix CFO, boy does it show - no one is actually accountable for anything because virtually all decisions must take place though a bewildering process of group consensus, where people who are ignorant of the topic at hand somehow have just as much of a say as the experts - middle managers, including engineering managers, are, by and large, very junior, tend to lack any qualifications for their positions (favoritism again), and might put in 25 hours a week on average, including fikas and 1:1s with direct reports to talk about their feelings - functions like HR and administration can be disturbingly unprofessional and more than a bit lax about following things like, well, local laws - the company does a poor job of investing in its staff - for example, there are few training or development opportunities. You’re expected to ”wing it” in any job without any instruction or the expectation of having any professional skills - an alarmingly large percentage of employees seem to be either openly disrespectful of one another or permanently angry, or both

Advice to Management

Resign now. Allow the board to bring in a professional management team to clean house.

benefits are quite good, including vacation and parental leave

27 November 2019

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7 November 2019

Does Spotify have a pension plan?

Pros

I have been at the company for two years. Never have I worked somewhere where there is such a focus on staff well being and staff engagement. The office environment is second to none - We moved in last year and it’s absolutely wonderful. It’s been designed with staff in mind so there are loads amazing areas to work from, you have the Hideaway which is for quiet working with cool sofas and a smoothie bar, Fitness Studio, collaborative squad areas for teams, the ‘pitstop’ for grab and go items with fridges stocked to the brim with free food and drinks and we are all eagerly awaiting new new ground floor to open which will include a stage area, cafeteria for free hot meals, coffee shop, games rooms etc. Spotify is unique in that it is headquartered out of Stockholm. New York and London are its 2nd and 3rd biggest hubs. You get to travel pretty frequently if you so wish which one of my favourite things about the company - It’s truly global. All meeting rooms are decked out with Google Hangouts too so it’s super easy to have video calls with anyone no matter their location . All staff get new Apple Macs upon joining and the choice of an Android or iPhone - We are very lucky to be given the very latest in technology whereas lots of my previous companies would give staff pretty old stuff to work with. The benefits are insane such as stock options upon joining, Bupa Dental, Bupa Healthcare, 6 months full pay maternity and paternity benefit with a 7th month gradual back to work, 12% pension (4% you 8% Spotify), 6 free counselling sessions a year, flu vaccinations, weekly massages, agile working so you can work from home pretty frequently thanks to Google Hangouts, crazy amount of free food and snacks daily and great Summer and Holiday parties too. Everyone is super friendly which make it an incredibly enjoyable environment to work in.

Cons

We hire 120 every month globally so there needs to be a focus on ensuring that the culture remains there. That’s like the size of a company every month.

Advice to Management

Keep doing what you are doing. I’m inspired to be working for a ‘change the world my company which is focused on ensuring we are the best audio platform in the world.

The benefits are insane such as stock options upon joining, Bupa Dental, Bupa Healthcare, 6 months full pay maternity and paternity benefit with a 7th month gradual back to work, 12% pension (4% you 8% Spotify), 6 free counselling sessions a year, flu vaccinations, weekly massages, agile working so you can work from home pretty frequently thanks to Google Hangouts, crazy amount of free food and snacks daily and great Summer and Holiday parties too.

7 November 2019

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