Spotify Reviews

Updated 6 Aug 2020

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3.8
75%
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89%
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Spotify CEO  and  Co-Founder Daniel Ek
Daniel Ek
309 Ratings
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  • "growing pains and learning how to be efficient(in 20 reviews)

  • "Only disadvantage was that it's hard for partners to find work in Stockholm(in 20 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Summer Intern 2015"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     in Calcutta
    Recommends

    I worked at Spotify for less than a year

    Pros

    Fully trusted and given reposnibility. Interesting and challenging tasks. I leaned a lot. Easy hours. Fun environment. Perfect office location in Stockholm.

    Cons

    Spotify is not able to give you a full-time offer right after the internship. Depends on availability of positions when you are finishing school. Most of the office is on vacation during July.

  2. "Analyst"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Spotify full-time

    Pros

    Good perks, snacks and salary

    Cons

    Work hard, work with truthfulness, honesty and pace


  3. "Good"

    4.0
     

    I have been working at Spotify

    Pros

    Wages are good and pressure less work and good culture

    Cons

    Management policies and hr policies are bad

  4. "Great place to work"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Agile Coach in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Collaborative culture Lots of autonomy and respect for individual contributors Fun environment Great learning opportunities

    Cons

    Too many reorgs No option to work remotely

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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Spotify -- What you should know!"

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible work-life balance Great benefits Collaborative (most are friendly) Great product and constantly building but will soon fall behind if we don't expand into other verticals

    Cons

    Becoming to matrixed and is operating at a slower pace. Also the company doesn't fully understand the BLK movement internally and how to properly position the current POC talent they have for leadership opportunities. Politics have begun to poison decision making. They have begun to no longer take stances and lead culture the way they would like too. No POC in leadership (C-suite) and board opportunities are limited as well

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  6. "ok"

    3.0
    Current Employee - Senior Data Engineer in New York, NY

    I have been working at Spotify full-time

    Pros

    music, less evil than fb, google, etc

    Cons

    lower pay, politics, favoritism, backstabbing.

  7. "Excellent"

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

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

    Pros

    Spotify attracts awesome people. The only true agile workplace I ever had.

    Cons

    None that I can think of

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Worst Manager I've Ever Had"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Spotify full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Some of the internal tooling was fun to play around with if you're a music nerd.

    Cons

    Working at Spotify was easily the nadir of my career. My manager basically ignored all input from everyone on the team, and didn't do much of anything in terms of providing technical leadership, or helping me with my career growth. He clearly didn't care about how long projects took to complete. Ultimately, he retaliated against myself and two other members of my team after we submitted negative feedback about him during a performance review. Spotify does just about everything possible to allow managers to retaliate against their direct reports. Feedback is not anonymized or obfuscated at all, and managers are able to read their feedback from their direct reports before writing evaluations for their direct reports. Overall Spotify seems like it has a broad spectrum of experiences. Some teams and some managers are presumably great, and you would never have a problem with them. However, the bad managers are very bad, and they're not going anywhere. My advice for anyone thinking of accepting a position here is to make sure you know who you would be reporting to, and how they run their team. If you can, try to get some input from the ICs on that team as well.

  9. "Good experience"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Content Writer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opens up a lot doors for you Experience at a global tech company Acknowledges wellbeing and mental health in the workplace Social activities Free food

    Cons

    Not much career progression for creatives

  10. "Good tech/infra, Not safe if you're BIPOC"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Spotify full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - Good on-boarding process - Strong internal tools and documentation - Frequent trips to Stockholm - Healthy food and snacks (free)

    Cons

    - The Stockholm office is where the interesting work happens - The London office is very new, doesn't reflect the the main HQ culture - Not a good place for BIPOC. Inclusion and psychological safety issues are usually silenced or ignored. If you're a woman/BIPOC - I would strongly recommend referencing the manager and team before joining

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