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Whether it's about compensation and benefits, culture and diversity, or you're curious to know more about the work environment, find out from employees what it's like to work at Spotify.

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37 English questions out of 37

December 19, 2018

What is health insurance like at Spotify?

Pros

- Good company brand & perks (free lunch, beer, snacks) - 4 Weeks of Vacation (Standard for companies) - Very good healthcare plan (100% coverage) - Average salary

Cons

- Very long hours (16 hours or more each day - almost 80 hours each week) - No structure and horrible management leadership - Management don't know what they want and just force you to do non value added work - High stress environment and no work life balance at all - Depending on which team you are in but the whole Finance/Accounting team is just not good to work for.

Advice to Management

-Keep talents by helping them grow and learn; fix your middle management -Promote team building

Very good healthcare plan (100% coverage)

December 19, 2018

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October 8, 2019

Does Spotify offer relocation assistance?

Pros

Great relocation and benefits, especially for parents Parts of the company are working hard on improving diversity, inclusion, belonging and physical and mental health

Cons

The tech, especially in Consumer BU, is full of custom-built locally optimized legacy decisions. Spotify can't get ahead of its legacy tech because decisions made today are still short-sighted, immature and unscalable. This is a result of 2 historical facets that haven't changed enough as the company grew: 1. Cross-functional autonomous teams: These teams are supposed to be self-sufficient units and are bound to become silos that make technology decisions that only suit themselves. Spotify's products reflect the org structure. The inconsistencies in the consumer experience across the various apps is unparalleled in consumer tech - you even get different search results for the same query on different apps. Each of these apps might as well have been made by different companies. This has historically prevented platform-thinking. Every app is an unnecessarily different clone of the same functionality, even if it could have been built using the same reusable technologies. This is unfortunately not improving either. 2. Chapter Leads: To promote cross-team collaboration and alignment, Spotify had Chapter Leads - people managers with reports from different teams. In reality, this created a gaping hole in technical leadership that could have prevented the misguided decision-making. The focus on leadership at Spotify is disproportionately on people management and woolly leadership qualities versus technical expertise, systems thinking and delivery management. This hasn't changed even as the company has moved toward replacing Chapter Leads with Engineering Managers. While you will hear a lot of harp about diversity, inclusion and belonging, a lot of the leadership actually enforces conformism to vague ideals and behaviours while acting like a cool boys club. Many business decisions are taken over after-hours private conversations between old-timer white often Swedish males and then dictated top-down. Every so often, a mail forwarded from leadership is in Swedish. While these can be easily translated, this is symptomatic of a bigger problem. The conformism wipes out any diversity of thought or ideas. It has often been witnessed that radical ideas (like building reusable scalable platforms) are suppressed until the cool boys club sees merit in them and then they are dictated top-down without any credit to the people who had been harping about it for so long. Most of the constructive or critical feedback you'll get is about how to conform, not about your technical solutions, productivity or impact. Unless you're at the beginning of your career, you'll learn very little from your manager and peers. For the years I've been here, I've never been able to shake off the feeling of being an outsider. Because things aren't built to plug into a larger system and be reusable across products, reinvention of the wheel has become an internal joke.

Advice to Management

There's a serious lack of a Spotify wide aspirational long-term technical vision. A lot of the tech is directionless. Build systems and platforms, not apps and clients. Take inclusion and belonging seriously, appreciate and pay attention to diverse thinking. People bring strong experiences and expertise, it's so often wasted at Spotify.

Great relocation and benefits, especially for parents

October 8, 2019

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December 19, 2018

Does Spotify offer dental insurance?

Pros

- Good company brand & perks (free lunch, beer, snacks) - 4 Weeks of Vacation (Standard for companies) - Very good healthcare plan (100% coverage) - Average salary

Cons

- Very long hours (16 hours or more each day - almost 80 hours each week) - No structure and horrible management leadership - Management don't know what they want and just force you to do non value added work - High stress environment and no work life balance at all - Depending on which team you are in but the whole Finance/Accounting team is just not good to work for.

Advice to Management

-Keep talents by helping them grow and learn; fix your middle management -Promote team building

Very good healthcare plan (100% coverage)

December 19, 2018

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December 25, 2018

Does Spotify offer parental leave?

Pros

- great work/life balance - a "cool" product - great benefits (parental leave, free healthcare, 4 weeks of paid vacay and plenty holidays) - trusted to take on highly visible projects

Cons

- absolutely no structure and priorities changes on a daily basis - a lot of talent leaves quickly because the company is not well-run - a lot of leadership is held over from the start-up time period and do not have much experience in big tech - low salary for a top tech company - because of the low salary hiring managers/directors is difficult--i only had a direct manager for 6 months and a director for 6ish (only 2 months of overlap). - no clear professional growth strategy, and managers are in charge of promo causing for much bias - career conversations are not really taken seriously - asked to do top level work with below average start up-level resources - lack of centralization leads to a lot of duplication and difficulty with keeping track of data, tech ownership, etc - little data used in making important company decisions

Advice to Management

Invest in structure and processes. Spotify high autonomy is only possible with high alignment, and the company seems to have neither at this point (VPs creating pet projects/product with no data justification and no alignment on company strategy)

great benefits (parental leave, free healthcare, 4 weeks of paid vacay and plenty holidays)

December 25, 2018

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July 2, 2020

Does Spotify offer a wellness program?

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

Acknowledges wellbeing and mental health in the workplace

July 2, 2020

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