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SoundCloud Reviews

Updated 15 January 2019
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SoundCloud Co-Founder & CEO Alexander Ljung
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Pros
  • "Free breakfast and free lunch two times a week" (in 7 reviews)

  • "mission driven organization, work/life balance" (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • "Company politics: ambitious people building power bases and fighting each other instead of the competition" (in 2 reviews)

  • "I worked there for two years and didn't deliver a single new feature to production" (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Berlin (Germany)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Berlin (Germany)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SoundCloud full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Open culture, cool tech stack, Friday demos, beers on Fridays, free lunch twice a week, great work culture, easy to show off your skills

    Cons

    Business development team needs to be stronger


  2. "Good original idea, unable to execute to stay current and viable"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Berlin (Germany)
    Former Employee - Engineer in Berlin (Germany)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SoundCloud full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Innovative work environment. Lot's of highly skilled people who are happy to share and learn together.

    Cons

    Terrible track record with middle and upper management. High percentage of people in positions of power were first-timers. Very real world experience or maturity in the leadership; resulting in competition within the company rather than externally. Lot's of posturing and land-grabbing.

    Advice to Management

    You should have sold to Google in 2012.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Smart people, great learning opportunities, lots of politics"

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in Berlin (Germany)
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Berlin (Germany)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SoundCloud full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Learning from talented people
    Free food
    Nice office

    Cons

    Company politics: ambitious people building power bases and fighting each other instead of the competition. I hear it got better since the layoffs.

    Advice to Management

    Stop mollycoddling the employees; you're not in Silicon Valley


  4. "Great workplace"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SoundCloud full-time

    Pros

    The people make this company great to work at. Everyone is passionate about what they do and are easy to connect with. There's a lot of opportunity to grow here and learn new skills. The current direction is exciting and doing well under Kerry Trainer.

    Cons

    Management is changing a lot, and you are in a developing company pushing harder than their resources available.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Not sure about the future"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Berlin (Germany)
    Former Employee - Engineer in Berlin (Germany)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SoundCloud full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Good location and nice office with free snacks and food twice per week.
    - Known company, interesting business.
    - Unique and interesting problems to solve.
    - There are some really great and smart people, who cares.
    - SAT and learn budget.

    Cons

    - No clear strategy. Once you started to make a new feature, management changes their plans.
    - Disconnected management on all levels. Sometimes 10 people solve one problem.
    - You need to play games, politics, solve tickets but not problems, be the loudest person in the room to be promoted.
    - Bureaucratic - small problems take months to be resolved.
    - Toxic environment, very unpleasant (and illegal) situations just ignored.
    - Encouragement of unethical solutions on the product to have more profit.

    Advice to Management

    - Change company values.
    - Let people do their work.
    - Go downstairs and talk to people.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Amazing company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SoundCloud full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Great work culture that emphasizes work-life balance, cultural diversity, and recognition for top performance
    - The product is awesome and employees are super passionate about it
    - Engineering has solid technical talent and all the teams have passionate, caring, and intelligent people that act as great co-workers
    - New management has a clear strategic direction and is extremely transparent

    Cons

    - The 2017 layoffs negatively affected work culture and workspace, but it's rebounded to a normal place again
    - Salary and compensation is market average, company is willing to pay more for C-level executives than recruiting top, new talent (a strategy I disagree with)

    Advice to Management

    - Keep being transparent with a clear strategic vision and don't get veered off-course by high-effort but low-impact projects
    - Pay more for better inbound technical and non-technical talent into the company, as this is the key to increasing product value in the future


  7. "Generally, pretty much like you have heard"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SoundCloud full-time

    Pros

    Globally known company; people like the legacy

    Cons

    Management, lack of clarity, out of touch with the users/creators

    Advice to Management

    Step back and let people do what they are there for.

  8. "It is a fair company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SoundCloud full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Promotion opportunities than my previous company.

    Cons

    Stressful and making me feel bad


  9. "One of a kind"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at SoundCloud full-time

    Pros

    Great people, best staff, great office and benefits

    Cons

    I can't think of any


  10. "Overall positive"

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst
    Former Employee - Business Analyst

    I worked at SoundCloud full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice place to work, great mission and many bright colleagues

    Cons

    Wasn't a well-run business, out-of-touch management