Spotify Employee Reviews about "free food"

Updated Dec 1, 2020

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Spotify CEO  and  Co-Founder Daniel Ek
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  • "the best work life balance I've ever had at any company (helps to be working in Sweden, for sure)(in 65 reviews)

  • "Free food, not common in Sweden(in 43 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Only disadvantage was that it's hard for partners to find work in Stockholm(in 21 reviews)

  • "growing pains and learning how to be efficient(in 20 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Best company to work for!!

      Nov 7, 2019 - Executive Assistant in London, England, England
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      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.

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    2. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Cambridge - Poor local management

      Oct 25, 2017 - Customer Service Representative in Cambridge, East of England, England, England
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      Pros

      Lively company with great perks such as free food and trips.

      Cons

      Rudderless management at local level. Promotion of friends over ability. Constant flip-flopping of procedures.

      3 people found this review helpful
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    4. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Great workplace - if you're a "yes man"

      Oct 12, 2017 - Customer Service Advisor in Cambridge, East of England, England, England
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      Pros

      Free food & drinks, well-being events (yoga, meditation, "health week", etc.), cinema trips, parties. People are lovely. Decent pay and hours, negotiable shifts.

      Cons

      Management don't know what they're doing, lot of useless processes, meetings with no real purpose; no real career progression opportunities, people employed with a temporary contract through agency and are perceived as "disposable" - zero job security. If you voice any negative opinion about the processes/management/company's policy, you're first to lose the job, no matter how great you are and how truthful your comments are. Lots of hypocrisy.

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      9 people found this review helpful
    5. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Could be so much better - shift work sucks.

      Feb 7, 2017 - Customer Service Advisor in Cambridge, East of England, England, England
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      Pros

      Great benefits. Free food every day. Sometimes the shift work can benefit you if you need a particular day off. Some progression is available but normally after a long time in the same position - 3 years normally - some advisors have been stuck in the same job since they started. Lots of support from management - you have a lot of tools to work with and there's a lot of education. The office is very relaxed.

      Cons

      Awful shift patterns - overnight shifts are required which means you miss out on a lot which is happening during the day. You feel very left behind when on any shift that isn't 6-3 or 9-6. 1-10 shifts have a massive impact on your social life. Weekend shifts suck, too. We're not permanent employees and are actually employees of an agency meaning we can be dismissed at any time - not great job security. Some people who do the same work as us are permanent and have other benefits - bonuses based on performance, less weekend shifts and stock options. Nepotism runs wild, many jobs are given to people with less experience/skills if they're a friend of someone higher up or in a relationship with them.

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      4 people found this review helpful
    6. 5.0
      Former Contractor

      Great place

      Dec 1, 2020 - Associate Lawyer in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Free food every single day

      Cons

      No desks at all no home

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    7. 4.0
      Former Contractor, less than 1 year

      Data Science

      Apr 27, 2020 - Data Scientist in Stockholm, Stockholm, Stockholm
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Very nice employees, cool office, nice with free food and great challenges

      Cons

      I don't have anything negative in particular to say

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    8. 1.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      By far the worst company I have ever worked for

      Feb 7, 2020 - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
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      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)

      15 people found this review helpful
    9. 4.0
      Former Intern, less than 1 year

      Great Experience!

      Nov 21, 2019 - Internship in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Spotify is a very fast paced, fun, and exciting work environment. People are very smart and hard working. Free food all the time, beautiful office, workout classes, lots of office events, etc. Employees are treated like royalty. Work life balance is great.

      Cons

      If you're an intern however, do not expect to receive a full time offer as a non-STEM major. Most hires are very experienced with the exception of those in more technical roles (software engineers, data scientists, etc.).

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    10. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      bad bad bad

      Dec 9, 2019 - Lead in New York, NY
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      Pros

      free food all day long

      Cons

      Never ever have I worked for a firm that has so little idea what they are doing.

      8 people found this review helpful
    11. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      A warm company

      Sep 29, 2019 - Associate Backend Engineer in Stockholm, Stockholm, Stockholm
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Free food, not common in Sweden - Flexible hours - Responsibility - Great culture

      Cons

      Spotify is no longer a startup.

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