Spotify Employee Reviews about "growing pains"

Updated Oct 19, 2019

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    Just found out that someone accepting a "Junior" version of my job at Spotify will be making 100k (I'm happy for them) I have been here for 5 years, got promoted to Senior last year and I make 75k. This feels like a big punch in the gut and I've lost trust in Spotify to give fair compensation Our WFA policy says “location within a country shouldn’t be a factor in determining pay” and “national salary ranges per job” I'm hoping a conversation with my manager can "fix" this but I am frustrated

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Simply the best company I have worked for.

      Sep 14, 2018 - Marketing in London, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Incredible company, fantastic culture, great work-life balance and highly motivating.

      Cons

      Growing pains and organisational shifts, as to be expected.

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      6 people found this review helpful
    2. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Amazing company

      Feb 4, 2018 - Conversion Associate in London, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Spotify is a great company to work for. It's very flexible, employees are listened to. Every week we receive automated surveys about our jobs and how do we feel about it - top management then follows up on these surveys to try improve what's going bad. The company is politically engaged and support values that I do support as well (recruiting people from all backgrounds, countries, sex and sexual orientations, having 0 tolerance for sexual harassment etc). Sometimes this politics goes a bit too far in my opinion but better that way than the other way around. Spotify is a very Swedish company in the way it works, with great perks, motivated employees and this feeling that we are all part of a same project (maybe the stock option scheme for all employees helps a lot with that).

      Cons

      Not so much to say here. There are growing pains, Spotify can be very messy in the day to day work and it's mainly related to the flexibility wanted by the top management, that I actually support because it seems to generate more innovation in the company.

      6 people found this review helpful
    3. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Strong culture, great benefits

      Oct 19, 2019 - Lead in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great benefits, interesting project opportunities.

      Cons

      Growing pains and few common goals between teams. Departments too siloed.

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    4. 3.0
      Former Employee

      Great people, average work

      Aug 10, 2019 - Manager in Stockholm, Stockholm
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Amazing people - everyone was super smart and really cool - Interesting industry w lots of perks (eg free concerts)

      Cons

      - Very slow decision making and time to market - Lots of growing pains - Unwanted advances / inappropriate behavior esp after hours (offsites, company parties, etc)

      1 person found this review helpful
    5. 2.0
      Current Employee

      Wonderful people & amazing product, but chaotic with little room for growth

      May 15, 2019 - Data Scientist in New York, NY
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      Pros

      The people that work here are smart and wonderful, and it's great to get to work on a product beloved around the world. Unparalleled work-life balance and excellent benefits. The company is also very transparent (it's easy for anyone at the company to learn what strategic priorities are).

      Cons

      Frequent disruptive reorgs, little room for professional growth (people are brought in from the outside rather than being promoted from within), and major growing pains

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      18 people found this review helpful
    6. 4.0
      Former Contractor, less than 1 year

      Great company but terrible AP department

      Dec 15, 2017 - Accounts Payable in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great company with great benefits. Free lunches daily. Free snacks. This company continues to grow so upward mobility is there for the taking. And just a fun place to work.

      Cons

      Unfortunately I worked in AP where there was no structure. The AP manager is not qualified for the role and is a bitter person. There is a big disconnect/power struggle with the Stockholm office. Growing pains

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    7. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Great people, but company with growing pains

      Nov 17, 2017 -  in New York, NY
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      Pros

      Best people I've ever worked with Amazing benefits, including generous paid parental leave and vacation policies

      Cons

      Lots of growing pains as a company driven by a lack of processes and lagging scaling of some of the key resources (mostly the R&D team)

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    8. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Sales

      Aug 24, 2017 - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Selling a premium product gets you in the door.

      Cons

      Extremely fast growth leading to growing pains.

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    9. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Great company strangled by incompetent management

      Jul 28, 2017 - Senior Developer in Stockholm, Stockholm
      Recommend
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      Pros

      * Great product to use * Interesting tech to work on * Tons of potential for new products and features * Opportunities to learn * CV booster * Will probably continue to succeed

      Cons

      * Frequent backstabbing in Tech and Management * Aggressive internal power struggles * Endlessly restructuring teams. "Re-org" at least twice per year. * Most of middle-management was promoted into jobs they don't know how to do, so they accomplish nothing. * Upper-management absent. Who knows what they do? "Upper Management" is ultimately responsible for the problems at "the bottom", so Upper Management is not doing a good job. * "Owning" a product or feature is inevitably a terrible curse * Nonsensical career growth program * Dismiss all problems as "growing pains" * Discourage – even punish – maintenance of existing features. All that matters is writing new things. Mostly rewriting the same things again and again. * Constant feeling of panic and pressure. Always under-staffed, but always accepting new projects. Upper/middle management accepts the projects, and controls the (lack of) staffing, and then shifts the blame to the devs/designers/QAs/BDs. * Infinite meetings. Don't be surprised if you're triple-booked all day. Position doesn't matter. Same for devs, QAs, designers, managers. Senior and junior. * Certain people have much more power and influence than their positions are supposed to have. Upper management encourages it. Power comes from being in the right management clique.

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      26 people found this review helpful
    10. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Great Place to Work

      Apr 13, 2017 - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      relaxed, casual, exciting, perks, music, travel

      Cons

      growing pains, disorganization, compensation, internal mobility, shift from start-up to corporation

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      1 person found this review helpful
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