EM at Spotify

Microsoft gFVB04
Jul 18 13 Comments

I have interviewed for the Engineering Manager positions at Spotify, NYC. It will be for Machine learning and Data Analytics.

Can somebody give insight what is it like EM at Spotify? What kind of freedom they have in decision making? Company culture? My total exp is 7 years in different companies.

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  • Spotify / Product WXUp28
    Spotify ‘s EMs are people who manage people and don’t need to know anything about engineering part.

    Hence it’s going to be people decisions most of the time.
    Jul 18 8
    • Spotify / Product WXUp28
      After probation start working as IC is somewhat easy if your manager is not complete jerk. Question is which IC level you’ll manage to get.

      Moving around as a manager is kind of PITA, since you have to go through interview process again.
      Jul 19
    • Microsoft gFVB04
      OP
      I see, no concrete idea about levelings. Could you tell a bit more, is there huge difference b/w levels of EM and ICs. How is leveling decided when people move around? Isn't that should be lateral move.
      Jul 21
    • Spotify / Product WXUp28
      For ICs we have levels for quite some time. For management we just got it this year or so and it’s quite raw. So for IC moves it’s kind of working, but with role switches your level in new role usually defined by your current compensation. Given that we have quite huge compensation bracket overlaps - can be quite random.
      Jul 21
    • Spotify / Product WXUp28
      Thing with interviews for management moves according to HRs is to make sure that bad managers don’t just hop to different place. But it sounds too much like a bullshit. My guess is that it’s because we have places where Directors and VPs (they are not interviewed when moving around) are so horrible that they tend to loose their direct reports completely in just few months (true story)
      Jul 21
    • Microsoft gFVB04
      OP
      I see, interesting strategy
      Jul 21
  • Bloomberg Teerywww22
    What kinda comp does an EM at Spotify make?
    Jul 19 1
    • Microsoft gFVB04
      OP
      +1, I think you should also post location as well. It should vary highly w.r.t location.
      Jul 19
  • Spotify / Eng qbeforeu
    what did you decide?
    Aug 2 0
  • Microsoft wsYr51
    Long term I predict that Spotify won’t be able to survive the intense competition from Apple or Amazon, who have a lot of cash to burn. So Spotify may not be there for long? Consumer market is very unpredictable, just look at Nokia , Skype etc. It would be a good place for a beginner maybe not for a experienced professional at this time in Spotify.
    Jul 18 0