Here at Spotify, we like to think of ourselves as a band
Ok, sure, we don’t look a lot like that group you put together in high school that could only play one Led Zeppelin song, but we still think the comparison fits.
Like a band, we’re dependent on each other to create the best audio experience. Like a band, we need to be in sync. And like any successful band, we have a set of rules, a band manifesto, that keeps us focused on where we want to go and guides how we get there.
This is that manifesto. It explains our mission, our beliefs, our culture, our values, and everything else in between. Pretty much the only thing it won’t teach you is how to play a new Led Zeppelin song, that’s just something you’re going to have to learn on your own.
Spotify is a purpose-driven company, using our strong values and beliefs to guide us in our strategies as well as our everyday decisions.
To unlock the potential of human creativity by giving a million creators the opportunity to live off their art and billions of fans the opportunity to enjoy and be inspired by it.
How do we get there
By believing in our talented band members, giving them the support and autonomy they need to create. And lots of cold brew. If you join the band, there are five values with which you’ll quickly become familiar as they form the foundation of Spotify culture. If these values align with your own, if they sound like the kind of people you want to be surrounded by, then come and help us inspire people to listen to the world around them.
For us, these are more than just words on a page. These principles guide each decision we make, serving as the path we’ll follow to achieve our goals and mission. These values help us build trust with our users, creators, advertisers, partners, and even amongst ourselves. They ensure that we are the same company that stands for the same things no matter our audience.
We move fast and take big risks
We move fast and take big risks. We cultivate curiosity. We’re unafraid to fail, knowing that each mistake contains a valuable lesson and gets us one step closer towards creativity and innovation.
We have no time for internal politics
We have no time for internal politics. We lead with transparency and engage with open minds. Creating something new requires trust so candid feedback delivered with good intent is at the heart of everything we do.
We revel in what we do
We revel in what we do. We genuinely care about our shared Spotify mission, pushing ourselves to become masters of the part we play. We energize and inspire others around us, knowing that excitement drives innovation.
We recognize that we’re all in this together
We recognize that we’re all in this together. Everyone is an integral part of the work we do with an equal opportunity to participate – we share ideas and best practices across business units and in spite of traditional hierarchies.
We don’t take ourselves too seriously
With all that said, we don’t take ourselves too seriously. We connect with each other. We celebrate successes. And just like a real band, we like to jam.
1 of 5
Making some noise
The Spotify rhythm
As long as we’re always making grounded and informed decisions, we shouldn’t be afraid to make a bet. Because here, getting ideas out into the world take precedence.
Dream big, act fast
The beat goes on
Ideas drive us, not bureaucracy
Who you are
Our band is dependent on all of its members to give and get the full experience. We rely on you to help bring our values to life in real time, to discuss them openly with your team and work together to integrate them into your process.
If you join Spotify, we expect you to care - about your work, about Spotify, about the success of the entire band. You should take ownership for the work you do and take pride in what you deliver, both individually and as a team. If you join Spotify, we expect you to grow. Growth is our mantra, both for Spotify and for our people. The two go hand in hand. You should be self-driven, ready to take control of your own development and reach your full potential.
Playing in sync
We believe in an inclusive culture where everyone feels empowered to share their full selves, where everyone feels like they belong.
Leading the band
"We have no time for entitled egos."
Daniel Ek, CEO
are innovative, sincere, passionate, collaborative and playful.
is informed and influenced by every member of the Spotify Band.
is our constant.
is our mantra.
Audio is global
and Spotify should be too.
Ideas drive us
"Welcome to controlled chaos."
Katarina Berg, Chief HR Officer