Names & Numbers

I can’t estimate how much comp data I reviewed the past 10 years: benchmark, benchmark, benchmark, and individual comp in mass. A lot of names as well, but I’m terrible at names – I put sticky notes on the colleagues next to me so I can act like a decent person. But behind all people […]


Pay Equality

We are a company that strives to do the right thing. Equal pay for equal work should be a given but it often isn’t. Women are outpacing men on college degrees yet still earn only 79% of what a man earns, and this statistic is often worse for women of color. Spotify signed the equal […]



The AAPI Legacy Event

White House AAPI The White House Asian American & Pacific Islanders (AAPI) group invited us to a brief ‘TED Talk’ on their legacy event hosted by Civic Nation. This all-day public event highlights legacy and action under President Obama and beyond, and provides a platform for the national Asian American and Pacific Islander community to mobilize […]


Once again I find myself having a great team

Who said HR transformation does not hurt? The company has changed the entire music industry and is today one of the world’s most attractive employer. We are and have been in hyper growth for the last year or so. Our talent acquisition team recruit more than 1,000 new band members a year and we work hard to maintain […]



Embracing failure builds culture

I recently opened the Tribe Conference talking about Spotify’s people strategy and culture. During this period of hyper growth at Spotify, what could be more important than the actions that help us to build culture? For millions of years, human beings have been part of one tribe or another, with a shared interest, a shared […]


Heads and tails of the fire-breathing Compensation and Benefits dragon (Part 2)

In my last post, I compared compensation and benefits to a fire breathing dragon. The tail is all the essential but basic stuff that we all need to reach our goals: benchmark and percentiles, promotion guidelines, mobility, pension and benefits. But we all have the same goals (attracting and retaining top talent, rewarding business results […]



Let me compensate you!

Hey! I’m Arvid, Head of Global Compensation and Benefits at Spotify. I’ll post here every couple of weeks or so. Right now I’m thinking about the talk I’ve been invited to do at Mercer’s conference in Rome next week. I’ve been at quite a few conferences over the years, and to be honest I think many […]