Pandora – Why Work For Us?

Pandora = People

At Pandora, we're a unique collection of engineers, musicians, designers, marketers, and world-class sellers with a common goal: to enrich lives by delivering effortless personalized music enjoyment and discovery. People—the listeners, the artists, and our employees—are at the center of our mission and everything we do. Actually, employees at Pandora are a lot like the service itself: bright, eclectic, and innovative. Collaboration is the foundation of our workforce, and we’re looking for smart individuals who are self-motivated and passionate to join us. Be a part of the engine that creates the soundtrack to life. Discover your future at Pandora.

Work at Pandora,Live at Home

Pandora is a place where people love what they do and can love where they are doing it. Our home office is smack dab in the middle of downtown Oakland. And while we do have in-office concerts, employee-led yoga sessions, and an admirable snack collection, we don’t believe in keeping people in the office at all times. We don’t want you to live at Pandora, we want you to work at Pandora. And while you’re working, we want you to tap into your passions and discover your balance. Learn about the music, passion, wellness, and benefitprograms we offer.

A Day in the Life

There’s never a dull moment in our offices when you’re working on innovative projects with a talented team. Day in and day out we strive to create the best music listening experience, and to deliver that experience anytime, anywhere. Whether you’re analyzing new tracks, adjusting the playlist algorithm, designing and engineering new product features or creating compelling campaigns, you are a valuable part of what makes our company, our culture, and our service nothing short of amazing.


Benefits at Pandora

We provide a comprehensive employee benefits package to all of our employees. If you are a new full-time employee, you are eligible for benefits on the first day of the month following or coinciding with their date of hire.

Here are some of the benefits you can expect at Pandora. 

  • 15 paid days off per year
  • Unlimited sick days
  • Paid volunteer time off
  • Paid leave for new parents
  • Long-term equity programs
  • Pretax commuter and parking programs
  • Company paid life and disability insurance
  • Company subsidized counseling services
  • Employee discounts across a variety of products and services
  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan


Pumped! At Pandora

To us, wellness means more than providing health insurance. We value our employees’ happiness and provide a wide variety of benefits to keep you Pumped!

  • Unlimited sick days
  • Team based wellness challenges
  • Gym membership and spa discounts
  • Chiropractic and acupuncture discounts
  • Flu shot clinics
  • Onsite chair massage
  • Healthy snack options including fresh fruit delivered daily
  • Ergonomic consultation


Passions at Pandora

There’s a PERG for that! Our employee-created and company sponsored PERGs (Pandora Employee Resource Groups) bring our staff together around shared interests and passions. If one doesn’t exist around your interest, join us and create one!

Some that may spark your interest:

  • Rock Ramblers (rock climbing)
  • Cool Runners
  • Lunch Time Gamers
  • Vegan Philosophers
  • PARdora (golf)
  • #igerspandora (Instagram)
  • Makers Lab (3D printing)
  • Pandora Ballers
  • ARP-Animal Rescue Perg


Diversity at Pandora

Our mission is to connect listeners to music they love based on their unique taste, so we know first-hand the crucial role of diversity. Therefore, we seek to build and foster a diverse workforce that is a true reflection of music: empowering, inspiring, and unique. Pandora is committed to playing a role in creating a more equitable society in which our business, employees, and communities will thrive.


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    A good place to work, but going through organizational hiccups

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    Former Employee - Product Analytics in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Product Analytics in Oakland, CA

    I worked at Pandora


    Concerts, on sight, supportive environment, casual atmosphere. Interesting product that people really care about.


    Growing very quickly. When I was there at least two senior people left and one was fired. Since I was there more members of the leadership team have left/ been pushed out. It could be a little slow, mostly older crowd.

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Pandora Interviews

Updated Mar 13, 2015
Updated Mar 13, 2015

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    IOS Developer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter – interviewed at Pandora in March 2015.

    Interview Details

    It began with a basic phone interview and then moved on to some programming/algorithm/Xcode questions. The position was advertised as a lower level position, but was actually a senior position. It was hard to hear the interviewer over the phone which made it difficult to answer programming questions about code snippets I had to copy down (I had full cell service). The interviewer was supportive and said they would check back with me in 6 months.

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Additional Info

Headquarters Oakland, CA
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Type Company - Public (P)
Industry Media
Revenue $100 to $500 million (USD) per year

At Pandora, we have a single mission: To play only music you'll love.

To understand just how we do this, and why we think we do it really, really well, you need to know about the Music Genome Project®.

Since we started back in 2000, we have been hard at work on the Music Genome Project.

Together our team of musician-analysts has been listening to music, one song at a... More

Mission: People—the listeners, the artists, and our employees—are at the center of our mission and everything we do. Actually, employees at Pandora are a lot like the service... More

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