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Helpful (7)

Fun place to work, friendly atmosphere

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Oakland, CA
Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Oakland, CA

I have been working at Pandora Media full-time (Less than a year)

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

A wide variety of technologies, good work is valued, no drama or negativity, lots of exposure to new music and fun stuff going on in Oakland

Cons

You have to be kind of a self-starter and figure out what needs to get done by yourself. The management structure is pretty flat and informal and if you need to be spoon-fed your tasks you will not enjoy it

Advice to Management

Consider instituting a program like Google's 20% where people can work on projects that interest them, independent of corporate priorities. The hackathons are nice but something on-going would be better

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  1. Helpful (6)

    Looks good on a resume

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pandora Media full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It was interesting to learn about how Pandora works and they have an awesome space at their headquarters in Oakland. Every time I told someone where I worked, they were beside themselves and thought it was cool that I worked there, so it will look good on your resume.

    Cons

    Management needs management training, they don't know how to motivate, encourage, or "manage" their employees. It's very clicky, if you don't find someone you click with right away, you better hurry up or you won't last long.

    Advice to Management

    Provide management training for your managers. Get them all on the same page. Provide consistent and GOOD training at the beginning. Give employees CLEAR direction, not figure it out on your own, advice. Provide a team atmosphere. Once an employee is hired, hook them up with another person in that same position so they have a mentor to work with for their first 3-6 months.


  2. Helpful (5)

    Good company, but processes and management need help.

    Former Employee - Account Executive
    Former Employee - Account Executive

    I worked at Pandora Media full-time

    Pros

    Cool culture, you definitely feel like you are part of something cool.

    Cons

    Report after report after report.......tedious processes that take up so much time that getting a sale becomes deflated. Make a salesperson's job easier, not harder.....they will then do everything for the company aka generate massive revenue. Roadblock after roadblock takes the wind out of a salesperson's sails.

    Advice to Management

    You are spread too thin! Insert another manager (a direct manager, not a manager of another team), or taper down your own workload to be able to focus more on your people.


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