Pandora

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3 people found this helpful  

Fun place to work, friendly atmosphere

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  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Oakland, CA
Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Oakland, CA

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

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 ManagementAdvice

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

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 6 people found this helpful  

    Great product. Incompetent managers.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA

    I worked at Pandora full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    You help promote or build one of the most popular apps. Very cool rank and file employees. Sometimes cool bands perform onsite.

    Cons

    Extremely egotistical managers. Uncompetitive salary. Low morale and backstabbing. Departments do not get along. Working at Pandora is a classic example of it's not what you know, but who you know.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to find managers who actually know how to lead. There are too many middle and upper managers trying to cover their own butts.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Looks good on a resume

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pandora full-time

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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