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3 people found this helpful  

Fun place to work, friendly atmosphere

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  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • 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. 12 people found this helpful  

    Stay away

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Oakland, CA

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

    Pros

    - good benefits
    - fun workplace
    - lots of snacks in the kitchen
    - whiteboard sessions
    - good company to have on your resume
    - there are some fun employee groups
    - C level people are approachable and nice

    Cons

    - too much politics
    - unreasonable expectations
    - very inexperienced management
    - awful HR. Don't go to them with your problems
    - no room for growth
    - little pay for so many responsibilities and high expectations
    - company is not doing great so there is a lot of stress to make sure quarterly goals are achieved
    - managers are not best in their field so you might learn more from your coworker than from your supervisor
    - a lot of unhappy people because of the above reasons
    - middle management needs training on basic management and communication skills

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - invest in your managers
    - help employees to grow
    - make it easier for your employees to move with or to different departments
    - relax and let people you hire do their job (no need to micromanage)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 7 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
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