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Pandora Reviews

Updated December 20, 2014
Updated December 20, 2014
53 Reviews
3.7
53 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance is a little too good (in 4 reviews)

  • There are a lot of smart people at Pandora that work hard toward common goals (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • The other review mentioning that there is no company culture is spot on (in 3 reviews)

  • There is also a general sense of dysfunction due to "growing pains (in 3 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good Company

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

    I have been working at Pandora full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great people, casual atmosphere, exciting product.

    Cons

    Company direction seems a bit nebulous. Very difficult to push for change in any area.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop tiptoeing around the big issues, on-demand and international.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Trainer was awful, short time, who came in after me left before me (LIFO), charma hopefully he gets the same ahole

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

    I worked at Pandora

    Pros

    Free food and drinks, pay is above average with industry!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Cons

    One bad apple/trainer that enjoyed see people fail I guess insecure people make them feel better by making sure others fail

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't have short time train, choose you best performer who has a vested interest in helping dept be succesful

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good work environment but unorganized management and a lack of communication between groups stalls workflow.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pandora

    Pros

    Musicians come through the office every so often. Generous "work from home" days and PTO policy make the day to day work life manageable.

    Cons

    Poor communication between teams and lazy or unorganized management make it hard to get things done in a timely manner

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Account Manager

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    Current Employee - Senior Sales Planner in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Planner in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Pandora full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great place to work, fun, motivating, inspiring, good pay

    Cons

    career development, overworked, not always challenging, better pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    work more on career development

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Company is growing so there are obvious growing pains, but there is definitely a bright future ahead.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance is a little too good.

    Cons

    Your experience is directly the result of those you report to.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great company to work for!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pandora full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    A company I am proud to work for.

    Cons

    No profitable despite record high revenue. Extremely high content costs and low margin.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to innovate. Find solution to rising content costs. Expand internationally.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Perception is everything

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    Current Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at Pandora full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - "Cool" well known company

    Cons

    - Mediocracy and poor performers receive less work while more experienced and higher performers receive their work to pick up the slack. Feels like good performance is rewarded with more work
    - Non-competitive salary
    - Unguided and poorly trained middle manage
    - Feedback and new ideas from lower employees are seen as combative
    - Focus on perception instead of performance
    - Political. Managers and their friends are promoted, while deserving others stay behind
    - The lack of rules creates a culture where the rules are delegated by individuals and are inconsistent across the board

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let's stop pretending we're a start-up that appreciates new ideas and feedback from the bottom.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great product to work for, very messy internally.

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    Former Employee - Sales Professional in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Professional in Oakland, CA

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

    Pros

    Household brands are a great thing to work for, and even better, a brand that so many people love. The people are generally pretty nice. They have in-office concerts that are fun and the company does a great job of giving back and weaving the overall mission of the company into the general culture. It's nice to see people who have been a part of the company from the early days still a part of it. On boarding and training programs continue to improve for the better.

    Cons

    The internal structure, across so many departments is an absolute mess. The company is nearly half sales. If you work in sales, be prepared for the ultimate internal headache. You spend half your time managing your clients and the other half managing split partners, middle managers, sales support and a lot of other things that detract and distract from your day-to-day job. Middle management at this company is completely worthless. A lot of managers who have no business being managers. Some teams are so severely under staffed and others are so morbidly over staffed. While the business line products have been pretty innovative, the company does seem to be falling behind in some respect. if you have an interest in sales support, don't work here if you are looking to move forward in your career. Support is treated like bottom feeders. The sales culture has changed drastically since the mass move towards hiring more radio industry people, and again-- Way too many sales people for a company this size. Typical political nonsense that comes with a corp company. Pay compensation seems to be lower than other places.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awesome culture, fun people.

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    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Oakland, CA

    I have been working at Pandora full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great culture, fun people. Good management. Excellent teams. The company is big, but it feels small. Excellent home/work balance. Pay and benefits are good.

    Cons

    The company has a big target on it's back and can feel too laid back at times. HQ is in downtown Oakland, so the commute can be adventurous at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rule of Acquisition #95: Expand or die.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Oakland, CA

    I have been working at Pandora full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Everyone is super passionate and talented. Sick time/time off is very flexible. Ability to have volunteer time off. Exciting to work with a product that is universally loved (aka the cool factor).

    Cons

    Disconnect between upper management and lower management...sometimes projects are not visible to up-aboves, whether for the better or worse.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More visibility into coordinators/lower level activities.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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