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Pandora Media, LLC Employee Reviews about "no 401k match"

Updated Mar 21, 2019

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Pandora Media, LLC CEO Jim Meyer
Jim Meyer
16 Ratings
Pros
  • "Competitive salaries and the best work/life/balance I've ever had in my professional career(in 77 reviews)

  • "Great culture and work life balance(in 35 reviews)

Cons
  • "No major cons to speak of, only that they don't do a 401k match(in 25 reviews)

  • "No 401k match at the moment, but apparently working on that(in 19 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pandora Media, LLC full-time

    Pros

    Great Culture! The company creates a supportive community for everyone One of the most diverse companies that I've seen Music is present all around and the product is awesome! Pandora has free mini concerts at work and a company wide pandora performs event You have the option to work from home once a week

    Cons

    There is no 401k matching yet

    Pandora Media, LLC2018-10-05
  2. "Great culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pandora Media, LLC full-time

    Pros

    Free snacks/drinks Work/life balance Fun culture

    Cons

    No 401k matching Medical premiums are higher than average

    Pandora Media, LLC2018-09-20
  3. "Account Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Pandora Media, LLC full-time

    Pros

    Smart hardworking environment. Good work life balance

    Cons

    No 401k match to complete with other companies

    Pandora Media, LLC2018-08-28
  4. Helpful (13)

    "Stagnant, bureaucratic, failing"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Pandora Media, LLC full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Free snacks - More work than resources, so there are opportunities to own larger projects -"Work" from home Fridays (aka 3 day weekends every week) - Title inflation for engineering roles (Staff at Pandora < Senior anywhere else)

    Cons

    - No clear direction or leadership or vision for the future. - No accountability. Decision making is so spread out that it takes forever to get anything done. As a side effect, low performers are never held accountable for their terrible decisions and poor work output. Product development management is more concerned with playing politics than actual results. - Lazy, inefficient employees - see the 3 day... weekend/ "work" from home Fridays. Difficult to get anything done due to people working 10-4 four days a week. - Useless product managers. No innovation to speak of with "me-too" feature ideas, always playing catch up to the competitors. They add to bureaucracy, try to drive every decision, and ignore engineering input. There are far too many product managers for the amount of engineers, resulting in a huge backlog of work and not enough people to do it. - No engineering culture. It's impossible to drive new product or process ideas from the engineering side. See above for how product controls everything. - Subpar pay and no 401k matching. - Terrible morale, most people are just running out the clock until the next opportunity pops up. - Bleak business outlook, most people believe the company will be bought soon. - Terrible place to be a woman, men are constantly manterrupting, leering, and creating uncomfortable situations such as asking coworkers on dates. Raising these issues to management resulted in victim blaming and no positive outcomes.

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    Advice to Management

    - Hold people accountable for lack of positive results. - Zero tolerance policy for sexual harassment. Believe accusers when they come forward rather than implying "boys will be boys." - Inspire people about the future of the company. - Simplify the product road map, rather than doing too many things poorly, do a few things really well. - Next time someone offers $15/share to buy the company, TAKE THE... OFFER!!

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    Pandora Media, LLC2018-06-11
  5. Helpful (3)

    "Don't plan to advance"

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    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pandora Media, LLC

    Pros

    Great colleagues, unlimited sick time

    Cons

    Strong internal bias toward promoting men over women, no 401k matching, revolving door for senior leadership

    Pandora Media, LLC2018-05-15
  6. Helpful (4)

    "Good people but company is struggling"

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    Former Employee - Account Strategist 
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Pandora Media, LLC full-time

    Pros

    Great managers Great work life balance

    Cons

    No 401k matching No transparency from executive leadership

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent in company meetings

    Pandora Media, LLC2018-02-22
  7. Helpful (8)

    "Career suicide"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pandora Media, LLC full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    -Flexibility in work/life balance (if you have a great manager) -The people. I made the most amazing friendships here. Lifelong connections with the most hard-working, down to earth people.

    Cons

    -Toxic, negative environment -Severely political -Unhealthy snacks/bevs -No 401k match -Comp structure is based on your resume, alone (not on performance or how hard of a worker you are) -Merit process is a joke -Passing the buck is a thing here for most managers -Something is very wrong at the top and no one is addressing the elephant in the room Really sad how I walked in so hopeful for this place 4 years ago,... given that it really did excite me to work for such a great company with great values and big goals. Leadership has been completely turned upside down since my start here. It’s a bureaucracy and no one seems to have the power to make tough decisions or, better yet, be realistic and openly talk about the bottom line. Your job will have no stability here, and it’ll likely be outsourced. The turnover is so high, and the morale is low low low. Your team will dissolve and the expectation is for you to continue to be buried in their workload plus yours, with no financial incentive. Do not buy into the hype of this place. It will drag your spirits down and spit you out faster than when you walked through those doors.

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    Advice to Management

    Invest in your talent. Recognize and reward top performers. Stop giving salary increases to people who aren’t accountable for the work that an IC below them is doing.

    Pandora Media, LLC2018-03-12
  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great company culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Pandora Media, LLC full-time

    Pros

    Lots of enthusiasm around the product Company social events Snacks, rotating kegs, bagel Wednesdays, pizza at big meetings

    Cons

    No 401k match Uncertain long-term prospects against competitors

    Advice to Management

    Make sure to draw energy from the bottom up - people want to make changes!

    Pandora Media, LLC2017-08-22
  9. Helpful (6)

    "Loved it as a listener and love it as a workplace"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pandora Media, LLC full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great culture, principles, and mission. Laid back and engaging with great life-work balance, flexible schedule, work from home day. Diverse environment (age, gender, race, technical background). Nice office with drinks and snacks (fruit, pizza day, bagel Wednesday, beer etc), concerts in the office, talent shows, sponsored volunteering hours.

    Cons

    Main offices located in the the bay area (high cost of living). Pays below market value. No 401k matching; feels like politics beats hard work and quality.

    Pandora Media, LLC2017-07-05
  10. Helpful (2)

    "Finding its way"

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    Current Employee - Sales Executive in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Pandora Media, LLC full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The company is extremely transparent; you can work from home when you want

    Cons

    Upward mobility is really difficult because the company too often hires sales managers from the outside; culture is suffering and a lot of unknowns ahead regarding the company's future; there's no diversity on the executive leadership team; no 401K match

    Advice to Management

    Stay transparent

    Pandora Media, LLC2017-06-29
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