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Pandora Media Oakland Reviews

Updated June 24, 2017
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Pros
  • Work life balance is better than any job I've had before, management is transparent and work is interesting (in 36 reviews)

  • Great culture and genuinely a great place to work (in 31 reviews)

Cons
  • The money is not great and it's hard to live off in the Bay Area (in 7 reviews)

  • Growing pains, normal in any company that has to change with the times (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Good company to work at."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pandora Media full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good culture, cool people great location. Lots of passion , excellent work/life balance. Lots of potential for upward and lateral movement. Teams are fast and able to change direction quickly.

    Cons

    Too many managers and politics. Culture is in a decline. Lots of external pressure and media hype/hate.
    Development process can be frequently spastic. Managers struggle to manage priorities. Review process is a joke.

    Advice to Management

    Thin out the management herd and clean up the politics.


  2. "Great potential just need to get out of our own way"

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

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

    Pros

    Really smart people
    The most diverse workforce
    Very talented workforce
    People first company
    Work life balance is great
    Ability to be candid is amazing

    Cons

    Processes are overly complicated
    Status quo is valued over risk
    Lack of constructive thinking around original content
    Work with the same artist

    Advice to Management

    Empower risk and creative thinking. Lets not make content for the sake of making it. But create thoughtful programming


  3. "Software Developer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing office and awesome location

    Cons

    used to be full of smart engineers but not anymore

    Advice to Management

    Please hire quality engineers


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Full-Time Employee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart, top-notch colleagues, interesting projects, and transparent management. One of the best places I have ever worked - very healthy environment overall. I like how they emphasize "culture add" instead of "culture fit".

    Cons

    Exterior news sources predicting what *might* happen to the company can be a distraction at times.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company Culture!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity with recent turnover in management, great corporate culture, very employee focused, product is very mission focused.

    Cons

    Uncertainly about long term future, declining stock price, benefits and other perks are being reduced.


  6. Helpful (7)

    "Panda's are like rock musicians. Really fun to be around, but most get a bit flaky"

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

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

    Pros

    Good opportunity for flexible hours and work life balance.
    Most mid-level managers are pleasant and not overbearing.
    Interesting people and open, welcoming culture. Definitely a place that lets you be you.

    Cons

    Can be disorganized: Projects can break into silos, no one talks, and it leads to chaos.
    Product-feature-driven to the extreme, no emphasis on addressing tech-debt, documenting how things work, etc, so most people get lazy and don't do it.
    Stock is very volatile, and comprises a sizable percentage of comp packages.

    Advice to Management

    Pick a direction and stick with it for more than a year.
    You've got some employees who you should work harder to keep and some that you need to let go.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Associate Project Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Project Manager in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Project Manager in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people are fantastic! Love the environment and the product.

    Cons

    Employees are not compensated fairly for their work. All the money goes into Software Engineers and any other department gets crap.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees what they are worth. If they don't hit the minimum of their job level, raise them up! You should not have an 'advised' maximum raise of 10% per person. If people deserve more money, then just give them more money!


  8. Helpful (5)

    "Software Engineer"

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

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

    Pros

    Lay back relax everyday, free fruit and soda, good view in workplace and good traffic. Free gadgets in vending machine.

    Cons

    Less money less impact, politic oriented, especially excellent people are leaving and the product is dying. If you met some bad colleagues, may force be with you :)

    Advice to Management

    Almost no management, engineering resources waste a lot. People should be able to transfer without making their manager feel ashamed.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Peers are great. Managers are so-so"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pandora Media full-time

    Pros

    Flexible when you need to work from home. The people are great.

    Cons

    A little overworked. Pay needs to go up.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to your employees and watch signs of them being overworked. You need to help out more instead of requesting them to ask for help among their coworkers.


  10. "Pandora Media Software Engineer Intern"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in Oakland, CA
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pandora Media as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very caring, nurturing environment with very intelligent mentors.

    Cons

    Wish there were more technical workshops.


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