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Pandora Media Reviews

Updated May 21, 2018
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  • Very behind in the tech stack, no clear vision on how to grow the business and does not offer 401k match (in 17 reviews)

  • Work/life balance is preached but doesn't actually seem to matter (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Great place for the long term"

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

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

    Pros

    Great team culture, probably one of the best in the Bay Area tech companies.
    The majority of the team are really on-board and believe in the mission.
    Work/Life balance is real.

    Cons

    Revolving door of the seniors and management makes it hard to believe in the future. Pay grades are below average for the Bay Area.

    Advice to Management

    Tenure does not seemed to be rewarded in any way. Inexperienced new staff coming in at higher pay grades than successful team members who have invested large chunks of their career for the company. Management needs to think about how to retain the talented staff.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Best Company I Ever Worked For!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I worked very hard to work for this company, I did not originally get the job but was offered the role when their selected candidate fell through. I never really forgot this...and worked exceptionally to prove I deserved to be at this company. There are tons of trainings, resources, and tools available to employees - this makes it easy to be self sufficient and succeed. When I first started the culture was vibrant and there was always some employee experience event happening. Pandora has changed with all the higher up shifts and restructuring. A bit of that magic was lost with the two giant lay offs, and some great talent left (especially ones who were there during Pandora’s height. We as a company were quite spoiled and lost a lot of employee experience benefits when the stock fell), but there are still a lot of good people there.

    The office has great snacks, food (during monthly meetings), live performances, beautifully designed spaces/conference rooms, phone booths, a great work/life balance and college-like clubs (mini events organized by employees and paid for by Pandora).

    The role I had taught me a lot of great skills that are easily transferable to other positions and companies, which I am still applying today! This job was a great spring board to help me get into a field I wanted to break into since you can’t really choose your speciality here. I became pretty experienced in a particular area due to my accounts, but not really from my own choosing. It just kind of happened. The managers and teams let you own your roles, and what you do is what you make of it. If you need help you will certainly find it amongst your coworkers and resources.

    Cons

    Some of the newer hiring choices didn’t make sense. The talent quality has gone down a bit in the last year...referrals are great but sometimes a little more time should be taken to hire. And maybe don’t select newer employees to interview. Hiring internally promotes loyalty as well.

    It was also very difficult to specialize in something that aligned with my interests. There are a lot of weird politics with alignments, promotions, and subject matter experts that seem purposely vague. I almost left the company earlier but was promoted just as I was about to leave.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Don't plan to advance"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great colleagues, unlimited sick time

    Cons

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


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Was a great place to work before the Sirius XM Investment"

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    Former Employee - Information Security Manager in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Information Security Manager in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Pandora Media full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people, fun environment, free concerts when artists come to visit

    Cons

    After Sirius invested .5Billon layoffs started and Tim Westergren pushed out. He was the heart and soul of Pandora

    Advice to Management

    return to the days you valued your employees. Once you shake people up with layoffs you will loose the rest of the good ones.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Horrible company culture and poor communication"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Food selection
    Paid company meals
    Work/Life balance

    Cons

    Poor communication
    Horrible company culture
    Elitist mentality
    Outdated operations
    Silo-d Departments

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to your customer, the industry and adapt. Focus on what makes your product great and don't be afraid to stay fresh.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Technical Purchasing Analyst"

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

    I worked at Pandora Media full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work/life balance is great, as is the culture there in Oakland. Commute from Bart is a plus, since it's so close to the office.

    Cons

    Seems like all the upper management has mostly left-- difficult to say whether they'll continue to grow or not especially in the wake of Microsoft acquiring Spotify.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Best place I’ve worked at."

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

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

    Pros

    Awesome team and great managers
    Work life balance is respected
    They take diversity seriously
    Free pandora premium account
    Love working here

    Cons

    Company not doing too well
    Pay is mediocre
    Peoples morale seems to have gotten lower over the last three years

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pandora Media full-time

    Pros

    Great product, many people know and use Pandora, clients really like it.

    Cons

    4 CEO's in 7 years, 3 CMO's, 3 CFO's....direction and leadership always changing


  9. Helpful (7)

    "Never going to be the same"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Still great work/life balance. People on sales teams come and go as they please.

    Cons

    -Used to have a great culture. Tim, the founder, left and things changed.
    -They don't innovate, ever. By this time you would think they would have created their own content, created a self-service platform for to capture smaller ad business, rolled out a more innovative and clear marketing campaign to start reminding people Pandora is still here.
    -The management is a boys club. Everyone is from Radio.
    -Can't help but feel it is past its prime

    Advice to Management

    Match 401k, finally
    Market yourself
    Innovate faster


  10. "Great Place To Learn About Audio, Video, and audience targeting."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pandora Media full-time

    Pros

    Pandora Have Friendly Helpful Team Members Who's willing to make sure you succeed.

    Cons

    Growth opportunities are limited within some departments.


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