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Pandora Media Reviews

Updated August 13, 2018
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Pros
  • "Work-life balance overall is quite good" (in 60 reviews)

  • "Great culture and genuinely a great place to work" (in 35 reviews)

Cons
  • "Very behind in the tech stack, no clear vision on how to grow the business and does not offer 401k match" (in 18 reviews)

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

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  1. "Amazing Company to work at!!!!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Incredible and positive company culture
    Amazing people
    Lots of opportunities to learn
    Great perks
    Music lovers

    Cons

    None, it was a great experience

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing


  2. "Great Company but needs some changes"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pandora Media full-time

    Pros

    Work to Home balance
    Flexibility with schedule
    A very cool company with a fun office environment

    Cons

    Constantly making changes and don't seem to think things through.
    Management structure changes a lot and needs more direction
    Internal issues get in the way of sales

    Advice to Management

    Focus on your sales team and what they need.
    Stop letting your team be taken by surprise with company changes and lay offs

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Eh"

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -lax schedule
    -food (bagels, monthly pizza + cake, first Friday of the month cupcakes)
    -flowing booze (beer on tap, meetings with wine)
    -stock/annual bonus (better than nothing)

    Cons

    -Office politics galore, not about how well you perform, be buddies with the guys on top and you’ll get rewarded.
    -late reaction to market demands. We’re not innovators.
    -Seperation between executive-senior managers from daily work. A “get it done—no questions” toxic environment.
    -lack of diversity. Very few women and people of color in leadership roles.

    Advice to Management

    Learn what it means to manage a team (check ins, encouraging career growth, delegating work, providing resources and contacts). Practice what we preach, diversity and inclusive policies.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Meh"

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

    I worked at Pandora Media full-time

    Pros

    Snacks. Easy to climb the ladder. Very relaxed dress code, if you're into that.

    Cons

    Lazy, dumb, "woke" people. Be careful of reporting sexual harassment to HR, will be swept under the rug and will create major enemies. Women tear each other down and are very very petty, will openly talk about fishing for rich Software Eng's so they don't have to work anymore. Men are dogs and salivate at any woman who walks past. Seen women wear clubwear to work.....?

    Advice to Management

    Hold employees to higher standards, don't promote idiots who kiss butt to get attention, don't have company events every week (complete waste of money!!), stop trying to feed us propaganda that the company isn't barely keeping afloat, get acquired already!


  5. Helpful (1)

    "A decent employer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Pandora Media full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Great people
    If you love music, its a great entry point to the industry
    Well maintained offices

    Cons

    Lack of direction for the company
    Pay scales vary wildly depending on departments
    Middle management consistently does not perform well

    Advice to Management

    Reward your workers who show promise
    Clean house of ineffective middle managers
    Remove the obstacles to getting work done
    Allow departments to make decisions without consulting every other department


  6. "Great Place...Until it Went Public"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pandora Media full-time

    Pros

    Great people, great culture, great vibe

    Cons

    Became a large public company very quickly, lots of management layers

    Advice to Management

    Do the best you can to allow people to own their job and results, no need for matrix managing and layers


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Good Work/Life Balance"

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

    I worked at Pandora Media full-time

    Pros

    The work life balance and flexible hours is the main positive point of this company. Everybody is very friendly.

    Cons

    The company doesn't have a clear long term vision. Everything is very very slow (the products, the decisions, the realization).

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Impactful work, good people, company in turnaround mode"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Ability to try new technologies when it makes sense
    - Big user base means you get to work with huge scale in services and analytics
    - Small enough company that you can still have a direct effect on revenue / end-users
    - Humble co-workers

    Cons

    - Stock is volatile
    - Competitive industry

    Advice to Management

    Be transparent, especially around Marketing.


  9. "Project Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pandora Media full-time

    Pros

    Great culture & values, good benefits, and work/life balance

    Cons

    Sometimes challenging to move into other roles/departments


  10. "Cool company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people , great environment , chill.

    Cons

    Work at satellite office, hard to advance .


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