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Pandora Media Reviews

Updated July 10, 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 30 reviews)

Cons
  • The opportunity to make significantly more money in the Bay Area is everywhere (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 (1)

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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - 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

    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.


  2. "Smart Employees, Steep Learning Curve"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Campaign Specialist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Campaign Specialist in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong Management, Cool Office, Flexible Time Off, Potential to Grow, Fast Paced. Working with smart people pushes you to grow

    Cons

    Work/Life balance can suffer at times. Can be a stressful environment in New York. Some people lack people skills and can be rude

  3. "Finding its way"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Executive in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Sales Executive in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Pandora Media full-time (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


  4. "Flailing business, weighed down by ancient technology"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Manager in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Manager in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice office, pleasant people, decent amenities. Real effort is put into culture.

    Cons

    A large cadre of "lifers" who don't see anything wrong with the current status quo at Pandora keep it firmly planted in 2005. Teams trying to push it forward into the future are forced to contort into pretzels in order to accommodate them. Management fails to provide strong technical direction, and communicates poorly.

    Advice to Management

    Somebody in the Software Engineering org needs to take the technical reins and forcefully point things in the right direction.


  5. "Software Developer"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


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

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Senior Sales Exec"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Executive in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Executive in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pandora Media full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Feels like family. Very supportive colleagues and managers. I work for some of the best managers I've ever had and they treat me like a partner not a subordinate. Freedom to work remotely as long as you are successful. They focus on the health and emotional well-being of their employees, creating a creative and supportive culture and being fully transparent with the company's goals and challenges. They encourage professional and personal growth and give sellers the opportunity to exceed revenue goals and make money, The company has heart and soul.

    Cons

    There are no cons to working at Pandora

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Good company to work at."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Sr. Project Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Good Company Culture
    - Smart People

    Cons

    - Lot's of uncertainty and change recently


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Full-Time Employee"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    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.


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