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Pandora Media Reviews

Updated August 8, 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 38 reviews)

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

Cons
  • Work/Life balance can suffer at times (in 6 reviews)

  • The opportunity to make significantly more money in the Bay Area is everywhere (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Finally found where I want to be"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Campaign Specialist
    Current Employee - Campaign Specialist
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This is the best place I have ever worked!
    -you can be yourself and feel accepted
    -managers actually care about you
    -very inclusive and supportive
    -work life balance is real
    -flexible schedule (just get your stuff done well, and you're good)
    -fun work environment
    -amazing offices
    -free snacks and cool stuff
    -opportunity for personal growth and development

    Cons

    Well, nothing's perfect...
    -some unknowns in the future with the Sirius investment and recent C level changes
    -turnover has increased due to people being recruited into wrong fit of position or too much workload (the work life balance can depend on your office and manager)

    Advice to Management

    -We need to keep the best to be the best and let go of those who are not cutting it! They put too much work on the good and make it a bad environment for the rest.
    -Please don't change the culture regardless of investments/buys. We want to work at PANDORA and keep it inclusive and a great place to work! :)
    -Thankful for the people and managers who really care about making this a hard-working, fun environment.


  2. "Expected better"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Pandora Media full-time

    Pros

    - Laid back atmosphere
    - Work life balance is the best you'll see in the bay
    - Free snacks

    Cons

    - 3 different CEOs in only past couple years
    - No clear direction in company
    - Entire overhaul of executive staff in past year
    - Engineering systems are outdated, large amount of time and effort spent trying to refactor the old infrastructure
    - Reduction in good talent given high uncertainty and falling stock price
    - No clear code standards leads to sloppy code in production

    Advice to Management

    Have a clear vision on where you see Pandora going and actually execute. Shame to see us not producing the best products we can.

  3. "Sales Executive"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pandora Media full-time

    Pros

    The product is cool. The culture is great.

    Cons

    Sales goals increase by at least 30% each year. If you work within a vertical, you have a limited list of accounts which makes it difficult to achieve goals.


  4. Helpful (1)

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.


  5. "Smart Employees, Steep Learning Curve"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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


  6. "Finding its way"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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


  7. "Losing its charm but great place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Awesome work culture.
    Transparency's very high.

    Cons

    Frustratingly unknown future and priorities.
    Disappointingly low stock compensation.
    No career path once you get in.

    Advice to Management

    Shape up, make a plan and stick to it. Help internal employees get up the ladder both in title and learning.

  8. "senior account executive"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great company culture and great work life balance

    Cons

    unpredictable account shifts, sometimes management changes goals with no notice


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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  10. "Software Developer"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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


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