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Pandora Media Reviews

Updated October 19, 2018
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  • "No 401k match at the moment, but apparently working on that" (in 21 reviews)

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

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  1. "Software Engineer"

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

    I have been working at Pandora Media full-time

    Pros

    Great Culture!
    The company creates a supportive community for everyone
    One of the most diverse companies that I've seen
    Music is present all around and the product is awesome!
    Pandora has free mini concerts at work and a company wide pandora performs event
    You have the option to work from home once a week

    Cons

    There is no 401k matching yet


  2. "Good pay, work life balance, culture"

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

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

    Pros

    This is a positive and fun place to work

    Cons

    Sometimes promotions are more political than they should be.

  3. "People and culture make Pandora"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pandora Media full-time

    Pros

    The people, work/life balance, flexible work schedules

    Cons

    Management has gone downhill, there's no clear plan of action or at least management has not taken time to go through all of the pros and cons, they just wing it.

    Advice to Management

    too many ideas and too many hands in the pot. Isolate one issue or project at a time and execute while providing transparency to the team. Take time to listen to the employees thoughts and concerns.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Large, monolithic and new technology averse"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cool, if passe product. Great people. Location if Oakland is your thing. Nice office

    Cons

    Lethargic ability to implement/replace old, old source base. Institutional instability owing to recently acquisition by SiriusXM. Huge loss of long term employees leading up or down to the latter. Old entrenched engineers resistant to change.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Great Job, but Difficult to Move Up"

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

    I worked at Pandora Media full-time

    Pros

    Pandora was the first job I had that I truly loved. I enjoyed the work/life balance, I felt productive and needed day to day, and I never really got bored of the position as the environment is fast-paced and the position changes to keep up with the industry.

    Cons

    Despite many rounds of all-positive feedbacks and my consistent drive to earn a senior role, one was never offered to me. I jumped through all the hoops, completed all work, maintained a positive attitude and when that was completed I was told that I shouldn't just be checking off boxes to get to the next level. The goal requirements to advance felt like a constantly moving target, and while I watched others with much less experience move up (who conveniently worked in the larger offices with closer contact to management), I continued to get more frustrated and was passed over time and again.

    Advice to Management

    There are a lot of loyal hard-working employees in satellite offices that deserve a promotion. I know I certainly never wanted to leave but felt that I wouldn't be able to get ahead unless I left.


  6. "Sales"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pandora Media full-time

    Pros

    Relevance Opportunity Connected Home Audio Cars

    Cons

    Balance
    Aggressive goals
    Upward mobility
    Crowded Space
    Internal meetings


  7. "Employee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Pandora Media full-time

    Pros

    People, Management, Product, Brand, Music

    Cons

    Lack of Benefits for Employees

  8. "Best place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    Work life balance
    Diversity
    Amazing company culture
    Best place I have worked at so far

    Cons

    Dropping listener growth
    Career growth


  9. "Great culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pandora Media full-time

    Pros

    Free snacks/drinks
    Work/life balance
    Fun culture

    Cons

    No 401k matching
    Medical premiums are higher than average


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Anonymous"

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

    I have been working at Pandora Media full-time

    Pros

    There’s a push for diversity at most locations

    Cons

    The leadership team is very weak and the future seems dim


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