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Pandora Media Reviews

Updated February 12, 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 14 reviews)

  • Work/life balance is preached but doesn't actually seem to matter (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Best work opportunity"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Team that supports you, wants to see you succeed, will work with you to help you achieve your career goals, super fun work environment, relaxed office space with a get-shit-done attitude, great work-life balance, amazing environment to learn about advertising, targeting and data capabilities, and how to work effectively with teams.

    Cons

    really there are no major cons


  2. "Finance"

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    Former Employee - Finance in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Finance in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company overall. Unlimited sick, unlimited snacks, VTO, lots of social events to keep team moral up.

    Cons

    Company has done a couple of re-orgs/lay offs. Also a lot of turn over.

    Advice to Management

    Promote the hard working employees that deserve it and there wont be as much turn over

  3. "Overall great team and experience"

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

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

    Pros

    Great team and learning opportunity if starting out in the field

    Cons

    Not many tech resources which leads to inefficient procedures and more tactical work


  4. "Good company and stability varies"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pandora Media full-time

    Pros

    Good company with many endless business in Music media streaming, lot to grow in the coming years.

    Cons

    Stability will vary based on your position

    Advice to Management

    None.


  5. "Cool Place"

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

    I worked at Pandora Media full-time

    Pros

    Pretty good place to work

    Cons

    Very tech heavy, people take their work too seriously.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Abandon ship."

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    Current Employee - Quality Engineer in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Quality Engineer in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Pandora Media full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Free music for employees, bagel Wednesday. Good work life balance. Some cool people. Decent snacks, great location. Alotnof passionate people who want to build cool stuff.

    Cons

    You can sense the buy out coming. I get the increased impression that management is running this place into the ground intentionally, I say management because there is little to no leadership here anymore. Stifled innovation and an increased sense of meet too mentality.

    Advice to Management

    Quit, we are better off without you.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "sales"

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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

    great people and the idea of what they want to accomplish in the future is exciting

    Cons

    not an environment of true team work; culture of mistrust and always forced to question if you are doing well regardless of what your role is within the company. Very behind in the tech stack, no clear vision on how to grow the business and does not offer 401k match

    Advice to Management

    Stop working in silo's and communicate better with cross functional teams. Very little effort put towards career growth and meaningful structured process for reviews.

  8. Helpful (8)

    "Proceed with Caution"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work-life balance, as others have said. Interesting and talented co-workers. OK pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Increasingly toxic and negative work environment. High turnover in management and now employees. Uses “culture fit" to justify questionable business decisions or pass on opportunities for growth because other companies might not meet “cultural” expectations. Seems to prioritize “cool” over profit. Culture is good in theory, but struggles now that turnover and toxicity increased.

    Unwilling to diversify products; risk adverse. Politics within the company hindering innovation. Rushes product releases to “keep up” with the industry, without differentiating their features from competitors. Slow to respond to industry changes.

    Yearly raises / overall promotions mostly paid in stock, but now portfolios are really struggling. When confronted with the stock price, management punts on the issue, usually mentioning the volatile and media-driven nature of the stock market.

    Advice to Management

    Be proactive about the company outlook and current turnover and matriculation. Answer hard questions from the employees and acknowledge their dissatisfaction with compensation and stock price. Don’t be afraid to venture into other business opportunities/verticals, even if it isn’t a perfect “culture fit”. If our culture is really that strong, then any transition will maintain it, and even influence whatever company we work with, for the better. Make smart business decisions that will drive the company forward and support it financially, even if that means A&M.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good company, good people, lousy industry"

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

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

    Pros

    People genuinely care for each other. It's not just lip service. They really want to create a long-term vision at Pandora.

    Cons

    Too much fear, fear of change leading to complacency, which in turn leads to a lack of growth. I left because there was not enough to do, too much work being bottlenecked one way or another. Music industry is just a difficult business to be in.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it real. Love your employees, but don't let them get complacent. There's still a lot of growth potential for Pandora, regardless of Apple Music and Spotify.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Culture First"

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    Strong culture. Great work-life balance. A little embarrassing to work there if you're in the music industry, but ideal if you have a kid and/or a mortgage and your career comes second.

    Cons

    Needs fresh leadership. Those in power do not have a music-tech background. Pandora will continue not to have cultural relevance with consumers under 46 if they don't hire experienced music industry/music-tech talent.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing you.


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