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Pandora Media Reviews

Updated July 18, 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 (2)

    "Senior Sales Exec"

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    • 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


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Full-Time Employee"

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    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.

  3. "Great company culture"

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    Former Contractor - Ad Operations Coordinator (Freelance) in New York, NY
    Former Contractor - Ad Operations Coordinator (Freelance) in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pandora Media as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Team-oriented mentality, supportive environment, nice office, free snacks

    Cons

    Some people seemed overwhelmed, and there was sometimes confusion or miscommunication with upper management


  4. "Amazing company, great leadership, fun people"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Love working here. Work life balance is better than any job I've had before, management is transparent and work is interesting.

    Cons

    No 401k match at the moment, but apparently working on that.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Ad operations coordinator"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Ad Operations Coordinator in Dallas, TX
    Current Contractor - Ad Operations Coordinator in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pandora Media as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great atmosphere. Challenging work. I loved the culture and how they really value educating their employees.

    Cons

    The only con is that there wasn't an open position for me to stay.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Best Place I've Ever Worked"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Web Developer in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Web Developer in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Culture, work-life balance, diversity, career growth and development are all top notch here. If you have young kids, this is an amazing place to work.

    Cons

    Salary is less than industry standard for a lot of positions. They say the stock makes up for that but since I've been here the stock has dropped to record lows. They don't do 401k matching and the health benefits are very costly.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent about where the company is headed. There is a lot of chatter in the financial media and they need to do a better job of addressing it and instilling confidence about the future of the company.


  7. "Great culture"

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    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

    Pros

    Fun company with great culture. Employees work hard but also enjoy what they do. Great work life balance.

    Cons

    More flexible work from home policies for people who commute from other areas.

    Advice to Management

    keep doing what you are doing. continue to be transparent and open.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Big thumbs up for Pandora"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This is a great place to work. Bright and enthusiastic people, cool culture and office, rigorous training, awesome benefits, and free snacks.

    Cons

    The kitchen is really small

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the transparency and continue to consider internal promotions


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work"

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    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

    Pros

    Helpful, smart, awesome co-workers
    Great company culture and tons of opportunity to learn
    Everyone is positive and excited about the products we build

    Cons

    Can feel slow moving compared to smaller companies


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Pandora has set the standards of what to look for in a company!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Intern - Hourly in Oakland, CA
    Current Intern - Intern - Hourly in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Pandora Media as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    An incredible company with very strong values. The company does a great job of building up employees and making sure they are reaching their goals. Everyone in Pandora is very personable and down to earth, and the work environment is simply amazing. You can expect to make life long connections at this place!

    Cons

    I can't think of any at this moment.


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