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Pandora Media Reviews

Updated May 25, 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 34 reviews)

  • Great culture and genuinely a great place to work (in 29 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management was micro-managing and often more concerned about politics than the actual work (in 7 reviews)

  • The money is not great and it's hard to live off in the Bay Area (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (5)

    "It was a fun ride"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Pandora has a very cool product...and so are it's employees. Working at Pandora was fun and challenging. The product is universally loved by everyone and you'll hear that from friends and family all the time. The management has created a atmosphere where you own your job, thus you don't worry about clock watching, just your quality of work. Highly collaborative. I had a great experience working there and wish them the best of luck.

    Cons

    Communication from senior management down to the ranks has always been poor. There really needs to be a reliable and consistent communication stream to employees. Also, their performance management needs work, as expectations are rarely set and a great concern of employees. With that said, they are working on it now.

    Advice to Management

    Fix the communication issue and make performance management a priority in 2012.


  2. "Awesome"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Campaign Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Campaign Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Super friendly environment, opinions are listened to, no micromanagement

    Cons

    none that i can think of

    Advice to Management

    keep up the awesome work that you all are doing


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Best summer internship of all time"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Business Development Intern in Oakland, CA
    Former Intern - Business Development Intern in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pandora has incredibly smart people dedicated to an awesome mission - bringing music people love wherever they are. As a company, Pandora pays a great deal of attention to individual development and professional growth. I loved working there and would love the opportunity to do so again in the future.

    Cons

    They have concerts from well known bands in the break room with kegs and lots of fun smiling people, so if you like working around 4 PM on a Friday, this probably isn't the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Keep being awesome


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Software Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    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

    One of the best places I've worked for. They really care for their employes and there are a lot of opportunities to grow with the company. A fun place with lots of interesting problems to solve.

    Cons

    Can't really think of one.

    Advice to Management

    Keep managing like a startup environment.


  6. "Dynamic and Personal"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Awesome people to work with, who mostly are all friendly and helpful. Never had any problems with any of the employees. Has snacks also when you need a pick-me-up during mid day. All the managers are also awesome to work with, and have great personalities, even when they might be a bit stressed. There also always something happening within the company.

    Cons

    There might be some cliques happening around the company. But overall, this doesn't detract just the overall friendliness and efficiency of the company.


  7. "Great company to work for."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The training, atmosphere, concerts, snacks, drinks, etc. were all extremely big pluses working at Pandora. The managers that I had worked under were very efficient and friendly and helped me all along while I was working there. Although to the outside world, it may seem that Pandora is consistently trying to limit their program, the company is indeed doing everything to help their listeners in the long run and actually listen to every email written into their support system.

    Cons

    Seems like management could improve somewhat in other departments, but where I was, it was perfectly managed.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on doing what you are doing, try not too change too many things.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Love my job"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    - Culture (company groups for photography, ping pong, NERF, crock pot classes, volleyball, soccer, women in business etc)
    - People - Most everyone is so nice and cool and interesting. All hard workers
    - Amazing product that you're proud to represent
    - Starting to innovate more and have more interesting user/artist-focused ideas come to market

    Cons

    - Management on certain teams is very political
    - Since we're growing very fast, some sectors are hiring too quickly without enough input from all members on teams

    Advice to Management

    - Allow more people to interview candidate when interviewing
    - Focus on your staff instead of managing upwards
    - Stay on toes with competition


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Proud to Work Here / We Work Hard"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Campaign Manager in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Campaign Manager in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people who are genuinely committed to company goals and willing to go above and beyond (including working long hours if necessary)
    Flexible, casual, chill
    Paid time and a half for OT
    Young
    Lots of friendships that extend beyond the office - after work, on weekends

    Cons

    Long hours
    Can be stressful since tied to sales and revenue
    Complex products and systems
    Constant change and evolution, and having to work through it
    No 401k match

    Advice to Management

    Realize how hard people work and try to balance it out by hiring more help or creating efficiencies


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Systems Software Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Software Engineer in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Software Engineer in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Awesome team mates, great work culture, high speed ever growing place

    Cons

    Its in OAKLAND :(, Pay is not as competitive, Can have better benefits

    Advice to Management

    Great going till now. If you are employing so many new people, I hope you have a good vision for the future


  11. Helpful (2)

    "I loved working for this company - great leadership!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Corporate Paralegal in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Corporate Paralegal in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Healthy life style balance between home and work.

    Cons

    Not having an office - common areas can get pretty loud at times.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work and continue to hire creative, smart and humurous professionals.


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