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Pandora Media Reviews

Updated November 15, 2017
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Pros
  • The work/life balance of Pandora cannot be matched -- speaking from the design side of things (I hear sales isn't so lucky) (in 45 reviews)

  • Great culture and genuinely a great place to work (in 32 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 8 reviews)

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  1. "Best work opportunity"

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    • Senior Management
    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. Helpful (1)

    "Greatest Culture of Any Big Tech Company in Silicon Valley"

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

    I worked at Pandora Media full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Everybody worked as a team and they meant it. Some of the smartest, funniest, most creative people I've ever worked with and I've worked in media for decades. Great, positive, wonderful work culture and if you love music, you'll be in heaven.

    Cons

    There is volatility in the stock these days. We'll see if they can turn it around.

  3. "It was very nice, thumbs up"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Pandora Media as an intern

    Pros

    The employees are the best thing about the company

    Cons

    They respect engineers a little bit more than the rest


  4. "Amazing Internship"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Oakland, CA
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pandora has created a very organized and meaningful internship program. I was working on an exciting project, had plenty of opportunities to get to know other interns, and felt genuinely valued.

    Cons

    The office doesn't provide meals (although the snacks are great) and summer housing is not compensated.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to invest in your strong internship program because it is the best way to attract young developers.


  5. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pandora Media full-time

    Pros

    They really care about their employees and career development.

    Cons

    Can be slow growth because people stay there for a long time so there's high competition for promotions.


  6. "Very nice company and chill people to work with"

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    Former Contractor - Quality Assurance Engineer in Oakland, CA
    Former Contractor - Quality Assurance Engineer in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Located in the downtown. Friendly people. and nice colleagues.

    Cons

    I feel that I was not challenged enough.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Full Steam ahead!"

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    Current Employee - Director
    Current Employee - Director
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    NEW CEO and investors with a full commitment to the ad side of the business.

    Cons

    Its been a long wait and it will take till 2018 to see massive changes.

  8. "Great Experience"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Pandora Media as an intern

    Pros

    Amazing company culture & incredibly smart employees

    Cons

    Lots of internal changes during my time there


  9. "Road Crew Internship"

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

    I worked at Pandora Media as an intern

    Pros

    Incredible company culture and diversity. Extremely supportive co-workers and teams all around.

    Cons

    Poor company results may have upset employee morale.


  10. "Overall thumbs up"

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    Former Employee - Finance
    Former Employee - Finance
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Pandora Media (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great company culture, training, job preparation, supportive management

    Cons

    Work life balance at times was difficult


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