Pandora Media, LLC - Sad demise of a once great company | Glassdoor.com.au
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    "Sad demise of a once great company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Pandora Media, LLC full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - 3 day weekend (Fridays are WAH but no one really works) - Super generous sick-day policy. Take a mental health day every week or two and you will be working 10 at most 12 days a month. - Great maternity benefits. Having a child while at Pandora is the best. Although official maternity leave is just 12 week you can stay “WAH” for months after the 12 weeks are over. - People are generally friendly. There is... couple of bros, douchebags and SJWs but it is not hard to ignore them. - Great environment for women and people of color. Due to hiring bonuses and diversity quotas you almost don’t need to put any effort into getting hired. - As soon as you get on manager track things get even more relaxed. You barely need to do any work. Just sit in meetings for 5 hours a day and you are done. - There are concerts in the office. - Great travel expense policy. If you are remote every couple of weeks you get flight and hotel covered to come to work in Oakland.

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    Cons

    - Promotions are based purely on tenure and politics. Hard work is not rewarded. - Exodus of good people. Retention is terrible. Good people are leaving and coasters are staying. Generally the quality of talent is tanking. - There is a fair amount of backstabbing. - There used to be a great work culture but that was 4-5 years ago. These days the work environment is more toxic. - Company leadership is heavily... supporting right wing politics. By working here you basically support the republican party. - Low pay. About 60-70% of what you can get elsewhere. - Layoffs third year in a row. Very little job security. - Buddy-buddy system which makes it very hard to move your career forward. - People who are director level and higher are a joke. They have no idea what is their org doing and are doing very little work. - Our titles are a joke. “Principal” at Pandora would hardly pass as L4 or L5 at a bigger companies in bay area. - The tech is ancient. A lot of stuff is build in-house and is nowhere close to industry standards. If you plan to learn new tech, don’t come here. - Marketing is absolutely useless. No one even knows Pandora has on-demand after 3 years.

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    Advice to Management

    - Do a big reorg. Remove all the extra layers of managers who are not doing anything. Let’s say you have 5 managers at a given level. Each of them meets the other one that gives you 20 hours of meetings a week. That keeps managers occupied and allows them to report some progress. - Crack down on all of the abuse and toxic behavior. - Hold people accountable for their decisions. Separate the wheat from the chaff.... Introduce measurable metrics into performance evaluation. - Crack down on middle management. It keeps masking the incompetence of ICs who are friendly with them.

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    Pandora Media, LLC2019-04-07
  1. "Good benefits and compensation"

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    Former Employee - Senior Sales Executive in Melbourne
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pandora Media, LLC full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexible working hours, great benefits such as paid charity time, financial incentives to partake in extracurricular activities with colleagues etc. Pay was very competitive for the music industry also.

    Cons

    No clear direction from the head offices in the USA and therefore didn't have a clear indication of KPIs

    Advice to Management

    Need a clear message to staff what the goals of the company are

    Pandora Media, LLC2018-04-04
  2. "Account manager"

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Pandora Media, LLC full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good benefits and stock plans

    Cons

    Stock plan won't be worth much soon

    Pandora Media, LLC2017-07-22

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