Pandora Media, LLC Reviews

Updated 4 May 2020

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3.5
61%
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Pandora Media, LLC CEO Jim Meyer
Jim Meyer
16 Ratings
  1. "Great place to work"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pandora Media, LLC full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Amazing people, culture, work life balance and compensation

    Cons

    No 401K match Uncertainty around the Sirius XM acquisition

    Pandora Media, LLC2019-03-21
  2. Helpful (6)

    "Unsure about Company Culture"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pandora Media, LLC full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Free snacks Lots of fun events Peer Employee Groups

    Cons

    Bullying from middle managers and Human Resources. Does not promote positive work environment.

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    Pandora Media, LLC2019-03-28
  3. Helpful (2)

    "Meet the new boss."

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Pandora Media, LLC full-time

    Pros

    Work/life Balance. Great coworkers. Diversity.

    Cons

    Lack of advancement opportunities. Uncertainty from SXM acquisition.

    Pandora Media, LLC2019-03-28
  4. "Great Culture, Great Company"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pandora Media, LLC full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Fun environment, people are passionate about their work

    Cons

    Sometimes there are tight budgets for certain projects.

    Pandora Media, LLC2019-03-03
  5. "Great perks, great people"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Sales and Marketing Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great place to work, great co-workers and perks

    Cons

    Slow product development, senior leadership not always transparent and very behind the ball.

    Pandora Media, LLC2019-02-25
  6. Helpful (3)

    "Managing at Pandora"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Advertising People Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Pandora Media, LLC full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Awesome product, great space to be in, the product works for advertisers

    Cons

    Incredibly political org, back-stabbing VP's.

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    Pandora Media, LLC2019-02-20
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Amazing Workplace, Amazing People, Amazing Company"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assocaiet Account Manager in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pandora Media, LLC full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    People, Values, Environment, Culture, Integrity

    Cons

    The acquisition brings some uncertainty, but we all believe that nothing but great things are ahead of us with SiriusXM.

    Pandora Media, LLC2019-02-04
  8. Helpful (16)

    "It is like watching a train crash happen in a slow motion"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - work/life balance, if you want to do 20% of the work for 50% of the pay in the bay area, this is the place, if you feel burned out and want to just relax or are over 50, come to Pandora - People are amazing and you can find here friends for life, everyone is very helpful - Managers are a mixed bag, some awesome ones, others are very inexperienced, if joining a team be alerted if the manager is promoted from within, most managers promoted this way are not so great - it is in Oakland, which is much cheaper area than SF or other parts of the bay, very easy to have walk-to-work commute, adds to the work/life balance - office layout is good, kinda open space with 2 walls per cell, helps a lot with privacy - hackatons create opportunity for creativity - great place if you are in a diversity category (woman, person of color, LGBTIQ ...), easier to get hired and promoted

    Cons

    - important roles are being outsourced to Atlanta, uncertainty about employment in Bay Area - everything is slow, very slow, implementing even the simplest feature takes quarters, somewhere else it would take weeks - decision making is a flawed process, everyone wants to have a say, PM part of the org is bloated and slow along with design they are making all the processes slow - SLT did well when Pandora was 50-60 people it is much different to lead organization of 100s / 1000s of people - executive leadership has problems, it changes often and does not present any clear vision - after the SiriusXM acquisition perks are being cut - career growth is very limited, this is an old company and most higher up positions are taken by people who joined early, there is you and 10 of your colleagues waiting for the same position, if you care about career growth don't stay for more than 2-3 years, wait for your 1 or 2 IC promotions and leave - a lot of people in "consulting" IC roles, basically attending meetings and not doing much IC work - many people living from past glory, especially long-timers, they did 1 or 2 successful projects in the past and don’t work anymore at all - pay is on the low, about 50% - 70% of what you can get somewhere else (in the bay area) - there is a lot of politics behind the scenes. As an early IC or even Senior IC it is ok but if want to go higher than that you need to make friends - some people get a lot of exposure much more than others, if you are buddy-buddy with someone from ELT, you are the one they will speak about in company all-hands - marketing part of the org is a disaster IMO, in last 5 years I have been here there was not 1 successful marketing campaign - some ICs are overworked while other ICs are just coasting by and talking about doing work - many teams are under-resourced, there is minimal hiring happening and resources and priorities are shifting around a lot - very few managers are technical, and if they have been, now their hard skills are a jelly after few years in management

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    Pandora Media, LLC2019-01-29
  9. Helpful (1)

    "Cool place to work at"

    4.0
    Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Pandora Media, LLC

    Pros

    Good benefits with friendly people.

    Cons

    Not much of a con.

    Pandora Media, LLC2019-01-22
  10. Helpful (5)

    "Get out now."

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pandora Media, LLC full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - snacks - equipment - office performances - free pandora

    Cons

    - poor leadership - next big sound - slogan-driven management - no recognition for individual contributors - recognition-driven company

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    Pandora Media, LLC2019-02-25
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