Pandora Media, LLC Senior Software Engineer Reviews

Updated 22 Jan 2019

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Pandora Media, LLC CEO Jim Meyer
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  1. 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
  2. "Best place to work"

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

    I have been working at Pandora Media, LLC full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Work life balance Diversity Amazing company culture Best place I have worked at so far

    Cons

    Dropping listener growth Career growth

    Pandora Media, LLC2018-09-06
  3. "Senior Software Engineer"

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

    I have been working at Pandora Media, LLC full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Excellent Work Culture and great bunch of people

    Cons

    I don't see any negative reviews here

    Pandora Media, LLC2018-06-18
  4. Helpful (14)

    "Stagnant, bureaucratic, failing"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Free snacks - More work than resources, so there are opportunities to own larger projects -"Work" from home Fridays (aka 3 day weekends every week) - Title inflation for engineering roles (Staff at Pandora < Senior anywhere else)

    Cons

    - No clear direction or leadership or vision for the future. - No accountability. Decision making is so spread out that it takes forever to get anything done. As a side effect, low performers are never held accountable for their terrible decisions and poor work output. Product development management is more concerned with playing politics than actual results. - Lazy, inefficient employees - see the 3 day weekend/ "work" from home Fridays. Difficult to get anything done due to people working 10-4 four days a week. - Useless product managers. No innovation to speak of with "me-too" feature ideas, always playing catch up to the competitors. They add to bureaucracy, try to drive every decision, and ignore engineering input. There are far too many product managers for the amount of engineers, resulting in a huge backlog of work and not enough people to do it. - No engineering culture. It's impossible to drive new product or process ideas from the engineering side. See above for how product controls everything. - Subpar pay and no 401k matching. - Terrible morale, most people are just running out the clock until the next opportunity pops up. - Bleak business outlook, most people believe the company will be bought soon. - Terrible place to be a woman, men are constantly manterrupting, leering, and creating uncomfortable situations such as asking coworkers on dates. Raising these issues to management resulted in victim blaming and no positive outcomes.

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    Pandora Media, LLC2018-06-11
  5. Helpful (9)

    "Panda's are like rock musicians. Really fun to be around, but most get a bit flaky"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Oakland, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good opportunity for flexible hours and work life balance. Most mid-level managers are pleasant and not overbearing. Interesting people and open, welcoming culture. Definitely a place that lets you be you.

    Cons

    Can be disorganized: Projects can break into silos, no one talks, and it leads to chaos. Product-feature-driven to the extreme, no emphasis on addressing tech-debt, documenting how things work, etc, so most people get lazy and don't do it. Stock is very volatile, and comprises a sizable percentage of comp packages.

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    Pandora Media, LLC2017-03-31
  6. Helpful (7)

    "Fun place to work, friendly atmosphere"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A wide variety of technologies, good work is valued, no drama or negativity, lots of exposure to new music and fun stuff going on in Oakland

    Cons

    You have to be kind of a self-starter and figure out what needs to get done by yourself. The management structure is pretty flat and informal and if you need to be spoon-fed your tasks you will not enjoy it

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    Pandora Media, LLC2014-06-07

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