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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"

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    Former Employee - 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"

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    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"

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    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 (13)

    "Stagnant, bureaucratic, failing"

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    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/...

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    Advice to Management

    - Hold people accountable for lack of positive results. - Zero tolerance policy for sexual harassment. Believe accusers when they come forward rather than implying "boys will be boys." - Inspire people about the future of the company. - Simplify the product road map, rather than doing too many things poorly, do a few things really well. - Next time someone offers $15/share to buy the company, TAKE THE OFFER!!

    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"

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    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.

    Advice to Management

    Pick a direction and stick with it for more than a year. You've got some employees who you should work harder to keep and some that you need to let go.

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

    "Fun place to work, friendly atmosphere"

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    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

    Advice to Management

    Consider instituting a program like Google's 20% where people can work on projects that interest them, independent of corporate priorities. The hackathons are nice but something on-going would be better

    Pandora Media, LLC2014-06-07
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