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Updated Oct 13, 2019

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Pandora Media, LLC CEO Jim Meyer
Jim Meyer
11 Ratings
  1. "Great Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Sales Executive 

    I worked at Pandora Media, LLC full-time

    Pros

    The culture and people are phenomenal

    Cons

    No major cons to speak of, only that they don't do a 401k match

    Pandora Media, LLC2019-08-01
  2. "Great Culture"

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing co-workers with high energy and motivation. HQ is in a hip and cool location.

    Cons

    Can't outplay Spotify.....which was the company mantra

    Pandora Media, LLC2019-07-03
  3. Helpful (5)

    "Once great - now like AM radio"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pandora Media, LLC full-time

    Pros

    At one time, the people were great - kind, motivated, hard working. Saw that slowly shift as new leaders revolved through the doors and company lost its way. Nice office culture. You don't have to work very hard in some departments. Most don't even show up on Fridays so they can start their weekend early. Some good collaboration (when politics weren't so rampant).

    Cons

    Don't believe the claims about diversity. It's all talk. Believe me, I know. Leadership appears to be increasingly aligned to right-wing politics. One leader once stood in front of her team and said her goal was to "make the department great again." Many departments have poor work ethics. And it shows in extremely long product and feature rollouts. Marketing is poorly executed there - how do you lose 6... million active listeners a year? Two years in a row! Miles and miles behind on technology. Never innovative. HR looks the other way at senior leadership "fraternization." C-level leadership is MIA at times.

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    Advice to Management

    Go back to your roots. Stop promoting people who are just yes-men and women. Rethink failed sales leadership.

    Pandora Media, LLC2019-07-09
  4. "Great Job"

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    Current Employee - Musics Analyst 

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

    Pros

    Ultimate flexibility, engaging and challenging tasks, great team morale.

    Cons

    Uncertainty of overall company direction.

    Pandora Media, LLC2019-06-28
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great place before SXM"

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    Current Employee - Senior Finance Analyst in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture and work life balance

    Cons

    Recently purchased by SiriusXm which will be a negative in the long run.

    Pandora Media, LLC2019-06-07
  6. "Great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

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

    Pros

    Competitive salaries and the best work/life/balance I've ever had in my professional career

    Cons

    Quite a few leadership changes over the past few years, which has lead to some organizational changes, including layoffs.

    Pandora Media, LLC2019-05-29
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good culture until going downhill"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

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

    Pros

    Culture Old ceo Young company

    Cons

    Sirius takeover Lack of diversity in team No longer high growth company

    Pandora Media, LLC2019-05-14
  8. Helpful (1)

    "Love coming to work everyday"

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    Current Employee - Director of Sales in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It’s music, after all. Selling is really great here - the platform is well established in the marketplace and it’s easy to get a meeting. People are generally nice and wonderful to work with. There is incredible sales support and resources - we are so spoiled!

    Cons

    A lot people fly under the radar and don’t pull their weight. I wish Pandora was better at holding people accountable to performance goals and setting higher expectations for work.

    Advice to Management

    Weed out under-performers more quickly. It hurts the talent pool when you let the bar fall.

    Pandora Media, LLC2019-04-27
  9. Helpful (24)

    "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
  10. "Pandora provides an amazing culture"

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Culture - nobody does it like Pandora. The people , the business , the fun.

    Cons

    Change , fast pace , slow advancement but overall great culture

    Pandora Media, LLC2019-04-23
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