Pandora interview

Autodesk NudI38
Aug 21, 2017 19 Comments

Interviewing with pandora for one of their analytics teams later this week.

I was approached by the recruiter (who was really nice) for the role and she told me she wanted me to have a quick chat with the director as a next step. Is this typical? Don't they usually have a technical screening first? (Tableau, sql etc)

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  • Twitch / Eng
    ifly28

    Twitch Eng

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    ifly28more
    For strong candidates I imagine they skip a step. But they aren't doing so well and may be having trouble attracting talent.
    Aug 21, 2017 3
    • Autodesk NudI38
      OP
      Guess that makes sense, just curious: how cool is it working at twitch?
      Aug 21, 2017
    • NeuLion / Eng
      jakub

      NeuLion Eng

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      jakubmore
      I am curious of that as well, and if you wouldn't mind telling us what do you do there?
      Aug 21, 2017
    • Twitch / Eng
      ifly28

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      ifly28more
      I'm in Eng on the platform team. It's good in many ways, but the rapid expansion means there's very little shared vision, tons of communication overhead ("who owns this?"), and weak leadership to unite it all. They attract great talent but can't organize it well.
      Aug 22, 2017
  • Autodesk NudI38
    OP
    The team falls under strategy, subscription analytics
    Aug 21, 2017 7
    • Pandora siriusP
      This hits home in the business and sales organizations. https://youtu.be/_NeJ3Kg6OUo
      Aug 21, 2017
    • Autodesk NudI38
      OP
      Hahah. How's the company as a whole? I have seen good things on blind
      Aug 21, 2017
    • Pandora siriusP
      It is really nice tons of smart people. A bit of movement in the stratosphere of the company (ceo, president and board) but otherwise good. The engineering team is in good shape. Comp is overall a little low and the stock is volatile. You'd be catching it on a down cycle though.

      Don't expect overtime as the work life balance is good.
      Aug 21, 2017
    • Autodesk NudI38
      OP
      Thanks a lot for the details. Looks like they have a solid culture, I've been using the product more over the past few days and I gotta say that recommendation engine is better than Spotify's but that's just my opinion. Management shuffle aside I think the future is promising
      Aug 21, 2017
    • Pandora bkzm46
      Work life balance is almost like 75% life and 25% work! Awesome company to work for. Good luck with your interviews.
      Aug 22, 2017
  • Pandora Foobarz
    Yeah, this is a little out of the ordinary, but I can second that we're having a hard time holding onto talent at the moment.
    Aug 21, 2017 1
    • Pandora siriusP
      I'd say harder time than before but we still have it better than most tech companies.
      Aug 21, 2017
  • Pandora qwe1
    I wouldn't say that the company has a hard time attracting talent, the bar is still high and on par with other companies in the area.

    I wouldn't read too much into why your hiring manager wants to talk to you first. It could be because you're strong local candidate. Or it could be because that's how that particular dept is doing their hiring.

    In any way, good luck and enjoy the process. The company and its culture is a hidden gem.
    Aug 21, 2017 0
  • Pandora 71things
    It's quite typical to chat with director first, want to see if there is a cultural/personality connection before putting you through the paces of doing a tech screen... it's a great team, good luck and enjoy the process!
    Aug 21, 2017 1
    • Autodesk NudI38
      OP
      Thanks for validating that for me. So far I've heard good things so looking forward to to it
      Aug 21, 2017
  • Oath SYNl26
    How did the interview go ?
    Jul 28, 2018 0
  • Pandora siriusP
    Which organization?
    Aug 21, 2017 0