What do you think about Pandora?

Jul 3, 2019 15 Comments

Got an offer from Pandora the base pay is less than150k for a position in Atlanta. I'm less concerned about the TC and more concerned about Pandora as a company...Haven't heard of them since Spotify came into the music industry. What are your thoughts about working for Pandora? I know I'm not coming from FAANG. But a large part of me thinks that AT&T will have better opportunities...Is this view mistaken? Would love to hear from people who are at Pandora about culture and general vibe.


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TOP 15 Comments
  • Pandora Op4Xmp
    Holy Sh*t a lot of negative sentiments in here, mostly about buisness and reorg uncertainty. Heres a view outside of that

    There's a lot of room to grow as an engineer. The eng team has out in a lot of effort modernizing our tech stack so there's a lot of fun toys to play with and opportunities to leave your mark as the team continues to build out the platform. Management is also very laid back and doesnt ask for 110% so some amount of coasting is allowed. But high preformers are rewarded, you'll just need to hustle and push to get your initiatives through, which is a nice change from the other way around. Assholes don't thrive here and while we've been bleeding users, financing from Sirius means we have money to keep developing killer features and our userbase is large enough to pose interesting challenges.

    Pandora's a great place if you can handle the uncertainty, like the medium size eng org and want a laid back, humble atmosphere. Product org has a lot of influence here, too. If you want to be making top dollar comp, Pandora's not the best place to work. ATT is certainly more stable but they're a huge org, so totally different workplace culture I'm sure. Feel free to DM me.
    Jul 3, 2019 2
    • Pandora / Eng joystick
      Stop spreading the “Sirius has cash to spend” myth. There was 0 investment in tech since the acquisition. Agree on the rest.
      Jul 3, 2019
    • Pandora Cowb311
      +1 to joystick
      Jul 7, 2019
  • Pandora 5sbU3mA
    WLB is very good. Company prospects are ... poor. Everything moves at glacial speed. Lots of uncertainty this year after siriusxm acquisition.
    Jul 3, 2019 0
  • Don’t open that box
    Jul 3, 2019 0
  • Pandora pandorafan
    Don’t come here if you’re looking for actual work to do. The acquisition has been terrible and might I say Sirius seems to have not done their homework before buying Pandora. They don’t know what they’re doing with Pandora - they don’t know how to compete in the software space. If you wanna coast in product though, then come here. Oh and ATL office is quickly replacing everyone from their former OAK HQ, so there’s a positive for ATL.
    Jul 3, 2019 0
  • Pandora MB3132
    Lots of talent has left/is leaving. WLB is amazing. Still a lot of uncertainty about our future with Sirius. We move very slowly and our product strategy is not convincing. Take it if the pay is good and you want an easy life.
    Jul 3, 2019 0
  • Pandora Clownputer
    Pandora's culture has definitely changed in the last 5 years...for the worst. I can't speak about the culture in the ATL office as it's newer and dubbed "HQ2". If I were you I would keep shopping around. Unless you want to chill with great WLB.
    Jul 3, 2019 0
  • Amazon fhf5ndt9
    $150k in Atlanta is around $250k in the Bay Area.
    Jul 3, 2019 0
  • Pandora / Mktg Whistle322
    Since the acquisition no one knows what’s happening. Most of Oakland has been on a hiring freeze. Pay seems good for ATL location but ultimately outlook and morale isn’t great
    Jul 3, 2019 0
  • Pandora Hoopdie
    Pandora is working through a challenging time. Details regarding how Sirius' and Pandora's platforms merge or how our Orgs converge has been sketchy, at best. This is ambiguity is causing a lot of heartburn and distress. It is, also, coming to an end soon.

    The culture has changed from Start-up to Enterprise. That is a tough transition and one not suited for everyone. So, yes, people are leaving. For those who stay or join, the transition offers experiences and opportunities that will be beneficial for their career.

    There are solid engineering challenges to solve and opportunities to grow. All with a great wlb. If you are able to work with some organizational ambiguity and shifting goal posts (all part of transition), don't be afraid to join.

    I think Pandora's future prospects are strong.
    Jul 3, 2019 0
  • Vanguard ubercool9
    For what role.
    Jul 3, 2019 0


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