Why Pandora Chose Atlanta: Music Vibes and Engineering Talent

Did you know that music streaming provider Pandora has an office in Atlanta? I got a tour of their sweet Atlantic Station digs last month. The Pandora office has been open in Atlanta for several years, but just recently, the company has begun a steady hiring spree to expand its engineering team here in Atlanta. In fact, Pandora is hosting an invite-only event at The Gathering Spot on April 25 to introduce the company’s technology to software engineers here in Atlanta.

The Pandora Engineering Event

Which engineering department do you work in? Mobile, device, core/API, quality, infrastructure or product development?  If your answer is “yes”, then you’ll be interested to know that Pandora’s Engineering EVP and Chief Product Officer, Chris Phillips will be there, along with other Pandora Engineering Leaders Oscar Celma, Paul Normington and Erik Jessen. Pandora is pulling out all the stops to let Engineers in the ATL get to know the ins and outs of Pandora technology.  The local engineering talent pool is part of why Pandora chose Atlanta.

Pandora is hiring 100 engineers

Pandora chose Atlanta because of our “vibe” for tech, music, and startups. But the large pool of tech talent and diversity make the ATL a natural second home for Pandora.  The company is in the process of building out their existing Atlantic Station office space to hold 100 engineers. The company is also adding more Pandora employees across various departments to the Atlanta office. According to sources at Pandora, they want the Atlanta office culture to be “similar to the music focused, easy going, passionate and hard working culture of our Oakland headquarters.”

The Details of the Event

The event will be held at The Gathering Spot (384 Northyards Blvd. NW, Building 100, Atlanta) from 5PM to 8PM on Wednesday, April 25.  There will be food and beverages (read “beer”). Then there will be an hour long series of mini tech talks on Data Science, Scale and Mobile, and then a little more networking.

Why is Pandora doing this?

Good question. Aside from hiring 100 engineers, Pandora wants to make its mark on Atlanta. “Atlanta has an incredibly diverse and music-focused culture and we want to be a part of it.  We want to show you what our teams, company culture and product have to offer.  This event will allow us to showcase all of that, while we experience the city of Atlanta.”

If you want to learn more about the event or inquire about attending, can reach out to Anastacia Flores (aflores@pandora.com) to request an invite.

What do you think about that?