Pandora to Lay Off 7% of Workforce

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With the word “discipline” appearing in founder Tim Westergren’s comments, Pandora on Thursday announced via an 8K filing that seven percent of its U.S. workforce — not including Ticketfly — is being laid off in the coming weeks as part of a “reduction in force plan.” This likely means the loss of 100-150 staffers.

According to the documents, with the staff reduction, the company estimates it will incur “approximately $5-7 million of cash expenditures” related to employee severance and benefits costs.

Just a month ago, Pandora announced the departure of COO Sara Clemens.

“The reduction in force will allow the company to focus and realign existing resources on execution and make further investments in product innovation to drive advertising revenue and subscription growth,” the document reads. “The company expects the reduction in force plan to be completed by the end of the first quarter of 2017.”

Said founder and CEO Tim Westergren in the document, “2016 was a year of significant investment for Pandora. In 2017, we will manage the business toward full year adjusted EBITDA profitability. While making workforce reductions is always a difficult decision, the commitment to cost discipline will allow us to invest more heavily in product development and monetization and build on the foundations of our strategic investments.”

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SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter; Billboard, Jem Aswad