NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Apologies for the poor quality video. I shot it myself and, obviously didn't do a very good job. That said, pump up the volume and listen to this snippet of an interview I conducted with Pandora (P) co-founder and former Chief Strategy Officer Tim Westergren early in 2013:
Offices are bad for company culture ...
Those words came from Westergren. Not me. And they were true. I saw it with my own eyes during visits to Pandora's Oakland headquarters.
But it wasn't just Westergren in a cubicle instead of a private office. The company's former CEO Joe Kennedy did the same. In fact, for a time, he sat right next to Westergren, who sat next to Mollie Starr, Pandora's Director of Corporate Communications. Starr's assistant sat next to her. So they all basically sat across from one another. It was pretty cool to see and, as I was told by every Pandora employee I asked, it was a proud part of the Pandora way. No matter your title you sat out on the office floor in a cubicle space next to people who may or may not be of your same rank.
That was in January/February 2013. And, while people moved around as Pandora expanded, they maintained this no office, we all have a cubicle approach. Or so I thought.
Sources close to the situation tell me that the company's new CEO, Brian McAndrews, sits in a private office, not out in the close-knit cubicle areas with Pandora's rank and file. So, the man who Westergren told me was the clear choice for the job, appears to disagree with his co-founder (and former Chief Strategy Officer) on the issue of company culture.