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Documentary Intern

Pixar Animation Studios Emeryville, CA

 Pixar offers an exciting internship program intended to give students valuable “hands on” experience and exposure to our unique production… Glassdoor

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Archives Intern

Pixar Animation Studios Emeryville, CA

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    Fantastic overall environment; culture and morale in Tools is iffy; fairly severe place for an intern

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Emeryville, CA

    I worked at Pixar as an intern for less than a year


    There were awesome perks simply from being at the Studio: in-house screenings of in-progress Pixar films; access to presentations on incredible in-house graphics research and development; it was like a graphics nerd's candy store.

    People are intimidatingly smart, but very friendly. It's possible to interact and collaborate with people from all across the Studio if you take the initiative.

    In Tools itself, software quality standards were quite high, which provided an excellent learning opportunity for me, fresh as I was from college; I learned a lot from meeting the standards of the build and version control check-in system and from passing regression test suites, from one-on-one in-person code reviews with my manager and other engineers, and from many other mature professional practices in place.

    On the whole, it was an excellent place to cut my teeth in the real world, out of college.


    The culture in the Tools department where I worked was a little too serious, with an undercurrent of dissatisfaction and malaise.

    It didn't feel like the Tools department (or maybe just my team) had really planned, prepared and organized for having interns around. I don't expect to be babied or hand-held as an intern, but in retrospect it seems very much that since I wasn't just a rock star from day one, I became an afterthought. My manager was friendly and open, but when I did need feedback and direction I often found he was simply too busy, would forget to get back to me, or it would be too late for me to be efficient. Other engineers were friendly and willing to answer questions, but they often couldn't help with issues specific to my team, and my manager wanted to do some review and feedback work personally, so he wound up making himself a bottleneck.

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    I don't know how things have evolved in Tools since I left, but from my time there, I would say to find a way to lighten up a bit; foster, encourage, and welcome much more chat, interaction, and camaraderie among engineers. Granted, my time came as Tools was just starting to come over the hump of a massive software project that users were only finally starting to like and see the value of, so Tools had been taking a beating for a while. But hopefully that grim mood hasn't had to continue.

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