Dolby Reviews

Updated February 20, 2015
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  1. 7 people found this helpful

    Nice brand, company and smart people - but out-dated culture and politics stifles growth and development

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Dolby (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - 9/80 work schedule
    - Excellent work/life balance in most teams, although some people really lean toward the life part which might explain a portion of Dolby's sluggish growth.
    - Incredibly intelligent colleagues with deep industry knowledge and critical thinking skills.
    - Many interesting and amazing products on the horizon. Being a part of those developments that could be truly game-changing is amazing if we can get them launched and launched well.
    - The promise and potential of working for a great brand.
    - Unique perk: employee screenings of first run movies in the best theater (acoustically) in the country.

    Cons

    - Out-dated culture, heavy on old-school style political maneuvering to the degree that ideas and innovation are generally stifled. If you do happen to bring something solid to the table that a more Machiavellian colleague notices, he will take it for his own and give you little to no credit and probably not fully flesh out.
    - Lack of mentoring - While you might be surrounded by great minds, you will only get to learn by osmosis even if you ask for mentoring. If you are not already at the top of your game upon hiring, you will be side-lined. There is little opportunity to learn and grow your career, despite any promise you might hold. This cultural aspect also fails to create managers who jump on teachable moments as opportunities to develop their staff and expand on ideas.
    - These same brilliant minds while "waxing poetic" in highly-intelligent and fascinating discourse and debates of critical thinking and industry expertise often get so bogged down by the political strategies of consensus based decision making that progress is slow (which in tech, spells eventual death). There are few meetings less than 90 minutes and that is often weekly.
    - Initiative is not only not encouraged or rarely rewarded, but is sometimes actively disapproved of. Honestly, it sometimes seems like one's proclivity for initiative is perceived as "making another look bad" rather than doing what needs to be done for the good of the project. Rolling up your sleeves and digging in as a team is not part of the culture here.
    - Multiply all of the above x10 if you are a woman and then some. Several women colleagues over the years have left in frustration for having no actual seat at the table and ideas repeatedly being co-opted by male team members. This is as true in the more gender-balanced population of the marketing department as it is in the heavily male-skewed engineering. department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cull out the old guard and the dead-weight lounging around to shake up the culture to foster innovation, meritocracy, and the tech dominance once held by Dolby; and eliminate out-dated political maneuvering behaviors which serve egos over the success of the business . Encourage mentoring and initiative, especially of junior staff and women. The young are the future and will help Dolby be nimble in the fast-moving tech industry. Changing the furniture in the new building will not miraculously reinvent the culture to be more like Twitter, FB, or Google. Much of the above, on the other hand, will.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful

    Great people with a few rotten apples

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    Former Contractor - Brand Marketing Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Contractor - Brand Marketing Project Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Dolby as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    The 9/80 work week is really awesome. People enjoy what they do and are passionate about the cinema industry. Dolby also is making great efforts to make themselves relevant again to this generation of young adults.

    Cons

    Management is super poor for everyone below senior. Not a great place for young entry level workers looking to learn. A great resume booster but not much take away from the company as a whole.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be afraid to invest time into younger employees. They could turn out to be the best workers you have because they are willing to stay late and work hard to gain that experience.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful

    Awesome people... dead cause!

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    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Dolby

    Pros

    Great work life balance. Very smart, talented and interesting people. Great atmosphere.

    Cons

    Slowly Sinking ship. Next Kodak. Still good for early career or cruise mode to retirement. Don't recommend for mid career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Expand out of the brand comfort zone. Audio is a solved problem.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful

    Great company, strange product development process

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    Current Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Dolby full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits—every other Friday off is an amazing plus. People are friendly, HR is great and there are numerous training opportunities. There are some great products in the pipeline, and there's a lot of optimism that Dolby can "break through" to the next phase of revenue growth.

    Cons

    Many projects are mis-managed and that makes it difficult to move forward quickly on initiatives. Very engineering focused, and with a lot of politics and roadblocks, particularly between marketing and the business group.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful

    Good company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Dolby full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The company has a good benefits package to offer. 9/80 schedule is a plus.

    Cons

    Some managers need people skills training.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Engineering-driven company

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Dolby full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Fun if you like tech
    Hands-on experience with lots of responsibility since there are many business lines that require each function

    Cons

    Marketing and sales dept is a bit disorganized
    Favoritism among management of employees can prevail when employee doesn't earn it

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful

    Great people and technology, poor management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Dolby (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Working on interesting technologies and flexible work hours

    Cons

    Executives has no vision in driving the company forward and consensus based decisions, or there lack of decisions…

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Words are empty without action.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Great

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Dolby

    Pros

    people, off every fridays, work at home, benefits

    Cons

    cant thing of any atm

  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Ok

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Dolby full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    9/80, work life balance. ATMOS has real potential

    Cons

    General lack of vision. No real-software-engineering processes in place. Offshoring of lots engineering positions and utterly clueless regarding anything audio that is not a licensable codec technology.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Expand your vision, don't rest on your laurels. The music industry is ripe for disruption!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful

    Engineer role

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    Current Employee - Project Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Dolby full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good technology, benefits are great.0, 9/80 work week is excellent

    Cons

    Administrative CEO and senior management has no vision - poor manager of people. Most of the engineering departments are under-resourced, stressed and hardly get to take advantage of the every other Friday off (or even weekends at times).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of talented and start recognizing stellar employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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