Dolby
2.7 of 5 130 reviews
www.dolby.com San Francisco, CA 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated May 1, 2014

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35% Approve of the CEO

Dolby President and CEO Kevin J. Yeaman

Kevin J. Yeaman

(86 ratings)

40% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Great people and technology, poor management

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsWorking on interesting technologies and flexible work hours

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementWords are empty without action.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prospeople, off every fridays, work at home, benefits

    Conscant thing of any atm

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    Ok

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Pros9/80, work life balance. ATMOS has real potential

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Project Engineer (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

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

    ConsAdministrative 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 Senior ManagementTake care of talented and start recognizing stellar employees.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood technology, benefits are great.0, 9/80 work week is awesome.

    ConsNot much room for advancement in my career field

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    No sense of design and no leadership in marketing.

    Senior Director (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsEvery other Friday off, great benefits, excellent bonus structure.
    Excellent Legal, Sales, and Engineering teams.

    ConsCreative and Marketing are a joke.
    dolby.com.
    No CMO = nobody managing inexperienced VPs.
    Tradeshows = marketing.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire a real CMO who can easily identify the weak links. Listen to the actual experts at the rank-and-file level. Stop listening to consultants and VPs (who likely don't deserve to be in those roles, but played politics and embellished their resumes instead).
    My ratings are focused on Marketing (not Sales, Legal, or Engineering)

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Wonderful engineers/co-workers, but upper management is throwing darts w/ minimal strategy.

    Quality Assurance Engineer (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    Pros* The engineers that work there are wonderful, smart, talented, passionate, and driven.
    * Get every other Friday off.
    * Better paying than most companies (but at what cost?)
    * Very encouraging of a healthy working environment (debatably).

    Cons* The engineers are under-appreciated/not well known or well utilized by upper management.
    * There are 2-5 managers for every engineer, rather than the other way around.
    * Upper management continues to pinch pennies by stretching engineering resources as thinly as possible.

    Advice to Senior Management* Less managers, more engineers...!!!
    * Cut/merge as many projects as needed, but then re-resource the remainders with the surplus of engineers to better ensure that products released are as high quality as possible, as their current quality is giving the company and everyone in it a bad name/reputation.
    * Provide better advertising for the products that are intended for mass consumption--ie: Dolby Atmos. The few consumers out there who have actually heard of Atmos don't know what it does, much less know anything about how it might improve upon prior Dolby surround technology. Providing 3 short bullet points about its features in most ads would remedy this. People see through the magic trick these days--they crave better technology to make it magic again.

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    Good people, Old processes.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    Prosloved the people I worked with
    cool work environment

    Conslost great contractors because they couldn't find the headcount
    reeeeaaaaaalllllyyyy old ways of running a business
    some managers have been there forever and need to be let go

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A sleeping giant with lots of potential.

    Software Test Engineer (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsThe innovation in audio technology is sheer brilliance.

    ConsI feel that the technology and opportunities are there. But the company is slow to react to them. Too much political hoopla and not enough initiative.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe engineers are the ones who and will make this company great: take care of them and they will take care of the company.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Past two years have been constant turmoil

    Marketing (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsEvery other Friday is an "off" day.

    ConsNo visible marketing leadership, despite re-org and lots of new, senior hires

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop hiring so many consultants - it's killing us!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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