Dolby Reviews

Updated June 26, 2015
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Dolby President and CEO Kevin J. Yeaman
Kevin J. Yeaman
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Pros
  • 9/80 schedule (every other Friday off) (in 36 reviews)

  • Strong work life balance, (9/80) (in 17 reviews)

Cons
  • Really bad management; no work life balance, too many consultants and marketing is the worst on the planet (in 6 reviews)

  • Collaborative decision making - slows the process down (in 10 reviews)

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  1. Loved Working at Dolby

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dolby full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, lots of smarties, great products

    Cons

    not much - I guess Management could be more decisive

    Advice to Management

    keep on going.....


  2. Helpful (3)

    It is a very good tech-oriented company.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Dolby

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice 9/80 plan. People there are talented. Paid very well at this company and the location at San Francisco is close to Bart.

    Cons

    Since it locates at downtown San Francisco, it is very inconvenient for people who drive to work. And it is far for those one who live in the south bay of Bay Area.


  3. Helpful (4)

    Sr Test engineer

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    Current Employee - Senior Test Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Test Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Dolby

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent benefits , Decent work and life balance . @ list in my group. Manager and other team members are very helpful

    Cons

    So far so good . not seen any cons so far,

    Advice to Management

    None...


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Great Company to work for.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Dolby

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    2nd Friday off in US. Great work life balance.

    Cons

    Nothing I can think off. Great team of people to work with

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  6. Helpful (21)

    CMO’s view of Dolby

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    Current Employee - CMO & Senior Vice President in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - CMO & Senior Vice President in San Francisco, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Given all of the comments about the marketing organization and the leadership team, I guess it is time to bring my perspective to this dialog. I love the passion I hear and truly believe everyone is entitled to their opinion and to report on their experience. I simply and transparently want to lend my voice to the mix.

    By way of background and context, I have been in my role at Dolby since the beginning of 2014 after two decades working for Nike, Nokia, Apple and most recently as an early stage VC. So what drew me to Dolby?

    - Amazing technology and products in development
    - Passionate people who believe in the company’s purpose and mission
    - Exceptional brand and history of innovation
    - A love of music and entertainment
    - The opportunity to help set the course for the next 50 years of this iconic company

    In the last nine months I have seen all of these attributes in action and believe as strongly in them as I did the day I joined. I have also observed a company and a marketing organization in transition. What few realize is the company over the last few years has quietly transformed itself from an enterprise reliant on the sale of DVD players to one that is a vital part of today's entertainment ecosystem and has brought whole new platforms such as Dolby Atmos, Dolby Voice and Dolby Vision to market. I give the management team huge credit navigating this change – I certainly had nothing to do with it!

    On the marketing front, the transformation has been equally significant as a fragmented organization is beginning to be knit together into a more coordinated team. We are in the middle of this process and have a ways to go. Needless to say this is the most important work I do.

    To anyone (current employee, past employee, interviewee) with questions, complaints or comments about the marketing org or the leadership team at Dolby I encourage you to reach out. Those who know me know that my door is always open and I can handle feedback. Please take me up on it!

    Cons

    Progress and change never happen as quickly as we want. Nor are they perfectly predictable. This work requires patience and in addition to patience, it takes a strong will, the ability to get into the mix, and to collaborate and occasionally even compromise.

    Advice to Management

    We as a team need to keep listening and communicating. Together all 1600 of us can realize the potential of this amazing company.


  7. Helpful (5)

    Fun, engaging, going places

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Dolby full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people.
    Non-political work environment.
    High-tech & entertainment.
    Exceptional brand.
    New Marketing Org brings strong leadership - great CMO.
    Genuine, inspiring and fun Marketing team.
    Recent changes in how the team is working has really improved communications.

    Cons

    This is hard work!
    Lots of change - not always in the direction you want.
    Need more people to share the load.

    Advice to Management

    Keep recruiting great people to the team
    Keep true to your direction - we're going places together as a team


  8. Helpful (5)

    Inspiring company with great people to work with

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

    I worked at Dolby as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly people, good management, oppertunities to move about within the company

    Cons

    None found within short time


  9. Helpful (7)

    A special place

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company is true R&D company, researching how we process light and sound and then applying that to entertainment and communication products. If you are an expert in audio and video, this is the secret pinnacle of employment. The company has successfully transitioned past its internet disruption period and is working on exciting new stuff.

    The people are extremely smart - awe inspiringly so, but also thoughtful and highly considerate of each other. It is small enough that you can know just about everyone who works here.

    Work/life mix is excellent for those who manage their time well. The every other Friday off perk is a life changer.

    Cons

    Dolby does things with a thoroughness that doesn't suit everyone. The company is playing a long game and the people who do best here are really invested in solving really gnarly problems with products that take years to fully realize. Those looking for shortcuts or quick wins might find themselves frustrated. However, that same thoroughness is what makes Dolby great (and highly profitable) and it is only a 'con' if you personally need a faster cycle time of gratification.

    Advice to Management

    Keep playing the long game and continue to aggressively invest in our new products.


  10. Helpful (3)

    Dolby is going places,

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Dolby full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great non political work enviroment,
    Strong work life balance, (9/80)
    Amazing technologies about to come to market,
    One foot in hi tech the other in the entertainment industry,
    Dolbys new San Francisco HQ is going to be amazing.

    Cons

    Slow to change, though that is evolving,
    A formerly weak Marketing org, but new leadership is changing that.

    Advice to Management

    Keeping fixing what is broken.


  11. Yes, I recommend Dolby!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Strong employee onboarding
    - Clear new hire orientation
    -Opportunities to serve within the company
    - Annual opportunities to pursue interests and creativity
    - 9/80 schedule - every other Friday off
    - Great benefits package
    - New employee career growth/development plan
    - I feel heard and my voice is not lost among the masses
    - Company is growiing in exciting areas, such as ATMOS

    Cons

    None yet - extremely happy to be here!

    Advice to Management

    We are on the right path. Keep employees in the loop and continue to build a sense of community, regardless of locations. We have a great legacy - let's keep laser sharp focus towards the future!



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