Pixar Reviews

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Pixar President, Pixar and Disney Animation Studios Ed Catmull
Ed Catmull
55 Ratings
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    Relaxed, positive, respectful working environment, but long hours and low salaries.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Emeryville, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA

    I have been working at Pixar full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    No suits! No need for an expensive, uncomfortable wardrobe. Jeans and sneakers everyday of the week. Really friendly work environment. Great benefits and fun perks.

    Cons

    Leadership is not very supportive of or open to job sharing or working from home for working parents with babies and young children. Long hours. Low-ish salaries, unless you're at the top. Staff lacking diversity.

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Pixar Interviews

Updated Jul 25, 2014
Updated Jul 25, 2014

Interview Experience

Interview Experience

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Getting an Interview

Getting an Interview

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11%

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    Operations/Overhead Department Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Emeryville, CA
    Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took 6 weeks - interviewed at Pixar.

    Interview Details

    Started out very well in the first two rounds over the phone. However, the onsite interview felt like I was talking with an entirely different company. I think there needs to be more coaching for those who will be interviewers. The behavioral and situational questions that were asked seemed incomplete with a lot of unexplained variables. Perhaps they make sense for someone already working at Pixar, but not to an outsider. This could be the reason why they have such a high time to fill rate for open positions. This one in particular has been open for over 5 months.

    The second negative takeaway that I have was how long the interview process is. After interviewing for a month to get to the 3rd round interview I asked how many more rounds there were. The response I received was, that there were another 4 rounds of onsite interviews to go. Since I am currently employed, I got a little worried because anyone attempting to interview while still employed knows that there are only so many doctors appointments and sick days you can use before your manager becomes suspicious. Even though working at Pixar would have been cool and a recognizable name to have on my resume, I am relieved that I exited the interview process after only one face-to-face interview. I would have been upset had I invested anymore time or risked my own job security for another 3-4 rounds of interviews to only find out that you were not the right fit for the position.

    Interview Questions
    • There were a number of behavioral/situational questions that were asked. All of them were very subjective and relied on internal company knowledge like past precedence. Although the interviewers said that there is no single "right" answer, there really is. The feeling I got was that the interviewer is looking for you to give them the same answer that they would give for the question. If you don't, you are not a match or a good fit. No thinking outside of the box.   Answer Question
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Website www.pixar.com
Headquarters Emeryville, CA
Size 500 to 999 Employees
Founded 1986
Type Subsidiary or Business Segment
Industry Media
Revenue $50 to $100 million (USD) per year

Pixar Animation Studios, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is an Academy Award®-winning film studio with world-renowned technical, creative and production capabilities in the art of computer animation. Creator of some of the most successful and beloved animated films of all time, including "Toy Story," "Monsters, Inc.," “Cars,” "The Incredibles," "Ratatouille," "WALL•E," "Up," "Toy Story 3,” “Brave,” and “Monsters University,” the Northern California studio has won 30 Academy Awards® and its films have grossed more than $8.7 billion at the worldwide... More

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