DTS Reviews

Updated August 23, 2014
Updated August 23, 2014
18 Reviews
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18 Reviews
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DTS Chairman & CEO Jon E. Kirchner
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  1.  

    excessive overhead, sluggish process, low productivity...

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer

    I worked at DTS full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Nice facility, decent compensation package (Employee Stock Purchase Plan, 401K, health insurance...)

    Cons

    Small company, but operates like a very large one (excessive overhead, sluggish process, low productivity...). Market is small and competitive. More than 10 years after going public, the stock price is still in the IPO territory. Some senior managers occupy critical positions without proven management records (insufficient domain knowledge, poor people skills…). They often fail to value subordinates' potential, do understand projects' scopes and necessary resources. High turnover rate. A few can leave with dignity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Establish a more objective review process. Not only count the number of projects accomplished, but also look into the significance of each project and the amount of resources consumed. Minimize cost cutting if it reduces employee morale.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DTS as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    good learning and knowledge sharing

    Cons

    too much work and pressue

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    share the workload

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very frustrating to work here

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    Former Employee - Site Manager
    Former Employee - Site Manager

    I worked at DTS full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Leadership is very incompetent, without capability to tell good from bad, so if you are good people pleaser, and prepared to be obedient to your boss, it's a great place to work: you don't have to do your best, very relaxing if you always listen to your boss and never contribute your own ideas...

    Cons

    Very bad leadership, too many unqualified, dishonest directors and VPs. None of them really know how to make a successful product (guess in how many years this company hasn't rolled out really new products?). Traditional codec tech and Blue-ray are still their mainstage, but obviously blue-ray is going down. The company does not care about the development and the long term career path of its employees at all. the leadership do not really do anything meaningful, but play politics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talented people have been leaving this company continuously. Evaluate the resource controlled by and the outcome of the key directors/VPs and their work quality to identify who are actually abusing company resource but achieving nothing. It's not complicated, just use your common sense to do it. Change the leadership ASAP, crisis has been on the way, perhaps it has been too late. Pls revisit my comments here in two years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    High end tech company.

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    Former Employee - Product  in  Calabasas, CA
    Former Employee - Product in Calabasas, CA

    I worked at DTS full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Creative folks across all departments. Audio technology that "rocks". Great sound rooms for listening pleasure. Always have the latest Audio/Visual surround sound systems to test. Its great to be in the testing lab with high end Denon, Pioneer, Yamaha, Marantz, you name it, they have it.

    Cons

    Competitive market with the likes of Dolby. Always needing to re-invent to stay fresh in the audio space

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!!!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Evolving with Potential

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    Current Employee - Director  in  Calabasas, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Calabasas, CA

    I have been working at DTS full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    DTS is an organization that continues to evolve as part of a very aggressive business strategy. Employees are smart, creative, friendly. I have the opportunity to provide value and contribute- very important to me for job satisfaction. Management, for the most part, is willing to listen to different perspectives, and make decisions accordingly. I enjoy collaborating with a number of employees across the organization, as well. There is acknowledgement and effort to improve skills, processes and strategies for long term business success - a healthy sign that we know we need to continuously improve for DTS to win.

    Cons

    Change has been ongoing since I joined DTS. And not all of the change has been managed thoughtfully with consideration to impact beyond the immediate goals. Though improving, I would also like more candid communication and greater clarity regarding direction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep focusing on the basics of continuous improvement.
    Put concerted effort into improving management capability.
    Do a better job managing the change.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Many Global Opportunities

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Calabasas, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calabasas, CA

    I have been working at DTS full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    It's an exciting work environment as we touch just about every consumer-facing device around the world. Success and performance is rewarded, recognized and communicated to the rest of the employees on a regular basis. I've watched a lot of people move to the top of the organization in just a few years--pretty cool to watch. Lastly, this is a company that any employee can walk into the CEO's office and a have a conversation.

    Cons

    In some positions there is worldwide travel requirements so depending on if you like that or not, be prepared. Technology moves fast and we need to keep up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We have a lot of employee monthly events at HQ but I think it would be great if we do more off-site events like Beach Day, a Dodger Game, volunteering for local community events as a team, etc..

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Poor management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Calabasas, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calabasas, CA

    I worked at DTS full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great company with a strong vision

    Cons

    Confusing company to work for. Poor management, lacks leadership and lacks communication.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Disappointing to see that hard working employees who work hard, are proactive in their work ethic, and want to grow the business are eliminated while others who have no business being managers or leaders, are retained and probably promoted.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Very much run by cliques, and not at all honest.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Twyford, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Twyford, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)

    I worked at DTS full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Meeting customers is great, they appreciate the sound quality. Poor quality mastering equipment gives the challenges for making valuable improvements.

    Cons

    No matter what great feats you achieve, if one or more of the high ups doesn't like you, you're treated like the cleaning staff. Extremely dishonest managers and illegal firings are the rule of law here, covered by a pay-out to sign away your rights.
    There was a lot of back-biting and scheming apparent and several two-faced managers you wouldn't want to share anything with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't just talk about caring, sharing, loving, respecting, make an effort to implement it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    DTS technology is amazing. Career opportunities are limited.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DTS full-time

    Pros

    Great technology. HQ facility is very nice, majority of employees are kind and helpful, benefits are good.

    Cons

    Career opportunities are limited. Employees are not held accountable. Good people leave. Remains to be seen if the mgmt team can turn their opportunity into a profitable future.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make it happen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    DTS is a great employer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DTS full-time

    Pros

    Extremely employee focused with a strong emphasis on team work

    Cons

    Not any cons to mention

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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