Dolby Reviews

Updated August 29, 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. Director, Operations

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    Former Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Dolby full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people. Super, super smart people. Great brand recognition with superb corporate history. New corporate offices are very nice. Their technology and dedication to excellence is without equal.

    Cons

    Decision making is rife with tedious deliberation which drags things out beyond where they need be. Some teams seem lack alignment with each other around strategy and focus. Inadequate time allowed to discovery process on new initiatives forcing quality to be challenged by delivery dates. IT is underfunded and under resourced.

    Advice to Management

    Diversity, diversity, diversity on your board and in leadership. Don't be so conservative. More transparency and less tedious deliberation. Wakeup.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Operations

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Supportive, innovative, and growth-oriented culture. Smart colleagues. 9/80 Fridays are awesome!

    Cons

    Contractor employees are definitely made to feel devalued. Hope this system has seen improvement.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Great minds but very poor execution.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very nice and really hard working people to work with.9/80 is awesome. Some amazing,mindblowing vision and audio technology developed here. Great potential for new products for Dolby Vision /Dolby Atmos if executed properly. Its is highly possible that every Display Device sold in 5 yrs from now could be capable of Dolby Vision.Lot depends on execution.

    Cons

    Management completely lacks innovation in bringing new ideas to market. Time to market is very very very slow. Upper management lack foresight and keeps adding/changing new product requirement way too often. Stock price for the last 5 yrs goes only one way and its not north. Poor stock compensation.


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  5. Helpful (10)

    Great Brand, but not so great strategy, or managers.

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    Current Employee - EXPERIENTIAL MARKETING MANAGER in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - EXPERIENTIAL MARKETING MANAGER in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing brand to have on your resume of course. Potrero office (soon to remodel) is a cool building with amazing history and vibe. Some amazing products that could (do) change the world if they were marketed well. People would be asking for Dolby products in droves instead of 4K TVs.

    Cons

    The new building on Market is cool, but workspaces are cramped and there aren't any of the typical "tech corridor" perks in sight except for some light snacks. The company has undergone an overhaul of sorts and it's clear who has fresh ideas and who is dragging their feet. Every other Friday off is great, but not really 'off' - You need to work 9 hours every other day and then most people end up working part of the Friday Day off. Have found management to be stifling. There is an expectation of doing things "The Dolby Way" which is fine, but there's really no patience for interest or questions and no direction or documentation on what that Dolby way is... So watch out when you don't do it as expected. Was referred in, and then last-minute the position was changed to contract instead of FTE and had to go through management agency with a TON of paperwork and slow processes... 4-weeks in and the job suddenly appears re-posted. NO discussion or addressing from management, HR, or agency... poor taste and somewhat rude behavior. There's no experience in Experiential Marketing here... Lots of "shove this peg thru this hole - fast' mentality. Executions are not cohesive or thoughtful.

    Advice to Management

    You hire people for their expertise, so let them be experts (and if they blow it, then deal)... Don't treat employees like children and dictate every single email or process that could be improved upon. Yes, life moves fast, but work smart - not just hard. Let people bring more to the table. If you want to be a fresh, cool company, then there are lots of amazing ways to engage the market. Slapping up a booth at a show that has little thought about messaging or experience isn't going to move the needle. Those of us that are asking questions are doing so to understand and further the brand and the product. Just because there's a gathering of people doesn't make it an 'event', much less an experiential event.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Average

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    9/80 work week, results in lots of time off.

    Cons

    Commute to SF from south bay takes a very long time. Decisions are made slowly - so slow that sometimes the market has past the want. Indecision because of consensus building takes so long.

    Advice to Management

    Focus actual delivery of a usable product and not the next new thing


  7. Helpful (1)

    Executive Assistant

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    Former Employee - Contract Administrator (IP Licensing Specialist) in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Contract Administrator (IP Licensing Specialist) in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, Fun environment to work

    Cons

    office location is not optimal

    Advice to Management

    contractors should be treated like employees


  8. Helpful (1)

    Cool technology and people

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    Former Employee - Project Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Very cool working environment, technology and people. Overall layback 9/80 schedule providing excellent work life balance.

    Cons

    This company has very good talent dedicating decades of their life working there. But upper management lacks focus and direction.

    Advice to Management

    Act faster to market. Engineers are capable and available for new challenges.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Dolby used to be a good place to work

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    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Dolby full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    9/80. It doesn't suck. Somewhat interesting technology.

    Cons

    Terrible politics Brown nosing seems to get you ahead here. Very poor long term growth prospects. No strong leadership. They have a corporate shakeout every few years, so I don't expect the current crop of VP's to last very long.

    Advice to Management

    Needs a new culture. I don't think teams are hungry enough to compete in the market. I don't think their is enough visionary management.


  10. Helpful (6)

    Dolby Labs - SF stalwart

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Dolby full-time

    Pros

    Consistent revenue numbers, high percentage of license revenue, collegiate atmosphere. Employees are provided autonomy and can build deep expertise.

    Cons

    Lacking "high tech" company perks (sodas, food, onsite services). Although only a small fraction, negative employees, those with poor work ethic, and those who are even rude are tolerated. New office is in Mid-Market.

    Advice to Management

    Company "mission" is lacking. To provide a sense of purpose, share heartfelt, core, action oriented goals/values.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Leadership

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Dolby full-time

    Pros

    Workers work really hard

    Cons

    Many VP's come across as immature and entitled

    Advice to Management

    Hold leaders accountable to lead teams in an upward and positive manner



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