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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    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. great place to work in the past

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    Former Employee - Release Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Release Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Dolby (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great company culture of innovation

    Cons

    The culture has changed to mimic every other high tech company in the valley after the founder passed away.


  3. Good place to intern

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Dolby

    Pros

    Nice environment, small, people are friendly and cooperative

    Cons

    people don't seem to be really enthusiastic


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  5. Solid company, mostly good to work for, they are searching for direction

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA

    I worked at Dolby (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good compensation, options, benefits, etc.
    Smart people
    9/80 Schedule

    Cons

    IT may be the worst group to work for. Too much change, too much negativity.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Seasoned professional

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    Former Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Dolby full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great products, great company, international impact

    Cons

    Marketing Leadership needs to make and support decisions that are made

    Advice to Management

    Marketing VPs need to provide more hands on leadership and less talk about it.


  7. Helpful (8)

    The good and the bad

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    Current Employee - Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Dolby full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Unquestioned industry leader. There are great things happening and interesting work to be done, if you can get yourself positioned for it. And there are good people if you know where to look for them.

    Cons

    Has been becoming more and more conventional in every negative sense in the ten years since it went public. Disappointing to see this great niche environment slowly turn into an ordinary soulless tech company, increasingly staffed by ordinary soulless (and unethical) drones. True talent is exploited, patronized, and undervalued, and it ain't cream that's rising to the top (i.e. management).

    Advice for newer employees: keep your head down, do your work well, and don't be naive. If you're looking to move up and up...good luck with that.

    Advice to Management

    Don't even think about getting rid of the 9/80 schedule,


  8. Helpful (3)

    Engineering

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dolby

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The premier audio company grown by the vision of founder Ray Dolby.

    Cons

    Political correct ideology infesting several departments crippling the creative work process.

    Advice to Management

    Beware of power-mad middle management behavior


  9. Helpful (3)

    It is a very good tech-oriented company.

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    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.


  10. Helpful (7)

    Hostile Work Environment WARNING!!!

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    Former Employee - Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Dolby

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Competitive Salary. Every other Friday off.

    Cons

    Company is on a downward spiral at an exponential rate. Technically incompetent managers who micromanage, intimidate, and sabotage work efforts of subordinates. Overly political work environment. Dysfunctional team dynamic. No direction. Unreasonable expectations from managers. Mixed directives from managers. Contradictory direction and advisement from managers. Agile Scrum focus is upon meeting deadlines, not ensuring quality products. Sweatshop environment. Company is located in epicenter of one of San Francisco's most dangerous drug districts. Perimeter of building smells of human urine. Don't be fooled by the 4 day work week or the name. Dolby is just a brand. It's technology is primarily obsolete in today's "on demand" entertainment industry . Dolby is in no way one of the best companies to work for. It's never fun working on a sinking vessel. Hardly worth even a 30 minute commute. Beware!!!

    Advice to Management

    Fire all middle management or hire technically competent mentors who can facilitate process improvements. Downsize, or put up a for sale sign out front.


  11. Helpful (3)

    Very good working experience, had an excellent manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dolby

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

    Pros

    Leader in its on market has the ability to pursue new technologies without much sacrifice to the bottom line or competition. Compensation is very fair, good work environment, plenty of challenges to keep you busy and interested.

    Cons

    Change is very slow to occur, in some cases they have the wrong people in key leadership positions.



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