Dolby Reviews

Updated March 18, 2015
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Dolby President and CEO Kevin J. Yeaman
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Pros
  • 9/80 schedule if you are in one of the old offices (San Francisco) (in 36 reviews)

  • In general, I think many people enjoy good work-life balance here and the off-Fridays are a great benefit (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)

  • Another commonly stated problem on glassdoor which I agree - EVERYTHING is consensus decision making (in 10 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful

    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

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful

    Very good working experience, had an excellent manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dolby

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    None...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful

    Great Company to work for.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Dolby

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 7 people found this helpful

    Nice brand, company and smart people - but out-dated culture and politics stifles growth and development

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

    I have been working at Dolby (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - 9/80 work schedule
    - Excellent work/life balance in most teams, although some people really lean toward the life part which might explain a portion of Dolby's sluggish growth.
    - Incredibly intelligent colleagues with deep industry knowledge and critical thinking skills.
    - Many interesting and amazing products on the horizon. Being a part of those developments that could be truly game-changing is amazing if we can get them launched and launched well.
    - The promise and potential of working for a great brand.
    - Unique perk: employee screenings of first run movies in the best theater (acoustically) in the country.

    Cons

    - Out-dated culture, heavy on old-school style political maneuvering to the degree that ideas and innovation are generally stifled. If you do happen to bring something solid to the table that a more Machiavellian colleague notices, he will take it for his own and give you little to no credit and probably not fully flesh out.
    - Lack of mentoring - While you might be surrounded by great minds, you will only get to learn by osmosis even if you ask for mentoring. If you are not already at the top of your game upon hiring, you will be side-lined. There is little opportunity to learn and grow your career, despite any promise you might hold. This cultural aspect also fails to create managers who jump on teachable moments as opportunities to develop their staff and expand on ideas.
    - These same brilliant minds while "waxing poetic" in highly-intelligent and fascinating discourse and debates of critical thinking and industry expertise often get so bogged down by the political strategies of consensus based decision making that progress is slow (which in tech, spells eventual death). There are few meetings less than 90 minutes and that is often weekly.
    - Initiative is not only not encouraged or rarely rewarded, but is sometimes actively disapproved of. Honestly, it sometimes seems like one's proclivity for initiative is perceived as "making another look bad" rather than doing what needs to be done for the good of the project. Rolling up your sleeves and digging in as a team is not part of the culture here.
    - Multiply all of the above x10 if you are a woman and then some. Several women colleagues over the years have left in frustration for having no actual seat at the table and ideas repeatedly being co-opted by male team members. This is as true in the more gender-balanced population of the marketing department as it is in the heavily male-skewed engineering. department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cull out the old guard and the dead-weight lounging around to shake up the culture to foster innovation, meritocracy, and the tech dominance once held by Dolby; and eliminate out-dated political maneuvering behaviors which serve egos over the success of the business . Encourage mentoring and initiative, especially of junior staff and women. The young are the future and will help Dolby be nimble in the fast-moving tech industry. Changing the furniture in the new building will not miraculously reinvent the culture to be more like Twitter, FB, or Google. Much of the above, on the other hand, will.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful

    Well known company with a small company feel

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Dolby as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    For a San Francisco high tech company, it didn't feel overly stressed. They expected you to do good work but not to kill yourself in the process. I think that's a big plus. I'm sure every department is different. I worked in HR.

    Cons

    They didn't seem to be on the cutting edge of policies and practices.

    Recommends
  8. Not bad, but not great

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

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

    Pros

    Off Fridays, Ray Dolby and his love for engineering instilled solid values.

    Cons

    Slow go to market execution

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful

    Great people with a few rotten apples

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    Former Contractor - Brand Marketing Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Contractor - Brand Marketing Project Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Dolby as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    The 9/80 work week is really awesome. People enjoy what they do and are passionate about the cinema industry. Dolby also is making great efforts to make themselves relevant again to this generation of young adults.

    Cons

    Management is super poor for everyone below senior. Not a great place for young entry level workers looking to learn. A great resume booster but not much take away from the company as a whole.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be afraid to invest time into younger employees. They could turn out to be the best workers you have because they are willing to stay late and work hard to gain that experience.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Terrible lack of respect for the individual by the leadership.

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

    I worked at Dolby full-time

    Pros

    Some very good, cooperative people - mostly those that had been there under the former management (pre-Kevin Yaemon)

    Cons

    Inability to trust management at most levels. Short-term, finance driven planning by the CEO - exactly the opposite of what Ray Dolby did to build their success.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reboot the Senior Management with someone who understands technology strategy. Clean house

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11. I worked in Dolby as a Broadcast Engineer

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

    I have been working at Dolby

    Pros

    There is no any good reason to work in Dolby La. Very bad company, Baddest Management, Baddest colleague, Baddest environment:

    Cons

    1. Engineer in Dolby Lab very busy in Meeting. from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and then they leave every rush to take Bart or Train to go home
    2. Engineer in Dolby Lab tell new comer everything have to ask s'one will help and they don't want you to ask, very conflict.
    3. As I know every Laptop in Dolby Lab has the 'Watching' software. They can know what you are doing in real time
    4. Some Manager using Meter Watch to monitor what you are doing and how long you working
    5. Teaching very poor and want you to finish project in next two hours
    6. Don't go to Dolby Lab - worst Management team

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't go to Dolby Lab - worst Management team

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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