Dolby
2.7 of 5 123 reviews
www.dolby.com San Francisco, CA 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Apr 8, 2014

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Dolby President and CEO Kevin J. Yeaman

Kevin J. Yeaman

(81 ratings)

39% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "9/80 work schedule (notice that this listed as a "Pro" in 90% of the reviews"
    in 29 reviews
  • "9/80 work schedule, with every other Friday off"
    in 14 reviews
Cons:
  • "Really bad management; no work life balance, too many consultants and marketing is the worst on the planet"
    in 6 reviews
  • "Politics, history of consensus-driven decision-making, majority of shares still closely held"
    in 9 reviews
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Great

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Dolby

Prospeople, off every fridays, work at home, benefits

Conscant thing of any atm

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Great relaxed culture

Software Design Engineer (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA

I have been working at Dolby full-time for more than a year

ProsInnovative, Relaxed, Great location, Great people, 5/5 work life balance

ConsNot much room to grow, not big benefits like bigger companies

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Engineer

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Dolby

ProsGreat Projects
Great people
long term viewpoint

Consnone I enjoy working here

Advice to Senior ManagementGrow

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Inertia at the top

Management (Former Employee)
San Francisco, CA

I worked at Dolby full-time for more than 3 years

Prosoff fridays; generous 401K match; future mid market office; nice colleagues

Consexec team doesn't inspire much confidence - seem to be B players. feels like we are forever in limbo on just about everything. management team is really slow to make decisions and makes you wonder about their ability. general communication is absent within the company despite having a PR department, HR department and an exec team that should be communicating.

Advice to Senior Managementstop being so shy and passive.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Once Great Company, Losing Relevance

Director (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA

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

Pros- Every other Friday off
- Good core technologies
- Strong engineering talent

Cons- Lack of vision
- No clear strategy
- Poor leadership
- Conflict between business groups
- Declining market share in core business
- No real traction in new business areas
- Constant talent churn

Advice to Senior Management- It's time for new leadership
- Define a strategic vision for the future, and stick to it
- Quit the politics and get down to business

Dolby is a company in decline. Core technology patents are expiring, and new technologies are not being effectively brought to market. The segregated structure between business units creates lack of cooperation, and creates barriers for success. Ineffective leadership at the top is leading to chaos and confusion. The vision is lacking and strategy changes every six months. This has led to a lack of credibility, both inside and outside of the company. Marketing is in disarray. Talented employees with lots to contribute have been cast aside in a political struggle that is creating a middle layer of followers, not leaders. Senior leaders seem held to a different standard than general staff, leading to a lack of respect among their reports. It is time for the board to act and return this company to greatness.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great People, ADD Management, Changing Culture

Senior Product Manager (Former Employee)
San Francisco, CA

I worked at Dolby full-time for more than 8 years

Pros9/80 Work schedule, San Francisco Location, good salary and benefits, interesting work.

ConsExcessive feudalism amongst upper management, systematic dismantling the "old guard" and corporate culture that made Dolby successful, WAY TO MANY V.P.s/ Decision Makers. Excessive Political Favoritism, Attempts to reinvent the company without understanding the long-term implications.

Advice to Senior ManagementSenior V.P.s should not be allowed excessive autonomy.
Every team in every business unit should be judged on how well they execute their plans and meet their commitments to schedule and product. Favorite projects and teams have carte blanche to spend and dawdle, while other teams are starved of money, resources and support.
This company could use an actual board of directors rather than a bunch of passive retirees.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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The place to be as a researcher or engineer

Senior Staff Scientist (Current Employee)
Sunnyvale, CA

I have been working at Dolby full-time for less than a year

ProsGood Work - Life Balance. Super cool Supervisor. Above avarage benefits.

ConsUnstructured software development process. Anyone heard of SCUM?

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Ok

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Dolby full-time for more than a year

Pros9/80, work life balance. ATMOS has real potential

ConsGeneral lack of vision. No real-software-engineering processes in place. Offshoring of lots engineering positions and utterly clueless regarding anything audio that is not a licensable codec technology.

Advice to Senior ManagementExpand your vision, don't rest on your laurels. The music industry is ripe for disruption!

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Frustrated to see such a great company unravel

Senior Manager (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA

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

ProsMostly smart, friendly co-workers (apart from marketing folks who are either paranoid or psychopathic depending on how high up the management chain they are). Engineers are great and love the off Fridays

ConsE-team and senior management haven't got a clue how to run this company. Lack of vision, strategy and leadership to make sound decisions that push the company forward. It's either stalled or falling backwards. Marketing continues to be a joke despite the new CMO who has not made any smart calls yet. This team has lost some amazing talent over the past 6 months and anyone with any real ability is getting out fast. HR is a mess and favoritism rules.

Advice to Senior ManagementBad management (outside engineering) are ruining this company and that starts at the very top. The E-team is a joke and marketing goes from bad to worse. Board of Directors should take action, Dave D, do something before your father's legacy disappears

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Disappointing!

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

ProsI love the technology and worked with many outstanding individuals.

ConsManagement and executives are taking Dolby down a direction that is troubling in terms of the culture and moral. Extremely cut throat and hostile environment, particularly in the Emedia groups such as QA.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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