Dolby Reviews

Updated July 24, 2015
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Dolby President and CEO Kevin J. Yeaman
Kevin J. Yeaman
110 Ratings

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. 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

    I worked at Dolby

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    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


  2. Helpful (1)

    Cool technology and people

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Dolby

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    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.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Dolby Labs - SF stalwart

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Dolby full-time

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

    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.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Loved Working at Dolby

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    • Senior Management
    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.....


  6. Helpful (3)

    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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Dolby on downward spiral

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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 (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, some very dedicated engineers and lots of ideas

    Cons

    ideas hampered by micromanagers (many of whom micromanage through their butts), that's to say a simple email request or statement by a manager is blown out to three pages of hyperbole and BS over trite things. This reflects on how disparate managers are from engineers/QA/technical writers

    Advice to Management

    Sack a bunch of middle managers, retain your engineers with mor eincentive to innovate (IdeaQuest is fine) but many great ideas get stomped on by managers who only have short term focus and reliance on legacy technologies far being outstripped by competitors. Some bullying of staff, particularly by middle managers in Brannan. This has to stop. Dolby is a great worldwide company but you can tell where the nest of egos are, in San Francisco. One particular div head sees himself in the pilot's chair and it shows and this attitude is not a good thing for any company.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Good place to intern

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    • Senior Management
    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


  9. Helpful (4)

    Hopeless

    • Work/Life Balance
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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Dolby

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

    Pros

    Every "pro" description includes Fridays off as a pro. It's easy to get used to this sleepy pace and total lack of accountability. Plus many fun toys to play with if you are an engineer (with no expectations that you will bring a product to market!). Even if you are not an engineer, you will have plenty of consultants to do your work for you.

    Cons

    All of the "pros" above are actually "cons". Inexperienced management: Politics. Politics. Politics. Talk. Talk. Talk. Spend. Spend. Spend.

    Advice to Management

    No advice. Situation is simply hopeless. But if you want to keep the dream alive for a while longer get rid of the consultants and the 9/80s. Hold yourselves accountable first, then your employees.


  10. 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.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Seasoned professional

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    • Senior Management
    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.



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