Dolby

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Dolby Reviews

Updated January 22, 2015
Updated January 22, 2015
152 Reviews
3.3
152 Reviews
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Dolby President and CEO Kevin J. Yeaman
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Review Highlights

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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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Engineering-driven company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Dolby full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Fun if you like tech
    Hands-on experience with lots of responsibility since there are many business lines that require each function

    Cons

    Marketing and sales dept is a bit disorganized
    Favoritism among management of employees can prevail when employee doesn't earn it

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Challenging projects, but not always for the right reasons.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Dolby full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Scientists and engineers are wicked smart. Old-school business values - little burn-out, slow but steady growth, investment in people. Salary, benefits, vacation schedule better than average. Every other Friday off. Generally very few egos, at least in the rank-and-file.

    Cons

    Executives are young and somewhat unproven at high level - rock stars that have enjoyed meteoric rises. Significant churn in some departments (e.g., Marketing), often lacking clear direction. Since IPO, company wants to be like IBM from the 80s - tons of VPs, faceless bureaucracy, one-way information flow, lack of transparency, increasing numbers of layoffs, horrible processes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more visible, transparent. Talk about failures as well as success. Show people your real vision and passion. I can only follow what I can see.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great people and technology, poor management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Dolby (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Working on interesting technologies and flexible work hours

    Cons

    Executives has no vision in driving the company forward and consensus based decisions, or there lack of decisions…

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Words are empty without action.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Dolby is going places,

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Great non political work enviroment,
    Strong work life balance, (9/80)
    Amazing technologies about to come to market,
    One foot in hi tech the other in the entertainment industry,
    Dolbys new San Francisco HQ is going to be amazing.

    Cons

    Slow to change, though that is evolving,
    A formerly weak Marketing org, but new leadership is changing that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keeping fixing what is broken.

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

    Once Great Company, Losing Relevance

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Dolby full-time (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 ManagementAdvice

    - 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Dolby

    Pros

    people, off every fridays, work at home, benefits

    Cons

    cant thing of any atm

  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great relaxed culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Design Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Design Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Dolby full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

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

    Engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Dolby

    Pros

    Great Projects
    Great people
    long term viewpoint

    Cons

    none I enjoy working here

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    The place to be as a researcher or engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Scientist in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Scientist in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Dolby full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Unstructured software development process. Anyone heard of SCUM?

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Lack of vision & character permeates upper management.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Design Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Design Engineer in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    There are some smart engineers. There is usually one high profile exciting project going on - be sure to be on that project, as it's the only way to get noticed.

    Cons

    Over political.
    Low morale.
    Working with offshore teams.
    There seems to be a re-org every few months.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It may be time to relocate, you can't compete with your neighbors for real talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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