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Dolby Reviews

Updated December 4, 2014
Updated December 4, 2014
147 Reviews
3.3
147 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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Engineer role

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Good technology, benefits are great.0, 9/80 work week is excellent

    Cons

    Administrative CEO and senior management has no vision - poor manager of people. Most of the engineering departments are under-resourced, stressed and hardly get to take advantage of the every other Friday off (or even weekends at times).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of talented and start recognizing stellar employees.

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

    Sadly diminishing formerly stellar brand, clueless management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dolby full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Amazingly smart, nice people with only a few standout exceptions, product development, some excellent products, good benefits, old-school, pre-public employees and culture were amazing, and some of that still lingers.

    Cons

    Most of the highest managers do not know anything about the businesses Dolby serves and focus on stock prices and tax-collecting licensing fees. Goals, and, hence roles, are ever-changing (as often as daily.) Management and staff lacking industry experience and knowledge. Quarterly-results focus at expense of running a successful business

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set attainable, concrete goals. Care about the customer, not Wall Street. Hire talent that understands the markets served. Respond to clients as Ray would have done.

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

    This company has lost its way

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

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

    Pros

    980 Friday's
    Engineers treated very well -we're very much a family - honored to work with so many talented people

    Cons

    Administrative CEO - no vision - poor manager of people
    Marketing just baffles me. Why can't you fix the dysfunction?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior Management has no vision.
    Engineers work hard but given little direction.
    Ray Dolby would be very disappointed - quite sad what they have done to his company.
    CFO makes discriminatory comments about minorities (yes, people can hear you behind closed doors and they tell others).
    Nice job on new building!

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

    Do something smart: Fire the CEO!

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    Former Employee - Vice President in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Vice President in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Dolby full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Great 9/80 schedule
    Many talented colleagues

    Cons

    Mediocre executive team
    No vision
    See Dolby as a cash cow (which is probably what the Dolby family wants)
    Poor track records regarding acquisitions
    Patent portfolio expiring soon
    Expensive and completely inefficient move to SAP

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Everything starts from the CEO. This one is weak, has no vision and no charisma. The quarterly employee meetings are pathetic. Many employees no longer want to attend these meetings: It's total waste of time.
    There is no vision. There are a lot of plans and ideas. It's the "menu du jour" with new directions every quarter, then nothing…

    This CEO should go and be replaced with someone who understands the new economy and how consumer electronics is shifting toward the internet of things. The current CEO is still trying to understand how Windows works. it's that bad!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    No sense of design and no leadership in marketing.

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

    I worked at Dolby full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Every other Friday off, great benefits, excellent bonus structure.
    Excellent Legal, Sales, and Engineering teams.

    Cons

    Creative and Marketing are a joke.
    dolby.com.
    No CMO = nobody managing inexperienced VPs.
    Tradeshows = marketing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire a real CMO who can easily identify the weak links. Listen to the actual experts at the rank-and-file level. Stop listening to consultants and VPs (who likely don't deserve to be in those roles, but played politics and embellished their resumes instead).
    My ratings are focused on Marketing (not Sales, Legal, or Engineering)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Non-engineer role

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Dolby full-time

    Pros

    Good technology, benefits are great.0, 9/80 work week is awesome.

    Cons

    Not much room for advancement in my career field

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Wonderful engineers/co-workers, but upper management is throwing darts w/ minimal strategy.

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

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

    Pros

    * The engineers that work there are wonderful, smart, talented, passionate, and driven.
    * Get every other Friday off.
    * Better paying than most companies (but at what cost?)
    * Very encouraging of a healthy working environment (debatably).

    Cons

    * The engineers are under-appreciated/not well known or well utilized by upper management.
    * There are 2-5 managers for every engineer, rather than the other way around.
    * Upper management continues to pinch pennies by stretching engineering resources as thinly as possible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    * Less managers, more engineers...!!!
    * Cut/merge as many projects as needed, but then re-resource the remainders with the surplus of engineers to better ensure that products released are as high quality as possible, as their current quality is giving the company and everyone in it a bad name/reputation.
    * Provide better advertising for the products that are intended for mass consumption--ie: Dolby Atmos. The few consumers out there who have actually heard of Atmos don't know what it does, much less know anything about how it might improve upon prior Dolby surround technology. Providing 3 short bullet points about its features in most ads would remedy this. People see through the magic trick these days--they crave better technology to make it magic again.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    good working enviroment

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Imaging Intern in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Imaging Intern in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    one day off every two week

    Cons

    company is small, people have to multitask.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    take care of talented.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Very sad

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Dolby full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Every other Friday off and benefits

    Cons

    This reflects only my experience in the Sales and Marketing organization - poor middle/upper management and poor choices in consultants and outside agencies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maybe do an Undercover Boss to get a good look at what the company is up to at the ground level and start recognizing stellar employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Has Been

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

    I worked at Dolby full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    9/80 work schedule
    Knowledgable coworkers who have great ideas for innovation

    Cons

    Big ego senior management and corporate politics have destroyed this company. A whole bunch of good talent got laid off. Many with over 20 years experience. Call them old guard, dead wood or whatever you want, but they hold the keys to why the company was so successful for so long. Instead of bringing those people up to the new ideas and business thinking, consultants and management pushed a large number of people out the door.
    The company is reactionary. Even their huge success with Dolby Digital was a reaction to outside companies making products to compete with Dolby.
    The general feeling from licensees is that Dolby is there to collect royalties with little effort to earn them.
    The management also believes that the world will bow to their whims because they are Dolby. Sorry, that may have worked in 1975, but not now. Your competition is eating you alive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit kidding yourselves. Your stuff stinks just like everyone. Your customers despise you for the most part. Your employees are unhappy unless they are part of your upper circle of highly compensated management.
    You tossed out some of your best resources as you ousted the person who lived on reorg after reorg with little result. You should have gotten those people to join you in moving into the next phase of business practices, given them the resources and relied on their experiences to further the company goals. Instead you hired incompetent clueless consultants to run the show into the ground.
    There are a lot of common comments here about what the real issues are. You have fallen into the instant gratification trap. Guess what? The instant is over and the long term is suffering because of it. Now the long term is here and you can't fix it. It is time to pay up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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