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DreamWorks Animation Reviews in Glendale, CA

Updated December 4, 2014
Updated December 4, 2014
182 Reviews
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Pros
  • great campus and free breakfast and lunch for all employees (in 32 reviews)

  • Good people, free food, people seem to really care about your future, stable work (in 33 reviews)


Cons
  • Doesn't even cover the cost of living (in 6 reviews)

  • r&d has trouble retaining good engineers but management will not admit the problem is poor management (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    It was excellent until recent times.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Layout Artist in Glendale, CA
    Current Employee - Layout Artist in Glendale, CA

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

    Pros

    Creative Environment
    Competitive Salaries
    Lots of Perks
    Causal Atmosphere

    Cons

    Upper and mid-level managers are not qualified.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management needs to step back and focus on business. Film making is not their area of expertise and this is why the company is struggling to make a movie the public wants to see and establish a brand that will last.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  2.  

    Great First Career Thus Far

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Glendale, CA
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Glendale, CA

    I have been working at DreamWorks Animation full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great People
    Not too big a company
    Sense of pride and community
    Jeffrey Katzenberg is open and honest with employees and genuinely does what he thinks is best for DWA. He loves and values what he's built.

    Cons

    Film slate is not promising
    Wrong people at executive level making production decisions
    HR department protects the sour apples, not the people brave enough to tell them the truth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See "Cons" section

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Loved working here!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Coordinator in Glendale, CA
    Former Employee - Coordinator in Glendale, CA

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

    Pros

    Overall an incredible and singular place to work. From life drawing classes to screenings and free food, the perks are pretty great. The insurance is the best I've had from any employer. There is a doctor on campus. It's a work hard play hard kind of place. Amazing people. Company culture is the best I've experienced in the industry.

    Cons

    Creatively the brand could focus more on original character and story. The business model favors "big idea" films and franchises in a place full of true artists. Lots of untapped and/or frustrated talent, not uncommon in the business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote from within. Consider further training and programs that would afford employees quicker growth opportunities.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great experience to really grasp your creative side of technology.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Configuration Management in Glendale, CA
    Current Employee - Configuration Management in Glendale, CA

    I have been working at DreamWorks Animation

    Pros

    Free breakfast and lunch. Beautiful area and weather was great. People are very nice and welcoming.

    Cons

    Under paid for work that is done.,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Made me not want to work in production anymore

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Production Intern in Glendale, CA
    Former Employee - Production Intern in Glendale, CA

    I worked at DreamWorks Animation as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    -screenings
    -free things
    -intern learning sessions
    -free meals
    -casual atmosphere
    -employees who were happy to talk to you and teach you what they know
    -campus events

    Cons

    -not enough work
    -didn't actually do "real" work most of the time; mainly just menial, tedious tasks
    -no pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure that interns only work in departments that actually have responsibilities for them. Anyone can unload binders and set up food and drinks for voice talent. Internships should be a learning experience. Yes, film is an industy where you have to pay your dues but I'm sure that interns can be taught something quite valuable other than how to take apart binders.

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

    Great perks, amazingly talented and creative people, just sometimes weird movies

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production Intern in Glendale, CA
    Current Employee - Production Intern in Glendale, CA

    I have been working at DreamWorks Animation as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    • Training program
    • Yoga by the fountains (FREE)
    • Writing, producing, filming, sketch comedy, mobile app production classes offered for free taught by industry professionals
    • free movie night
    • free, really good food
    • Peers and coworkers will no doubt be very intelligent and creative. It's a fusion of Silicon Valley and Hollywood.
    • Many opportunities for mentorship
    • Many opportunities to engage in specific projects you care about

    Cons

    • Hollywood pay (not that great)
    • sometimes the movies are just weird, and it's strange to work at a place where the people working on a specific movie don't have faith in it
    • many people do not have faith in the higher management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the artists when seeking feedback on film ideas and scripting!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great studio, not always great managers

    Former Employee - Senior Animator in Glendale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Animator in Glendale, CA

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

    Pros

    Beautiful work environment
    Lots of very talented people
    Fantastic union health and retirement benefits, far better than those of Pixar, Blue Sky, or Sony (this is only for the Glendale employees)
    Southern California - there's nowhere better when you're a young man
    Good pay
    About the best job stability in the entire industry
    Free quality meals (amazing how much people complain about the food while they're saving thousands a year on groceries)
    Katzenberg is the hardest working guy in Hollywood, and has a better story/entertainment sense than he gets credit for

    Cons

    The job stability means glass ceilings for people who start in junior positions. There's so little turnover that it takes forever to work up the ranks.
    At the same time, outside hires ware often overvalued and not as good as more junior people already at the studio.
    As transparent and inspiring as Katzenberg can be, many of the managers he surrounds himself with are idiots and savage political animals. I knew a couple of production people who were pushed out because they were too willing to speak up for the artists and TDs.
    The pervasive and irrational fanboy hatred of DreamWorks gets tiring. But then it's not that hard to stop reading Cartoon Brew and similar echo chambers.
    Extremely hierarchical studio structure. People in different departments have no contact with each other, and tiny issues can become big problems. In 10 years there I never got to know a single lighter, modeler, or rigger except to nod at a few of them in the lunch line.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house on a lot of entrenched management. Keep seeking out good, talented writers and directors instead of the same old hacks who have been with the studio forever.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    intern

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consumer Product in Glendale, CA
    Current Employee - Consumer Product in Glendale, CA

    I have been working at DreamWorks Animation as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    great campus and free breakfast and lunch for all employees

    Cons

    pay is not as competitve

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase salary to attract greater talent

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great environment!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Glendale, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Glendale, CA

    I worked at DreamWorks Animation as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Really great and beautiful campus. Really nice work environment, such as adjustable desk, chair, computer hardware, and other facilities. People are really nice and excite for their movies.
    Their own education department teaches internal software

    Cons

    Salaries are low compared to other software companies. Only linux-based.
    Program code base was huge and not easy to find something at once (not so many documents).

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Summer Intern

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glendale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glendale, CA

    I have been working at DreamWorks Animation as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    - free food (breakfast, lunch, and snacks in every office)
    - beautiful campus
    - lots of events, classes, screenings
    - people are pretty friendly

    Cons

    - tough to advance/change positions
    - departments are cliquey
    - no creative opportunities for interns
    - (at least for the interns) lack of structure, some days i would have absolutely nothing to do

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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