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Updated July 3, 2015
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Pros
  • Free breakfast and lunch with a wide variety to choose from (in 32 reviews)

  • Lots of free food and delightful campus (in 33 reviews)

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

  • Low pay compared to industry standard (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Great People!

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Character Effects Artist in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Character Effects Artist in Redwood City, CA

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I worked here for many years and the studio is filled with fun, super smart people. There are a lot of little perks like on-site dining that really add up to a great experience.

    Cons

    It is very difficult to gain any upwards movement. Supervisors typically stay at the studio for long periods of time, making it difficult to ever receive more responsibilities as an employee.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on making great movies instead of expanding into other business areas. There was a great family culture at DreamWorks and it would be great if that could be re-invigorated.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Amazing Company Culture

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA

    I worked at DreamWorks Animation full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - amazing people and company culture. I loved working with the producers and directors on my film. You are truly surrounded by the most creative people and its very inspiring

    Cons

    There isn't much work life balance


  3. Helpful (1)

    Unstable and shifty.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lighting Artist in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Lighting Artist in Redwood City, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The the environment was nice while it lasted. Worked there for 6 years.
    It really depends on your department. Working in the back end departments vs working in marketing and higher up production- its a completely different company.

    The people (artist) in our dept were amazing to work with.

    Free food.

    Cons

    There is are no cons to working here. Obviously. That's the face you have to put on if you want to continue working there.

    Advice to Management

    Please do a better job hire people who can actually do your job. (Feedback at the company is more of nice thought done for show vs an actual reality of creating change)


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  5. Helpful (4)

    It was pretty good while it lasted

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Lighter in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Lead Lighter in Redwood City, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Good pay, good benefits, free lunches and lots of other random perks.

    Cons

    Long hours, felt like just another cog in the machine and a name on a spread sheet.

    Advice to Management

    Get your act together and listen to production when you ask them how things can be improved. If you had been listening 10+ years ago the studio wouldn't have had to shut down PDI and sell it's campus and lease it back.


  6. Helpful (5)

    PDI was a great place to work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lighter in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Lighter in Redwood City, CA

    I worked at DreamWorks Animation

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are so many incredible smart people working here and very little ego to get in the way. Employees are provided with free breakfast and lunch. Other perks include the gym, complimentary dinners if you're working late and lots of parties. There is a training department which you are encouraged to take advantage of; They can help you in your own department's work or for any cross training you may be interested in. The campus is small with about 400-500 people. This intimately sized workplace minimizes the frustration one can feel when working with strangers. As soon as you share a beer with some one, you're much more likely to give them the benefit of the doubt when they ... don't get you the element you been waiting for on time, or whatever.

    Cons

    The bureaucracy gets heavy every year. It's not a nimble company. Communication, in general, is poor between departments but, actually, all it takes is you to fix that. You will be lauded if you actually pick up the phone and ask another person a question. It's pretty easy to please your bosses in this way. If you start at the bottom, it's hard to work your way up within 5 years. The lowest positions do not pay well and it's a long road to $100,000 a year (RWC specific). I think the union in GLD protects employees from this but that is hearsay. There are too many bosses which artistically can mean too many cooks in the kitchen. Efficiency is not something that this company excels at in terms of getting shots approved.

    Advice to Management

    Trust one leader more and get rid of all of the other cooks in the kitchen so shots can get approved more quickly. Create a clear path for upward mobility.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Despite the volatility, a wonderful place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Character Technical Director in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Character Technical Director in Redwood City, CA

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Some of the most creative, diverse people I have met in my professional career.

    Cons

    Unstable - industry is driven by movie hits, which come and go.

    Advice to Management

    Middle management is great - caring and concerning about the workforce.
    Upper management is hard to gauge - High-level decisions about which movies to move forward on are very opaque, and the reasoning behind the decisions are not clear to the rest of the company. This led to the closing of the Redwood City studio.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Great job, great benefits

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Character Effects Artist in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Character Effects Artist in Redwood City, CA

    I have been working at DreamWorks Animation

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, creative enviroment, lots of free enrichment classes

    Cons

    unstable industry, production mis-management, greenlit several movies that looked bad from the outset

    Advice to Management

    need to update the process by which they greenlight movie productions


  9. My co-workers were the best team I ever worked with

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - N/A in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - N/A in Redwood City, CA

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The artists and production staff are what makes Dreamworks an awesome place to work. I've excelled as an artist because of my day-to-day peer interaction. Projects always inspired me to grow. Creative and encouraging discussions everyday within our department. Free lunch and snacks, gym on-site at the PDI studio. Good benefits such as health-care, dental, 401k. Paid overtime. Respect for personal life.

    Cons

    Work instability due to box-office duds and lackluster marketing. Corporate culture kills the informal atmosphere at Dreamworks, senior management are terrible and are way out of touch.

    Advice to Management

    Get a stronger marketing team. Senior management; get to know the people who make your movies.


  10. Amazing place to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Data Center Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Data Center Engineer in Redwood City, CA

    I worked at DreamWorks Animation full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Culture, work ethic, socialization....everything is amazing

    Cons

    Lots of layers for upper management. Communication can be a problem sometimes. Closing of RWC studio.


  11. Helpful (2)

    PDI

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Surfacer in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Surfacer in Redwood City, CA

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    great amazing super talented people, life long friends. can't beat the work culture there. Free hot breakfast, and lunches. gyms and all other sorts of percs. It really made coming to work really comfortable.

    Cons

    PDI shut down recently, executive management needs to change, tools are outdated and slow.



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