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DreamWorks Animation Reviews in Redwood City, CA

Updated February 23, 2015
Updated February 23, 2015
46 Reviews
3.6
46 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.  

    Great job, great benefits

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    need to update the process by which they greenlight movie productions

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Despite the volatility, a wonderful place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Amazing place to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    PDI

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Living the Dream at Dreamworks Animation

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Asset Management Technician in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Asset Management Technician in Redwood City, CA

    I have been working at DreamWorks Animation

    Pros

    This is one of the most fun and creative places I've ever worked at. You do hardwork but it never feels that way and your life feels good!

    Cons

    We are now closing our doors...

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Top heavy, adversarial

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA

    I worked at DreamWorks Animation

    Pros

    Free food and parking
    Until recently, relatively stable if you meet some minimum requirements
    Occasioal interesting projects

    Cons

    Top heavy
    Management unable or unwilling to understand the underlying messages in their actions.
    In some projects the ratio of implementers to 'management' was 1:7 or so (!)
    Meetings used to diffuse responsibility and delay action and mask lack of insight to problems instead of actual analysis and planning.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Current managers are very stuck in their ways and have a vested interest in keeping things (and themselves) where they are.
    Please note that what they are preserving brought them to the trouble that they are in now.
    Lost the balancing factor of PDI recently

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    System Administrator

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Redwood City, CA
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Redwood City, CA

    I worked at DreamWorks Animation as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people. Free lunch and breakfast.

    Cons

    Felt the company treated artists like cattle. Management didn't give employees an ounce of loyalty. It felt like they leveraged the fact that you were working for them to do what they pleased.. Poor salary.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    some good, some bad

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supervising Animator in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Supervising Animator in Redwood City, CA

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

    Pros

    The people are amazingly talented and really desire to do the best work. The company perks are fantastic and they seem to really want to make the employment experience a positive and unique one. Family oriented.

    Cons

    Projects feel rushed through production - quantity over quality; morale is low and prospects for company's future is not positive

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Future is uncertain

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Character Artist in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Character Artist in Redwood City, CA

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

    Pros

    great people to work with, very good benefits

    Cons

    Future is uncertain, box returns underperforming

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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