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DreamWorks Animation Reviews

Updated March 3, 2015
Updated March 3, 2015
208 Reviews
3.6
208 Reviews
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DreamWorks Animation CEO and Director Jeffrey Katzenberg
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Review Highlights

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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Unique Culture

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

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

    Pros

    DreamWorks has a very unique culture. The employees make all difference in the work enrvironment. From Artist to Dig Ops to Facilities to HR - everyone is family. Great perks, free lunch & breakfast, free gym membership, free Caltrain passes. Great Health Benefits.

    Cons

    Low pay. Unless you are an experienced artist the pay is not representative for the silicon valley cost of living.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves 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.  

    Great job, great benefits

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
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  5.  

    Amazing place to work for

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    • 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.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • 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
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    PDI

    • Comp & Benefits
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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
  8.  

    Great place.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at DreamWorks Animation as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great work environment. Great hours.

    Cons

    They try hard to keep young talent underpaid.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Uncertain future ahead.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor

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

    Pros

    Great tight knit group of highly creative and technical people. Everyone works very hard to create the best films possible. PDI location had a feeling of family and everyone supported one another. Production management was given frequent training to develop career growth and not just treated as a job.

    Cons

    With the recent leadership change, hard to know where the company is headed. They need to transform from a producer driven studio to a director driven studio to take the creative risks but know their audience. Dreamworks needs to appreciate the production management more, but the trend seems to be adding more a more multiple departments onto one supervisor. Change in software is very slow with a tendency to maintain outdated proprietary software rather than put the investment in more off the shelf applications.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Integrate teams more to know what the buzz is from the ground up. Don't just listen to the established creatives but to the lower rung people as well. They are able to tell what will be good and what won't be. People will always strive to make the best film possible, but it needs to start with a good idea first.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Top heavy, adversarial

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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
  11.  

    not a dream job anymore

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DreamWorks Animation

    Pros

    artisty and good people and benefits

    Cons

    projects that are delayed or stopped in midstream

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