DreamWorks Animation

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DreamWorks Animation Reviews

Updated Jul 22, 2014
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3.8 154 reviews

90% Approve of the CEO

DreamWorks Animation CEO and Director Jeffrey Katzenberg

Jeffrey Katzenberg

(119 ratings)

83% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • They serve free breakfast and lunch every day (in 29 reviews)

  • Family atmosphere, training opportunities, moving screenings and free food (in 29 reviews)


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

  • Doing a crap & useless job as a R&D Engineer using age old tools (in 7 reviews)

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    Great Animation Company

    CFX Artist (Current Employee) Glendale, CA

    ProsFree lunch everyday, cool animation projects to work on, lots of room for growth.

    ConsNo job security anymore, long term contracts are almost a thing of the past

    Advice to Senior ManagementCome up with logical, quantifiable criteria to evaluate employees. Numbers don't lie

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place to work

    Rough Layout Artist (Former Employee) Glendale, CA

    ProsStable 9-6 work. Great campus, great people. Benefits are very good. Fun work environment. Free breakfast and lunches. Ever expanding company. Hands on CEO with a vision and direction.

    ConsTough time locking in story, sometimes leads to low morale. Parking isn't the greatest. Recent layoffs due to a movie being shelved, other projects being pushed, and a few poor box office results.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Nice perks, nice people, beautiful campus, A+ cafe

    Internal Audit Department (Former Employee) Glendale, CA

    ProsBeautiful campus, A+ cafe, nice perks, nice people actively helping you out

    ConsNo pay or little pay (9 dollar per hour) for intern, no open opportunity for entry level candidate

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great potential for this company but struggling with the vision thing.

    Technical Director (Former Employee) Glendale, CA

    ProsDreamworks Animation is has got some amazing artists, both digital and traditional. Every comapny has a few bad apples, but at Dreamworks for every 1 problematic personality you'll work with 50 others who are great people, smart, professional. Can learn a lot from you coworkers there if you keep an open mind. Great benefits, which includes the lush campus in Glendale (this review for Glendale location), "free" breakfast and lunch, fun company events too. Pretty good technology there too, Dreamworks Animation has consistently made heavy investments in advancing their production tools - though that comes with a cost.

    ConsDreamworks Animation constistently has trouble coming up with movies that people can get excited about. The core mission, make animated movies, is what they are struggling with. Many of the lower-level artists, acutally making the films, wonder what the thought process is in the story department and at the executive level that so many films there that start off as great ideas end up as disappointments once finally up on screen. It's not the quality of the graphics, or the voice acting, or the animation itself. It's the story. Disney and Pixar have gotten story right so consistnetly over the years that they can afford a dud here and there. But at Dreamworks Animation dud stories seem to be the rule and great stories the exception. Other: Much of the technology (software) used there is outdated. Training department is ineffective. Very little room for advancement if you are an artist acutally making the film. Several of the art-type departements (like animation) can be very clickish.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement need to take hard look at their story department and find out why what starts out as a clever idea ends up being boring and in some case borderline offensive once finally in the thearters.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great company to work for, a bit unorganized.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Redwood City, CA

    ProsGreat employee perks such as free breakfast, lunch and often happy hours. Fun employee events and classes you can take whenever. People are generally happy to work there, great artists.

    ConsVery busy all the time. Lots of overtime. Perhaps that's just the industry though. Also, pay is pretty low to combat the expensiveness of living in the SF Bay Area.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGenerally great. No suggestions.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Wonderful work environment full of talented people.

    Videography Intern (Former Employee) Glendale, CA

    ProsDreamworks has some amazing talent working for them in all departments. They provide several opportunities to advance the skills of their employees. The campus is beautiful and has several amenities that will make you want to stay on campus.

    ConsInterns do not get paid, unless you work in the summer. They have not been doing so well at the box office, so there are not very many employment opportunities at the moment. When I was working there, they had major lay offs. Low level employees were some of the first to go.

    Also, they have several resources for training employees. However, getting someone to personally teach you something was difficult. I was often told to consult the studio's wiki, which was often hard to navigate and the information wasn't always up to date.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Cozy job but not very progressive.

    Character Technical Director (Current Employee) Glendale, CA

    ProsThe work environment here is pretty great. Lots of free food and delightful campus. The films are also quite ambitious so there are always fun problems to solve.

    ConsThe technology is way behind the industry standards so we often can't match the vision from art and the director. Also everything is in house software so the skill set you learn here is not applicable to any other studio.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe management is pretty friendly provided your not in contract negotiations. However this is typical for most animation studios.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Fun, but technology isn't a priority

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsPeople were great to work with and the environment was great for a larger company. Free breakfast/lunch and nice gym and weekly movie screenings.

    ConsNo stock options, below average compensation (as it usually is with this industry). Most of technology is proprietary and fragile.

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    Not Great For 20 Somethings

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Glendale, CA

    ProsAll the obvious pros are there: the food, the location, working with dynamic and creative people in a driven company turning out a better and better product.

    ConsHowever, the company culture seems to specifically support young families and middle-aged parents as opposed to young people who want to start their careers. The internship I did was fantastic, however due to the slow-moving nature of a large corporate company and the fact that older people seem stuck for a long time in the same job, it seems unlikely that they are often able to hire interns or anyone at the entry level.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAddress the fierce competition in the lower ranks which seems somewhat prohibitive to maintaining the company culture of "team work" and creativity.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A creative and comfortable place to work

    Lighting Artist (Former Employee) Glendale, CA

    ProsThe projects are generally fun, and most of the senior staff are very supportive and professional. Time frames on projects are managed well, and the 'crunch' is minimal if it's there at all. Only studio I have worked out, where all the production staff are not burnt out and bitter.
    There is a huge variety of creative people here, and it's a very supportive community.

    ConsSeem to move into production before story is finished, resulting in shuffling around. Lots of production staff who have been there for a long time, are set in their ways. If by chance they do adopt new technology, they do it using their outdated ideas.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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