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DreamWorks Animation Reviews

Updated October 21, 2014
Updated October 21, 2014
173 Reviews
3.6
173 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • great campus and free breakfast and lunch for all employees (in 32 reviews)

  • Family atmosphere, training opportunities, moving screenings and free food (in 32 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 7 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Amazing culture to be a part of!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DreamWorks Animation

    Pros

    The people. The product. The work. You get fed all your meals (if your work OT, you get dinner). It really is a great place to work!

    Cons

    The hours are terrible. Wish we could get off at 5 and not 6. And butts in seats should not be the policy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No more butts in seats policy. If you get your work done, you get your work done.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DreamWorks Animation full-time

    Pros

    Family oriented and plenty of room for career development

    Cons

    Pay could be a lot better, but the perks and food help.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • 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
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  5. 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
  6.  

    Do your job well then it's a great place to work.

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    Former Employee - Technical Lighter in Redwood Shores, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Lighter in Redwood Shores, CA

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

    Pros

    Totally enjoyed working with a balanced mix of talented coworkers. As long as you produced then you were compensated fairly, as it should be.

    Cons

    A few newer managers were too cozy with upper management. This can happen at any company though it shouldn't be tolerated at DW. Those managers showed good numbers but didn't listen to legitimate complaints. This caused the loss of many good employees.

    The culture used to be more like Pixar but some management got too far away from the business at hand, creating great animation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    intern

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    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
  8.  

    Overall good experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DreamWorks Animation as an intern

    Pros

    Great people, great environment. Lots of learning.

    Cons

    Can get a little hectic at times.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great environment!

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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
  10.  

    Good, creative people- awkward internship.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DreamWorks Animation

    Pros

    - Good educational experience
    - Friendly team members

    Cons

    - Socially awkward team
    - Assignment with unclear parameters.

  11.  

    Interesting job and exciting environment

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DreamWorks Animation

    Pros

    Fun atmosphere and state of the art machines.

    Cons

    Tight deadlines and demanding workload at times.

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