DreamWorks Animation Reviews

Updated July 30, 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. Good studio

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glendale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glendale, CA

    I worked at DreamWorks Animation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great company, great benefits, professional atmosphere, knowledgeable coworkers

    Cons

    Overall studio direction is unclear, somewhat risky business ventures, feels more and more like a software development company than an animation studio

    Advice to Management

    Make good films


  2. Coordinator

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant/Coordinator
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant/Coordinator

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The community! The people are fantastic. Most everyone at the studio loves their job and therefore loves to work with everyone else who loves their job. Amazing feats get accomplished everyday because everyone is bought into their commitment.

    Cons

    Work has been very unsteady since 2013. Major lay-offs and a whole closure of the northern studio has many feeling insecure about the longevity of the studio. Also, there is a huge jump in salary. If you are in the entry-level through Prod Sup category, you don't get paid much. As soon as you jump over into upper management (if you can - there aren't many opportunities) the pay is extraordinarily higher. It's a very top heavy studio.

    Advice to Management

    Be creative with career opportunities to keep the production staff you want.


  3. Consumer Products Intern

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DreamWorks Animation

    Pros

    Great company with a good culture. I was exposed to many aspects of the business on a daily basis. The intern program was also very enjoyable.

    Cons

    None that I can think of. It was amazing working on a campus with such talented people.


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  5. Play along and everything will be fine.

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    Current Employee - Artistic Supervisor in Glendale, CA
    Current Employee - Artistic Supervisor in Glendale, CA

    I have been working at DreamWorks Animation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Look. It's a great place to fit in and collect a paycheck. The campus is great. Go to Starbucks and hang out. Eat free fatty food and pack on a few pounds. What could be better?

    Cons

    Your immediate artistic supervisor will probably be great. However their supervisor will probably be a tool. Mostly Harmless. Their supervisor will undoubtably be a no-talent hack who kisses so much rear that their job is very secure even if there are massive layoffs. If you want to succeed here, shut up, stuff your own ideas where the sun doesn't shine and learn to manage UP.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of YES men/women. This is a LOT of people. Do you understand that nobody is giving you the truth?


  6. 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.


  7. small fish in the big pond

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

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

    Pros

    new york, great office, great team

    Cons

    small fish in a big pond


  8. 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


  9. Treat employees well

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DreamWorks Animation full-time

    Pros

    Dreamwork's creates a great work setting, and really makes an effort to treat employees well.

    Cons

    Some of their production technology is out of date and overly cumbersome to use.

    Advice to Management

    Find ways to keep employees challenged and able to produce their best work.


  10. Best Daily Job for a Company in a Rough Patch

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Free daily lunch. Relaxed atmosphere. Amazing People. Well-known projects. Huge experience boost.

    Cons

    Low morale when movies perform poorly. Frequent Layoffs. Lack of executive understanding in daily operations. Low pay for technical jobs, compared to local software companies.

    Advice to Management

    Get to know your employees better. Invest in people, not software. Stop chasing cheaper labor overseas. Invest more time in optimizing the pipeline and you'll save more money than cutting corners with your people.


  11. Helpful (3)

    Rock Bottom

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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 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Dreamworks was amassed a large group of incredibly talented artists. The lower down the hierarchy you go in general, the more honesty and caring you will find.

    Cons

    Dreamworks is bloated with management. Much of your upward mobility is based on how honed your political skills are. Few in management are held accountable for poor decisions. Also, it is ironic that Dreamworks offers leadership classes but their leadership exhibits almost none of the qualities they claim to value.

    Advice to Management

    You are not directors. You are not filmmakers. You are not artists. You decided to enter the field of business and there's nothing wrong with that. But stick to your field. Also stop basing your film directors on cronyism. Stop trying to find a formula for a good movie...there is no formula. Also stop trying to predict your success based on the "Cinemascope" there are several DW films with cinemascores of A which bombed at the box-office. So clearly they are missing some variables. Stop being so reactionary to comments coming from your advanced screenings.



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