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DreamWorks Animation Reviews

Updated December 23, 2014
Updated December 23, 2014
183 Reviews
3.6
183 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  

    STARTING TO LOOK GOOD

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DreamWorks Animation

    Pros

    I am currently working at this studio on their upcoming film ME AND MY SHADOW, which was delayed for a long time but is finally in production. Let me just say that working here is fantastic. Free food and parking. This studio is going back to 2d animation.

    Cons

    No cons. Great place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    respectful and creative place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graphic Designer in Glendale, CA
    Current Employee - Graphic Designer in Glendale, CA

    I have been working at DreamWorks Animation full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Free food doesn't hurt but besides that being a nice perk, it does bond the company employees together too. You see many of the same faces over and over and slowly feel more like a family. More so than when I worked for Disney.

    Cons

    There are managers in place who are not experienced enough to be managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Weed out the people who aren't performing their jobs. There are many more qualified folks in the company already, who are becoming disenchanted with DWA because getting promoted is impossible because management is clogged with poor managers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    It was excellent until recent times.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Layout Artist in Glendale, CA
    Current Employee - Layout Artist in Glendale, CA

    I have been working at DreamWorks Animation full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Creative Environment
    Competitive Salaries
    Lots of Perks
    Causal Atmosphere

    Cons

    Upper and mid-level managers are not qualified.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management needs to step back and focus on business. Film making is not their area of expertise and this is why the company is struggling to make a movie the public wants to see and establish a brand that will last.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    Great First Career Thus Far

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Glendale, CA
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Glendale, CA

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

    Pros

    Great People
    Not too big a company
    Sense of pride and community
    Jeffrey Katzenberg is open and honest with employees and genuinely does what he thinks is best for DWA. He loves and values what he's built.

    Cons

    Film slate is not promising
    Wrong people at executive level making production decisions
    HR department protects the sour apples, not the people brave enough to tell them the truth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See "Cons" section

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Finance, Accountants - Approach with caution....

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    • 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

    Technical knowledge of accounting and finance management is solid. They are conservative in their approach, and keep all well informed. Their methodologies are a bit unorthodox, but they certainly do their best to get things right, and record them properly. Oh yeah, there's the free breakfast and lunches to all employees, a nice perk, but they really had no choice - there's nothing to eat around the campus. No gym, but they do have yoga and other classes available.

    Cons

    Where do I begin? Inexperienced management is a start. While most are technically solid, they lack the people management experience to truly develop talent. Instead of teaching, they spend their time fighting one fire after another. Blame is not squarely on them - senior management - both operational and financial - have a "shoot first, do the accounting later" attitude that fuels the ensuing chaos. Also, they tend to not see the forest for the trees. While these characteristics are not uncommon in some major employers, to have all of them working at the same time in a company is the perfect employee storm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the bleeding - turnover is rampant, maybe they should ask 'why' before posting the next open position. Also, the finance group should have a more active role in the company decisions to better prepare the department for upcoming business deals, changes in production, etc. Finally - lose the consultants. For as long as I have worked here, I have never seen so many of them at one time in any other company that I've worked for. Why not hire full time employees?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great experience to really grasp your creative side of technology.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Configuration Management in Glendale, CA
    Current Employee - Configuration Management in Glendale, CA

    I have been working at DreamWorks Animation

    Pros

    Free breakfast and lunch. Beautiful area and weather was great. People are very nice and welcoming.

    Cons

    Under paid for work that is done.,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fantastic, immersive, fun experience!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DreamWorks Animation full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I worked in the NYC office for about two years and it was great. The people I worked with are some of the brightest, most inclusive I've ever encountered in a professional setting.

    Cons

    As with any media company, there are crunch times, and you've got to be prepared to put in long hours when necessary. Also, the NYC office pales in comparison to the HQ in Glendale, but that really can't be easily fixed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A few more perks for the NYC office would be nice, to offset the perks that DWA employees in Glendale receive by being on the main campus.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Loved working here!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Coordinator in Glendale, CA
    Former Employee - Coordinator in Glendale, CA

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

    Pros

    Overall an incredible and singular place to work. From life drawing classes to screenings and free food, the perks are pretty great. The insurance is the best I've had from any employer. There is a doctor on campus. It's a work hard play hard kind of place. Amazing people. Company culture is the best I've experienced in the industry.

    Cons

    Creatively the brand could focus more on original character and story. The business model favors "big idea" films and franchises in a place full of true artists. Lots of untapped and/or frustrated talent, not uncommon in the business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote from within. Consider further training and programs that would afford employees quicker growth opportunities.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Long term dedicated employee

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    • 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 8 years)

    Pros

    Great culture, cares for employees, creative environment. It's not too big so you aren't "just a number" like many of the larger studios.

    Cons

    Movies have not been strong or done well in recent years, which affects morale and company value. Workload can get hectic at times.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Working at DreamWorks Animation was one of the best experiences of my life.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Redwood City, CA

    I worked at DreamWorks Animation as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Everyone has a smile on their face.
    Amazing culture to work in.
    The management was always willing to help out with anything they could.
    When I didn't understand something I felt very confident in asking anyone around me a question.

    Cons

    While I was working there I found no cons.
    Every person who I met while working there was intelligent, kind, creative, and willing to help me.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The management at DreamWorks could not be any better. Every manager I met knew what they were doing and displayed that they were a leader.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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