DreamWorks Animation Reviews

Updated August 31, 2015
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DreamWorks Animation CEO and Director Jeffrey Katzenberg
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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. DreamWorks Animation

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    - Beautiful campus - Amazing perks such as free breakfast and lunch, free yoga classes at lunch, and free classes open to all employees. Classes range from improv to sketching to screenwriting. - Work with some of the smartest, most creative and most talented people in the business - Access to filmmakers and executives

    Cons

    - Instability and recent layoffs led to a gloomy outlook among employees. However, morale has improved since the last round of layoffs, which is a positive sign.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the culture the same and keep the amazing perks in place. Try to create a more stable feeling among employees to keep morale strong.


  2. DreamWorks

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at DreamWorks Animation full-time

    Pros

    Great people to work with, company culture that's like family, and startup-like perks like classes, movies, exercise programs, free breakfast and lunch

    Cons

    Struggling at the box office lately, salaries tend to be on the lower end, people don't leave often so it's hard to move up

    Advice to Management

    Make the content good before you try to sell it, and don't do things just because everyone else is doing them or because it's new and shiny - it needs to make sense too!


  3. Shrek is love

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    Current Employee - Technical Director in Glendale, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Director in Glendale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DreamWorks Animation (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work, smart and energetic people, beautiful campus

    Cons

    Compensation is well below national average, hopefully made up for by quality of work/life. Projects can be kind of discouraging, TD role is mostly putting out fires in the eleventh hour which will inevitably need to be solved again on the next show.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Great people. Poor management. Uncertain future.

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    Former Employee - Technical Director in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Director in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    I was part of the PDI layoff, so this doesn't apply to people who are looking to apply to LA. Still, hopefully this applies. DreamWorkers were awesome people to hang with and I formed true friendships with people. In terms of day-to-day-coworkers, I couldn't ask for anything better.

    Cons

    Management and the higher-ups seem out of touch. The vision of DreamWorks is also hazy at best as they gravitate towards less mature films. Outsourcing is a major, major concern.

    Advice to Management

    I feel like Jeffrey Katzenberg loves his company so much that he's willing to make deals with the devil to get ahead. Cutting costs. Pushing production to three films a year. Chasing film trends. I don't know if it's stockholder pressure or what, but sometimes it's just important to focus and believe in the ability of the company.


  6. Helpful (1)

    intern

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    Current Employee - Intern
    Current Employee - Intern
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Everything is cool here. Love the culture.Lots of talented people. Free breakfast, lunch, snack, drinks

    Cons

    Very low payment. Nothing else..


  7. TRA - Glendale

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    Former Employee - Technical Resources Administrator in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Resources Administrator in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at DreamWorks Animation (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Campus is beautiful but the company is now leasing it from the bank. Senior folks know what they're doing.

    Cons

    Employees' SSL traffic gets man-in-the-middled.


  8. Below average pay but a very fun and exciting work environment.

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    Former Employee - Production Assistant in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Production Assistant in Redwood City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There were so many amazingly talented artists, everyone was very approachable and it was a very fun industry to be a part of.

    Cons

    The pay was much lower than many of the other companies in the Bay Area and if I didn't have a passion for film there would probably have been much better options financially. It would be hard to recommend the company to a friend purely because of the pay.


  9. Good studio

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glendale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glendale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    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


  10. Helpful (1)

    So much potential

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazingly talented people all across the studio.

    Cons

    Studio has felt like it's been on shaky ground the past few years and it's had a serious impact on morale. It also seems like many people were not being given opportunities to grow.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Coordinator

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant/Coordinator
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant/Coordinator
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    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.



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