DreamWorks Animation
3.9 of 5 133 reviews
www.dreamworksanimation.com Glendale, CA 1000 to 5000 Employees

DreamWorks Animation Reviews

Updated Apr 15, 2014
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3.9 133 reviews

                             

92% Approve of the CEO

DreamWorks Animation CEO and Director Jeffrey Katzenberg

Jeffrey Katzenberg

(103 ratings)

84% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Free breakfast and lunch with a wide variety to choose from"
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  • "Free food on campus, movie screenings"
    in 27 reviews
Cons:
  • "Free food doesn't mean 2% raise covers cost of living"
    in 6 reviews
  • "Low salary compared to other companies"
    in 4 reviews
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Great place to work.

Production Manager (Former Employee)
Los Angeles, CA

I worked at DreamWorks Animation full-time for more than 8 years

ProsYou get to work with some of the top talent in animation who are very smart and creative. Great work environment. Good training for artists as well as production staff. They have many projects going so there is usually more job security than at studios that are project based.

ConsAdvancement can be slow particularly in production management. They tend to keep people at the same job title for long periods of time. Unless you are a rising star and have a mentor that is pushing for you.

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

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Loved Working here for 5 years

Department Technical Director (Former Employee)
Los Angeles, CA

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

ProsGood pay, good work environment, lots of parties

Consfeels like a bigger and bigger company as it has aged, losing the smaller feel and perks of big bonuses from the box office. Started becoming too corporate.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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One of few remaining VFX/Animation California companies keeping work in the U.S.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
San Jose, CA

I have been working at DreamWorks Animation full-time for more than 3 years

ProsCorporate culture; cool projects; a definitive leader with a vision; keeps work in California and some in India…. (for now); diversifying its business model to not be so reliant on one product or medium.

ConsSlow growth opportunities; don't spend enough effort locking story and too much time focus screening and changing work at last minute; very top heavy, administratively; antiquated proprietary software.

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

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Good Environment, nice people

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at DreamWorks Animation

Prosfree meal is good, and lots of activities

Conshave some delays
rely on one side too much

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Great Benefits and People / Culture, Not the Best Movies

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at DreamWorks Animation as an intern for more than a year

ProsBenefits (free food, yoga and art classes during work, clubs), culture, really smart people, feels like college, everyone is so talented

Consproduction is extremely slow and a consistent cycle of starting over and over again based on script edits from higher ups that often don't make sense to anyone else - not all the movies are good and people know it

Advice to Senior Managementlisten to the artists more!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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A great place to work

Production Manager (Current Employee)
Glendale, CA

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

ProsThe people are great and the campus is an amazing environment for creative collaboration

Consthe stress level and the hours that are required in the filed of production

Advice to Senior ManagementIt can be a high stress level environment and difficult to move upwards, but that is somewhat typical for a Hollywood film studio

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Amazing people

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at DreamWorks Animation full-time for more than 3 years

ProsFamily atmosphere, training opportunities, moving screenings and free food

ConsCan be very political, hard to move up the ladder

Advice to Senior Managementmore transparency

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great Work Environment. Low Pay.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at DreamWorks Animation

ProsThe people are great. The atmosphere is great. They try to make you comfortable.

ConsLow pay. Transitioning into other departments or promotions are near to impossible.

Advice to Senior ManagementPay more.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Overall positive environment

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Glendale, CA

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

ProsNice campus atmosphere, free lunch, laid back vibe, good amount of companywide events on campus, majority of employees are easy going

ConsPeople can defer too much to management/studio executives, advancement can be too reliant on politics, can be easy to get lost in the shuffle.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Amazing place to work at - Great company culture and surrounded by creative people everyday!

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Redwood City, CA

I worked at DreamWorks Animation full-time for more than a year

ProsYou get to watch a project come to life and see the many creative minds that work to get it done. Great people at the company. They really make it feel like you are apart of a team.

ConsIt takes awhile to move up within the company and the pay is not great for production staff.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep doing what you are doing!

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

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