DreamWorks Animation

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DreamWorks Animation Reviews

Updated September 21, 2014
Updated September 21, 2014
167 Reviews
3.5
167 Reviews
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DreamWorks Animation CEO and Director Jeffrey Katzenberg
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • They serve free breakfast and lunch every day (in 31 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.  

    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
  2.  

    Great environment!

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Glendale, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Glendale, CA

    I worked at DreamWorks Animation as an intern for less than a 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
  3.  

    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.

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  5.  

    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.

  6.  

    Summer Intern

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Glendale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glendale, CA

    I have been working at DreamWorks Animation as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    - free food (breakfast, lunch, and snacks in every office)
    - beautiful campus
    - lots of events, classes, screenings
    - people are pretty friendly

    Cons

    - tough to advance/change positions
    - departments are cliquey
    - no creative opportunities for interns
    - (at least for the interns) lack of structure, some days i would have absolutely nothing to do

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Solid Company

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    Current Employee - Temporary
    Current Employee - Temporary

    I have been working at DreamWorks Animation as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Free food, free classes, and other perks

    Cons

    little room for advancement, pay is mediocre

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    DreamWorks is going through a rough patch, but it's still the best place in the industry to be.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DreamWorks Animation full-time

    Pros

    I love the perks, but stay for the culture. I've never worked somewhere so helpful and friendly.

    Cons

    A number of scandals, including participating in industry-wide wage fixing and an SEC investigation and class-action lawsuit over misstating recent earnings coupled with underperforming movies and a management structure that doesn't seem to be addressing the company's problems make me worry for the future of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good movies need good stories. Successful movies need marketing. Expanding the brand doesn't matter if the brand is tarnished.

    Negative Outlook
  9. 7 people found this helpful  

    Engineers - avoid unless it's your first job.

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Glendale, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Glendale, CA

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

    Pros

    Free lunch and breakfast
    Nice Glendale campus
    Easy to get a movie credit
    Low stress, in general it's a pleasant place to spend time.

    Cons

    Aging and inept software managers. The seat-warmers rule the roost - if you challenge the status quo with new ideas you're marked. Unless you come up with a great idea, which will be stolen and credit given to the "favorite" engineers. This happened to me at least three times in my 3 years there.

    Low compensation. Lame benefits. HR will try to lock you into a three year contract, which only Dreamworks has option to terminate. Old school Hollywood hardball negotiation tactics - check the news for "DreamWorks wage fixing".

    No opportunity for advancement. Only the golden kids have the good ideas, remember?

    Cliques - if you're not in, you don't exist, your ideas don't matter.

    Honestly, avoid like the plague unless:
    1. You have a burning passion to spend your career as seat warmer in a old Hollywood dinosaur studio.
    2. Or you're a recent grad who'd like some movie credits before moving on to the games industry, where you'll actually learn something.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Lay off every engineer or manager in animation technology who has been there longer than 10 years.

    2. Offer decent tech industry standard wages for all the open positions.

    3. Allow the old staff to re-apply to their positions, while competing with real, qualified tech people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    A very big ship that does not adapt well to new ideologies but has great people and resources in the trenches.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DreamWorks Animation full-time

    Pros

    Competitive wages. Free breakfast and lunch. Beautiful campus. World class talent in every department.

    Cons

    The films are beautifully crafted with respect to the look, but the stories and projects chosen to go into production are a clear indication of how out of touch the upper executives are with the average moviegoing family. The strong corporate culture is often not conducive to making the most compelling artwork possible. This is a culture of fear that rewards people of clinging to established workflows and ideologies at the peril of innovation. Artists need innovation and the ability to try new things without fear of reprisal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have a bunch of intelligent people working for you. Poll them regarding potential projects. Some of the studio's recent releases that have underperformed were easily predicted by people on the floor. We are not uneducated in what kinds of movies people want in the marketplace, and if our recent releases are a true indication of what management thinks the market wants, then I'd dare to say we may actually know better what the average person wants to see.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great Animation Company

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    Current Employee - CFX Artist  in  Glendale, CA
    Current Employee - CFX Artist in Glendale, CA

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

    Pros

    Free lunch everyday, cool animation projects to work on, lots of room for growth.

    Cons

    No job security anymore, long term contracts are almost a thing of the past

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Come up with logical, quantifiable criteria to evaluate employees. Numbers don't lie

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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