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World Class Brand struggling to go from Mom and Pop shop into the Big Leagues

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

I have been working at Dolby

Pros

Every other Fridays off
World Class Brand in Entertainment
Some really great people
Some very innovative thinkers and exceptionally smart people
Idea Quest where employees get to showcase their innovative talent

Cons

Collaborative decision making - slows the process down.
Ultraconservative and need to take more business risks.
Listens to unqualified consultants vs qualified employees.
The "that's not how we do it at Dolby" mentality. it's a new day and time for change.
To much internal politics for such a small company
How do people get hired as a Sr this or that? The Sr title needs to be earned unless they are truly exceptional.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

When you hire qualified employees listen to them and let them lead. If they fail manage them out and hire new more qualified employees or reassign them to another department which is more inline with their strengths. You hired them for a reason !!! Don't listen to consultants. Stop hiring consultants. They only tell you what you want to hear. You are killing your corporate culture.

Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    True innovation leads from the inside.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Dolby

    Pros

    Dolby is the leader in innovation for digital broadcasting and film audio technology; if this is your passion it is an inspirational organization where one can synergize with so many of the most amazing, brilliant, and creative minds in the entire industry. The place itself is very cool and there are many fun toys to work with - building, designing, researching, inventing...

    Cons

    There is a real organizational problem here. The overall Corporate Values and Organizational Management schema are not aligned with the technological innovation of this corporation. It has not evolved to its potential. As technology leaders, it would be in the best interest of Dolby to maintain integrity and align their corporate values to be those of internal Leaders also, empowering their employees; however, according to Likert-Emberling Leadership Organizational Development Model, they fall short of that and are still running the organization from the "Rules and Roles" level of management. This is not beneficial to its employees nor is it to the overall environment as it inhibits the evolution of the system. Hopefully, this is a transitory state and Dolby will breakthrough and emerge the leader it has the potential it can be, but at this time, it appears to be in a devolved state of "Old School" management that needs an overhaul or it will lose the lifeblood. A corporation can not rely on product alone - sustainability is the key and Dolby just hasn't figured this out yet. Hopefully they will soon.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management needs to be restructured and aligned with evolving cultural values - suggest new "sustainable" leadership training. Think regeneratively, rather than "re-structurally" and innovate with the times and the technology you are producing - interior values will always succeed exterior goals - they reflect who you are. Begin by reading "the Starfish and the Spider."

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Challenges as we grow

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    Current Employee - Project Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Dolby

    Pros

    Environment, projects, people, people, people

    Cons

    New management teams don't take time to consider past decisions and are very unaware of how and why they were made.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empowerment should be practiced, not preached and then discarded.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
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