Dolby

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3 people found this helpful  

Dolby is going places,

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Francisco, CA
Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Francisco, CA

I have been working at Dolby full-time (more than 3 years)

Pros

Great non political work enviroment,
Strong work life balance, (9/80)
Amazing technologies about to come to market,
One foot in hi tech the other in the entertainment industry,
Dolbys new San Francisco HQ is going to be amazing.

Cons

Slow to change, though that is evolving,
A formerly weak Marketing org, but new leadership is changing that.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Keeping fixing what is broken.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Once Great Company, Losing Relevance

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Dolby full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Every other Friday off
    - Good core technologies
    - Strong engineering talent

    Cons

    - Lack of vision
    - No clear strategy
    - Poor leadership
    - Conflict between business groups
    - Declining market share in core business
    - No real traction in new business areas
    - Constant talent churn

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - It's time for new leadership
    - Define a strategic vision for the future, and stick to it
    - Quit the politics and get down to business

    Dolby is a company in decline. Core technology patents are expiring, and new technologies are not being effectively brought to market. The segregated structure between business units creates lack of cooperation, and creates barriers for success. Ineffective leadership at the top is leading to chaos and confusion. The vision is lacking and strategy changes every six months. This has led to a lack of credibility, both inside and outside of the company. Marketing is in disarray. Talented employees with lots to contribute have been cast aside in a political struggle that is creating a middle layer of followers, not leaders. Senior leaders seem held to a different standard than general staff, leading to a lack of respect among their reports. It is time for the board to act and return this company to greatness.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great People, ADD Management, Changing Culture

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Dolby full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    9/80 Work schedule, San Francisco Location, good salary and benefits, interesting work.

    Cons

    Excessive feudalism amongst upper management, systematic dismantling the "old guard" and corporate culture that made Dolby successful, WAY TO MANY V.P.s/ Decision Makers. Excessive Political Favoritism, Attempts to reinvent the company without understanding the long-term implications.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior V.P.s should not be allowed excessive autonomy.
    Every team in every business unit should be judged on how well they execute their plans and meet their commitments to schedule and product. Favorite projects and teams have carte blanche to spend and dawdle, while other teams are starved of money, resources and support.
    This company could use an actual board of directors rather than a bunch of passive retirees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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