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7 people found this helpful  

Beautiful grounds, good people, unfortunate management practices

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Current Employee - Research and Development Manager  in  Glendale, CA
Current Employee - Research and Development Manager in Glendale, CA


Free food!
Beautiful place to come to work every day
People are generally happy and friendly (when not in fear of being laid off after a bad movie release)
Some of the work is very cutting edge and once completed will move the company into a leading position when it comes to animation technology
Artists are typically treated very well and it's a wonderful place to be an animator
Many very bright people
Free food!


Not exclusive to this company, but not all Senior Managers are created equal
Unusual lack of respect from managers to subordinates. I find colleagues leaving teams of people waiting at a meeting because it's completely acceptable here
Meeting heavy, primarily because emails often go unread
Planning on the non-creative side (referred to as "Overhead") lacks systems and structure
At the higher levels, employee reviews are often not done - instead a bonus check is simply handed over with no words or insight on performance, development path, etc

Advice to ManagementAdvice

1. Consider legitimate 360' reviews
2. Support the growth and development of all, but in particular, continue to TRAIN & DEVELOP the leadership skills of the Sr Management teams (everyone wins that way!)
3. The company updates are wonderful, but some of what's shared seems unrealistic and foolhardy
4. Define development paths for all - artists, engineers, etc
5. Don't believe your own hype - as we all know, the "Top Companies to Work for" lists are anything but objective. That being said, this is a good company that could authentically become a top place to work.
6. Sorry about this one, but.... take a hard look at the Sr. Leadership team. Having been around for X years, shouldn't be the only reason someone is kept around. Either help them develop, or have them move on.

Disapproves of CEO

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Redwood City, CA


    best place to work. free food. great people

    best place for learning. very friendly fun place to work.

    Awesome is the word to describe this place


    very less pay compared to others

    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    best place to rest or to be buried

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    Former Employee - 3D Artist  in  Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - 3D Artist in Redwood City, CA


    free food, free drawing class and sculpture class, a lot of goodies, posters, books based on the in-house movies only, screenings every weeks.


    Political place, to get promoted you have to be very "corporate".
    CG sups need to learn how to manage teams.
    Tools and pipeline belong to another century, they are outdated !
    I work in this industry for more than 15 years, all around the world and professionally speaking, this is the worst place I've ever been... I didn't learn anything, there is no tolerance for you to do your job differently, sups are not open at all to other suggestions.
    Sups have been working so long in this company that they are afraid of anything new, of anything they don't understand ...
    Projects are far from being exciting...
    Working at DWA was for me like pushing buttons, every day and every day, no challenge, slow tools and pipeline; that's the place to go if you want to be out of this industry.
    DWA don't hesitate to get rid off people as soon as they don't need you anymore, they act like most of all the companies.
    DWA do not deserve to be in the top 10 of the best place to work.
    DWA workers are afraid to say anything and to lose their job, and there is no Union in Redwood city.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    CG sups need to learn how to manage teams and to check what's going on outside their small world.
    they believe to be the best in their field. It's the Skrek's syndrome.
    Production staff should also learn how to properly schedule, and not doing it like at school.
    New blood in the sups & leads would be good to stop the consanguinity

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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