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Overall a great experience at PDI, the Redwood City campus

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Current Employee - Production Supervisor  in  Redwood City, CA
Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Redwood City, CA

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

Pros

Free breakfast and lunch with a wide variety to choose from. Warm, friendly culture and environment; lacks the competitive nature of other studios in the entertainment industry. On-campus gym with free membership. On-site doctor. Free shuttle to and from CalTrain. Free GoPass for CalTrain. Electric car stations.

Cons

Large discrepancy between financial compensation for Production management compared to the artistic leadership despite similar hierarchy. Recent lack of steady, continual work; hiring moving towards a per-show basis. Overseas, cross-site meetings shift the work day to late evenings to accommodate the 12hr time difference.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Stories should be fully flushed out before getting rolled into production. Marketing should have a close relationship with each production and story, focusing on accurately presenting the pictures in the best way.

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

Other Reviews for DreamWorks Animation

  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Smart people, great culture, fun product.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Redwood City, CA

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

    Pros

    Super smart people that are fun to work with
    They invest a lot in training and continuing education
    Great environments with lots of perks like free breakfast and lunch

    Cons

    This is a Hollywood company, in many ways. Expect employment contracts and occasional layoffs (though DWA has fewer than most in the industry).
    You're working in a fun environment on a cool product, so if you're a techie you're not going to make as much as you will at a tech company.
    Crunch time for a film means working 6 day weeks for the last several months of a production, though if you're not directly on a film you'll have a more normal schedule.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do 360-degree reviews for everyone in management on a regular basis.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    A good large company to work for!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operations Systems Administration  in  Glendale, CA
    Former Employee - Operations Systems Administration in Glendale, CA

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to work with new technology. You work for a company with high name recognition. You can expand your career connections. Very nice perks! Free lunch and breakfast. You get to see movies in the development process You get movie credits. You meet very interesting people. You get exposed to new technology from other companies such as HP and Microsoft.

    Cons

    Low salary compared to other companies. Overwhelmed with mundane work. It can be very stressful at times. Little possibility to move to a higher pay bracket. Workload is not distributed appropriately

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase pay rate. Management needs to improve accountability. Need to provide a true path for advancement

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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