Pixar
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www.pixar.com Emeryville, CA 1000 to 5000 Employees

Pixar Reviews in Emeryville, CA

Updated Jul 3, 2014
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Pixar President, Pixar and Disney Animation Studios Ed Catmull

Ed Catmull

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    Amazing internship opportunity

    Intern (Former Employee)
    Emeryville, CA

    ProsPixar's internship program- marketing, computer science, and artists alike, attracted the best and most creative from around the country, and they gave all of us plenty of free cereal, mocha lattes, and fun while we learned.

    ConsThere didn't seem to be much mobility- it seemed like many of my full-time co-workers were going to be doing the same thing for literally years as Pixar perfected it's movie making machine. The decision making seemed very concentrated at the top.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep your intern program going- it was awesome. Compensation and paid for housing was also amazing benefit.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Amazing place to work!

    Lighting Technical Director (Current Employee)
    Emeryville, CA

    ProsIn all my years of working here they have always let me put my family first, production second. I have never had an issue with a sick child or an early pickup or whatever. That is an amazing thing to have as a parent. I have learned so much from all the truly talented artists and engineers. I feel lucky to have this job every day I walk in the door.

    ConsThe company is no longer growing in size. Therefore, with such a young workforce, upwards mobility is difficult.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFind a way to give accolades to those who are in the trenches. Small cash bonuses, a day off at the end of the production, something to signify the contribution went beyond the expected. with the upward opportunities being few, they need to make those at the bottom feel good about where they are.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Everyone I work with is super talented and smart. Great place to work.

    Technical Director (Current Employee)
    Emeryville, CA

    ProsIt is a good job for the most part. Great environment, lots of perks like free movies, interesting guest speakers...etc

    ConsIt is a great job, but might not be a great career. Not a lot of opportunities to climb up for the artist/technical blend of TDs.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    I have mixed feelings for Pixar; loved the extracurricular activities but management did not allow much growth.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Emeryville, CA

    ProsAccess to newly released movies are great. I loved the wrap parties that were given for the release of each new Pixar movie. The artists were knowledgeable in their craft which could be animation, modeling, and/or special effects.

    ConsLeadership is not as open to diversity as one would expect. Directors, management, and team leads are 90% old boys network. The animated movies are not showing the cultural diversity that we have in this world.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe open to cultural diversity for leadership and in the stories.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Excellent product and people, Corporate is pushing it...too hard?

    Assistant Editor (Former Employee)
    Emeryville, CA

    ProsLet's face it, one of the top animated story houses in the world. The culture is strong, and a lot of very smart and thoughtful people put their best forward, working hard to produce great work. Excellence is expected and is delivered.

    ConsAfter numerous successes, there's a pressure to follow a proscribed formula. But formulas go against the grain of truly creative and groundbreaking work. There have been layoffs of long-timers, it's hard to know why or if it's a matter for concern but may be. It would be nice if there were better public transit options as well.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Incredible company that's slowly falling from greatness

    Software Engineer/Quality Assurance Engineer (Former Employee)
    Emeryville, CA

    ProsIncredible company values. In all my time there I felt like upper management truly believed in their statement that the success of the company was based on the freedom of everyone on the team to make good decisions on their own.

    ConsIt's tough to stay on top after 25 years. Pixar has been stacked with amazingly talented people for years. Unfortunately in recent years some of those people have become complacent and are not as driven and innovative as they once were. Also, with increasing pressure from Disney to make sequels it's harder for the workforce to be excited about the product.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Amazing, strong culture

    Pixar Undergraduate Intern (Former Employee)
    Emeryville, CA

    Pros>Great culture, talented people, a studio that really cares about story and workers.
    I didn't feel too much hierarchy even as an intern, everyone is willing to collaborate to make the film better. I had the impression that the company has a really open culture environment and encourages communication within and out. There are many perks given to the interns and great learning opportunities

    Cons>high living cost compared to the salary
    Living in the Bay area isn't too cheap.
    Another thing i would say is that when I talked to one of the workers, he said that it's hard to expose yourself to different areas as everything here is very specialized and structured.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI had a great experience at Pixar and hope this healthy culture continues to grow

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Reasonable working hours, ok salary

    Graphic Designer (Layout Artist) (Current Employee)
    Emeryville, CA

    ProsFun projects keep going. Nice people and culture

    ConsSalaries are not satisfying compare to living expense in bay area

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Excellent Company

    Assistant Editor (Former Employee)
    Emeryville, CA

    ProsExciting Creative Environment.
    Top Talent and films.
    Great people.
    Good benefits and incredible campus with gym, pool and field.

    ConsCompany is very large but there are efforts to keep people connected.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt's easy to feel a bit lost in the shuffle here due to size of company.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    I put in some long hours, but got to work on the most exciting projects with brilliant, awesome people.

    Research (Current Employee)
    Emeryville, CA

    ProsExciting, fun projects. A focused atmosphere with a creative vibe. Interesting and vibrant people. Beautiful buildings make it a pleasure to come to work.

    ConsLong hours. Steve Job's influence slowly fading.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe research team needs more people.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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