Pixar Reviews

Updated June 5, 2015
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Pixar President, Pixar and Disney Animation Studios Ed Catmull
Ed Catmull
57 Ratings

Pros
  • Great people, amazing campus, fun projects (in 9 reviews)

  • Tries hard to enrich employees with great benefits and perks and eduction (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • None really long hours some days (in 6 reviews)

  • Living in the Bay area isn't too cheap (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    One of a kind but past its prime

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Prod in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Prod in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Pixar full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are interesting, talented, intelligent, warm and creative. The culture and the building are one of a kind. This is a place that built movie magic.

    Cons

    Salary, upward mobility, and upcoming projects aren't very inspiring. The company seems to be waisting their top tier talent, and sadly are loosing them to other opportunities in the bay area.


  2. Helpful (10)

    What a joke

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Emeryville, CA

    I worked at Pixar full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great campus
    Great perks include free passes to Disney parks and weekly movie screenings
    Work on top-quality animated films
    Great on-site cafe

    Cons

    Bigheaded people in leadership roles stifle new ideas.
    Poor organizational structure leads to ill-defined jobs without proper leadership.
    Zero relevant education for new employees, and poor communication between teams makes it difficult for new employees to do their job.
    No performance improvement opportunities for employees who have been with the company less than 1 year.

    Advice to Management

    Make decisions based on all relevant employee reviews, not just an single individual's feelings.
    Grade employee performance on clearly defined expectations
    Learn the language the company as a whole uses, so concepts can be communicated clearly


  3. Helpful (11)

    Slipping into corporate mediocrity

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pixar full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Beautiful campus, well liked products, decent benefits, remnants of awesome culture/people

    Cons

    Low pay, poor management, favoritism, egos, gender bias, lack of advancement, shifted balance from innovation to franchise, Disney corporate influence, Ed's wage fixing shenanigans

    Advice to Management

    Work on gender and racial diversity. Actually invest in your employees by paying them more. Back your flowery words up. Pay attention to the poor reviews of the recent films.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Pixar is a group of very smart people genuinely committed to making great films.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA

    I have been working at Pixar full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Being surrounded by many people who are the best in the world at what they do.
    Learning and being challenged every day. Many opportunities to forge a new path.

    Cons

    There is some risk involved with a whole bunch of people trying to forge a new path. Not everything we try works, and in some cases that has large and small effects on employees or their careers.

    Advice to Management

    Keep trying to create the best place to create.


  6. Helpful (5)

    Great campus, nice perks, limited room for advancement

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA

    I have been working at Pixar full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Nice perks
    Decent salary
    Great campus
    Nice offices

    Cons

    Limited room for advancement
    No stock options
    Can be clicky


  7. Helpful (6)

    Organize and Regroup

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pixar

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Many amazing, friendly people and talents at work in a bustling community.
    On - site benefits.
    Unmatched Tech support and computer geniuses!

    Cons

    Low pay in all positions accept executives, and top production staff (i.e. producers, directors, talent).
    No room for growth.
    Internal struggles, and egos spoil what could be a great community of artists and progressive staff.

    Advice to Management

    Don't hire the industry people with horrendous egos. (Mires the productions as a whole)

    Raise the salaries.

    More Accountability, Less 'Friends ' :
    Keep on top of, or fire, the employees who have truly poor organization (i.e. offices with important documents strewn, etc.) Being a relaxed studio environment is one thing, but having a few employees, in key positions, who can't perform basic functions to keep desks and offices organized, with vital studio and or private employee information in heaps of disarray ......isn't that bad? Not just for security but to actually accomplish work on time and increase productivity?!

    'Tenure' and friendships aside, if there is time to take advantage of all the wonderful on - site benefits and classes, there surely must be time for simply organizing.

    The artists are 'supposed' to be the disorganized, habitually late, and messy ones, not the people who handle the administrative, business side, contracts, $$$$$$$$.

    -- Ex-Admin


  8. Helpful (6)

    Great company, benefits, and culture.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA

    I worked at Pixar full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company and work culture, including benefits, personal growth, overall environment, and much less politics to deal with than in your average corporate office. Working alongside some of the most talented people in the world, is nothing short but the best opportunity for personal growth, including the amazing Pixar University and all the classes it offers. If you work hard, give it all, and have a positive attitude towards your co-workers, you will find the best possible job in the industry at this company.

    Cons

    The only cons I found during my time there were the smaller salaries compared to your industry average, and the thick glass ceiling. It's extremely tough to move up the ladder to seek new opportunities for career growth and be challenged regularly.


  9. Helpful (3)

    Overworked at Pixar

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Director in Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Director in Emeryville, CA

    I worked at Pixar full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Best people in the field of computer graphics and animation congregate here.

    Cons

    Inexperienced technical leadership, poor work/life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Pixar needs seasoned technical executives brought in from other industries to lend a steady hand and visionary technical leadership. The work output of Pixar is tremendous, and the pride of the employees is rightfully deep. Stature in the industry of former employees is very high, with excellent ability to transition to other studios and other industries. Having good Pixar experience on one's resume still today commands considerable respect.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Fantastic Interview Process

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA

    I have been working at Pixar full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    After interviewing with several other companies, Pixar was by far the most professional with prompt correspondence and well planned interview schedules.

    Cons

    No cons so far with the company. The only difficulty is finding a place to live nearby that's decent and affordable!


  11. Helpful (8)

    Relaxed, positive, respectful working environment, but long hours and low salaries.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA

    I have been working at Pixar full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    No suits! No need for an expensive, uncomfortable wardrobe. Jeans and sneakers everyday of the week. Really friendly work environment. Great benefits and fun perks.

    Cons

    Leadership is not very supportive of or open to job sharing or working from home for working parents with babies and young children. Long hours. Low-ish salaries, unless you're at the top. Staff lacking diversity.



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