Pixar Reviews

Updated August 16, 2015
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Pixar President, Pixar and Disney Animation Studios Ed Catmull
Ed Catmull
60 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. Great Place to work.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great projects to work on.

    Cons

    Not too many that I can think of.


  2. Helpful (5)

    Great work environment, low pay and lots of politics

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pixar full-time

    Pros

    Talented and fun coworkers. Amazing campus. Excellent benefits. Basically everyone works in an office. Very few cubicles and no open-plan work-spaces. Pixar University is a great way to learn new skills. Credits on amazing films.

    Cons

    Very low pay relative to other technical jobs in the Bay Area. Extremely convoluted and vicious office politics. Entrenched, conservative decision-making. Pervasive fear of change. Extremely limited opportunities for career advancement. Passive-aggressive conflict resolution. Positivity is expected from employees, even when legitimate complaints need to be aired.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent about how decisions are made and who is making them. Your employees are what makes Pixar great, pay them well and listen to what they have to say.


  3. Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Animator in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Animator in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Super fun environment, doesn't have some of the toxic hyper competitive atmospheres of other studios.

    Cons

    Big place makes it hard to climb up the ladder if you are interested in becoming a supervisor.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Amazing People, Great place, Ok infrastructure..

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    Former Employee - Production Assistant in Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - Production Assistant in Emeryville, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working with amazing, incredibly talented, smart people (some heroes of childhood), being a part of animation history, amazing food, great benefits, beautiful campus, cool perks!

    Cons

    Politics got in the way of everything, small growth opportunities, mediocre salary for such a big successful company.


  6. Helpful (7)

    One of a kind but past its prime

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    Former Employee - Prod in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Prod in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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.


  7. Helpful (15)

    What a joke

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Emeryville, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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


  8. Helpful (14)

    Slipping into corporate mediocrity

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    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.


  9. Helpful (2)

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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.


  10. Helpful (5)

    Great campus, nice perks, limited room for advancement

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits Nice perks Decent salary Great campus Nice offices

    Cons

    Limited room for advancement No stock options Can be clicky


  11. Helpful (7)

    Organize and Regroup

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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



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