Pixar Reviews

Updated March 27, 2015
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Pixar President, Pixar and Disney Animation Studios Ed Catmull
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Pros
  • Great people, wonderful Stories, work with the founders of the industry (in 9 reviews)

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

Cons
  • Long hours, but definitely worth the effort you put in (in 6 reviews)

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

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  1. 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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Keep trying to create the best place to create.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 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

    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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. intern

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I have been working at Pixar as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    good for student to start their career

    Cons

    kind of intense and tight schedule

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    Organize and Regroup

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pixar

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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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  6. 2 people found this helpful

    Great company, benefits, and culture.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA

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

    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.

    Recommends
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    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Overworked at Pixar

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    Former Employee - Technical Director in Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Director in Emeryville, CA

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Inexperienced technical leadership, poor work/life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    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)

    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!

    Recommends
  9. 7 people found this helpful

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

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    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)

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Amazing

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Pixar as an intern

    Pros

    It was such a great experience to work with most amazing and talented people. The office is beautiful and very comfortable, i always felt like I'm at home. Good benefits, life work balance, management - everything is great!

    Cons

    I cant really tell any cons, everything looks great to me. I will be pleased to work there again.

  11. 6 people found this helpful

    Mixed bag

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA

    I worked at Pixar full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Pixar produces a great product, and employs a lot of dedicated people. Great facilities, great parties, great film screenings.

    Cons

    Slow dissolution of culture, perks and benefits since the Disney merger. Fewer opportunities to advance, less reward for good service. Very little loyalty between upper management and staff. Directors and studio management regularly hold company meetings espousing inclusiveness and willingness to take risks, but then regularly turn their backs on top talent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Support and nurture your creative contributors instead of dismissing them.

    Recommends
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    No opinion of CEO

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