Pixar
3.8 of 5 53 reviews
www.pixar.com Emeryville, CA 500 to 999 Employees

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Updated Apr 10, 2014
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3.8 53 reviews

                             

83% Approve of the CEO

Pixar President, Pixar and Disney Animation Studios Ed Catmull

Ed Catmull

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82% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Amazing, strong culture

Pixar Undergraduate Intern (Former Employee)
Emeryville, CA

I worked at Pixar as an intern for less than a year

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

I have been working at Pixar full-time for more than a year

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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Good

Computer Jockey (Former Employee)
San Diego, CA

I worked at Pixar full-time for more than a year

ProsEnviroment, management, culture, work-time, job

ConsGrowth, food, breaks, glass ceiling

Advice to Senior Managementnone

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Excellent Company

Assistant Editor (Former Employee)
Emeryville, CA

I worked at Pixar full-time for more than 10 years

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

I have been working at Pixar as an intern for less than a year

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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Just as fun as it sounds

Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Emeryville, CA

I have been working at Pixar as an intern for less than a year

ProsGood salary, Great people, Fun films, Innovative Proprietary Technology, Lots of Perks (Disneyland, food, parties, etc.)

ConsHard to actually get a position, slow to adopt new third party tech.

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

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Pixar tries hard to be good to its films and employees - and succeeds. Most of the time.

Technical Director (Current Employee)
Emeryville, CA

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

ProsGreat people, wonderful Stories, work with the founders of the industry.

ConsSome misbalance - production staff is underpaid and undervalued, while they are key to keeping our creative folks focused on what they're best at.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep going, keep an eye on how daring pixar once was and why folks love us.
Create creative opportunities, gather creative momentum and pool from all of Pixar, instead of a select group.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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More political than people realize

Production Assistant (Former Employee)
Emeryville, CA

I worked at Pixar full-time for more than 5 years

ProsDynamic, creative people, interesting mix of talents, good physical environment, lots of energy, dedicated attitudes, collaboration, hard work, interest in quality product

ConsMuch more political than people realize, fear of losing jobs, some personalities dominate decisions about who stays/goes, perfectionism, some people lose jobs very unfairly, pressure, stress, loss of the original values of the company

Advice to Senior ManagementBecome more aware of the price of perfectionism and pressure

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

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It looks really good form the outside, but...

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Emeryville, CA

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

Pros*Pioneer in 3D Animated Film
*Inspired campus
*Many talented individuals on staff
*Critically acclaimed cereal bar
*Once lead the the industry in computer graphics

Cons*Closed Canadian studio, and has laid off ~10% of main campus and the executive team seems to be doing little in terms of making corrections for further staffing issues nor did they take responsibility, most of the public message singled out a film and a director
*Little room for advancement or movement between groups
*Pixar has achieved great things, but the culture lacks humility while considering the current level of innovation and critical reviews, this is unfounded
*Both critical acclaim and technical innovation are on a firm trajectory towards mediocrity
*Numerous incompetent members of middle management (VPs included)

Advice to Senior ManagementTake responsibility for failed practices. Find what once made Pixar great and start making great films again

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

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Poor Management

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Pixar full-time

ProsGreat Benefits, Beautiful campus, many perks

ConsIf working on the operations side (facility department) you will be over-worked and not appreciated.

Advice to Senior ManagementDo not take employers for granted

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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