Pixar Reviews

Updated October 17, 2014
Updated October 17, 2014
67 Reviews
3.6
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Pixar President, Pixar and Disney Animation Studios Ed Catmull
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Review Highlights

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.  

    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.

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    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    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 an 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
  3. 5 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
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    Approves of CEO
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    Amazing

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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.

  6. 4 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
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fantastic overall environment; culture and morale in Tools is iffy; fairly severe place for an intern

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Emeryville, CA

    I worked at Pixar as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    There were awesome perks simply from being at the Studio: in-house screenings of in-progress Pixar films; access to presentations on incredible in-house graphics research and development; it was like a graphics nerd's candy store.

    People are intimidatingly smart, but very friendly. It's possible to interact and collaborate with people from all across the Studio if you take the initiative.

    In Tools itself, software quality standards were quite high, which provided an excellent learning opportunity for me, fresh as I was from college; I learned a lot from meeting the standards of the build and version control check-in system and from passing regression test suites, from one-on-one in-person code reviews with my manager and other engineers, and from many other mature professional practices in place.

    On the whole, it was an excellent place to cut my teeth in the real world, out of college.

    Cons

    The culture in the Tools department where I worked was a little too serious, with an undercurrent of dissatisfaction and malaise.

    It didn't feel like the Tools department (or maybe just my team) had really planned, prepared and organized for having interns around. I don't expect to be babied or hand-held as an intern, but in retrospect it seems very much that since I wasn't just a rock star from day one, I became an afterthought. My manager was friendly and open, but when I did need feedback and direction I often found he was simply too busy, would forget to get back to me, or it would be too late for me to be efficient. Other engineers were friendly and willing to answer questions, but they often couldn't help with issues specific to my team, and my manager wanted to do some review and feedback work personally, so he wound up making himself a bottleneck.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I don't know how things have evolved in Tools since I left, but from my time there, I would say to find a way to lighten up a bit; foster, encourage, and welcome much more chat, interaction, and camaraderie among engineers. Granted, my time came as Tools was just starting to come over the hump of a massive software project that users were only finally starting to like and see the value of, so Tools had been taking a beating for a while. But hopefully that grim mood hasn't had to continue.

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  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Amazing internship opportunity

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    Former Employee - Intern in Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Emeryville, CA

    I worked at Pixar as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Pixar'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.

    Cons

    There 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 ManagementAdvice

    Keep your intern program going- it was awesome. Compensation and paid for housing was also amazing benefit.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to works

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer (Technical Director) in Emeryville, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer (Technical Director) in Emeryville, CA

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

    Pros

    cooperative working environment, for a starter you can end up learned a lot

    Cons

    position is pretty much fixed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    maybe give people more flexibility

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Amazing place to work!

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    Current Employee - Lighting Technical Director in Emeryville, CA
    Current Employee - Lighting Technical Director in Emeryville, CA

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

    Pros

    In 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    It 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.

    Recommends
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    Approves of CEO

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