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Emeryville, CA
501 to 1000 employees
Subsidiary or Business Segment
$50 to $100 million (USD) per year
DreamWorks Animation, Blue Sky Studios, Sony Pictures Entertainment
Pixar Animation Studios, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is an Academy Award®-winning film studio with world-renowned technical, creative and production capabilities in the art of computer animation. The Northern California studio has ... Read more

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  • "Awesome people, Management needs much improvement"

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


    The people are awesome. Also there are a lot of opportunities for creative art projects with fellow employees. Cafe is great.


    Management consists of very awkward individuals with poor social skills. Little to no room to advance

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    HR needs to pay close attention to what employees say about their managers, and take them seriously. There seems to be a lot of paranoia around the studio about the direction of the company becoming too corporate.

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    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Pixar Animation Studios.


    I applied online and got a form email saying that my application was received. A few weeks later I got an email setting up a technical phone interview. The interviewer asked questions about my work history and technical questions focusing on C++ and STL. Especially about STL set.

    After the phone interview I got several odd follow-up recruiter emails with stalling tactics. The usual out-of-the-office type excuses. This was annoying, but I tried to remain positive. It continued for 4-6 weeks until the recruiter set up an interview with the team.

    The team interview was more of the same: questions about my background, C++ and STL (including implementing the STL set). The questions were relatively straight-forward, but I got the impression that the bar for answers was VERY high. One of the more absurd questions was "what is your greatest contribution to computer science?". It seemed unfair for a basic engineering role, but keep in mind that they mainly want engineers from MIT, Stanford, etc. If you don't have a degree from a top 5 school you'd better act like you do. Pixar is big on thinking the world of themselves, and it sure seemed like employees are expected to be huge self-promoters. There was a weird mix of false humility and elitism that didn't sit well with me. I hope I'm wrong, but that was my impression after meeting with the team.

    About a week later I got another form email saying that the company gets lots of great applicants and that they weren't interested in me anymore. It wasn't even from the recruiter, just a generic automated email. It felt like a rude ending to a long and often frustrating process that dragged on for over three months.

    I'm still a fan of their movies, but I don't want to work at Pixar anymore.

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