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Pixar Animation Studios Overview

Emeryville, CA
501 to 1000 employees
1986
Subsidiary or Business Segment
Motion Picture Production & Distribution
$50 to $100 million (USD) per year
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 created some ... Read more

Pixar Animation Studios – Why Work For Us?


At Pixar, our goal is to make great films with great people. We are proud of our tradition of creative and technical excellence and are always looking for talented people to enrich our work and our community. We believe it’s important for our studio to reflect the diversity of the society we live in and the worldwide audiences for whom we make our films. Come see what we have to offer!

Pixar Animation Studios’ University Relations Program seeks to identify and hire talented students and recent graduates into our internship and residency programs.

Interns and residents work alongside our production and studio staff, getting first-hand exposure to the creation of Pixar’s industry-leading films. We believe new talent is crucial to the future of our studio and our medium, and want Pixar to reflect the diversity of the society we live in and the worldwide audiences for whom we make our films. Come see what we have to offer!


CLASSROOM BASED INTERNSHIPS
Direct mentorship and training in interactive classroom environments led by Pixar artists
Animation + Story + Pixar Undergraduate Program (PUP - Focused on Technical Direction disciplines)


PROJECT/DEPARTMENT BASED INTERNSHIPS
Direct mentorship from Pixar employees either on a film production or within a Studio department
Art + Editorial + Production Management + RenderMan + Software Research & Development + Studio Operations + Systems + Technical Direction (TD)


GENERAL QUALIFICATIONS
Must be currently enrolled in an accredited undergraduate or graduate program, or a recent graduate (within one year of internship/residency start date) of an accredited bachelor’s, master’s, or PhD program

PERKS

  • Work alongside Pixar employees, with opportunities to contribute directly to the daily work of the studio
  • Enjoy access to company events, programs, and amenities, such as special screenings and lectures, social, educational and civic programs, and fitness and café facilities
  • Housing stipend and travel assistance provided for non-local interns


INTERESTED?
Find out more at pixar.com/internships

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

    Pros

    Get to bring great movies to audiences. Great benefits package. Great co-workers. Many people still believe in the ideals that led to Pixar's success.

    Cons

    Entrenched leadership, and too much of it. Has gotten increasingly corporate. Too many managers and technical leadership is turning into managers as well. Inability to distinguish mediocre from exceptional employees.

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    Company is top heavy. Way too much middle management as well. Cut the fat.

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    I got the on-campus interview. After that, it will be another 1-2 on-site interview. Unfortunately, I didn't pass the first round.

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    • I don't remember the exact question, but it was about what kind of work you wanna do in Pixar. The interviewer listed tuns of positions in "animation terms", which I surely couldn't follow as a CS geek...   Answer Question
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