Dolby Marketing Manager Reviews

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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    Great Employer in an Exciting Industry

    Nov 5, 2021 - Senior Manager, Marketing in San Francisco, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Dolby encourages employees to experiment and grow, which perfectly fits the DNA of this historic company. Fair salaries, good benefits, fun to be aligned with the entertainment business, nice people, 9/80 schedule is lovely. The company has particularly shone during the pandemic by taking care of employees in numerous ways.

    Cons

    Need to be mindful in the neighborhood, but excellent 24 security and safety measures.

    1 person found this review helpful
  2. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Lack of direction, lots of politics, totally disorganized

    Jan 11, 2021 - Senior Marketing Manager 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Good compensation and benefits; every other Friday off.

    Cons

    No clear direction. Lot's of territorial politics at the c-suite. Totally disorganized. Marketing is a mess and unable to support the business.

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    1 person found this review helpful
  3. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 5 years

    Inspiring company; frequent organizational changes

    Sep 6, 2019 - Marketing Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Great benefits, beautiful office, cool products, nice people.

    Cons

    Marketing organization has been restructured multiple times in recent years. This makes it challenging to see strategies through to successful completion.

    2 people found this review helpful
  4. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Cool technology, mediocre management

    Jun 16, 2018 - Marketing Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Incredible technology revolutionizing entertainment and more

    Cons

    Mediocre management team. Very political.

    5 people found this review helpful
  5. 2.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Great Brand, but not so great strategy, or managers.

    Aug 4, 2015 - EXPERIENTIAL MARKETING MANAGER in San Francisco, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Amazing brand to have on your resume of course. Potrero office (soon to remodel) is a cool building with amazing history and vibe. Some amazing products that could (do) change the world if they were marketed well. People would be asking for Dolby products in droves instead of 4K TVs.

    Cons

    The new building on Market is cool, but workspaces are cramped and there aren't any of the typical "tech corridor" perks in sight except for some light snacks. The company has undergone an overhaul of sorts and it's clear who has fresh ideas and who is dragging their feet. Every other Friday off is great, but not really 'off' - You need to work 9 hours every other day and then most people end up working part of the Friday Day off. Have found management to be stifling. There is an expectation of doing things "The Dolby Way" which is fine, but there's really no patience for interest or questions and no direction or documentation on what that Dolby way is... So watch out when you don't do it as expected. Was referred in, and then last-minute the position was changed to contract instead of FTE and had to go through management agency with a TON of paperwork and slow processes... 4-weeks in and the job suddenly appears re-posted. NO discussion or addressing from management, HR, or agency... poor taste and somewhat rude behavior. There's no experience in Experiential Marketing here... Lots of "shove this peg thru this hole - fast' mentality. Executions are not cohesive or thoughtful.

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    26 people found this review helpful
  6. 3.0
    Former Contractor, less than 1 year

    Great people with a few rotten apples

    Feb 2, 2015 - Brand Marketing Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    The 9/80 work week is really awesome. People enjoy what they do and are passionate about the cinema industry. Dolby also is making great efforts to make themselves relevant again to this generation of young adults.

    Cons

    Management is super poor for everyone below senior. Not a great place for young entry level workers looking to learn. A great resume booster but not much take away from the company as a whole.

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    3 people found this review helpful
  7. 2.0
    Former Employee

    Dolby's Ongoig Struggle With Marketing

    Dec 4, 2014 - Marketing Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    - Great Technology - Great Position in Cinema and Broadcast - Great Technical Employee Base

    Cons

    - Weak Management - Semi-Retired Sales Leadership (lacking leadership acumen) - No Appreciation of the Power and Importance of Marketing

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    8 people found this review helpful
  8. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    Fun, engaging, going places

    Oct 15, 2014 - Marketing Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Great people. Non-political work environment. High-tech & entertainment. Exceptional brand. New Marketing Org brings strong leadership - great CMO. Genuine, inspiring and fun Marketing team. Recent changes in how the team is working has really improved communications.

    Cons

    This is hard work! Lots of change - not always in the direction you want. Need more people to share the load.

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    4 people found this review helpful
  9. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Engineering-driven company

    Jul 16, 2014 - Marketing Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Fun if you like tech Hands-on experience with lots of responsibility since there are many business lines that require each function

    Cons

    Marketing and sales dept is a bit disorganized Favoritism among management of employees can prevail when employee doesn't earn it

    2 people found this review helpful
  10. 2.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Every team has a rebuilding year/stage...

    Feb 2, 2014 - Marketing Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Motivated middle-management, 9/80 work schedule, SMART people, many loyal employees that have been at Dolby for 5+ years

    Cons

    The Marketing re-org that happened in early Spring 2013 is still a mess. We're under-resourced, stressed and hardly get to take advantage of the every other Friday off (or even weekends at times). Maybe we're just in a "rebuilding year" as is common when a historically engineering company shifts real focus into marketing, but it remains to be seen. High-level engineering seems to be happy though I wouldn't recommend Dolby for marketing positions at this time. There's still a lot transition that's going on and maybe the exec level management, VPs and Director levels need to have a clearer understanding of the pressure on those at lower levels to execute on marketing objectives with LITTLE internal resources and direction. Dolby is still in the midst of proving value in E-Media (mobile/OTT/streaming industries) and it's apparent that not everyone agrees on the direction and industry approach. (Another commonly stated problem on glassdoor which I agree - EVERYTHING is consensus decision making. It's not uncommon for large public companies to have a lot of cooks in the kitchen to make sure we're supporting business objectives that have been communicated to shareholders but too many global cross-functional representatives have to have final feedback in the smallest of tactical executions, which is not feasible for the mobile industry pace.)

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    9 people found this review helpful
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