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Updated April 3, 2018
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Pros
  • Challenging work, good work-life balance, amazing people (in 36 reviews)

  • 9/80 work week (can turns into a WFH day) (in 67 reviews)

Cons
  • Sometimes the decision making at the very top leaves you scratching your head (in 21 reviews)

  • Upper management is becoming obsessed with change for change's sake (in 11 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (7)

    "Changing for the better"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Dolby full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Dolby is full of people who are passionate about audio, imaging and the arts. This passion, combined with the pride of working for one of the world's premier companies in this space, fuels products that shine with human ingenuity and careful crafting. It is a maker culture at heart. Employees are respected and treated very well. There is a remarkable ability to have your voice and ideas heard by the most senior executives. It is a rare blended culture that balances ambition with caring. An underlying curiosity is its secret ingredient.

    For me, Dolby is place where I am given the freedom to push my work as far as it can go. The brilliance of its people is inspiring.

    Cons

    Dolby is making the right changes to stay relevant and grow. If you are in an area of the business welcoming change, it is exciting to see the possibilities of what Dolby could evolve into. If you are in a group resisting change, it can be a different experience.

    Advice to Management

    Keep remembering that what got us here may not get us there. The company's long track record of success fuels a natural risk aversion and inertia to change. Busting through this complacency is the company's biggest challenge. The world moves faster than Dolby's founding ethos. The company has already navigated disruptive waters successfully. Stay bold and swift in continuing to adapt the company so that it remains relevant in 2020, 2030 and well beyond.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Compliance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Dolby full-time

    Pros

    Off Fridays, pay, vacation and equity

    Cons

    Long hours, heavy work load

    Advice to Management

    Employ more people to reduce work load and avoid burn out

  3. "Good reviews are simply fake news!"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Dolby full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Off Fridays and nice new(ish) building

    Cons

    Executive management andjJust about everything else

    Advice to Management

    You can not continue to mismanage the company so badly. Instead of laying off senior managers who actually do most of the work, you need to let go of most of the senior staff. Most EVPs are totally worthless and checked out. That is why Dolby remains flat and unimpressive. With the current ineptness of the CEO and the rest of the executive management team, Dolby will simply remain on life support within its market sphere. We need management that has vision and leadership with industry expertise, not shoegazers who focus on purely incremental improvements to existing technology.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Sad Place for a female leader"

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    Current Employee - Lead Engineer in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Lead Engineer in South San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Dolby full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    9/80 which is great when you have kids.

    Cons

    Extremely slow decision making process. Dolby still depends on old school methodologies and software development process.

    Upper management is obsessed old school technology and have no idea what's happening in the industry.

    The research is primarily composed of people who have been here for 20+ years and have no idea what's going on in the industry.

    Advice to Management

    Speed up decision making. Let go of Research and technology leaders which have been promoted to levels of incompetence.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Executive Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Dolby full-time

    Pros

    It’s a 9/80 schedule which is nice.

    Cons

    You can feel isolated when your manager refuses to let you move up due to a controlling reputation.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Director"

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    Current Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Dolby full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Every other Friday off. Great employee talent, but generall untapped.

    Cons

    Management is a joke...CEO is a disaster. He's there about 8 years and has not grown the business. Exec Leaders fund new business groups that have failed to ship a single product in 7 years.

    Advice to Management

    Replace CEO and most of the Exec Leaders. Bring in leaders that will actually grow the business.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Antiquated workplace"

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    Former Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Dolby full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    High pay and fridays off

    Cons

    Not able to transition from patent to commercial tech business model

    Advice to Management

    Need accountability

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Don't work in legal at Dolby"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Dolby full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Seems like a great company unless you work for the legal department.

    Cons

    The legal department. Everyone in Dolby legal is seriously overworked and undervalued. VP's only care about moving the stock price a couple dollars.

    Advice to Management

    Dolby on paper is incredible, but in reality it's beyond awful. Put your stock money where your mouth is and start saying thank you for a change. It's the little things. We're dying at our desks.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Work on innovative technologies that amaze and delight the world."

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Dolby full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Collegial atmosphere. Great benefits like alternate off-Fridays. Long history of quasi-consensus decision making processes take in many viewpoints and allow for nuanced input. Company takes on challenging problems and has high standards, but generally people are valued and provided with the tools and information needed to excel. Not a typical quarter-by-quarter profit-driven business, but rather a long-term strategic one which looks to solve tough problems in the entertainment space.

    Cons

    Dolby’s technologies provide an enhancement to various entertainment experiences, not the experiences directly. Risk is becoming just a niche solution provider rather than an essential one, as many consumers are happy with the entertainment they get today, or see the benefit but don’t make it a priority to get or experience the latest innovations. It can feel a little disconnected from reality.

    Advice to Management

    Keep in touch with the staff on a personal level. Get to know the people working for your people, and listen to the range of views expressed when people have the opportunity to talk about their experience and challenges.


  10. "Big company...not caring enough of mid-level employees"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Dolby full-time

    Pros

    Employee screenings, cool products, clean work environment

    Cons

    Lack of respect from upper management

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within. Request employee feedback occasionally.


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