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Updated February 23, 2018
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Pros
  • 9/80 work schedule, the people are passionate about their work, company is great at communicating and teaching employees (in 66 reviews)

  • Challenging work, good work-life balance, amazing people (in 37 reviews)

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

  • Serious lack of work-life balance due to heavy workloads and resource constraints (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Changing for the better"

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    • Senior Management
    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 (2)

    "I love it here."

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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

    Pros

    Incredible place to come to work every day. Passionate people who love what they do. Great work environment, nice benefits, competitive compensation.

    Cons

    They don't have dinner for those of us who like to work late, they prefer we go home to our families for dinner. What a concept.

    Advice to Management

    Keep competitive, hire more junior people, allow them to grow.

  3. "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.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "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.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Avoid Dolby At Any Cost"

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    Current Employee - Senior Director in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior 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

    Interesting technologies and Motivated employees

    Cons

    Do not believe the fluff on this site. Almost everyone except the engineers are overworked, undervalued and overwhelmed. In addition, politics and egos are the norm. The company has been trying to find a way to stay relevant as its core patents reach their end of life. As a result, Dolby has hired a ton of cut throat Silicon Valley executives that are solely motivated in bolstering their resume and jumping ship to the next position. EVP of engineering (left for Apple), CMO left for Google after 2 years. CTO left after 2 years. The CEO was promoted form Finance and the company is now simply all about dollars. There is no commitment to any core values and there is no life/work balance. The company lacks in core values it also lacks in clear organization and employee support. There is a general and pervasive sense of gloom and doom among mid to senior management. Additionally, Dolby conducts annual reorganizations where is lays off numerous employees every year. In October 90 employees were let go. They are now embracing a model where they are trying to attract "young" employees and saddle them with very senior jobs at entry level pay. This is scary as promotions are rare at Dolby.

    Advice to Management

    Honor Ray Dolby's vision. He is turning over in his grave at the way the company is being run.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company to Work for!"

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    Current Employee - Software Test Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Test Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent salary with steady growth potential, Good Benefits, 9/80 Schedule, lots of talented engineers, fun environment

    Cons

    Occasional political issues can creep up.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Sr. Director"

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    Current Employee - Senior Director in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Dolby full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fun market and technology. The company pays well and benefits are great.

    Cons

    Like many Silicon Valley companies Dolby makes a futile attempt at work / life balance. Executive management, middle management, engineering and many other disciplines easily log 60+ hours per week. Slow decision making process. Very difficult business model that requires strict disciplines to maneuver and succeed. Dolby has struggled to build the required disciplines resulting in many reorganizations over many years.

    Advice to Management

    Play the long game. Focus on what got you here in particular the 1968 business practices that created the consumer licensing model.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Marketing"

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

    I worked at Dolby full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good location in SF

    Interesting products with lots of potential

    Off every other Friday – not really.

    Cons

    After 2017 yearly survey, marketing dept. morale was worse than when the CMO started 4 years ago. Was part of a tiger team, but changes discussed were for show. I don’t think things will change much under CMO's direct reports as they are never able to make any decisions and like to toss each other (and their teams) under the bus.. very sad indeed.

    “Low energy” CMO spent most of his time in the office with the door closed. Friendly with just a few.

    Products could do better, but they are not marketed well because all decisions are micro-managed by marketing leadership if you look at their background on LinkedIn, most who have never held a leadership marketing position at other companies.

    Advice to Management

    Hire a REAL CMO next time around and not a mobile engineer.

    Get rid of current marketing leadership and start over again by building a true marketing organization.

    Be more transparent. Current marketing leadership should stop “gang-up” mentality by assigning blame when things don’t work out.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company to build your career!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Dolby part-time

    Pros

    Challenging work, good work-life balance, amazing people!

    Cons

    Compensation is moderate considering its location


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Senior Engineer, Consumer Entertainment Technology"

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer, Consumer Entertainment Technology in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer, Consumer Entertainment Technology in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Dolby full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - 401K
    - Free snack
    - Off Friday every 2 weeks
    - Work/life balance

    Cons

    - Things move slowly
    - Decision making too slow
    - Leadership lack of vision to drive new business
    - Compensation is not competitive
    - Too many 10+/20+ years of co-workers, lack of motivation

    Advice to Management

    Bring in more and more RCG and New Grads to drive the company in the new era.
    Let go more of the zombie mid level management roles.
    Be more courageous for growing business.


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