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Dolby Reviews

Updated April 25, 2017
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Pros
  • years) and new employees, a modern, fresh, work environment in San Francisco, 9/80 work schedule, ability to contribute to important initiatives (in 39 reviews)

  • The company has a true work/life balance, without sacrificing either (in 33 reviews)

Cons
  • Slow decision making with very little accountability (in 19 reviews)

  • Too many decision makers with contradictory agendas at upper management level (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "great company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Dolby full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    9/80 work schedule, the people are passionate about their work, company is great at communicating and teaching employees

    Cons

    none I can think of


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Large company with massive organizational and technical debt."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Dolby full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Relaxed work culture. Many different projects are always going on at once, so during your time as an engineer here you'll have the opportunity to work on a lot of different kinds of projects. Competitive pay for the area. Great facilities.

    Cons

    Middle and upper management is risk-adverse and lack a clear direction. This leads to many different projects being created to pursue many different platforms that often end up reinventing and repackaging the wheel. Projects are often born as cobbled together frankensteins of other projects, leading to a lot of technical debt. Management oftentimes ignores this, instead pushing for feature creep.

    Advice to Management

    Take the time to align projects across the company, rather than focusing solely on marketable features.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Legacy company"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Steady employment if that's what you need, 9/80 is a good idea. Great location for commuting, somewhat interesting work. OK benefits.

    Cons

    Lack of focus on technical excellence. Limited opportunities to progress. Poor middle managers with own interests. Best way to get ahead is kissing managements behind.

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to create a diverse cool culture, hire the best and focus on technology, the culture and diversity will follow.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Bad company for engineers"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Alternate off Friday. Empty office on working Friday :)

    Cons

    Outdated long term projects, which are not going anywhere. Unmotivated employees in engineering teams. Clueless Directors and Sr.Managers in engineering. Program management is driving the show and making decisions for engineering team. No growth opportunities in engineering unless you are managers favorite, even if you are working hard for years and adding value.

    Advice to Management

    Spend time to look into what is happening in engineering teams


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Great Experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Imaging Research Engineer in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Imaging Research Engineer in Burbank, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Dolby full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great company and great people.
    Amazing work environment.
    Cutting-edge technologies.

    Cons

    Base salary for certain roles is not competitive enough with respect to the industry.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Can't Beat It"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Dolby full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Alternating Fridays Off
    -Free movies
    -Great Leadership Team
    -Flexible
    -Small company atmosphere with a large company brand

    Cons

    I can't think of a single one.

    Advice to Management

    Thank you for fostering a creative and fun atmosphere. I appreciate that all suggestions are taken into consideration and I don't feel like a small cog in the Dolby machine. I feel like a valued asset.


  8. "Good place for a high school part time job"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Guest Services in Hollywood, CA
    Former Employee - Guest Services in Hollywood, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Dolby part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good place to put your foot in the workforce door

    Cons

    Work is based on booked events, only part-time employment and it is hard to move up in the company


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Used to be good but not anymore after the recent reorg"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in China, ME
    Current Employee - Manager in China, ME
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance, cinema business is fun and promising. Good place to work with an international team with exposure to different culture.

    Cons

    Very centralized and US focused, slow and political. Current org won't support a long term success particularly for employees outside of the States

    Advice to Management

    Be decisive and accountable


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Poised For Lift-Off"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Dolby full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful and creative people!
    Great reputation in the audio world.
    A San Francisco main-stay with all of the attributes that cause it to fit in well.

    Cons

    Current location is still scary. Give it ten years of gentrification and that should change.
    Experiencing all of the usual issues related to with a fast-growing business concern.

    Advice to Management

    Keep at it.
    Promote from within.
    Remember that age brings wisdom and embrace the wise among your ranks.
    Keep an eye out for young talent and grow it.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Production Management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA

    I worked at Dolby (More than a year)

    Pros

    Licensing and technology. Some new electronic products

    Cons

    Too corporate, leading to many disconects


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