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Dolby Reviews

Updated October 20, 2017
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Pros
  • Company seems to truly value employee work/life balance (for all employees - not just interns) (in 34 reviews)

  • 9/80 work schedule is the best perk in the company (in 64 reviews)

Cons
  • Sometimes the decision making at the very top leaves you scratching your head (in 19 reviews)

  • Too many decision makers with contradictory agendas at upper management level (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Management"

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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

    Great company with diverse and creative team members

    Cons

    No cons to mention. Everything seems smooth.

    Advice to Management

    Needs more coaching and mentoring.


  2. "Overall, a constructive place to learn"

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    Former Employee - Test Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Test Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Encouraged to try and learn new things.
    - Opinions of everyone is considered and listened to.
    - Varied skill sets amongst members in the team, allowing for great overall learnings, especially for beginners.
    - 9/80 work schedule.
    - Overall a good place to work.

    Cons

    - Being market leaders in Audio and Video (recently) capabilities, with a bit of focus, could expand to various new modern arenas around entertainment.
    - Top management could communicate the direction the company wants to take, a little better.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Good forecast. Too top heavy at the moment."

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    9/80 work schedule is the best perk in the company.

    Cons

    Company is too top heavy although it is changing recently.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Founding ethos and current trajectory diverge"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Amazing engineers, compelling innovations, best-of-class facilities, and a rich intellectual history serve as a superb foundation for this niche entity. If you can find the right organization this can be a great experience.

    Cons

    Company has slowly devolved from a meritocracy where invention was the ideal to a good ol' boys oligarchy reigned through political alliance. Entire business units who have not produced any revenue in several years persist where charismatic leaders with a proven record of product delivery are now blowing in the wind. The corporate message of diversity, inclusion, respect, empowerment, and well-being is merely a checkbox as 90%+ of the leadership and white and male.

    Advice to Management

    Instead of leading with a financial gauge, try hiring a respected visionary leader in an adjacent industry in it for the long game.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Engineering Culture Dominates"

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    Current Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Incredibly smart and good people focused on interesting work

    Cons

    The engineering culture is its own worst enemy, unable to change fast enough to stay competitive.

    Advice to Management

    Diversify your workforce and push Engineering to embrace change


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great Internship Progrem"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Dolby full-time

    Pros

    Housing stipend
    Friendly office environment
    Intern program activities
    Flexible hours

    Cons

    Low structure for some intern positions


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Old School"

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    • Senior Management
    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

    Every other Friday off and competitive compensation

    Cons

    old boys club. no women in leadership. promotes men over women, pays women less than men. moves at glacier pace. in 6 years 4 major re orgs in marketing. marketing leaders are engineers who lack expertise in marketing, vision or strategy. employees loft left educating their bosses.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great company to work for."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Team building, good outlook, great products

    Cons

    Decision by committee, lack of solid marketing


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Great Retirement Company in Silicon Valley"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very relaxed environment. Company is highly profitable thus great to its employees.

    Cons

    Lots of dead woods. Lots. It is not a good environment for high-performing super stars.

    Advice to Management

    Trim the dead woods!


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dolby full-time

    Pros

    Holiday Time Off was GREAT! Benefits were wonderful, employees are nice.

    Cons

    Too many politics, managers don't support and guide their employees.


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