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Dolby Reviews

Updated Jul 14, 2019

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Dolby CEO Kevin J. Yeaman
Kevin J. Yeaman
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Pros
  • "9/80 schedule but it won't be pleasant experience(in 79 reviews)

  • "9/80 work schedule, the people are passionate about their work, company is great at communicating and teaching employees(in 51 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Very good place to work"

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

    I have been working at Dolby full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    overall great people, friendly and intellectual. mostly low drama. allows me to flex as needed and 9/80 schedule. working on product that will be live for many years in 1B+ devices is satisfying.

    Cons

    parts of strategy can be mysterious or indecisive at times. sometimes feels that the BGs behave like they are separate companies.

    Dolby2019-03-15
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Amazing tech innovations, but lack in integrated marketing"

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

    I worked at Dolby full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    World-class neuroscience-based innovation Smart and passionate people Flexible work hours People development

    Cons

    Lack of capabilities in taking new consumer products to market Lack of innovation in measuring success of brand marketing Lack of collabortion among teams

    Advice to Management

    Clearer prioritization in goals and vision in driving growth

    Dolby2019-06-25
  3. Helpful (3)

    "Lack of leadership, discipline and alignment"

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    Former Employee - Marketing 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Dolby full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, good compensation

    Cons

    The organization is siloed to the point that it barely functions. There's no alignment across business groups. The business makes seemingly haphazard decisions for investments. CMO is a terrible communicator and seems to shoot from the hip.

    Advice to Management

    Get a COO and empower them to organize, and clearly define roles and processes.

    Dolby2019-07-14
  4. Helpful (3)

    "Overall nice place to work"

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

    I have been working at Dolby full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    . Nice work/life balance. As others have said, 9/80 is great schedule . Great consumer facing technology . Bright, insightful colleagues. Some are really tough leaders in their fields . Decent amount of training and learning, if you know where to look for

    Cons

    . Sometimes too policial . Org structure not optimized for performance. Looks more like people choices drive the org, not the other way around

    Advice to Management

    . Be more brave and take the right decisions for the business . More transparency and communication is always good

    Dolby2019-06-03
  5. Helpful (3)

    "Great people, great offerings. 👍👍"

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

    I have been working at Dolby full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The engineers are the best in the world at redefining and inventing how we should want to enjoy entertainment - movies, TV, gaming, sports, music, etc. There are a wide variety of programs aimed at creating an environment where all employees are able to do their best work (e.g. world-class labs, workspaces, tools, pay & benefits, wellness, trainings, etc.) The people are smart, passionate, capable of solving incredibly...

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    Cons

    Cultures can be very different depending on the org your in. Transparency and accountability have room for improvement. We sometime make things too complex.

    Advice to Management

    Keep delivering the incredible experiences and look to make big moves without fearing failure. Get control of the complexity.

    Dolby2019-05-30
  6. Helpful (3)

    "Focused on hi-def audio and video with really good work life balance"

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

    I have been working at Dolby full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Masters at all things A/V, algorithms and software. Every other Friday off is a dream. Cool annual hackathon called ideaquest. Good benefits, commuter stipend, 401K and profit sharing. People are friendly and smart. Lots of volunteer opportunities. Very global which is good in a way but need to be good at dealing with time zones. Office is like new and the labs are insane.

    Cons

    Potential is more than whats been delivered so far. With great tech and brand we should be taking off more especially with peak TV happening.

    Advice to Management

    Unleash

    Dolby2019-05-24
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great company"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I have been working at Dolby full-time for more than 8 years

      Pros

      Located in SF downtown, great benefits, international travel

      Cons

      no major issue. Its not a startup

      Dolby2019-05-31
    • Helpful (3)

      "Good place to work"

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      Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I worked at Dolby full-time for more than 5 years

      Pros

      Top of the line headquarters and audio lab. Every other Friday off. (work 9 days out of 10)

      Cons

      Old technology, not cloud or AWS.

      Dolby2019-04-03
    • Helpful (7)

      "Accounting/Finance"

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

      I worked at Dolby

      Pros

      Office (theater, gym, cheap food)

      Cons

      Culture of shaming team members in public, no room for growth, frequent reorganization and layoffs (friends there were laid off without notice or severance). I was misled about role in interview and while the req was open, seems like certain groups under the CFO org bear all the weight while others are coasting by doing nothing. Happy to be on the other side, felt like I wasn’t valued and was a scape goat for a manager...

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      Dolby2019-03-28
    • Helpful (5)

      "Great Company, Great Culture"

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

      I have been working at Dolby full-time

      Pros

      - Work life balance; having every other Friday off is an amazing perk! While an email might come through here or there, in my experience, you really get a 3-day weekend every other week! - The San Francisco office is bright, full of artwork, and offers free snacks and refreshments in kitchens throughout the building. It creates an engaging environment to work in. Also, there are screenings of new movies in the attached...

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      Cons

      - There can be a lot of meetings needed to move certain things forward. On the flip side, the processes feel thorough, and the right groups are usually involved in making decisions.

      Dolby2019-01-28
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