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Dolby Reviews

Updated July 16, 2018
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Pros
  • "Challenging work, good work-life balance, amazing people" (in 39 reviews)

  • "9/80 work week (can turns into a WFH day)" (in 68 reviews)

Cons
  • "Decision making can be slow at times" (in 21 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Senior Sales Operations Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Operations Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - 9/80 schedule
    - Work Culture
    - Involvment in the community around the office

    Cons

    - Not a good variety of snacks provided


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Staff Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great place to work, higher pay, better labs equipment

    Cons

    spending too much on innovation?

  3. Helpful (5)

    "Innovation is happening at Dolby"

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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

    Established and well respected brand, small company feel, A players, 9/80 schedule (great work/life balance), people are respectful, the work is interesting and challenging, and you get to work on cool technologies. Great company culture, beautiful SF office, takes innovation seriously and is positioned for success in future.

    Cons

    Things don't always happen overnight, but the company is paying attention/working on that.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to ask for feedback from your employees. Take risks. Shine a bigger light (publicly) on our technologies/products - they are pretty awesome.


  4. "Cool technology, mediocre management"

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

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

    Pros

    Incredible technology revolutionizing entertainment and more

    Cons

    Mediocre management team. Very political.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "this company is a great company"

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    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    fun energetic smart hard working

    Cons

    long hours some days not bad

    Advice to Management

    keep doing a good job


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Not going anywhere"

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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 5 years)

    Pros

    Beautiful new office in SF. Every other Friday off (if you work in the US offices).

    Cons

    Slow to innovate. Too much bureaucracy. Still very much an "old boys" club.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of more of the dead wood at the top before it's too late. Still far too many senior managers and directors who are not adding value, and blocking others from advancing. So many missed opportunities for real growth and change, which is sad to see.


  7. Helpful (7)

    "You can do better, especially for tech!"

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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
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The salary and benefits. New SF office is great. Cheap lunches.

    Cons

    Outdated systems, old school co-workers, lack of innovation, constant restructuring, unorganized, tries to have a culture but still very tech-bro, lack of diversity. Did I mention all of the tech bros or rejects from other tech companies?

    Advice to Management

    Invest and grow in innovation. Strategy and creative should be collaboratively working together, not siloed. Cross-train your employees. Don't treat your employees like a stock price. Take their feedback and grow them, don't just get rid of them. Put leaders in place that don't think they are competing with their own employees for the limelight.. TOXIC.

  8. 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.


  9. Helpful (7)

    "Good reviews are simply fake news!"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  10. 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


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