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Dolby Reviews

Updated July 18, 2017
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Pros
  • The benefits are fantastic - 9/80 work schedule, 401K, parental leave, ESPP (in 40 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 9 reviews)

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  1. "Good benefits"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Good benefits, flexible working time and 9/80 is one of the best.
    - Free movies.

    Cons

    - A lot of managers and politic.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "RE: Great place, bad management"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Support Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - IT Support Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It was an opportunity to work with state of art technologies, great people, good food.

    Cons

    Management has issues, people have two faces. My manager wouldn't smile at me or address me by name. I was a contractor but, I am a person too, IT is a tough place to be at Dolby Laboratories in downtown SF.

  3. "Change can be unnecessarily uncomfortable."

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

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

    Pros

    Great teams at and below middle management.
    Innovative and open creative minds on every floor.
    Approachable management.
    Anonymous employee feedback is encouraged.
    Every other Friday off is a great idea.

    Cons

    Ageism is becoming rampant. Too many good, loyal employees are being noticeably kept in current positions or displaced.
    Upper management is becoming obsessed with change for change's sake.
    No obvious, cohesive planning is being openly relayed to the worker bees.
    Every other Friday off only works if it is adhered to by all, especially management.
    Way too many meetings and meeting follow-ups.
    Too much reliance on email and not enough personal conversation leads to time spent on misinterpretation.

    Advice to Management

    Platform heads need to plan properly and cohesively so that execution can be more creative and time/cost effective.
    It's no accident that the company has been around for more than fifty years. Tap into some of the remaining long-standing employees for insight. They have a vested interest in the success of the company as opposed to the "New Blood" that may only want to pad their resumes.
    Some change is good and needed but others are just disruptive and reek of a desperate need to justify certain positions.
    Asking for employee feedback is not the same as acting on it.


  4. "Senior Laser Test Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Laser Test Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Laser Test Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Dolby is a good high tech company, with spirit of innovation and integrity.

    Cons

    Sometimes they are misleading their employees.

    Advice to Management

    To be more honest with the employees.


  5. Helpful (6)

    "Large company with massive organizational and technical debt."

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    • 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.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "great company"

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    • 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


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Legacy company"

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    • 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.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Bad company for engineers"

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    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


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Great Experience"

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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.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Can't Beat It"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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.


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