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Dolby Reviews

Updated September 10, 2017
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Pros
  • The benefits are fantastic - 9/80 work schedule, 401K, parental leave, ESPP (in 40 reviews)

  • Company seems to truly value employee work/life balance (for all employees - not just interns) (in 34 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. 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


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Old School"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great company to work for."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  4. 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.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great Retirement Company in Silicon Valley"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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!


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good benefits"

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    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.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "RE: Great place, bad management"

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    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.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "great benefits, great technology, too nice"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Dolby full-time

    Pros

    The benefits are fantastic - 9/80 work schedule, 401K, parental leave, ESPP. The technology is truly special, and there are some real technical wizards at the company. The people are also a big asset - they care about the technology and there's a family vibe.

    Cons

    The company is struggling to reinvent itself in the new technology age, and management is still trying to extract more dollars from the same business model.

    It also doesn't do enough to turn over underperforming staff.

    Advice to Management

    Take some advice from Netflix - "we're a team, not a family". There are "enough" people at Dolby, just not the "right" people in many cases (especially on the product and business side). A good round of restructuring/rehiring would be bring new thought and operational leadership to the company.


  10. "Senior Laser Test Engineer"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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