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Dolby Reviews

Updated April 12, 2017
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Pros
  • 9/80 work schedule, nice downtown office location with gym and fitness classes (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 8 reviews)

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  1. 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.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Bad company for engineers"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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
    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    Outdated long term projects, which are not going anywhere.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

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Worst place in the valley"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Dolby (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    None, none, none none, none

    Cons

    If you really want to do work, in a company with a respectful atmosphere avoid this place like the plague. The incentives 9/80 schedule etc; are great but attracts the worst kind of politically motivated management who want titles but not the work. This is especially true about the video team in Sunnyvale.

    Advice to Management

    Have different cset of incentives for management vs staff. The current incentive system allows for growth of psychopathis managers.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Senior Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Employees are friendly. Pay is high. Bonuses and sales commissions get paid, regardless of results. You will notice that every review cites the "off fridays" as the main 'pro'.

    Cons

    The company spends money like a drunk sailor. Except for the legal team, the company is equally productive to a drunk sailor. Zero accountability or leadership from middle management all the way to the Board.

    Advice to Management

    Cut costs. Create some accountability. Find some focus.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Sales"

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

    I have been working at Dolby (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good people in engineering and in SF. FRIDAY off

    Cons

    Lot of politics in sales and marketing as its very hard to show value. Sales cycle lasts 4-5 years for a product. Most of the revenue come from legacy standards which don't need to be actively sold. Sales blames marketing for all issues and takes credit for success.

    Advice to Management

    change the management culture


  6. Helpful (16)

    "A Bad Place for Women in Tech"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Test Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Test Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Dolby (More than a year)

    Pros

    A comfortable place for white old males to retire.

    Cons

    A punch of white males over 40 running the company. Zero % woman in upper technology management positions. Women are populated in submissive administrative positions, such as Executive Admins.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up and warp into 21st century. Promote women into management positions.


  7. Helpful (7)

    "Dolby used to be a good place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    9/80. It doesn't suck.
    Somewhat interesting technology.

    Cons

    Terrible politics
    Brown nosing seems to get you ahead here.
    Very poor long term growth prospects.
    No strong leadership. They have a corporate shakeout every few years, so I don't expect the current crop of VP's to last very long.

    Advice to Management

    Needs a new culture. I don't think teams are hungry enough to compete in the market. I don't think their is enough visionary management.

  8. Helpful (12)

    "Hopeless"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

    Pros

    Every "pro" description includes Fridays off as a pro. It's easy to get used to this sleepy pace and total lack of accountability. Plus many fun toys to play with if you are an engineer (with no expectations that you will bring a product to market!). Even if you are not an engineer, you will have plenty of consultants to do your work for you.

    Cons

    All of the "pros" above are actually "cons". Inexperienced management: Politics. Politics. Politics. Talk. Talk. Talk. Spend. Spend. Spend.

    Advice to Management

    No advice. Situation is simply hopeless. But if you want to keep the dream alive for a while longer get rid of the consultants and the 9/80s. Hold yourselves accountable first, then your employees.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Terrible lack of respect for the individual by the leadership."

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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

    I worked at Dolby full-time

    Pros

    Some very good, cooperative people - mostly those that had been there under the former management (pre-Kevin Yaemon)

    Cons

    Inability to trust management at most levels. Short-term, finance driven planning by the CEO - exactly the opposite of what Ray Dolby did to build their success.

    Advice to Management

    Reboot the Senior Management with someone who understands technology strategy. Clean house


  10. Helpful (6)

    "I worked in Dolby as a Broadcast Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Broadcast Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Broadcast Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There is no any good reason to work in Dolby La. Very bad company, Baddest Management, Baddest colleague, Baddest environment:

    Cons

    1. Engineer in Dolby Lab very busy in Meeting. from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and then they leave every rush to take Bart or Train to go home
    2. Engineer in Dolby Lab tell new comer everything have to ask s'one will help and they don't want you to ask, very conflict.
    3. As I know every Laptop in Dolby Lab has the 'Watching' software. They can know what you are doing in real time
    4. Some Manager using Meter Watch to monitor what you are doing and how long you working
    5. Teaching very poor and want you to finish project in next two hours
    6. Don't go to Dolby Lab - worst Management team

    Advice to Management

    Don't go to Dolby Lab - worst Management team


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