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Dolby Reviews

Updated April 12, 2017
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Pros
  • years) and new employees, a modern, fresh, work environment in San Francisco, 9/80 work schedule, ability to contribute to important initiatives (in 39 reviews)

  • The company has a true work/life balance, without sacrificing either (in 33 reviews)

Cons
  • Slow decision making with very little accountability (in 22 reviews)

  • Too many decision makers with contradictory agendas at upper management level (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "great company"

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    • 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


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Great Experience"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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.


  3. Helpful (4)

    "Can't Beat It"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great experience"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Dolby as an intern

    Pros

    - They have an awesome internship program with many activities.
    - I enjoyed working with interesting problems on image processing/computer vision.
    - The manager and colleagues are supportive and cooperative.
    - They have three day weekend every other week.

    Cons

    - There is a cafeteria and snacks but no real food for lunch inside the company. (But there are a good amount of restaurants outside.)


  6. "Design Engineer Intern"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Dolby as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Best place to learn. Best team and supportive staff.

    Cons

    There is no cons in particular.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up. Best place to work as a technocrat;


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Senior Software Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Passionate Colleagues
    Working in SF
    9/80 work schedule is awesome

    Cons

    Market outreach can be better
    Processes can adapt better
    Better pay would be nice


  8. Helpful (5)

    "Anonymous"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great brand, incredibly smart people who are passionate about what they do, good work life balance, small teams, collaborative environment, innovation in other areas in addition to audio, hires incredible talent (people tend to stay for a long time - good retention), great new building in SF and every other Friday off.

    Cons

    Decision making can be slow at times.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing - continue to innovate and grow the organization in a manner consistent with Dolby values.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Director"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Dolby full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great company to work for because of new technology development and continued dedication to fund R&D. Dolby is working to change the way people experience all audio and visual entertainment and they are dedicated to provide high quality technology to do it.

    Cons

    Growing fast so there are areas that tend to be chaotic.

    Advice to Management

    Don't lose sight of the things that made Dolby great in the beginning. Make sure to keep true to the culture developed by Ray Dolby over the years.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great Talent & Technology"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    Pros

    Talented employees, leading edge technology, high innovative spirit. Frequent new product demos and events are sponsored internally, which gives employees first-hand, early preview of new technologies. On-site screening rooms provide employees and their families to watch movies with latest Dolby technology.

    Cons

    Not much to point out. The usual expected amount of politics in certain circles, but generally, people rally around common goals. At times, multiple projects compete for people's attention, and the overarching priorities are not clear.

    Advice to Management

    Continue nurturing the innovation and pumping out great technologies. Be more clear and decisive around the key initiatives to provide the focus that would help.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Engineer, Broadcast Technology"

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

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

    Pros

    One off Friday for every two weeks. Combination of experienced and genius engineers, good for learning and grow. Good relocation service and temporary housing.

    Cons

    Need some more time to explore before telling the cons.



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