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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. "9/80 Schedule is Great"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    9/80 schedule allows for every other friday off

    Cons

    culture is lacking, low energy


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Can't Beat It"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.

  3. "Marketing Director"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Dolby full-time

    Pros

    Fascinating products, R&D is industry changing

    Cons

    Sr. Management disconnected to management and field needs

    Advice to Management

    Listen and don't overtake


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Challenging environment"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Life and work balance is great. Every other Friday is off. Interesting technologies you can have fun working on.

    Cons

    Dolby runs a healthy profitable business that is challenged by the changing the market. The un-open culture requires employees to be aware and careful of the management dynamic.

    Advice to Management

    Rethink your management style


  5. "Good place for a high school part time job"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Guest Services in Hollywood, CA
    Former Employee - Guest Services in Hollywood, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Dolby part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good place to put your foot in the workforce door

    Cons

    Work is based on booked events, only part-time employment and it is hard to move up in the company


  6. Helpful (2)

    "fun"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    friendly, eager to help you, dont get bored easily, always on your feet doing something

    Cons

    long time waiting around during shows. You can't sit down


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Used to be good but not anymore after the recent reorg"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in China, ME
    Current Employee - Manager in China, ME
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance, cinema business is fun and promising. Good place to work with an international team with exposure to different culture.

    Cons

    Very centralized and US focused, slow and political. Current org won't support a long term success particularly for employees outside of the States

    Advice to Management

    Be decisive and accountable

  8. Helpful (6)

    "Work Experience"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Dolby is old, however it is a tech company, and has been actively adapting to emulate the tech work culture. The products are incredibly inovative and cool, and this makes the work you do in your job more exciting. Dolby definitely has the google quality of once you work there, you really believe in the products. Dolby is truly leading the way in entertainment experience technology, and as an employee, you are always exposed to incredibly cool product and entertainment experience demos.

    Cons

    While Dolby is an older company, they are tying to adapt to the contemporary tech culture. As a result, there remain some conservative old school corporate norms embedded in the company, beneath the modern tech surface. There seems to be a little bit of a ladder climbing attitude amongst some employees, for the most part though everyone is incredibly laid back friendly, and supportive.

    Advice to Management

    In my experience, Dolby's meeting heavy corporate culture bogged down the efficiency of the workflow. It is very easy to simply use google docs, or exchange ideas via email. Instead of serving as a place where the brainstorm starts, meetings should be where decisions and strategies are finalized; not incubated and nurtured constantly along the way.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Good Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    9/80 work week, employee parking, first-run movie screenings

    Cons

    doesn't offer strong career and professional growth for those not in engineering

    Advice to Management

    none


  10. "Good"

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    They are doing really good research on their product. And every 2 week Friday is off.

    Cons

    Salary was not that good


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