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Dolby Reviews

Updated February 15, 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 38 reviews)

  • The company has a true work/life balance, without sacrificing either (in 36 reviews)

Cons
  • Still top heavy and decision making could be faster (in 23 reviews)

  • Too many decision makers with contradictory agendas at upper management level (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "product marketing"

    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
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    every other Friday off. generous pay & benefits. committed people many with very long history at the company. Profitable so when an important initiative needs money, it's available.

    Cons

    can be slow to move. could be more customer centric.

    Advice to Management

    I think company got better over time. I think the challenge is to identify true value add for customers and look less like a tax authority.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Too stable"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Dolby full-time

    Pros

    Good for job security and work-live balance. Lots of paid day-offs.

    Cons

    Sometimes a bit boring with long term project. Too many groups doing similar stuffs.


  3. Helpful (5)

    "Dolby Vision Team"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun team to work with. Love the 9/80 work Schedule.

    Cons

    A small office, not as great as the San Francisco office.

    Advice to Management

    Make the sunnyvale branch similar to the San Francisco branch.


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  5. Helpful (6)

    "Anonymous"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Dolby full-time

    Pros

    -Some of the best, smartest people I've ever worked with.
    -By and large management is very supportive
    -The projects are exciting, and are on the cutting edge of current technology

    Cons

    -Takes forever to do anything
    -Sometimes the decision making at the very top leaves you scratching your head


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Anonymous"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Dolby"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Dolby full-time

    Pros

    Amazing staff and great work enviroment

    Cons

    No cons as of this point in my career here


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Nice benefits"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Dolby full-time

    Pros

    9/80 work schedule, nice downtown office location with gym and fitness classes

    Cons

    lacks the vibe of a bold, progressive environment seen in a tech company


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Bad leadership and senior management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Director Business Development in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Director Business Development in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great tech and business model, full of tech talents

    Cons

    Bad leadership, lack of business sense .

    Advice to Management

    Bring new business blood


  10. Helpful (4)

    "This Is a Review Title"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer (Design Engineer) in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer (Design Engineer) in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Dolby full-time

    Pros

    The company seems interested in the well-being of its employees. 1275 Market street is a brand new building with many amenities. 9-80 work week gives employees an extra weekday to enjoy. Never pressured to work overtime. Flexible hours. Truly the leader in the audio space. Many 30+ year employees with lots of experience to share.

    Cons

    Not at the bleeding edge of software development (most development is in C). Old school methodologies and software development philosophies are hard to budge at times. Not many young engineers.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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.



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