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Dolby Reviews

Updated July 18, 2017
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Pros
  • The benefits are fantastic - 9/80 work schedule, 401K, parental leave, ESPP (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 9 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Software Engineering"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Fun, smart coworkers
    Challenging and interesting projects
    Great company culture until the founder passed away

    Cons

    Although most managers are very encouraging, some are very rude and discouraging.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Fine Company, Could Be Better"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance with a very open schedule (great for achievers, bad for most). Good pay and good benefits. Good innovation in some groups.

    Cons

    No accountability on results (written defined goals are not even mandatory...) and long projects timelines which led some people to become very complacent as they know there is very little risk of being fired and they can drag things much longer than it should. Too many decision makers with contradictory agendas at upper management level. Quite a bit of politics. Reward is based more on team results than personal results which is wrong for achievers as they being dragged down (back to the lack of personal accountability).

    Advice to Management

    Make decisions faster and keep everybody accountable to the decisions they made. Reward people based on personal achievement and not team achievement.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Staffing Coordinator - Contract"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staffing Coordinator - Contract in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Staffing Coordinator - Contract in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun place to work
    Very challenging work was given
    Training was provided
    Team work very well together
    Everyone is very helpful

    Cons

    Not many opportunities to move up
    Staffing coordinator role is contracted
    Not much feedback and recognition


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Engineer, Broadcast Technology"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • 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.


  5. Helpful (18)

    "Increasingly irrelevant"

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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
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Dolby's engineering organization is capable of novel & relevant technology (e.g. CES 2016), but fails horribly to bring the innovation directly to customers. Instead they misguidedly pursue standards committees (like it is 1985) & a licensing model that is increasingly outdated, especially when its partners are themselves struggling 2nd or 3rd tier technology companies, who themselves hope to ride the Dolby brand.

    Work life balance is decent and the 9/80 (every other Friday off) is excellent!

    Cons

    Dolby is a old engineering boy's club and tragically, there is a very real glass ceiling. The HR team are not employees and are generally not invested nor competent at retaining talent. This of course, hurts Dolby's chances to modernize and remain relevant.

    I'll be surprised if Dolby makes it to 2020 intact. Your kids certainly won't know the name Dolby.

    Advice to Management

    It is too late.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Senior Manager"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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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.


  7. Helpful (8)

    "Disappointing"

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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 full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    9/80; employee gym; decent work/life balance; central location

    Cons

    This place is truly uninspiring. Very risk adverse. Pay and benefits seem be less than other local tech companies. Don't be fooled by stock grants issued when hired. You can pretty much count on the value declining or staying flat if lucky (take a look at DLB performance). There's not a lot of opportunity for advancement. There are a lot of people there for 5 + years in the same position. This problem is even worse if you are a woman. Lest you think the reviews on this site are from some 'bad apples' or disgruntled employees, the employee satisfaction surveys are just as embarrassing. Overall, there's a lot of talk about the future of the business, but not a lot of action.

    Advice to Management

    No so much advice to the management but to the board. It's time to shake it up. Hold the execs accountable.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Sales"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Company Rating"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY

    I worked at Dolby (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great company to work for, employees very committed to company.

    Cons

    Be prepared to commit to working long hours.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Sr. Integrated Marketing Manager"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Communications Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Communications Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Dolby full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Opportunity to work closely across functional teams and own the full GTM.

    Cons

    A lot of inexperienced team members

    Advice to Management

    Needed better articulation of strategic vision. Brand direction felt unfocused.


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