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Dolby Reviews

Updated April 25, 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)

    "Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Internship in Goleta, CA
    Current Employee - Internship in Goleta, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Awesome HRs - friendly and helpful
    - Cool Place to work
    - Every other friday is off

    Cons

    - Location - Right in the middle of market street

    Advice to Management

    - Must do something about employees parking and shuttles to caltrain


  2. Helpful (9)

    "Director, Operations"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people. Super, super smart people. Great brand recognition with superb corporate history. New corporate offices are very nice. Their technology and dedication to excellence is without equal.

    Cons

    Decision making is rife with tedious deliberation which drags things out beyond where they need be. Some teams seem lack alignment with each other around strategy and focus. Inadequate time allowed to discovery process on new initiatives forcing quality to be challenged by delivery dates. IT is underfunded and under resourced.

    Advice to Management

    Diversity, diversity, diversity on your board and in leadership. Don't be so conservative. More transparency and less tedious deliberation. Wakeup.


  3. Helpful (14)

    "The Good, Bad, and the Ugly"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Dolby (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Dolby is transforming the way entertainment looks and sounds -- and that's no exaggeration! There are brilliant engineers working hard as I type to expand the audiovisual palette for film directors, game designers, and others -- while ensuring the entertainment we enjoy looks and sounds just as the creative artists intended. It is no surprise that many of those engineers are artists in their spare time and that can make for a wonderfully rich work environment. Some more pluses: Every other Friday is off, though most people end up working from home. Cool new HQ in mid-market. Great marks for age diversity compared to other SF Bay Area start-ups: 20 somethings work alongside 50-somethings. (There are so few people over 40 at some SF tech companies, one begins to suspect older folks are taken out and shot...)

    Cons

    Bureaucratic. Political. S-L-O-W. Homogenous (except for age). And especially bad for women: There is only one female board member. Zero female EVPs. Zero female SVPs. A handful of female VPs (compared to dozens and dozens of men with similar rank). Marketing department is out of touch with the times. At one point they hired real marketing mavericks, but they got frustrated and left within a couple of years. Stock is doing extremely poorly and reflects the company's lack of growth.


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  5. Helpful (23)

    "Great Brand, but not so great strategy, or managers."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - EXPERIENTIAL MARKETING MANAGER in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - EXPERIENTIAL MARKETING MANAGER in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing brand to have on your resume of course. Potrero office (soon to remodel) is a cool building with amazing history and vibe.

    Some amazing products that could (do) change the world if they were marketed well. People would be asking for Dolby products in droves instead of 4K TVs.

    Cons

    The new building on Market is cool, but workspaces are cramped and there aren't any of the typical "tech corridor" perks in sight except for some light snacks.

    The company has undergone an overhaul of sorts and it's clear who has fresh ideas and who is dragging their feet.

    Every other Friday off is great, but not really 'off' - You need to work 9 hours every other day and then most people end up working part of the Friday Day off.

    Have found management to be stifling. There is an expectation of doing things "The Dolby Way" which is fine, but there's really no patience for interest or questions and no direction or documentation on what that Dolby way is... So watch out when you don't do it as expected.

    Was referred in, and then last-minute the position was changed to contract instead of FTE and had to go through management agency with a TON of paperwork and slow processes... 4-weeks in and the job suddenly appears re-posted. NO discussion or addressing from management, HR, or agency... poor taste and somewhat rude behavior.

    There's no experience in Experiential Marketing here... Lots of "shove this peg thru this hole - fast' mentality. Executions are not cohesive or thoughtful.

    Advice to Management

    You hire people for their expertise, so let them be experts (and if they blow it, then deal)... Don't treat employees like children and dictate every single email or process that could be improved upon. Yes, life moves fast, but work smart - not just hard.

    Let people bring more to the table. If you want to be a fresh, cool company, then there are lots of amazing ways to engage the market. Slapping up a booth at a show that has little thought about messaging or experience isn't going to move the needle. Those of us that are asking questions are doing so to understand and further the brand and the product.

    Just because there's a gathering of people doesn't make it an 'event', much less an experiential event.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Operations"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Supportive, innovative, and growth-oriented culture. Smart colleagues. 9/80 Fridays are awesome!

    Cons

    Contractor employees are definitely made to feel devalued. Hope this system has seen improvement.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Great minds but very poor execution."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very nice and really hard working people to work with.9/80 is awesome.

    Some amazing,mindblowing vision and audio technology developed here.

    Great potential for new products for Dolby Vision /Dolby Atmos if executed properly. Its is highly possible that every Display Device sold in 5 yrs from now could be capable of Dolby Vision.Lot depends on execution.

    Cons

    Management completely lacks innovation in bringing new ideas to market.

    Time to market is very very very slow.

    Upper management lack foresight and keeps adding/changing new product requirement way too often.

    Stock price for the last 5 yrs goes only one way and its not north.

    Poor stock compensation.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Executive Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Contract Administrator (IP Licensing Specialist) in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Contract Administrator (IP Licensing Specialist) in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, Fun environment to work

    Cons

    office location is not optimal

    Advice to Management

    contractors should be treated like employees


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Average"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    9/80 work week, results in lots of time off.

    Cons

    Commute to SF from south bay takes a very long time. Decisions are made slowly - so slow that sometimes the market has past the want. Indecision because of consensus building takes so long.

    Advice to Management

    Focus actual delivery of a usable product and not the next new thing


  10. Helpful (7)

    "Dolby used to be a good place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Cool technology and people"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Very cool working environment, technology and people. Overall layback 9/80 schedule providing excellent work life balance.

    Cons

    This company has very good talent dedicating decades of their life working there. But upper management lacks focus and direction.

    Advice to Management

    Act faster to market. Engineers are capable and available for new challenges.


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