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Dolby San Francisco 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 19 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "great company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (5)

    "Large company with massive organizational and technical debt."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Relaxed work culture. Many different projects are always going on at once, so during your time as an engineer here you'll have the opportunity to work on a lot of different kinds of projects. Competitive pay for the area. Great facilities.

    Cons

    Middle and upper management is risk-adverse and lack a clear direction. This leads to many different projects being created to pursue many different platforms that often end up reinventing and repackaging the wheel. Projects are often born as cobbled together frankensteins of other projects, leading to a lot of technical debt. Management oftentimes ignores this, instead pushing for feature creep.

    Advice to Management

    Take the time to align projects across the company, rather than focusing solely on marketable features.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Legacy company"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Steady employment if that's what you need, 9/80 is a good idea. Great location for commuting, somewhat interesting work. OK benefits.

    Cons

    Lack of focus on technical excellence. Limited opportunities to progress. Poor middle managers with own interests. Best way to get ahead is kissing managements behind.

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to create a diverse cool culture, hire the best and focus on technology, the culture and diversity will follow.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Bad company for engineers"

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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
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Alternate off Friday. Empty office on working Friday :)

    Cons

    Outdated long term projects, which are not going anywhere. Unmotivated employees in engineering teams. Clueless Directors and Sr.Managers in engineering. Program management is driving the show and making decisions for engineering team. No growth opportunities in engineering unless you are managers favorite, even if you are working hard for years and adding value.

    Advice to Management

    Spend time to look into what is happening in engineering teams


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Can't Beat It"

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    • 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.


  7. "Good company to work for"

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    Current Contractor - RMA Operations Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Current Contractor - RMA Operations Specialist in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    I have been working as a contractor at Dolby for 9 months. It is a very good company to work for. Good employee benefits and work/life balance.

    Cons

    The manager I worked for was not honest.


  8. "Software Intern"

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    • Culture & Values
    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

    Fun perks on various floors... and the 1275 office is getting a brand new Dolby Cinema soon!
    The HR team does an amazing job with the intern program. There's no shortage of activities to get to know each other, interesting labs, and executives. It was a lot of fun, and I felt that it was an important part of the experience.
    My colleagues all shared a passion for music and for engineering, and people love working there for that balance.

    Cons

    In general, engineering takes their time -- pace can be slow.
    Disconnects between groups can be off-putting, especially for an intern's short experience.


  9. "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;


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Poised For Lift-Off"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Wonderful and creative people!
    Great reputation in the audio world.
    A San Francisco main-stay with all of the attributes that cause it to fit in well.

    Cons

    Current location is still scary. Give it ten years of gentrification and that should change.
    Experiencing all of the usual issues related to with a fast-growing business concern.

    Advice to Management

    Keep at it.
    Promote from within.
    Remember that age brings wisdom and embrace the wise among your ranks.
    Keep an eye out for young talent and grow it.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work"

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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 (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Talented people
    Opportunity to work on great technologies and products
    Great work-life balance, 9/80 schedule

    Cons

    Old school feel
    Slow to react/could be more customer focussed
    Small teams, harder to grow


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