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Dolby San Francisco Reviews

Updated November 29, 2017
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Pros
  • Company seems to truly value employee work/life balance (for all employees - not just interns) (in 34 reviews)

  • 9/80 work schedule is the best perk in the company (in 64 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. "Management"

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    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 5 years)

    Pros

    Great company with diverse and creative team members

    Cons

    No cons to mention. Everything seems smooth.

    Advice to Management

    Needs more coaching and mentoring.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Director"

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

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

    Pros

    Off Friday, 401(k) matching, Many nice and talented people

    Cons

    Highly Political, Little Upward Mobility, Management is Totally Out of Touch, Chaotic and Highly Dysfunctional Business Group Alignment Which Creates Extraordinary Churn and Delay

    Advice to Management

    Dolby have consistently failed and intra-company management. Needing a annual re-org is not normal. The company should create a full time group dedicated to internal company organization and alignment and give more weight to employee and middle management feedback before the company looses its ability to attract talent.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Dolby Comms Team Fluffs These Reviews"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Dolby full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Compensation, Every other Friday Off.

    Cons

    LOL just know Dolby Communications Dept actively writing the 'everything is perfect" reviews on Glassdoor.

    Truth is this is an engineering company that operates like a small mom & pop and has a consensus culture which is limiting. They are risk adverse, afraid of big ideas & cant make a decision quickly.

    Advice to Management

    Mgmt needs fresh new blood.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Disappointing"

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    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 full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Off Fridays = you really just work from home. Decent pay; not competitive with tech companies though. Can’t think of any more pro..trying to fulfill your 20 word min.

    Cons

    Poor senior management! It’s very much a boys club. Almost zero diversity, very apathetic culture. It’s sad given Ray Dolby’s legacy.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of Sr Directors and VPs and start all over again.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Engineering Culture Dominates"

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    Current Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Dolby full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Incredibly smart and good people focused on interesting work

    Cons

    The engineering culture is its own worst enemy, unable to change fast enough to stay competitive.

    Advice to Management

    Diversify your workforce and push Engineering to embrace change


  6. "Supportive intern program with meaningful work"

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    Current Intern - Platform Development in San Francisco, CA
    Current Intern - Platform Development in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Good balance of significant work and supportive, learning-focused mindset
    - Company often willing to extend intern contracts
    - Every other Friday off
    - Scheduled programs, talks, and fun days for summer interns
    - intelligent, experienced, and helpful employees
    - good hourly pay and health insurance
    - Company seems to truly value employee work/life balance (for all employees - not just interns)

    Cons

    - somewhat disorganized company; UR wants to convert eligible interns to full-time, but openings are often not available, and managers aren't always aware of whether their projects will be approved and funded until the last minute.
    - lacking some of the young, startup appeal and perks of many other Bay Area tech companies (e.g. No free meals)
    - Schedule often dependent on manager. Mine is very accommodating (I can do more remote work at times if I want), but other interns have to arrive by a certain time every day.

    Advice to Management

    Continue working on bringing in young talent. Your experience is valuable now but could hinder you once folks retire en masse.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "RE: Great place, bad management"

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    Current Employee - IT Support Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - IT Support Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It was an opportunity to work with state of art technologies, great people, good food.

    Cons

    Management has issues, people have two faces. My manager wouldn't smile at me or address me by name. I was a contractor but, I am a person too, IT is a tough place to be at Dolby Laboratories in downtown SF.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Change can be unnecessarily uncomfortable."

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    Current Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great teams at and below middle management.
    Innovative and open creative minds on every floor.
    Approachable management.
    Anonymous employee feedback is encouraged.
    Every other Friday off is a great idea.

    Cons

    Ageism is becoming rampant. Too many good, loyal employees are being noticeably kept in current positions or displaced.
    Upper management is becoming obsessed with change for change's sake.
    No obvious, cohesive planning is being openly relayed to the worker bees.
    Every other Friday off only works if it is adhered to by all, especially management.
    Way too many meetings and meeting follow-ups.
    Too much reliance on email and not enough personal conversation leads to time spent on misinterpretation.

    Advice to Management

    Platform heads need to plan properly and cohesively so that execution can be more creative and time/cost effective.
    It's no accident that the company has been around for more than fifty years. Tap into some of the remaining long-standing employees for insight. They have a vested interest in the success of the company as opposed to the "New Blood" that may only want to pad their resumes.
    Some change is good and needed but others are just disruptive and reek of a desperate need to justify certain positions.
    Asking for employee feedback is not the same as acting on it.


  9. "Senior Laser Test Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Laser Test Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Laser Test Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Dolby is a good high tech company, with spirit of innovation and integrity.

    Cons

    Sometimes they are misleading their employees.

    Advice to Management

    To be more honest with the employees.


  10. Helpful (7)

    "Large company with massive organizational and technical debt."

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    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.


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