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Dolby Software Engineer Reviews

Updated July 10, 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. "Good benefits"

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

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

    Pros

    - Good benefits, flexible working time and 9/80 is one of the best.
    - Free movies.

    Cons

    - A lot of managers and politic.


  2. Helpful (6)

    "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.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Senior Software Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Passionate Colleagues
    Working in SF
    9/80 work schedule is awesome

    Cons

    Market outreach can be better
    Processes can adapt better
    Better pay would be nice


  4. Helpful (5)

    "This Is a Review Title"

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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.


  5. Helpful (17)

    "A Bad Place for Women in Tech"

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    Former Employee - Software Test Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Test Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Dolby (More than a year)

    Pros

    A comfortable place for white old males to retire.

    Cons

    A punch of white males over 40 running the company. Zero % woman in upper technology management positions. Women are populated in submissive administrative positions, such as Executive Admins.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up and warp into 21st century. Promote women into management positions.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Average"

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    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


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Great relaxed culture"

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    Current Employee - Software Design Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Design Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Innovative, Relaxed, Great location, Great people, 5/5 work life balance

    Cons

    Not much room to grow, not big benefits like bigger companies

  8. "A sleeping giant with lots of potential."

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    Current Employee - Software Test Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Test Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The innovation in audio technology is sheer brilliance.

    Cons

    I feel that the technology and opportunities are there. But the company is slow to react to them. Too much political hoopla and not enough initiative.

    Advice to Management

    The engineers are the ones who and will make this company great: take care of them and they will take care of the company.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Needs some tough love."

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's in San Francisco.
    9/80 is great for long weekends.

    Cons

    - Overly corporate.
    - Some really terrible middle managers - control freaks to be sure. Maybe just too young and trigger happy. However this is causing employees to leave at a steady rate.
    - Somehow not a good culture for innovation, which is not good for a company that depends on it more than most.

    Advice to Management

    - Act boldly - it's sad when you cant do basic things your competitors are doing.
    - There are better management candidates amongst your current employees. Being a good manager is more than telling people what do do and making lots of noise.
    - Also replace employees who leave, or try and improve retention.
    - These corporate re-org's which just re-arrange a few things don't ever seem to have the desired effect. Some real restructuring to a much flatter system might be useful. Does Dolby really need assigned parking?


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Meh"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of really sharp people

    Cons

    Disorganized, haphazard and yet very corporate

    Advice to Management

    Talk to your grunts on the ground