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  • "9/80 schedule with every other Friday off is great(in 98 reviews)

  • "great culture and work life balance(in 73 reviews)

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  • "Senior level decision making is quite conservative, resulting slow-paced R&D(in 36 reviews)

  • "Dolby is a pretty old school place to work(in 14 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Great place to work!

      May 13, 2021 - Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Biweekly Friday off Stable work environment

      Cons

      Many managers The decision making is slow.

      1 person found this review helpful
    2. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Great workplace

      Aug 2, 2021 - Management 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      People, technology, products and culture

      Cons

      Conservative, overly process oriented (too many red tapes), slow in decision making process

      1 person found this review helpful
    3. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Really nice people, but risk averse culture

      Mar 17, 2021 - Manager in San Francisco, CA
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      Pros

      Smart, friendly, overall a very nice place to work. And a big contrast to some of the tech companies in silicon valley where it's much more harsh. Also, every other Friday off was a nice perk pre-COVID

      Cons

      Slow moving, risk averse culture. Census driven decision making which is hard in a company where everyone wants to be nice. However, risks and hard conversations are needed to innovate and compete in the industry.

      3 people found this review helpful
    4. 4.0
      Current Intern

      Solid place to work

      Oct 29, 2020 - Design in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Gets treated like an adult, even if you're an intern. - Everyone is encouraged to contribute ideas and can comfortably disagree. - Exciting projects and partnerships within the industry. - 9/80 schedule with every other Friday off.

      Cons

      Decision making could be faster

      1 person found this review helpful
    5. 3.0
      Former Employee

      Good work-life balance if you don't want to make a lot of money

      Oct 15, 2020 - Senior Research Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
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      Pros

      Good work-life balance if you don't want to make a lot of money.

      Cons

      Salary lower than average in bay area. Management's a bit chaotic. Unnecessary competitions between groups (though dolby is a small company) and office politics make decisions less effective.

      1 person found this review helpful
    6. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Amazing products, Great but old school culture

      Dec 16, 2019 - Marketing Specialist in San Francisco, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Respected company within the industry - Reasonable accessibility to executives - Dolby is prioritizing positive work culture and growing changes.

      Cons

      - 5 years ago, Dolby did not have any employees that were not mid-level. Dolby is learning how to compensate early career employees as they graduate out of entry level - Slow decision making - Old school culture. Not always a con, but sometimes is frustrating when surrounded by fast-moving, progressive companies

      2 people found this review helpful
    7. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Nice company but super slow pace

      May 28, 2020 - Product Marketing Director in San Francisco, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Every other Friday off. Super smart people. Creates amazing experiences on Audio and Video.

      Cons

      Spend long times, even months on discussions to make decisions. Not high tech mindset... moving there but not yet. Took them more than 6 years to launch a Cloud based product. Still focused on traditional licensing business.

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      2 people found this review helpful
    8. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Amazing company has lost direction with poor leadership.

      Apr 12, 2020 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Decent pay. Not much else to say, unfortunately.

      Cons

      Poor leadership at the executive and senior level. No vision. Poor decisions. Very political. Too many competing stakeholders in decision making processes. Everything moves painfully slowly. Overall, totally ineffective organization.

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      3 people found this review helpful
    9. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Every team has a rebuilding year/stage...

      Feb 2, 2014 - Marketing Manager in San Francisco, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Motivated middle-management, 9/80 work schedule, SMART people, many loyal employees that have been at Dolby for 5+ years

      Cons

      The Marketing re-org that happened in early Spring 2013 is still a mess. We're under-resourced, stressed and hardly get to take advantage of the every other Friday off (or even weekends at times). Maybe we're just in a "rebuilding year" as is common when a historically engineering company shifts real focus into marketing, but it remains to be seen. High-level engineering seems to be happy though I wouldn't recommend Dolby for marketing positions at this time. There's still a lot transition that's going on and maybe the exec level management, VPs and Director levels need to have a clearer understanding of the pressure on those at lower levels to execute on marketing objectives with LITTLE internal resources and direction. Dolby is still in the midst of proving value in E-Media (mobile/OTT/streaming industries) and it's apparent that not everyone agrees on the direction and industry approach. (Another commonly stated problem on glassdoor which I agree - EVERYTHING is consensus decision making. It's not uncommon for large public companies to have a lot of cooks in the kitchen to make sure we're supporting business objectives that have been communicated to shareholders but too many global cross-functional representatives have to have final feedback in the smallest of tactical executions, which is not feasible for the mobile industry pace.)

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      9 people found this review helpful
    10. 3.0
      Former Employee

      Modernize

      Jun 20, 2016 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Smart engineers. Wonderful company mission and for the most part, an equally enthusiastic customer base. You are actually making a significant difference to the field of entertainment. Exciting technology space. Every other Friday off is fantastic for work/life balance. The executive leadership team truly wants to improve and do the best for their people and customers. The organization in general has an above average EQ.

      Cons

      Slow decision making with very little accountability. Struggling to find post audio licensing identity. Inverted pyramid of effort, lots of layers 'leading,' too few delivering. A lack of next generation commercial and bottom line success has created a political culture where middle management is desperate to attach themselves to any potential opportunity. Traditionally it has been an engineering first company, which can be great if you are an engineer. If not, it can be a hard road to have your voice heard. The senior leadership team (with a few exceptions) is still fairly young and learning what it means to operate a company at this level, the associated growing pains should be expected but can be hard on the organization. Too little diversity.

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      1 person found this review helpful
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