Dolby Employee Reviews about "decision making"

Updated Oct 29, 2020

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Amazing products, Great but old school culture"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Dolby full-time for more than 3 years

    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. Helpful (1)

    "Solid place to work"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Design in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Dolby

    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


  3. Helpful (1)

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

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Research Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Dolby full-time

    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.

  4. Helpful (2)

    "Nice company but super slow pace"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Marketing Director in San Francisco, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Dolby full-time for more than 3 years

    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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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Amazing company has lost direction with poor leadership."

    1.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Dolby full-time for more than a year

    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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  6. Helpful (8)

    "Enjoyed my time but lots of bureaucracy"

    4.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Dolby full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    I worked at Dolby for 7 years ~Great benefits, 9/80 plan is incredible. Every other Friday off ~Casual company culture, not a total grind like other big firms. I enjoyed having a great work life balance.

    Cons

    ~Seemingly consistent re-orgs and small rounds of layoffs. ~Slow moving. Slow to make decisions. ~Little to no growth opportunities ~Lack of diversity

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  7. Helpful (1)

    "Staff Engineer"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Dolby full-time

    Pros

    Easy. Good work life balance.

    Cons

    Slow moving. Slow to make decisions.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Workplace Specialist"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Global Workplace Solutions Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Dolby full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    every other friday off, good subsides

    Cons

    slow to make decisions, too many meetings

  9. Helpful (14)

    "Sad Place for a female leader"

    1.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Engineer in South San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Dolby full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    9/80 which is great when you have kids.

    Cons

    Extremely slow decision making process. Dolby still depends on old school methodologies and software development process. Upper management is obsessed old school technology and have no idea what's happening in the industry. The research is primarily composed of people who have been here for 20+ years and have no idea what's going on in the industry.

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  10. Helpful (6)

    "Sr. Director"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Dolby full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Fun market and technology. The company pays well and benefits are great.

    Cons

    Like many Silicon Valley companies Dolby makes a futile attempt at work / life balance. Executive management, middle management, engineering and many other disciplines easily log 60+ hours per week. Slow decision making process. Very difficult business model that requires strict disciplines to maneuver and succeed. Dolby has struggled to build the required disciplines resulting in many reorganizations over many years.

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