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DreamWorks Animation Glendale Reviews

Updated April 26, 2017
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Pros
  • The food is great and they give you breakfast and lunch (in 63 reviews)

  • The people, the free breakfast and lunch, the various activities they put on throughout the year, feels like a home like you arent even going to work (in 59 reviews)

Cons
  • They act like they're doing you a favor if you even get a 3% cost of living/inflation increase once a year, but many people are not even getting that (in 9 reviews)

  • Very low pay, a lot of nepotism surrounding low level employees (in 14 reviews)

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  1. "Wonderful place"

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    Current Employee - 2D Compositor in Glendale, CA
    Current Employee - 2D Compositor in Glendale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people, the free breakfast and lunch, the various activities they put on throughout the year, feels like a home like you arent even going to work

    Cons

    You wont want to leave mwa ha ha

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  2. Helpful (1)

    "So much to love, but things might change after merger"

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Glendale, CA
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Glendale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at DreamWorks Animation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lovely people, great product, gorgeous work environment, pride of workmanship, free breakfast & lunch

    Cons

    Very low pay, and very mutable work environment since merger

    Advice to Management

    Decide how you're going to proceed with merger then do it. Don't drag it out

  3. "Matte Painter"

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    Former Employee - Matte Painter in Glendale, CA
    Former Employee - Matte Painter in Glendale, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at DreamWorks Animation full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great working environment and good working hours.

    Cons

    Poor upper management leadership. Difficulty in getting state of the art tools.


  4. "Trimming the fat"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Glendale, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Glendale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at DreamWorks Animation full-time

    Pros

    Tight-knit family culture
    Beautiful campus
    Free, quality food in the commissary

    Cons

    While the perks are great, the company struggled financially with a string of misses at the box office in recent years and mismanagement. Free food, above-market salaries, and a bloated management structure cannot be justified in that environment. With the acquisition by Comcast NBCUniversal, it will have to go through some painful cultural change that will disappoint many loyal employees (that includes possibly discontinuing free food), but ultimately it will be for the better good of the company. I know that the new owners are serious in turning the business around and will invest heavily to bring it up to Pixar's league.

    Advice to Management

    Trim the fat by cutting unnecessary layers of management. Find a way to trim back expensive perks but don't get rid of them entirely. Keep the Dreamworks culture intact as much as possible. Don't get rid of the campus.


  5. "Supportive and enthusiastic workplace"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Glendale, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Glendale, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of responsibility and upward mobility, free breakfast and lunch, opportunity to work with other departments, great collaboration within the workplace

    Cons

    Some micromanaging, and occasionally disinterested from management, there is also a tendency towards competition in some departments, and problems between coworkers took lots of time to address and fix


  6. "we shall see"

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    Current Employee - Technical Lead in Glendale, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Lead in Glendale, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at DreamWorks Animation full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work, great culture, Campus is awesome

    Cons

    no gym, it is difficult to get there with public transportation


  7. "It was an amazing and exciting experience working at Dreamworks."

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    Former Intern - Database Administrator in Glendale, CA
    Former Intern - Database Administrator in Glendale, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at DreamWorks Animation as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Latest technologies are adapted. You will get a chance to learn and implement according to and better than your own capabilities. Free breakfast, lunch are provided everyday.

    Cons

    Salary is very low for interns. Chances of converting your internship into a full time job are very less. Take up internship only if you want to learn.

    Advice to Management

    Make the salaries competitive as per majority of companies

  8. "Good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glendale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glendale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at DreamWorks Animation (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    work/life balance compared to most film studios

    Cons

    unsettled management status may lead to changes that are less positive


  9. "One of the best places to work"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Glendale, CA
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Glendale, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at DreamWorks Animation as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent work environment. Surrounded some of the most creative people in the industry. Hands down the best work life balance of any studio. Free lunch and breakfast is a very nice perk.

    Cons

    Lack of stability. Constant fear of wether or not you will get placed on a new project after your current one is completed.

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to add stability. The constant worry about staying employed is eating away at moral throughout the company.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Solid place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glendale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glendale, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    At its best, DWA is a vision that we all try to uphold - entertaining families worldwide. We all work hard to make that happen, and it's work that people are proud of. It is small enough that it can have a family or team like atmosphere.

    Cons

    The economic stability of the company has always fluctuated quite a bit which leads to more "surge and purge" (hire up then lay off) than I think anyone would like. Impossible to know how the recent acquisition by Comcast/NBCU might offset or exacerbate that instability.

    Advice to Management

    My management has only gotten much better over the years. Whatever DWA's limitations are, it does improve year after year. So I have no real advice. I'm happy w/ my managers - keep it up! :-)


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