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DreamWorks Animation Los Angeles Reviews

Updated May 6, 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. "Assistant Editor"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Editor in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Assistant Editor in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very creative work environment and fun work culture.

    Cons

    The lack opportunity is growing.


  2. "Senior Software Engineer I"

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

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

    Pros

    Freedom on Development, No micromanagement, No hard dates.

    Cons

    Lack of Engineering Career Path


  3. 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


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  5. "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.


  6. "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.


  7. "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


  8. "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


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Amazing Company"

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at DreamWorks Animation (More than a year)

    Pros

    Really loved the people here and the work I did. The work life balance was amazing. I had a great run.

    Cons

    Realy only that career advancement was limited. The Comcast merger cost me my job, which was expected.

    Advice to Management

    Look to be more aggressive with your IP and take risks.


  10. "Security Officer"

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    Current Employee - Security Officer in Bell Gardens, CA
    Current Employee - Security Officer in Bell Gardens, CA

    I have been working at DreamWorks Animation (Less than a year)

    Pros

    A great environment to work in

    Cons

    Lunch hours can be hectic


  11. "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


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