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DreamWorks Animation Los Angeles Reviews

Updated January 12, 2018
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Pros
  • The food is great and they give you breakfast and lunch (in 64 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 60 reviews)

Cons
  • Low pay especially for entry level positions (in 15 reviews)

  • Lots of layers for upper management (in 12 reviews)

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  1. "Awesome Place to Work"

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    Current Contractor - Animation Technician in Glendale, CA
    Current Contractor - Animation Technician in Glendale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, Work Culture, Job Security, Compensation

    Cons

    Commute, i was on contract


  2. "dreamwork experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glendale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glendale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Beautiful outdoor campus, loads of employee perks and benefits, free food, lots of career opportunities, amazing people

    Cons

    NBCUniversal takeover is changing the culture

  3. "Not What you think it is"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glendale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glendale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people you work with are like most of us, good people wanting to to create quality work

    Cons

    Management cares more about policy and procedure than they do about the creation of high quality product. Lots of red tape that hinders the production process as well as niche groups that cant and wont engage ideas or change . Too many people have been there for 10 to 15 years and have created what I call pillars of salt, no communication between groups, the only message you hear is that is not our teams responsibility that is someone elses problem. Poor communication to people below management.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your people, acknowledge achievements and ideas from team members. Please realize its a team effort which means everyone is involved and above all communicate to everyone.


  4. "Pretty good, getting better, but always uncertain"

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

    I have been working at DreamWorks Animation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Stabilizing after recent Comcast acquisition. Campus is so beautiful, free lunches great, vacation time benefits have improved, strong talent.

    Cons

    Future of company still uncertain which is tiring. Health insurance benefits a bit worse since acquisition, culture and camaraderie are pretty flimsy since all the recent tumult and uncertainty. Anxiety in the air...

    Advice to Management

    Comcast / Universal needs to build confidence in DWA's future. Former founder and owner (JK) was always very clear about his commitment and dedication to the company . Comcast / Universal seems chronically cost conscious at worst, and disinterested at best, in the company's (or should I say, "department's") future. Please try to build more confidence, because one year after the acquisition, things still feel disturbingly uncertain.


  5. "DreamWorks Animation Studios Company Rating"

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    Former Employee - Production Coordinator in Glendale, CA
    Former Employee - Production Coordinator in Glendale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Met great people there whom I will be life long friends and colleagues

    Cons

    Salaries are not as competitive as other studios


  6. "Great Company to Work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Glendale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Glendale, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent environment, good work life balance

    Cons

    Lack of carreer path (at least in R&D)

    Advice to Management

    None


  7. "Great Place"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Glendale, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Glendale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company culture, good benefits, strong learning environment, beautiful campus, competitive pay.

    Cons

    Vacation time requires accrual, unsure about advancement in the company, not much else.

  8. 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


  9. "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.


  10. "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.


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