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DreamWorks Animation Redwood City Reviews

Updated June 23, 2017
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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. "Great"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at DreamWorks Animation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Being able to do software engineering work in a creative environment together with outstanding digital artists.

    Cons

    Compensation is lower than when working for a tech company. Somewhat slow in adopting new technologies, e.g. modern C++.

    Advice to Management

    Senior engineering Management could try to take decisions earlier since consistently doing this is likely to lower the risks in the long term.


  2. "Good company for feature animation opportunities"

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    Former Employee - Technical Director in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Director in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at DreamWorks Animation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great company that grew strong culture and had a very strong creative team.

    Cons

    Movies were becoming more fragmented and portions of work distributed around the globe with remote teams which made day to day work more stressful.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to foster and grow the strong culture and film roots.

  3. "Great people, challenging work, management politics"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at DreamWorks Animation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    * Great coworkers
    * Interesting problems to solve.

    Cons

    * Dying industry in the US. Most of the US animation industry has been off-shored as the animation market has saturated and DVD sales and box office receipts have plummeted over the past 10 years.
    * Lots of awful politics in middle and upper management which made moving from an engineering role to a management position undesirable.

    Advice to Management

    I think it's too little, too late. Much of the company has been decimated, including the layoff of 500+ employees with the site closure of the Northern California studio. Much of this is simply the result of changing times and dwindling profit margins for animated films.

    I hope the studio in Southern California will endure for some time, and I wish everyone there the best.


  4. "Best Place to work!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people and the sense of family.

    Cons

    They don't pay very well and the whole butts in seats mentality needs to change.


  5. "Dreamworks Animation, great while it lasted"

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    Current Contractor - Asset Management Technician in Redwood City, CA
    Current Contractor - Asset Management Technician in Redwood City, CA

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

    Pros

    Being a Asset Management technician was a great start to my new IT career since Dreamworks Animation works in Windows, Linux, and Networking which I had learned from College. Being in asset management did not limit my participation is just that field because I was encouraged by management to learn what the OSA's (SysAdmins) were doing for their job and that they could be my mentors to reach the next level.

    Cons

    For my position the pay was below industry standards however I needed the experience to start my IT career so for that I had to be very frugal.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Great people. Poor management. Uncertain future."

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    Former Employee - Technical Director in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Director in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    I was part of the PDI layoff, so this doesn't apply to people who are looking to apply to LA. Still, hopefully this applies. DreamWorkers were awesome people to hang with and I formed true friendships with people. In terms of day-to-day-coworkers, I couldn't ask for anything better.

    Cons

    Management and the higher-ups seem out of touch. The vision of DreamWorks is also hazy at best as they gravitate towards less mature films. Outsourcing is a major, major concern.

    Advice to Management

    I feel like Jeffrey Katzenberg loves his company so much that he's willing to make deals with the devil to get ahead. Cutting costs. Pushing production to three films a year. Chasing film trends. I don't know if it's stockholder pressure or what, but sometimes it's just important to focus and believe in the ability of the company.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Below average pay but a very fun and exciting work environment."

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    Former Employee - Production Assistant in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Production Assistant in Redwood City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There were so many amazingly talented artists, everyone was very approachable and it was a very fun industry to be a part of.

    Cons

    The pay was much lower than many of the other companies in the Bay Area and if I didn't have a passion for film there would probably have been much better options financially. It would be hard to recommend the company to a friend purely because of the pay.

  8. "Best place to work went from worst place to work."

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    Former Employee - Production Coordinator in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Production Coordinator in Redwood City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free food, nice people, room for upward movement, fun to work on movies.

    Cons

    Shutting down the PDI office thus letting hundreds of people go without jobs in Northern CA. Handled in a very unprofessional manner.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent about the companies' financial situation.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Great People!"

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    Former Employee - Character Effects Artist in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Character Effects Artist in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at DreamWorks Animation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I worked here for many years and the studio is filled with fun, super smart people. There are a lot of little perks like on-site dining that really add up to a great experience.

    Cons

    It is very difficult to gain any upwards movement. Supervisors typically stay at the studio for long periods of time, making it difficult to ever receive more responsibilities as an employee.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on making great movies instead of expanding into other business areas. There was a great family culture at DreamWorks and it would be great if that could be re-invigorated.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Amazing Company Culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - amazing people and company culture. I loved working with the producers and directors on my film. You are truly surrounded by the most creative people and its very inspiring

    Cons

    There isn't much work life balance


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