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Updated September 22, 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
  • Very low pay, a lot of nepotism surrounding low level employees (in 14 reviews)

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

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  1. "Accounting"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at DreamWorks Animation (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great company culture. Enjoyed coming into work. Perks. Benefits.

    Cons

    Got bought out. Low pay.


  2. "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

  3. "Administrative Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at DreamWorks Animation full-time

    Pros

    The people who work there are really what make the experience so great.

    Cons

    No real cons that I can report.


  4. "great company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at DreamWorks Animation full-time

    Pros

    strong culture, perks, surrounded by creative people

    Cons

    slow to adopt changes, becoming more corporate


  5. "Was a nice place but moral tanked a bit"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DreamWorks Animation full-time

    Pros

    Free food (breakfast and dinner), and it's typically delicious. Very beautiful campus. Union benefits. Nice artists

    Cons

    Was recently sold, so future uncertain, pay is on the low end. Can be hard to get meaningful advancements/promotions


  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. "If Only the Acquisition Never Happened"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Sense of community, many laughs shared, meeting people from different departments, tranquil grounds, and, it goes without saying, the free breakfast and lunch (if you played your cards right, dinner as well). Signed cards, balloons, and a pack of cookies on your birthday. In all honesty, you felt as if you belonged.

    Cons

    There were a few bad apples that spoiled the barrel, your rare cases of nasty ego. Perhaps the acquisition was a good thing, in some ways it was bad. Work teams that became your family were let go. Rare chances for growth. Never received a review after repeatedly asking for one. As good as the free food, drinks, and snacks were/are you're paying for it with the low salary costs. If the freebies do eventually go away (along with the fleeting culture), be wise and ask for that needed raise.

    Advice to Management

    None except to some managers, actually listen to your employees. Also, to the ego holders, knock it off.


  9. "DreamWorks Animation Transition"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at DreamWorks Animation full-time

    Pros

    An incredibly dynamic, creative organization with some of the most talented people in the industry.

    Cons

    With the acquisition by Comcast/Universal, time will tell how the culture will evolve and if DWA will be able to keep it's own identity for employees and as a long-term consumer brand overall.


  10. "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.


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