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DreamWorks Animation Reviews

Updated August 5, 2018
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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" (in 67 reviews)

  • "The Free Food was a great asset" (in 65 reviews)

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

  • "Lots of layers for upper management" (in 13 reviews)

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  1. "Awesome place to work for."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at DreamWorks Animation full-time

    Pros

    Free food, relaxed environment, growth

    Cons

    I do not have any cons yet


  2. "Senior counsel"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DreamWorks Animation full-time

    Pros

    Company provides free breakfast and lunch.

    Cons

    The company does not like to promote from within.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to look at internal candidates for promotion opportunities.

  3. "Management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Great company and product. Extremely talented people.

    Cons

    Somewhat stalled trying to find its direction

    Advice to Management

    Make decisions and continue moving forward


  4. "Fantastic Workplace"

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

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

    Pros

    - Tech changes every two-to-three years
    - Fun place to work

    Cons

    - Some tech choices veer from best tools on market
    - Animation tools' backward compatibility leaves some systems a bit antiquated


  5. "Great place to work, nurturing"

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

    I worked at DreamWorks Animation full-time

    Pros

    Allow growth, mentorship, cutting edge methods and technology

    Cons

    Some decisions are slow due to being a big company


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Fat Mangement"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at DreamWorks Animation full-time

    Pros

    Beautiful Campus, Talented Artists mostly. Complimentary breakfast, lunch and snacks.

    Cons

    Like so many other companies and studios now days it is FAT with useless, incompetent middle and upper management and artistic Leadership who have little if any knowledge of the actual day to day workings or the endless financial waist on unnecessary bells and whistles that bleed that company coffers and bloat film costs at the expense of the actual workers and story quality.

    Advice to Management

    The new owners should 'clean house'. It is long over due to remove the excess entrenched baggage that has weighed the studio down for so many years and has a strangle hold on the ability of this once fine studio to produce quality story telling and intrinsically interesting films for the correct audience. Refrain from the errant advice of those that would have it follow 'live action' rules and styles and the misguided employment of big named live action film directors in the vain hope they will bring awards and allow the medium to follow it's true path. Let Animation be what is is meant to be. I have never heard a child remark " wow, that big name director was amazing!" Kid's don't care. Get the story right and they will follow.


  7. "Character FX Trainee"

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    Former Employee - Character FX Trainee in Glendale, CA
    Former Employee - Character FX Trainee in Glendale, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Challenging artistic environment, great people and culture

    Cons

    I didn't experience any cons during my time there

  8. "Layout Artist"

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

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

    Pros

    Great culture, good projects.

    Cons

    Sometimes creative direction is uncertain.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on good stories.


  9. "Dreamworks"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DreamWorks Animation full-time

    Pros

    The coworkers are great, beautiful campus, delicious free food.

    Cons

    It can be difficult to get promoted.


  10. "Great in the beginning"

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

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

    Pros

    Nice people, free food and great community perks.

    Cons

    Politics as the company grew their Consumer Product division.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management is out-of-touch with the business activities. Hopefully the company is better now that they laid off the majority of senior management with the NBCU acquisition.


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