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Updated January 16, 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. "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


  2. "Program Dir."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Very good training at start of job.

    Cons

    It has shut down in Redwood city.

  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. "Fun Place, bad pay"

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

    I worked at DreamWorks Animation full-time

    Pros

    Amazing people and a great resort like environment.

    Cons

    People are constantly frustrated by the low quality ideas that get produced, or the fact that most ideas start out as being awesome, and then become sterilized and boring as the edges are sanded off through production in an attempt to appeal to everyone.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent.


  5. "sales executive"

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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

    Great campus, nice people, relaxed

    Cons

    Always a rush to put out fires...

    Advice to Management

    Calm down...


  6. "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.


  7. "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.

  8. "Creative"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at DreamWorks Animation full-time

    Pros

    The Campus, the culture. Geared towards creativity.

    Cons

    Uneven track record. Poor company performance.

    Advice to Management

    Make better movies!


  9. "DWA Creative"

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

    Pros

    This place creates a fun environment to work in. Leadership caters to the employees to ensure they feel at home

    Cons

    Once the CEO left, it is losing it's culture. It's turning into just another corporate studio

    Advice to Management

    Keep the food for your employees


  10. "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


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