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Updated March 20, 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 65 reviews)

  • Free Food and great people on campus (in 64 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. "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


  2. "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.

  3. "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.


  4. "Culture - Pre acquisition"

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    Current Employee - Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The Free Food was a great asset

    Cons

    Intense Culture Pre acquisition based on unrealistic goals

    Advice to Management

    Do not micro manage


  5. "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.


  6. "Great People, Tons of Knowledge"

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

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

    Pros

    There was something good in the air during my time at DreamWorks. The people were universally wonderful, full of amazing knowledge and creativity.

    Cons

    The pay was a little bit low from the start and definitely did not keep pace with the rising salaries of the Bay Area.

    Advice to Management

    The new focus on fewer but more solid films was a good decision that took too long to make. People felt downtrodden about the middling box office results that didn't match the effort people put in to the films.


  7. "Great Company To Work For Before They Sold"

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    Former Employee - Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of perks like free breakfast/lunch, great people to work with

    Cons

    No cons that I can think of. Really enjoyed my time there.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Things aren't looking up since the Comcast purchase"

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

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

    Pros

    A nice campus, some really talented co-workers, free food, nice work life balance.

    Cons

    Pay and advancement opportunities were never good but have completely stagnated since the Comcast acquisition. There is almost zero information coming out about what is planned next with the exception of the next three years of sequels. The production pipeline and tools are very old and require an army of technical people to keep it running, not conducive to new tighter show budgets.
     The TV division is leading the charge and film has taken a back seat. Large layoffs last year followed by top talent leaving in droves this year. I'm not sure what is next for DreamWorks Animation but it certainly feels like it's in decline.

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to keep top talent. Your teetering on the edge of collapse if you loose a few more key people and I don't think you realize it.


  9. "Great Place To Work"

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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

    Fun work environment
    Great coworkers
    Free food
    Amazing content

    Cons

    Budget cuts
    Slightly less than ideal pay


  10. Helpful (2)

    "In decline."

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    Current Employee - Artist in Glendale, CA
    Current Employee - Artist in Glendale, CA
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at DreamWorks Animation full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Lot of talent, great culture but that seems to be shifting.

    Cons

    More politics than there used to be. Lack of meritocracy, growth or financial incentive for long time artists is causing us to hemorrhage talent to newer film and game companies.

    Advice to Management

    Promote experienced staff if they are worth keeping


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