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"Superficially nice but lacking substance"

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Former Employee - Animation Technology in Glendale, CA
Former Employee - Animation Technology in Glendale, CA
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

I worked at DreamWorks Animation full-time

Pros

Beautiful Glendale campus with wonderful artwork everywhere. Free breakfast and lunch and many small perks such as movie screenings and release parties. Generous vacation time and holidays.

Incredibly open and frequent communication from CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg.

Cons

Extremely political. Bonus is based on company operating income, not individual achievements (reviews are not tied to compensation). Career advancement tends to be slow with an emphasis on seniority instead of performance or ability.

Several PhD computer scientists are in technology leadership positions and have never worked anywhere else. That lack of outside/industry perspective and experience leads to naive or outdated technology decisions.

Occasional work from home is not permitted. That is understandable for artists but unusual in the technology industry.

Very top-heavy organizational structure. Very difficult to get anyone interested in fundamental improvements or to act on suggestions.

Advice to Management

Get as much fresh, outside blood as you can into the technology department. Base compensation and bonus on individual performance and achievements. Hold technology all-hands meetings to communicate within that department (Technology tends to be neglected in the company updates and direct CTO communication is non-existent). Limit the HP distractions -- HP is a dying company that will probably be out of business in a decade. For every 1 manager hired or created, hire 10 engineers.

Other Employee Reviews for DreamWorks Animation

  1. Helpful (1)

    "lovemy job here this is my dream"

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    Current Employee - Animator in California City, CA
    Current Employee - Animator in California City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DreamWorks Animation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    excellennce in every thing...nothing much

    Cons

    less work but stioll love it

    Advice to Management

    you rare the best


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Facilities are people too"

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    Former Employee - They Don't Use Titles in Glendale, CA
    Former Employee - They Don't Use Titles in Glendale, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Relaxed atmosphere, free food and perks.

    Cons

    Facilities Dept treated third rate. Mismanagement in dept.

    Advice to Management

    JK the CEO would pass out if he knew how the people that keep that place running are treated! If not I'd like to talk to him myself. Maybe I'll write a book!

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