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"It was an amazing experience and learned a lot about the animation industry."

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

Pros

Very unique culture and atmosphere

Cons

Departments very segregated and little interaction

Other Employee Reviews for DreamWorks Animation

  1. Helpful (2)

    "Best company I worked for"

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    Current Employee - Technical Director in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Director in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DreamWorks Animation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great atmosphere and people to work with.
    Tons of benefits, including but not limited to gym, pool access, free breakfast and lunch in the cafeteria, and tons of morale building events through out the year.
    Creative projects.
    Profit sharing = annual bonus based on contribution to the projects and performance.
    Great culture of sharing ideas and helping each other.

    Cons

    Long work days.
    Can be political.

    Advice to Management

    Don't let go of more experienced personnel so you can hire cheaper less experienced people.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "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 That lack of outside/industry perspective and experience leads to naive or outdated technology decisions.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.

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