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"Great overall"

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Current Employee - Senior Animator in Redwood City, CA
Current Employee - Senior Animator in Redwood City, CA
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Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

Smart, motivated people. Free lunch & breakfast. First run movie screenings. Lots of booze on hand. Sharing of knowledge. Internal classes/learning opportunities. Lots of parties. A world class product for the most part.

Cons

Very competitive even within departments. Too director driven- if you get a bad one to work with morale is greatly affected and nothing can be done about it. Weak producers don't do anything to push directors to stick to schedules. Constant story issues that affect schedules and morale. Layoffs.

Advice to Management

There is a big disconnect between what execs think of as current technology and processes versus what is really happening in production. It seems they have buzzwords and shareholders in mind way more than those doing the work in the trenches.

Other Employee Reviews for DreamWorks Animation

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operation Systems Administrator in Glendale, CA
    Current Employee - Operation Systems Administrator in Glendale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DreamWorks Animation full-time

    Pros

    Friendly co-workers. Free food, snacks, partys.

    Cons

    Pay is low, compared to other similar jobs at other companies.

    Advice to Management

    Pay market value.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Wonderful environment, very organized but hard to move up"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glendale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glendale, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Wonderful campus makes this easily the most relaxing place to work.
    The management is generally well organized and proficient. Jeffrey Katzenberg (CEO) seems to care about the employees inasmuch as any CEO can.. He is frank, usually, with information and tries to reward employees for a job well done.
    Overall, DreamWorks has the best ratio of "nice" people to work with.
    Also, the base pay is about 20% below industry standards, but they try to compensate through bonuses, free breakfasts and lunches and lots of gifts, incentives, etc. (free screenings, art classes, parties, free art books and DVDs when a movie releases, and the union health and pension plans are outstanding).

    Cons

    There is a bit of a problem with some of the mid-level management. Although there are many good managers, there are a few who run unchecked and make life miserable for those they manage. A good 360 degree review process would greatly help alleviate this issue.
    Also, in recent month, the whole stability aspect of DreamWorks has been compromised by large amounts of layoffs.
    The path for moving into supervision roles is unclear and seems marked more by politics than accomplishment.

    Advice to Management

    Once you implement a complete review process which makes everyone accountable to those both above and below, then you'll have a much happier and more efficient production process.


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