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Pixar Animation Studios Reviews

Updated September 20, 2017
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Pixar Animation Studios President, Pixar and Disney Animation Studios Ed Catmull
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Pros
  • Very cool atmosphere, great people, fun (in 19 reviews)

  • Collaborative work environment, Highly skilled co-workers, Work on inspiring content, Great benefits (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours, low pay, and stressful at times (in 12 reviews)

  • Salary does not reflect how much it costs to live in the bay area (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "Department Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pixar Animation Studios full-time

    Pros

    Collaborative work environment, Highly skilled co-workers, Work on inspiring content, Great benefits

    Cons

    Located in the very expensive Bay Area, Salaries don' reflect rising living expenses, For newer employees there is higher attrition due to competitive salaries in the area


  2. "Great place for only a couple of years"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pixar Animation Studios full-time

    Pros

    Beautiful campus and really kind people. Great benefits.

    Cons

    No clear career path and almost no upward mobility. Salary does not reflect how much it costs to live in the bay area.

    Advice to Management

    make employees feel like you're invested in them.

  3. "Awesome People/No room for growth"

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

    I worked at Pixar Animation Studios full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The people and the cafe. Awesome campus with lots of fun activities.

    Cons

    No room for growth. Too much micro-managing in some areas. Some employees exude a very snobbish attitude because they make movies. They're just cartoons people; get over yourself.

    Advice to Management

    Salaries need to be evaluated next to the ridiculously high cost of living in CA. Micro-Managers need to be weeded out.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "A great dead end job"

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    Former Employee - Technical Director in Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Director in Emeryville, CA
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing people, beautiful campus, and you get the prestige of working at Pixar.

    Cons

    The pay is generally below average and there is little to no chance of getting a raise once you're hired. They over hire so most employees are under utilized and bored. In such a large company you'll be put into a highly specialized position with little interaction with other departments. So there is no way to have variety in your day. In short, it's a dead end job where you're talents are wasted.

    Advice to Management

    They know all this.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Living the Dream"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    For many landing a job at Pixar is a lifelong dream, I was no different. I was just one of the lucky ones that it happened to and it has not disappointed. The people and culture here make everyday essentially a great day, I keep waiting for the excitement to wear off but it does not, and I have heard from many others who have been here much longer than my 3 years here that it never goes away. I feel like we are spoiled with parties, gifts, screenings, benefits and just simply by the environment we are surrounded in. There always seems to be a phenomenal amount of support from all departments and everyone is always open to hearing new ideas. Truly one of the best places to work at.

    Cons

    Although there is a great amount of support I feel like there is not a lot of potential for growth/movement within the company (in a short amount of time). Pixar has longevity and with that there is less movement with its employees in terms of new roles and moving up in rank. It is not at the fault of the leadership or the company, it is just because people never want to leave here and therefore room to move into other roles does not come up as often as one may want.

    Advice to Management

    Possibly due to the lack of upward movement having the annual merit increases be more than they already are. I think this would make up for the lack of promotions and upward movement.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "assistant"

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

    I worked at Pixar Animation Studios full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    One of the best things that ever happened to me. Generous supportive company. Wonderful coworkers.

    Cons

    working anywhere else will disappoint you later.


  7. "Technical Director"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fantastic work environment, coworkers, and projects

    Cons

    Challenging for film to make profit

    Advice to Management

    Checkin regularly to evaluate employee satisfaction

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Awesome people, Management needs much improvement"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people are awesome. Also there are a lot of opportunities for creative art projects with fellow employees. Cafe is great.

    Cons

    Management consists of very awkward individuals with poor social skills. Little to no room to advance

    Advice to Management

    HR needs to pay close attention to what employees say about their managers, and take them seriously. There seems to be a lot of paranoia around the studio about the direction of the company becoming too corporate.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Dream job, with some challenges"

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

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

    Pros

    Amazing culture, wonderful people, and exciting projects that create impact and tug on your heart strings.

    Cons

    Cost of living in the Bay Area is a challenge for most employees, especially since compensation is less than one might get at other Studios or in the Tech sector.

    Advice to Management

    more opportunities are needed for those who plateau in terms of career advancement, too few positions available towards the top and a lack of developing internal talent for the long run.


  10. "Overall a very good company."

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    Former Employee - Production in Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - Production in Emeryville, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Pixar Animation Studios full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent track record. Premiere creative talent. A beautiful Studio. Lunch speakers, excellent gym, swimming pool, basketball court. Good cafe, nice employees. Steady employment.

    Cons

    Studio leadership seems at odds with itself. The politics and motivations are difficult to figure out. Crew morale can suffer as a result.

    Advice to Management

    Not at this time.


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