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Pixar Animation Studios Reviews

Updated June 30, 2018
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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 20 reviews)

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

Cons
  • "Being in Emeryville/Bay Area is very expensive" (in 12 reviews)

  • "Low pay in all positions accept executives, and top production staff (i" (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Security"

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    Current Employee - Security Officer
    Current Employee - Security Officer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pixar Animation Studios full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great inclusive environment and fun place to work.

    Cons

    Everything is so great, there is nothing negative that I can think of.


  2. "Amazing culture, excellent perks, but hard to move around and grow"

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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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The company is top-notch. I came in a huge Pixar fan and once you step in and see how everything works, you fall in love with every little detail. The company culture is also amazing. People here are respectful and always willing to help and it makes getting through your day very pleasant. The perks here are awesome as well. Working in entertainment, you get free screenings, celebrity visits, industry ins and outs, and awesome parties. The compensation and benefits are also top notch.

    Cons

    I was hired full-time as run of show for 6 months after I did an internship for about 6 months. With just about a year of getting to understand the company, I found that it is a very hard place to grow and move around. This mostly comes from it being such a small company, just around 1200+ employees and so everyone here comes as their dead-end job, where they intend to spend 10-20 years. So if you come in entry level, it may take several years to see any growth. I can't say the same for all the Production roles like TDs, artists, and such, but that's my general feel.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to foster more community and transparency with everyone. It could help deter gossip and such that causes bits of paranoia here and there. Keep an eye out for up and coming leadership potential within the company.

  3. "Animator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pixar Animation Studios full-time

    Pros

    Good work environment for all

    Cons

    Sometimes large workload too miuch


  4. "review title"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Generous health benefits, campus location

    Cons

    provincial work culture, challenging growth process,


  5. "Top Tier Employer"

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    Former Employee - Dest PA in Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - Dest PA in Emeryville, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Wonderful culture, Kind people, enjoyable work

    Cons

    Only con is my contracted ended


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Fun, friendly environment"

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    Current Employee - Department Manager in Emeryville, CA
    Current Employee - Department Manager in Emeryville, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, (for the most part), and a campus to match. An environment focused on making beautiful movies, while also striving to improve the tools and techniques used to do so.

    Cons

    Not a lot of room to grow and improve. Production staff are paid a fraction of what their technical/ artist counterparts earn, even though they share the same amount, or more, of the responsibilities.

    Advice to Management

    You're losing good people because your pay structure is based on seniority, not contributions. Own up to your mistakes. Empower more women and POC in creative roles.


  7. "Poor leadership"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Pixar Animation Studios full-time

    Pros

    There are so many talented artists at this studio.

    Cons

    Low morale. Path for advancement is opaque. No strategic vision for the future. Chaotic, disorganized leadership.

  8. "It so wonderful"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pixar Animation Studios full-time

    Pros

    There are so many pros

    Cons

    there are no cons lol


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to go every day, but don't expect to move up"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Pixar Animation Studios full-time

    Pros

    - creative atmosphere
    - wonderful people

    Cons

    - slow career growth
    - boys club


  10. Helpful (5)

    "A great, but challenging place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Pixar Animation Studios full-time

    Pros

    Some of the best perks you'll ever see, including a heated swimming pool, gym, soccer field, basketball court, free cereal, free movies, disney discounts
    Working with creative people (both technical and artistic)
    Many interesting problems to solve

    Cons

    A culture of "niceness" that sometimes makes it hard to get direct feedback about your work, and makes it hard to say "no" to additional work
    Technology is a bit dated, as it's hard to move forward to new tech without disrupting work on the movies
    If you're on the software R&D side of things, it can be hard to feel connected to the movie making process
    Can be high-pressure

    Advice to Management

    Help folks (particularly managers) learn how to communicate directly and accurately -- people need good, prompt, and direct feedback. It's possible to do this and not be a jerk.


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