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Pixar Animation Studios Reviews

Updated December 21, 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
  • Being in Emeryville/Bay Area is very expensive (in 12 reviews)

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

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (6)

    "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.


  2. "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

  3. Helpful (3)

    "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.


  4. "nice"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pixar Animation Studios full-time

    Pros

    good place good peeps nice campus

    Cons

    no room for growth- terrible pay

    Advice to Management

    pay more. let people try different things


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Character Animator"

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

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

    Pros

    The culture is built for artists to succeed.

    Cons

    The pay is a little low, but the perks and focus on retain you for your career is great.


  6. "Much of the magic is still there."

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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

    Pros

    Work with some of the best talent in the industry. Uncompromising commitment to quality. High visibility of films.

    Cons

    Films have dropped in quality. Can be political.


  7. "great."

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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

    Pros

    best animation company around, great co workers

    Cons

    bad vending machine snacks, messy floors.

    Advice to Management

    great job

  8. "Incredible People All Around"

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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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You work with some of the most talented in the business. Everyone has a platform to speak their opinion. A wonderful collaborative environment.

    Cons

    Living paycheck to paycheck is hard when you're working in a great place.

    Advice to Management

    Salary doesn't really help with the cost of living in one of the most expensive areas in California.


  9. "Department Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    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


  10. "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.


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