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Pixar Animation Studios Reviews

Updated February 17, 2017
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Pros
  • Great people, wonderful Stories, work with the founders of the industry (in 16 reviews)

  • Creative people all around, great benefits, great campus (in 9 reviews)

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

  • Low pay in all positions accept executives, and top production staff (i (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Fun place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Director in Emeryville, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Director in Emeryville, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Discounts and company culture. Free cereal and fruit. Film bonuses. Onsite gym and exercise classes. Very nice and fun company campus. Anniversary awards for 10, 20, 25, & 30 years of service.

    Cons

    401k match is very low for a successful company. No stock options. No retirement plan. Company doesn't offer paid time off to perform community service.

    Advice to Management

    Re-implement stock grants to all employees. Help all employees feel a sense of ownership in the success of the company. It would be great if Pixar offered paid time off for community service.


  2. "pixar"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    it is a great community

    Cons

    there are little to cons


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Creative and exciting company but becoming blind to its own weaknesses"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Working with a group of interesting, brilliant, inspiring and extremely creative people.
    - Beautiful campus with excellent facilities, including a gym, pool, volleyball and basketball courts, and a great on-campus cafeteria.
    - Extracurricular classes and training - creative, technical, fitness, etc - through "Pixar University."
    - Other film, arts and technical related events: screenings, interviews, lectures and panels, etc.
    - The close-knit, mutually supportive, and collaborative employee culture and community.
    - Being part of a team working on high-quality and creative films and projects.

    Cons

    - Mediocre salaries, (particularly poor for non-creative/technical departments such as production, support, and management) and no company openness to salary negotiation.
    - Little opportunity for upward or lateral career growth.
    - Long work hours and stressful, deadline-driven environment can make achieving a healthy work-life balance difficult.
    - Passive-aggressive, dishonest or inconsistent management practices and popularity-based politics leave employees with little sense of job-security or of their value to the company.
    - Company unwillingness to address work-life issues with creative solutions used by many companies, e.g., part-time, job-sharing, working from home, flexible hours, etc.

    Advice to Management

    - Pixar would greatly benefit by a serious examination of its management practices and HR employee support and advocacy (or lack thereof).
    - Historically, Pixar has preferred traditions of "Pixar Culture" instead of writing company policy or clearly communicating management structure and expectations. However, the company has grown and changed enough that the culture and traditions have weakened or become garbled. Informal structure and management practices now cause confusion or insecurity, or simply don't support the changing work-force. Tacit cultural tradition is still valuable but it is not enough.
    - Pixar should redress salary discrepancies between creative and "non-creative" roles.
    - They should address work-life balance issues that particularly affect working parents, or at least be open to more creative ways to address these issues.
    - Despite recent discussion of the topic, there is still much unacknowledged bias against women in creative roles. Again, a passive approach to improving this is not enough.
    - In general, although there has been past talk of making changes in many areas of the company, the discussion seems to have petered out and there is a growing sense of stagnation and a fear of taking risks or listening to critique (creative or otherwise), that is disturbing. Pixar, you're better than this!


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Best place I've ever worked (& I'm getting old!)"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    I continue to be amazed at the amount of time, thought and $$$ this company puts forth for it's employees. Accustomed to working for more typical corporations in the past where $ comes before people, Pixar bucks that norm in a big way. Ambitious and innovative in all it does, constantly striving to think outside the box and "plus" itself, Pixar provides amazing benefits, activities, employee education and the continual nurturing of creativity -- Pixar makes it happen for their people in a supportive and collaborative setting.

    Cons

    For me personally it'd have to be the commute. But it really is worth the drive to find a culture and environment like this.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Department Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Department Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Department Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Pixar Animation Studios full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people and great product.

    Cons

    Very low salary especially for positions held predominately by women. Company's values and practices don't line up.

    Advice to Management

    Value employees through career growth and competitive salaries. You want the best people, treat them the best.


  7. "Great experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    One of the best times of my life, do not regret a thing. The people are great

    Cons

    Long hours, low pay. Does get stressful at times, but is totally worth it. Loved my project


  8. "Great atmosphere and people"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun benefits, good people, and amazing content to work with

    Cons

    Long hours, low pay, and stressful at times.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Really Great"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Director in Emeryville, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Director in Emeryville, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Pixar Animation Studios full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    People are great. Friendly, reliable, and dependable. Hours are reasonable (your mileage may vary), yes people complain about politics, but they are avoidable if you're an apolitical person. Generally great work culture, fantastic amenities and facilities, at times feels like you're living in a resort. Cafe and cafe staff are superb.

    Cons

    Promotion is difficult and leadership positions are sparse, requires 5-10 years seniority for promotion. Pay is decent but a little low compared to the rest of tech industry.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Awesome"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Animator in Emeryville, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Animator in Emeryville, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots
    Of stuff you get to do.

    Cons

    No 401k involved after retire

    Advice to Management

    Do everything that needs to be done


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Great place, smart people."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Emeryville, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Emeryville, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Extremely smart people, collaborating to create movies that are widely loved.

    Cons

    No career path. Existing employees taken for granted.

    Advice to Management

    Make career advancement for employees less personality-driven.



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