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Pixar Animation Studios Reviews

Updated September 20, 2017
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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. "Better than average"

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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 8 years)

    Pros

    - People are great; it's what keeps the place together
    - smart folks, good culture
    - family friendly
    - definitely better than past gigs

    Cons

    - slow growth
    - compensation isn't great
    - entitlement is definitely a thing


  2. "Great job"

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

    I have been working at Pixar Animation Studios full-time

    Pros

    Great company culture. The management is very kind to the artists

    Cons

    None to speak of. It's a really good place to work

  3. "mostly good, bumpy here and there"

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    Current Employee - Technical Director
    Current Employee - Technical Director
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    amazing people, you get to make pictures.

    Cons

    getting really big, executives are a little out of touch, some terrible middle mgmt/leadership. but if you can find a safe group and entrench yourself then you can weather the other stuff.

    Advice to Management

    downsize, stop trying to churn out movies like a fast food joint. go back to focusing on storytelling.


  4. "Great People, Very Cult-like though"

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    Former Employee - Animator in Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - Animator in Emeryville, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - some of the most brilliant minds working in R&D and animation
    - some free swag and box office kickbacks
    - great learning opportunities

    Cons

    - isolated from the rest of the industry
    - braintrust, HR and CEOs are VERY SHADY. you will make friends but not with them.
    - wage fixing (as we have all heard)
    - very cult-like culture.
    - cars movies
    - people just disappear and are never heard from again. very creepy.
    - very dangerous town. do not walk alone at night.

    Advice to Management

    you guys scare me. all the corrupt wage fixing and boy's club at the top, very disturbing.


  5. "Not ideal, but a good place most of the time."

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    Current Employee - Technical Director
    Current Employee - Technical Director
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very smart, talented people to work with.
    Family friendly.
    Crunch times aren't nearly as long or as bad as other places in the industry.

    Cons

    There's lots of ego and entitlement here.
    Little to no opportunities for advancement or job growth.
    Compensation is a bit low by industry standards.
    Increasingly frantic and short schedules.
    Middle management is getting better but still not good.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "If you are going to work in Animation, Pixar is probably the best place on earth to work."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Pixar Animation Studios full-time

    Pros

    Work with a team of very creative people where kindness and work/life balance is valued highly. Everyone makes each other more creative. Fun atmosphere. Great Campus. Great team spirit. Great track record of making great films.

    Cons

    The vision for the company is pretty limited to feature films. They are working on too many sequels rather than new ideas.

    Advice to Management

    Bring in management consultants to give you an objective view of how effectively your Exec team is working. But more importantly, listen to what they say.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Great people making great things for below average pay and little room for growth"

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    Current Employee - Production Coordinator in Emeryville, CA
    Current Employee - Production Coordinator in Emeryville, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people
    High quality product
    Delicious food (not free but partially subsidized)
    Plenty of fitness amenities (e.g. pool, gym, classes, wellness allowance)
    Various classes
    Educational allowance
    Reference library
    Fun internal events

    Cons

    Pay is low
    Production staff feel undervalued
    Not much room for growth
    Can feel stifling without growth opportunities
    Quality has recently suffered in order to churn out more movies

    Advice to Management

    Stop aiming to be average in terms of pay (which represents value) when you're trying to create films that aren't just average. Show your employees (especially production staff) that you value them by paying them more.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Production Management"

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    Current Employee - Production Coordinator
    Current Employee - Production Coordinator
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, iconic projects, opportunity to be a part of something with world-wide reach, disneyland silver pass, fun events, beautiful campus

    Cons

    Promotions are EXTREMELY hard to come by, bottleneck after the production coordinator position, very low pay with no regard for cost of living in the Bay Area,

    Advice to Management

    When basic compensation is below average, it speaks volumes about how much you value your employees. We make oscar caliber films, why can't our pay echo the same quality as our products?


  9. "Fun place to work"

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    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.


  10. Helpful (4)

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

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    • 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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