DreamWorks Animation Reviews

Updated 8 Jun 2020

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4.0
74%
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77%
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20 Ratings
Pros
  • "Lots of responsibilities, great intern enrichment program, lots of connection between departments, free breakfast and lunch, focus on intern education(in 70 reviews)

  • "Free food (but the food sucks after a year)(in 70 reviews)

Cons
  • "Low pay scale,less benifits and high working hours(in 18 reviews)

  • "Poor upper management planning and tendency to give irrelevant notes(in 14 reviews)

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  1. "awsme exprince"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Animator in Kamrup Metropolitan
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at DreamWorks Animation full-time

    Pros

    very good workplace", "Infrastructure Good

    Cons

    nice place awsome indoor i have horking here been a long time

  2. Helpful (2)

    "Culture Changed :("

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Pipeline Engineer in Glendale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at DreamWorks Animation full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Free lunch and breakfast in the studio cafeteria.

    Cons

    This was an outstanding company to work for in the years prior to the sale to Comcast|NBC|Universal. Very little room for upward mobility if you are not a part of the right clique. Poor record with regard to merit based advancement.

  3. "Character Animator for Feature Film"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Animator in Glendale, CA
    Recommends

    I have been working at DreamWorks Animation full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great place to work. Free food isn't bad either!

    Cons

    Deadlines seem to get tighter and tighter for each show.

  4. "Pros and cons of DreamWorks"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - 3D Animator 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at DreamWorks Animation full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Free food, friendly environment and good place to hangout

    Cons

    Low pay scale,less benifits and high working hours

  5. Helpful (1)

    "Toxic Social Culture"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Animator 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DreamWorks Animation full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Nice campus Good benefits More stability vs most other studios...for now

    Cons

    Rampant favoritism. Certain people are the 'golden employees'. Everything they do is considered to be perfect, while everything you do will be questioned. Toxic coworkers - people here can be hostile and childish. They gossip, and make new employees like me feel very unwelcome. It's a bubble - Dreamworks only values experience within the company, and seems to view outside experience as irrelevant. As someone with 7 years industry experience, I'm viewed as less competent that someone with 1 year experience because they've been with the company longer. Subpar pay - LA is extremely expensive. The salary is good by most standards, but isn't remotely close to justifying the exorbitant cost of living, where the average price for a home near Glendale is $800k. Additionally, you have to pay to join the guild to work there, which is a financial burden. The benefits you get with the guild are no different from any other reputable company -health insurance, 401k, etc. But at other companies you don't have to pay thousands of dollars in union dues to access those benefits.

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  6. Helpful (3)

    "DWTV - You realize how bad the company is once you leave"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production Coordinator in Glendale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at DreamWorks Animation full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Free food (but the food sucks after a year) - The people are great - Nice campus! - You learn a lot under tight deadlines. - They try to keep you on for another project. - Cool events.

    Cons

    - Very low pay compared to other studios. They tend to hire new people so they can pay them less. - I've seen many of my friends taken advantage of and asked to do tasks above their paygrade/position, but not get the promotion/pay bump. - Poor upper management planning and tendency to give irrelevant notes. None of the execs have creative backgrounds and it does ruin the show. - No risk taking - shows come out pretty... bad. - Not enough development/smart planning time to make a show successful. - It's a constant repetitive grind with inflexible deadlines. - Budgets are very tight.

  7. Helpful (1)

    "3D Modeler"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Modeler in Glendale, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at DreamWorks Animation full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The collaborative culture of the modeling department here is really amazing and creates a joyful and nurturing work environment. The talent of the team is also world class. DreamWorks studio culture overall is phenomenal and unparalleled. Artistic development and training programs are much appreciated. Work/life balance is fantastic.

    Cons

    Limited upward mobility. Studio perks seem to be trending downwards under NBCU leadership

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  8. "Enjoyable"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Retail Host in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at DreamWorks Animation part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Merlin's Magic Pass Employee Benefits

    Cons

    Incredibly busy during school holidays

  9. Helpful (1)

    "Best Part Is The People"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Director in Glendale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DreamWorks Animation full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - People are all amiable to work with. - Good work life balance - Good day to day work

    Cons

    - Company's brand name is not as strong as it used to be. - Path for career advancement can be vague

  10. "Perfect"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Animator 

    I have been working at DreamWorks Animation full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Pay good money and you get free lunch

    Cons

    Not to many 2d animations I would like to work on

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