DreamWorks Animation Employee Reviews about "free food"

Updated 20 Oct 2020

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48 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great culture, free food (Pre-Covid19)(in 77 reviews)

  • "Lots of responsibilities, great intern enrichment program, lots of connection between departments, free breakfast and lunch, focus on intern education(in 73 reviews)

Cons
  • "Very low pay compared to other studios(in 20 reviews)

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

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  1. "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

  2. "Amazing company, fantastic work culture, and best internship experience for the three months."

    5.0
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    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production Intern in Glendale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Excellent resources for learning - Surrounded by talented artists and workers that support your goals - Free food - Campus is beautiful - Open to hearing your thoughts and concerns for your goals

    Cons

    - Low pay but the experience is extremely valuable


  3. "Stressful yet satisfying and fun"

    5.0
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    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Department Technical Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The culture here is great. Lots of collaboration and hard problems to work out. Feels good to see your work get released to a large audience. The free food is also a big plus. Job feels fairly secure (rollover onto other productions is fairly fluid)

    Cons

    Salary and pay is relatively low.

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  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Glendale, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at DreamWorks Animation full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great work life balance. Low stress. Free food.

    Cons

    A bit more difficult to get a promotion then other places.

  5. Helpful (2)

    "Lovely campus, but diminishing interest in quality animation"

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Creative 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at DreamWorks Animation full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Free food, lovely campus, fun events

    Cons

    CEO is uninterested in quality, breaks union rules and sets a low bar for pay compared to other studios. Tons of new opportunity also leads to too many young department heads. HR department‘s #1 goal is to keep wages low, rather than serve and protect staff from the bad apples.

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  6. "Great place to work"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Director in Glendale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DreamWorks Animation full-time

    Pros

    Great work life balance, really nice people, free food (for now)

    Cons

    NBC took over and is slowly taking away benifits, compensation on the lower side

  7. COVID-19

    "Great place to start out your career!"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    Current Employee - Production Assistant 
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Great culture, free food (Pre-Covid19)

    Cons

    People are so casual, you don't know who is who if you haven't met them before!

  8. "Modeler"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Modeler in Glendale, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The best supervisors, co-workers, and culture. Free food, beautiful campus, and great work life balance.

    Cons

    The department managers are horrible, main reason most people leave. The main reason for lack of diversity as well. I saw a review blaming supervisors, which is not true, the supervisors are extremely inclusive.

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  9. "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.

  10. Helpful (3)

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

    3.0
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    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.

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