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Open cubicle chaos with software engineers trying to lead hardware development.
Senior Hardware Design Engineer (Former Employee) –  San Francisco, CA13 May 2019
Heavy use of Program Managers without engineering backgrounds serving as the strong arm of management to beat up on engineering teams. Software engineers hired by their friends from Apple and Avid to lead hardware development and senior management without an understanding of product development. Management only provides goals for the larger team in general, not smaller teams or individuals. Lack of field experience for engineers to see how our products are used. Many of our top hardware engineers have quit out of frustration with the blocking of ideas from engineering being heard by the management team. Dolby never used to have layoffs, now they're a regular event, making employees constantly wondering if they'll have a job when they badge in every morning. There's a lack of transparency of the uncertainty and doubt that goes along with product development. Lots of long time employees keep the older culture that Ray Dolby fostered but that's fading away. There's a culture of work scarcity, people fearing for their jobs, not sharing their work. No mentorship at all. Management is open about hiring cheaper labor outside of the San Francisco area. Moving to an open cubicle environment was done without training employees how to operate in that environment. This created a lot of tension between loud social people and those desiring a library like environment. Many food opportunities in the area but lots of employees fear walking out of the building due to the literal insanity around the Mid-Market/Civic Center neighborhood. Cafe is of college dorm quality, slowly getting  more... cost reduced. Christmas party is held in the building and scarcely attended, another sign of Dolby tightening the belt on employee spending. We have a hard time hiring new talent due to the low salaries. Great place to be exposed to emerging entertainment technologies. Employees that drive in have to pay for parking which is partly subsidized, parking inside the building is done on a lottery system. Few people get stock options as part of their yearly review. 401(k) and benefits are top notch. There's a fitness center onsite but it's often empty, a reflection on Dolby's work/life balance. It's the people that made me stay, there are teams and relationships that are built from long tenures, something that's impossible to build in a company with quick turnover.  less
Pros
Work on fun products.
Cons
No mentorship, management lives above a glass ceiling. Work is done in an environment of scarcity..
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Exelent machine coffee and snacks.
Electronics Technician (Current Employee) –  Burbank, CA18 April 2019
Get to trouble shoot and fix a board, reported it to engineering, continuing learning, helping other departments. Managers always on top of the weekly production making sure we meet hour goals. Lack of tool.
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A very focused company on the leading edge of technology
Director, Facilities/Lab Management/Security (Current Employee) –  San Francisco Bay Area, CA6 April 2019
Dolby is a great company to work for with lots of opportunities for growth. The areas of technology are amazing. The people are fantastic and incredibly talented.
Pros
Always working on leading edge technologies
Cons
Sometimes slow in decision making
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Great technologies developed by talented employees.
Product Marketing Manager (Former Employee) –  Burbank, CA3 April 2019
Sorry I no longer work for this company!
Almost all of my supervisors & managers were top notch and very approachable.
No micro-managing.
I was able to define my work hours to avoid traffic as long as I put in a days worth of time.
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Great place
VIDEO EDITOR (Former Employee) –  Burbank, CA16 January 2019
Great place to work. Enjoyed it and people were mostly easy to work with. Great location. Good managers. The salary was fair and the parking easy.
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Work-life balance, Movie shows, Charitable givings / Dolby Cares
Staff Software Engineer - ATG / Cinema Technology (Former Employee) –  SFO, Sunnyvale9 January 2019
9/80 Work schedule helps in Work-life balance.
Get to see movies in Dolby's multiple in-house theaters.
Good charitable givings by Dolby via their matching contributions for $$$ donations / volunteering by the employees.
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Dolby surround sound cinema production technician
Dolby Digital Tech and Cinema Production Assembler (Former Employee) –  DOLBY CINEMA PRODUCTION TECHNICIAN22 October 2018
For people who like advanced learning skills and and hands-on training. This is the perfect job for you. People are so friendly there. When they throw a party, it's a party and lumpia, a filipino delicacy
Cons
Parts take too long to arrive
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Good company to work for
Sr. Marketing Program & Ops Specialist (Current Employee) –  San Francisco, CA18 October 2018
Very welcoming culture - was able to fit in with cross-team members in a short time. Interesting work - exposure to new products and technologies I am interested in.
Pros
Great building, facilities, people
Cons
Location in rough part of town
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Great place to work
Program Manager (Former Employee) –  Sunnyvale, CA22 August 2018
Dolby was a great place to work- plenty of interesting work, benefits and flexible time. Some of the old timers are a little lax but for the most part I found most employees were happy to do their job and help out in new situations.
Pros
Great flexibility, great benefits, good co-workers, and get to watch new movies!
Cons
Changing times make for some ambiguous situations
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Great at what they do
Compliance Engineer (Former Employee) –  San Francisco, CA6 August 2018
High level company that is intense. It is a very serious company compared to other companies. Management keeps everything tight knit and under wraps. Everyone is really smart.
Pros
Intense work environment with passionate people.
Cons
Not many free perks
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Productive and fun workplace, fantastic people.
Theatre Support Engineer (Former Employee) –  Soho, Greater London25 July 2018
Worked for their office in Soho, London for a year for my placement year. Loved every minute. Special people, special industry too.
Right at the heart of the post-production industry, Dolby is within a square mile of almost every post-production house.
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Good place Ever worked
Staff Optical Engineer (Current Employee) –  Sunnyvale, CA16 May 2018
Good for R&D. Very friendly. Very encouraging enovation . Enough equipment in the lab. Every other Friday off. Mangment offently upgrade to refresh. Good pay!
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Nice product implementation
JIRA and Confluence Administrator (Current Employee) –  hyderbad, Telangana14 March 2018
Dolby Laboratories, Inc. is an American company specializing in audio noise reduction and audio encoding/compression. Dolby licenses its technologies to consumer electronics manufacturers
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Professional, talent-rich company with great work environment
Sr. Marketing Program & Ops Specialist (contract) (Current Employee) –  San Francisco, CA12 March 2018
Professional, talent-rich company with great work environment. Supportive, cross-functional efforts help drive high-effort projects forward. Highly supportive management .
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Productive and interesting people and work
Director of Sales and Marketing (Former Employee) –  San Francisco, CA19 February 2018
Good company looking to solve interesting problems focused on media distribution and experiences. Good benefits and culture respective of the individual.
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Fun place with good atmosphere
Engineering Intern (Former Employee) –  Santa Clara, CA31 January 2018
It was fun to work here. Interesting projects and determined workers. Good mix of intensity and relaxation. Food inside facility and overall fun internship.
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Very productive workplace
I.P. Legal Admn (Former Employee) –  San Francisco, CA 9410324 January 2018
A focused and goal oriented team with quiet discipline and vigorous work habits to meet deadlines and attend to meetings on a timely basis. They work hard and full-time employees get to play hard too at all the events they are invited to on the different floors and holidays.
Pros
respectful of each other
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work life balance is good. Not much opportunity to advance.
Engineering Leader (Former Employee) –  San Francisco, CA10 January 2018
The culture is welcoming and warm
The demands for performance are high
The business is very competitive with little room for error
The company has resources to invest in a rare space
Pros
every other friday off
Cons
no room for advancement
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Stressful environment
Project Management Intern (Former Employee) –  San Francisco, CA8 January 2018
The pay is well-below market rate for some positions. Management tends to be exclusive, so open communication is difficult, and the benefits aren't very good.
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Good work balance but poor management
Data Analyst Intern (Former Employee) –  San Francisco, CA7 January 2018
Dolby is an amazing company to work for. Perfect work-balance. Since Dolby has been around for a while, management style is old fashioned i.e. no open to new ideas. This is not true for every team but only for some of them.
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Poor Managment
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