Pixar Animation Studios Reviews

Updated Jun 26, 2022

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4.2
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Pixar Animation Studios President  Jim Morris
Jim Morris
31 Ratings
Pros
  • "Wonderful projects, great people, extraordinary culture(in 18 reviews)

  • "Amazing people (goes a long way); great leadership; great work/life balance; quality films, actively working on D&I initiatives; beautiful campus(in 10 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Location is too close to Oakland and living expenses of the bay area are through the roof(in 18 reviews)

  • "Would’ve loved to be at the studio in person, but still an awesome experience while remote(in 17 reviews)

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    1. 4.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      good employer

      Feb 21, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      had a good time. very professional

      Cons

      lot of work asked by my boss

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    2. 3.0
      Current Employee

      dream job but has its faults

      Apr 12, 2021 - Background Artist 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      great equipment amazing for career Prospects

      Cons

      work life balance very competitive nepotism

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    3. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Overall, great place to work.

      Jun 26, 2022 - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Overall Pixar has been a great place to work at. There are plenty of great perks such as the main entertainment pass, on site gym, cafe, and stability in this field of work.

      Cons

      Pay inequality. Bonus based on your title causes segregation. Lack of diversity representation within executive team . Slow career progression and career growth talk with management team isn’t welcomed which stunts progress. Outreach and career recruitment focuses on top, expensive colleges which excludes opportunities from communities that are underrepresented that also have an amazing talent pool.

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    4. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Dream Job

      Jun 10, 2022 - Senior Software Engineer 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good work/life balance (in my department; different for production) Fantastic technical challenge No micromanagement (in my department) Smart, motivated colleagues Accommodating of employees who are parents Beautiful campus Mind-blowing product

      Cons

      Underpaid, as a software engineer, compared to Big Software companies

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    5. 3.0
      Current Employee

      Nice environment

      Jun 21, 2022 - Digital Marketing Strategist in Santa Clarita, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Very good team and organization

      Cons

      None, I really enjoyed it there

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    6. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Head animator

      Jun 4, 2022 - Director in Los Angeles, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Pixar is best number one studio

      Cons

      My dream member of the pixar

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    7. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Good

      May 17, 2022 - 3D Artist in San Francisco, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Its very good to work here

      Cons

      I think it has need to improve your workflow

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    8. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Best of the best

      May 6, 2022 - Software Engineer in Emeryville, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      I can’t say enough good things about working here. The pay is great and the perks are unreal! Some of the perks: - Insane bonuses! - Free Disneyland / Disney world for you and 3 extra people - Comp tickets twice a year to bring extra people or book on blackout days - Discounts almost anywhere you can imagine - Compensation for all kinds of stuff like commuting, wellness, education, adoption services, childcare etc. - Free therapy and or coaching sessions (8 of each per year!) - On-site pools, basketball and volleyball courts, soccer field, yoga room etc. - Super cheap on-site massages - Themed statues for work anniversary milestones We also get gifts ALL the time. Not only show completion gifts but also other random treats etc. There’s many more perks that I’m unsure if they’re publicly known so I’m leaving those out, but there is SO much more. The experience of actually being at Pixar is also incredible; the art, the friendly people, the amazing cafe, the studio store etc. You’ll see people randomly rolling by on skateboards or having meetings by the pool. I have coworkers that have been at Pixar for 40+ years. If you’ve worked here for less than 5-6 years you’re still considered new. I view this as a huge plus because it shows that retention is low and that people stay for a long time. I honestly don’t even care if a company were to offer me more money, I will work here until I retire.

      Cons

      Literally none. It’s just perfect.

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    9. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Production Mgmt

      Apr 12, 2022 - Production Coordinator in Emeryville, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good at being detailed oriented

      Cons

      Pay bad for the long term

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    10. 3.0
      Former Employee

      Amazing people, not the best of times

      Apr 5, 2022 - Technical Director 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Incredibly talented, collaborative and well intentioned worker body - just top notch people. Continues to produce high visibility, quality projects. Beautiful campus and history of achievement. Good emphasis on diversity in process today.

      Cons

      Still calls itself a “family,” it is now a larger company culture where good people are too often left unsupported, labeled, burned out and replaced by a grinder of office politics. Lost some good will as a “forever” place - turnover is way up. Financial ground of industry shifting has left pay behind in the Bay Area, innovation behind agile completion, and unhealthy work-life balance expectations in production.

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    Pixar Animation Studios has an overall rating of 4.2 out of 5, based on over 268 reviews left anonymously by employees. 80% of employees would recommend working at Pixar Animation Studios to a friend and 85% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has been stable over the past 12 months.

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