DreamWorks Animation SKG

Location: Glendale, CA

Founded: 2004

Website: http://www.dreamworksanimation.com/

Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and David Geffen founded DreamWorks SKG in 1994. Seven years later, the animation division of the entertainment company became a separate, publicly traded company that has since developed properties for film, television, and live theater.

Notable Products

  • How to Train Your Dragon
  • Kung-Fu Panda
  • Madagascar
  • Shrek
  • Megamind
  • Puss in Boots


What to Expect

DreamWorks Animation was created through a merger of the parent studio’s animation departments and Pacific Data Images. The company is headquartered in Glendale, Calif., though PDI operates a separate campus in Redwood and was primarily responsible for the animated films Antz, Shrek, Shrek 2, Madagascar, Shrek the Third, and Madagascar 2: Escape to Africa. Across the two studios, DWA employs approximately 2,000 people, and regularly sources contributions from artists and engineers from more than 120 countries.

Fortune magazine named DreamWorks Animation to the annual list of the best companies to work for in 2010. DWA made a significant jump up the list of the top 100, from No. 47 to No. 6. According to Fortune, employees cited the culture of collaboration and openness as a primary reason for the studio’s excellent review. Of course, several other, more tangible amenities contribute to high morale at DWA: For starters, breakfast and lunch are served free of charge every day, and the company regularly holds carnivals and other entertainment activities for employees and their families. To encourage continuing education and creative enrichment, the staff is welcome to participate in guest lectures, seminars, and formal classes in digital technology and artist development.

A college education in your desired field is required at DreamWorks Animation for mid-level and senior-level roles. Positions exist in the art, animation, software engineering, post-production, and business fields. The company regularly recruits on college campuses nationwide for entry-level art and engineering positions, and internships are available for current students seeking a bachelor’s or master’s degree. Fall and spring semester internships are college credit-only positions that require 16 to 24 hours per week. Full-time, paid opportunities are available during the summer semester and demand a regular 40 hours per week. These students are given the opportunity to apprentice under veteran professionals within the studio and work on current films and television shows in production. Selected interns will support operations in departments such as production management, creative development, marketing, and digital training, among others. Consideration for permanent employment is given to each candidate who successfully completes the internship, and is based on performance and a formal interview. 


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