Hollywood studios aren't known as easy places to work. But DreamWorks Animation once again has made Fortune magazine's list of the 100 best employers.
The Glendale studio behind the "Shrek," "Kung Fu Panda" and "Madagascar" movies ranked 12th in the 2013 list, just above Quicken Loans (which ranked 13th) and semiconductor company Qualcomm (14th). Google once again was ranked No. 1.
DreamWorks, with 2,350 employees, was the only Hollywood studio to make the list
When I was a tot, I remember Walt Disney Productions as being the DreamWorks Animation of its day. There were ball fields, ping pon tables, a low-cost commissary, comfortable rooms and a laid-back atmosphere.
I've been around long enough to take these things with a shaker or two of salt. In my experience, animation studios have one thing in common:
There's a group of employees that thinks the studio sucks. There's a group that thinks the studio is semi-okay. And there's a group that thinks the studio is great, just a fabulous place to work.
The group that's the largest provides a pretty good indicator of what the workplace is actually like.