In this recent article from the Star Tribune, Pete Docter chatted about working at Pixar while discussing his latest film, Inside Out. Thought it was an interesting peek at the type of person that is attracted to and works at the studio. It's great that they want people to think big, but that they have leaders in place to help reel you back in if you go too far in the wrong direction!
Q: Pixar has a reputation as a place of long relationships. What’s it like to work there? Is it like a big happy college where people feel like they have tenure and they can follow their own imaginations?
A: Not really. It is a very pleasant place to work and some of my best friends are co-workers. We work together and then have dinner together and hang out on the weekends and travel together. It’s attracted some really quality people in addition to their talent. But I don’t think there’s ever a sense that, “OK, now I can just kick back.” You always have to be reinventing and proving yourself and contributing. I think that’s another thing about the people I’ve hired. As a director, half of my job is saying, “OK, enough, stop.” Most of the time you hear people talking about encouraging people to move forward. At Pixar, it’s almost the opposite. People are so over-achieving they sneak in on the weekends and work without putting it on their time card because they just want it to be better.