Technicolor Reviews

Updated June 10, 2015
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Pros
  • Great co-workers, engaging work environment (in 17 reviews)

  • Benefits were great, decent work-life balance, celebrated diversity (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Having a work-life balance is very challenging here (in 12 reviews)

  • Vindictive and unscrupulous senior management (in 15 reviews)

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  1. NOT ORGANIZED AT ALL

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Technicolor as a contractor

    Pros

    pay ok, HOURS ARE GOOD,

    Cons

    not organized MANAGEMENT IS VERY TERRIBLE

    Advice to Management

    get on one accord


  2. Helpful (2)

    Unethical

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Technicolor full-time

    Pros

    Well established and known company name. Well performed work by employees. Employees in general are good people.

    Cons

    Technicolor delayed layoffs so they could update their severance policy, reducing severance for some people by up to 85% to avoid paying them out. This was extremely unethical and not in line with their values.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees as humans, not just numbers.


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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Memphis, TN
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Memphis, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Technicolor as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    the pay is not that bad.

    Cons

    Poor management, sexual harrassment, retaliation

    Advice to Management

    should do better screening before putting individuals in positions of leadership.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    They changed the company name from Thomson to Technicolor for a reason.

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    Former Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay and benefits were good but not excessive, work was usually interesting and challenging. Staff is generally good people and willing to help.

    Cons

    This is the same company that was offered to Daewoo for $1USD. They used to design and manufacture TVs, etc. and now design cable modems for Direct TV. A mere shadow of their former self. They have been reduced to maybe a hundred employees here in the US from a few thousand. The management has no idea what they are doing, and the executive branch is in France with no concern for those in the states. Layoffs happen every quarter. Run away.

    Advice to Management

    Shut the doors, pack up the equipment and hold a garage sale. I recommend that you stop worrying about your job and worry about the company and the employees. Pick a product, make a plan and stick with it for more than a few months.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Worst Company and Management (Indirect Sourcing)

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Technicolor full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    A big name company well-known for film and TV post production.

    Cons

    Worst manager and management in its indirect sourcing group. Extremely high turnover rate. My immediate manager and his boss were really rude and mean, they are just not good people to work with. It was an extremely political environment. On the one hand, the manager assigned lots of low impact projects that required extra time to complete, on the other hand, he gave unrealistic goals even he didn't know how to accomplish.

    Advice to Management

    This company needs a new management and new owner. The french parent company does not have a clue of how to run a previously great entertainment company in Hollywood.


  7. Helpful (1)

    A once great company that has fallen on hard times due to mismanagement.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Technicolor full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The technical people and artists are at the top of their game. Benefits are good as long as you can get a staff position.

    Cons

    Management is a mess - especially middle management. There's palpable sense of fear in the place - employees know their jobs are constantly at risk, management backstab each other to stay employed and the absentee CEOs crow about how they are not running a "charity".

    Advice to Management

    Get some people with some actual real world experience in running a post house versus faux hawked 50-somethings who took "business" classes for a week at night school.


  8. Helpful (3)

    Struggling to stay in business-- no positive outlook

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    Former Employee - Digital Media Operator/HD Videotape Operator in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Digital Media Operator/HD Videotape Operator in Burbank, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Technicolor full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Decent benefits package for regular employees, however they are mostly now just hiring temp employees with no benefits. Good access to many different technical jobs and opportunity to learn on your own if you are motivated.

    Cons

    Company has been struggling for years now, closing many business units in the Hollywood-Burbank-Glendale area. Many, many layoffs or constant threat of layoffs.. Constant threat of layoff or pay cuts makes it hard to even concentrate on work--- the "cut" can happen any time and happens all the time. This company is in full scale "Titanic mode" and most upper management are only operating to maintain their own jobs. Would not be surprised if the new Burbank facility is not just being created to sell off that business unit as a prior attempt in Glendale failed due to such a poor business model. Expect salary reductions and forced days off. Poor moral across all departments. Management is in a position where they cannot be upfront and honest to anyone--- nearly all communication comes through the HR/Legal/Risk Management dept. Managers only communicate through what seems like a prepared text----this local business unit cannot be around for long.

    Advice to Management

    Everybody understands the pressures on post production to be profitable in a changing industry, but this company has no vision and the culture is all wrong. You cannot succeed without taking the reins and running the business with passion. Allowing your lawyers and risk management people to run the business isn't working. There is a clear lack of leadership and vision here. Take some pride. Even if you are going out of business at least show some integrity. If your operations model is about turning away long time clients, closing business units, outsourcing to Bangalore and destroying the entire post production environment in Hollywood---- then you have been very successful.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Encountered the worst boss in my ~18 year supply chain career!

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    Current Employee - Sourcing in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Sourcing in Burbank, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Technicolor full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good compensation which compensates for poor benefit package.

    Cons

    All about the boss. He's a micro-manager, conflicting communication saying one thing one moment and changing it another moment. Unreasonable expectations to deliver while being overloaded with work, including work outside scope that should be delegated to another group. Pushes for commitments while adding more work in the mix. Negative and twists facts, repeating his own perceptions outside of the facts, and swears. When he realizes he's doing a poor job, and based on his track record of people leaving, he attempted to bribe with more potential money, raise, bonuses to stay on the job while mentioning his job will be adversely impacted if another new hire leaves. Mentions he own disinterest with his job and plans to stay on the job for no more than a few years. Too much drama for a new person to handle.

    Advice to Management

    Some people are not cut out to be managers or directors. When employees are not happy and leaving under a certain boss' supervision, manager's training will not miraculously solve the problem. Such persons should be put in positions without direct reports, and good new hires will consider staying on board longer.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Politics toxic, culture disintegrating

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good pay for senior roles, once one of the most respected names in the entertainment industry so great client access

    Cons

    Mostly terrible middle and upper management and in fighting have caused a major brain drain. The company is splintering between old school processes and innovation. Innovation is losing.....

    Advice to Management

    Clean house of old thinking execs who want to keep the status quo and their job security at the price of the company's evolution.


  11. Helpful (1)

    NON HUMAN Resource Department

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Technicolor full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Most of my co-workers were great.

    Cons

    HR has no visibility, lame websites with employee information how is that coming from a technology company. The upper management team in France pathetic, US team just as pathetic. No clear direction or initiatives. If the company is doing poorly NO ONE should get a bonus at the top, since they never give increases worth a damn to those of us doing all the work

    Advice to Management

    Take a look around at the industry in terms of pay. Survey the morale of the company. You've taken away lots and haven't given anything back.



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