Technicolor Reviews

Updated June 26, 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. rank and file are great. executives need to care more

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Technicolor full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The employees are good people with great skills.

    Cons

    The top level executives don't understand the business and don't care to.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Not the best company to work for. If you try to advance your career too fast they may get rid of you.

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    Former Employee - Mastering Operator in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Mastering Operator in Burbank, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, nice facilities.

    Cons

    Lousy pay, mistakes get echoed around the department, very "office space-like" environment, non-technical people attempting to relay very technical information, be weary of blame-shifters.

    Advice to Management

    Try to put more energy into finding the root cause of mistakes rather than magnifying them.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Large company that focuses only on clients and never the employee

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    Current Employee - Operations Supervisor in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Operations Supervisor in Burbank, CA

    I have been working at Technicolor full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Technicolor has a good name that many people outside of the industry will recognize. It is involved in just about every single part of the entertainment industry from production, post production and post, post production.

    Cons

    Technicolor is a large company run in France. The company is only focused on numbers and not investing in its technologies, employees, and facilities. There is more red tape at technicolor than what I could imagine would be involved in a government job. Technicolor doesn't work hard at keeping good talent or growing good talent within, it just looks at every employee as a number on a spreadsheet.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees, and your technologies. Stop shrinking departments to save money and implementing new security protocols for work that hasn't been obtained and only helps make everyone's job harder with the clients you currently have.


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  5. difficult co

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Technicolor

    Pros

    not the best company to work for

    Cons

    Not an easy co to work fo


  6. Helpful (3)

    Worked at Technicolor for total of 8 years starting in 05' up to recently including in HR.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very dynamic company vision and Senior Management. Worked with some really smart, fun, and inspiring people.

    Cons

    It's a French owned company so as cost saving measures corporate have had many benefits taken away for US employees, like pension and others have much rising costs. The laws for European employees and other countries of Technicolor provide better benefits and that is not going to change no matter how hard you work. There are some really great management leadership and really poor ones depending on what BG or BU you are in. Unfortunately if you are under poor leadership it can be a very negative experience even when you just focus on your job not the environment. There is dysfunction and negativity in the some of the HR management/leadership. Technicolor also pays a little below market rate in a lot of positions and the work/life balance is not emphasized, if you do not work over 8 hour work day you are frowned upon..

    Advice to Management

    The leadership from France and NA need to wakeup and see what is really going on there.

    Corporate culture is a lot of talk and marketing, with little action to make it happen, or support. If you want a job to have a job and make money this is a good option.


  7. Helpful (2)

    No lunch for you

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Technicolor as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Able to get your feet a little wet in the post production industry. Majority of the employees were friendly and helpful.

    Cons

    You will be deducted for taking a lunch break. No matter how long your shift is. Pay for same positions greatly varies from one employee to another. Ignorance is bliss for this matter.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Good coworkers, short-sighted management, hardworking people laidoff for no reason

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    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Indianapolis, IN

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are decent. Good coworkers. Fun product to work with (entertainment industry). You like the people you work with but hate the people you work for.

    Cons

    Involved in a lot of outsourcing. Management always in cost cutting mode. Lots of layoffs at the lower level caused less people on the production level to work twice as harder for their low salary. Yet hiring too many managers. The work can be stressful sometimes. Good hardworking people laid off for no reason.


  9. Helpful (3)

    Join if you are out of other options

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nothing much - I don't think having good colleagues are a pro for the company

    Cons

    Everything - salary, growth prospects, ordinary senior management, lack of focus and perennial tension of being let go

    Advice to Management

    the company is too top heavy, you need more people who actually innovate rather than managers.


  10. Helpful (4)

    Politics runs rampant.

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    Current Employee - Management in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Management in Memphis, TN

    I have been working at Technicolor full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent health benefits and the ability to move up in the hourly ranks if you have a strong work ethic.

    Cons

    Corporate HR is very political and meddles in local operational and hiring decisions. Local HR is very weak and a puppet for corporate HR boss. The upper management is out of touch with the work floor, promotes a cowboy culture and the Supervisors are very weak. Supervisors play favorites and do not hold the work force accountable equally. Good temp workers are taken advantage of and have their jobs threatened weekly. Temps expected to tow the line for Full time workers who have a poor work ethic. Nepotism and the buddy system are rampant in the culture among leads, trainers and hourly Ft employees. This kills the motivation of hard workers. Wages are stagnant with less than 2% annual increase for hourly if at all and a cap on salary adjustments of less than 10% upon promotions regardless of new position. Management promotions are based on how you are viewed by the "inner circle" not on how you perform.

    Advice to Management

    Don't let your supervisors and leads play favorites. Be more discrete with sensitive information. Managers worry more about improving, standardizing and documenting your processes and less about politics and 2 hour lunches. Directors don't let your ego interfere, it is not all about you it is about the company and getting things done correctly and efficiently. All management needs to stop viewing workers as expendable and start respecting them as people that have the ideas that can make things better. Respect a work life balance for yourself and your workers.


  11. Helpful (3)

    Poor management

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    Current Employee - Senior Management At Technicolor As MGO Product in Culver City, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Management At Technicolor As MGO Product in Culver City, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    1) Laid back environment, pretty flexible work schedule and a lot of people working from home on Friday
    2) CEO is very friendly and down to earth but may be a little out of touch with technology and literally listen to what CTO says

    Cons

    1) The CTO is very political by hiring all employees from his prev company to back him up.
    2) Some members of upper management don't know how to manage people. They were hire indirectly from the prev company where the CTO worked.
    3) There is not much opportunity for career growth unless you're part of the boys club on the above (see pt 1, pt 2)
    4) Revolving door. At this point I've lost count, but every year they either ask you to quit or let go more than 30 people
    5) Roles and responsibilities constantly change. You will see they are trying to do too many different things at the time and if it failed they will try to save money from operation cost to paid from their cause. I have seen they tried to share their office space just save operation cost/money.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to the politics but chances for career growth is very slim unless you are part of the clique.



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