Technicolor Reviews

Updated March 8, 2015
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  1. Very good company

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    Current Employee - Vice President Engineering in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Vice President Engineering in Burbank, CA

    I have been working at Technicolor

    Pros

    Exciting and challenging company to work for

    Cons

    Sold to Thomson entire culture changed

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful

    The Place to be for Entertainment & Innovation - Still Room for Improvement

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Technicolor full-time

    Pros

    You have to love entertainment, specifically the motion picture & TV industry to love it here. The big picture is what makes all the hard work worthwhile. There's a lot of autonomy, you're not micro-managed unless you're not meeting deliverables (but then, what company wouldn't do this?)

    The nicest, most creative, industry-connected, forward-thinking people work here. Successful people here tackle challenges beyond the scope of their jobs to help the business. The kind of people who aren't successful here are clock-watchers who do the bare minimum. This is also the kind of company that doesn't tolerate jerks or a-holes for very long. If no one gets along with you or wants to work with you, it's a good chance you're going to get terminated. If you're a manager and your group has high turnover, you had better take a hard look at your people skills and management style.

    These are all positive things about Technicolor. I enjoy working with nice people. Hard working, creative people. The fact that they trim dead weight and jerks? I love it.

    Cons

    Communication. Communication. Communication. There is a serious lack of leadership and communication. If there are organizational changes, managers must do a better job of communicating the ramifications to their team. Changes to role and responsibility, changes to process or policy, changes to team make-up -- these should be communicated, not discovered via word-of-mouth.

    Managers have a responsibility to communicate changes to the team, not the other way around. Due to the lack of communication, employees have an unclear idea of their role and responsibilities are.

    "What do you do?" Should not garner an unclear, equivocal, vague response. Too often, people are unsure of the direction of the company and their group. Unsure about their role in an ever-evolving environment.

    The second biggest con - U.S. employees appear to have no authority to make decisions without the blessing of French executives. Why does it take two to three C-level executives in Paris to make decisions in America? If American C-level executives/SVPs/VPs/Sr. Directors are not empowered or equipped or qualified to make final decisions, why have them at all? Or are these just inflated job titles for front-line managers?

    Due to the long chain of command, several layers of approvals are required to make the most trivial decisions, which causes delays from weeks to months.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower your managers to execute on decisions and over-communicate the direction of the company, team, group objectives, and jobs expectations.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful

    Falling Behind the Times

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    Former Employee - Co-Op in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Co-Op in Indianapolis, IN

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

    Pros

    The people were very friendly and fun to talk to. Even as a Co-Op I felt that my opinions were included and my work mattered.

    Cons

    They are falling behind in terms of technology. Especially the testing team, who performs the majority of their tests by hand and manage all of the data generated by tests by hand.

    The Indianapolis building also shows its age on the inside. The office is formed of endless corridors of old gross cubicle walls forming tiny, dark cubicles. It looks like something out of classic corporate America and is not the most inspiring environment to work in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Embrace new technology. It has a lot to offer the company if you take the time to learn it. Create an environment that people want to work in not have to work in.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Fulfilling experience

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    Former Employee - Operations Analyst and Quality Manager in North Hollywood, CA
    Former Employee - Operations Analyst and Quality Manager in North Hollywood, CA

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

    Pros

    The office culture was great with lot of opportunities for training. The leadership had vision with an emphasis on continuous improvement.
    Overall a great set of people to work with.

    Cons

    With the conversion of film to digital, trying to continue the production while making sure that the company was losing money was becoming more and more difficult.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    A series of micro-cultures with a question mark on top...

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    Current Employee - IT Professional in Hollywood, CA
    Current Employee - IT Professional in Hollywood, CA

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

    Pros

    The 100 year legacy is no joke - You can feel it just by walking down the hallways (like most Hollywood companies they do a nice job on the office decoration).

    - Strong reservoir of technical knowledge and talent. Lots of bright peers and a good atmosphere of contribution.

    - A lot of effort and thought is going into the Big Question: How to remain relevant now that film is on the way out?

    - This creates a drive for many internal initiatives, some of which are being run like startups (in the good sense of the word).

    - The balance of "Old Timers" (people from the Boomer generation who still want to contribute) and Millennials is good. There really is a nice dynamic of creative energy in the place.

    - When all is said and done, working for a Hollywood company has a "Cool" factor that can't be ignored. It feels good when you fulfill something that's been on your career "Bucket List" for a long time.

    Cons

    All the cliche's of tinsel-town (shallow opportunities, creeping paranoia and cynicism) are present, but to be fair it's not as bad as I was expecting.

    - The need to work with all the major studios creates a culture of silo's and secrecy. In the Age of Digital people are scared to death of anyone stealing their next thought. It's a shame that most employees can't see a lot of the cool stuff that's being done, it would be a big morale booster if they could just pull back the curtain a bit more.

    - Quite a bit of turn-over. Technicolor is one of those places where things are stable, right up until the point where they aren't. But to be fair that's the new normal in Corporate America these days.

    - As I said, the "Big Question" dominates everything. Technicolor wants to lead the way now that movies are becoming 100% digital ("Wolf of Wall Street" was the first to use no film anywhere in the process). But can they execute?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep funding the leading-edge initiatives, don't lose your cool, don't panic, and don't give in to bean-counter mentality. Remain mindful of your place in history.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Good to great

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    Current Employee - Sales Service in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Service in Burbank, CA

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

    Pros

    Pay, benefits, managers, products, attitudes.

    Cons

    There are non except being caught up in a layoff of hundreds.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Great learning experience.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Technicolor

    Pros

    Great learning experience. Great people to work with.

    Cons

    Under staffed. Focused on metrics instead of customer needs.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Great experience during the IPO period for Thomson

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    In late 90 and early 2000, under leadership of Thierry Breton, Frank D, Joe Clayton, Jim Meyer, Dave Spomer, Enrique Rodriquez, Tim Saeger, it was a terrific place to make a new business difference. Our french CEO was a true global leader who lead in the transformation of a high performance organization leading to our success IPO. Thanks to IPO and our continued performance, I was able to put three kids through college. Great years and friendships.

    Cons

    With change of top leadership, the culture dramatically changed from a growth oriented global organization to a french centric vision and cost cutting organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn from positive leadership and watch your employees grow your results.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Rapidly changing business with plenty of opportunities for advancement.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers, engaging work environment.

    Cons

    Requires extreme attention to detail, and long hours during major movie releases.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Simple amenities to your employees go a long way towards job satisfaction.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. In one sentence I can't describe my experience in Raliegh.

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    Current Employee - Teller in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Teller in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    What are the best reasons to work here? I think this decides itself.

    Cons

    There aren't major challenges. Just minor players in this world.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let's learn more about the best things in life and then go from there in the world.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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