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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    DO NOT WORK IN THEIR NPP SOURCING GROUP

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    Former Employee - Commodity Manager (Indirect Spend) in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Commodity Manager (Indirect Spend) in Burbank, CA

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

    Pros

    Good brand name in the entertainment industry for film visual effects and post-production. That's why Thompson (the French parent company) bought Technicolor to re-brand Thompson as Technicolor.

    Cons

    Worst management in the NPP group I have ever had. Do not work here. They lost all their Indirect sourcing folks in 2013 and had to hire a new team (I was one of the three new hires). After working there for 7 weeks, I resigned.

    The management (NPP) was rude, didn't listen to business strategic suggestions based on data analysis. I felt I was working under Kim Jong Un's regime. Very political. Rookie manager that doesn't have experience in managing good employees. Senior management's style is European-culture driven and doesn't work well in a US entertainment company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To make a big different for the better? You need a new senior management team that 1) understands the U.S. business culture and stop planting European culture in a US company, 2) Hire qualified senior management in the U.S. as well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    One of the worst place I worked

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    Former Employee - Software Architect in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Software Architect in Burbank, CA

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

    Pros

    I have pretty much nothing to say about the pros except that somehow the brand histroy behind the company.

    Cons

    HR personnel screwed my hiring contract on day one. VP were fighting each other over territory turfs.

    Doesn't Recommend
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Management still looking to improve the horse and buggy

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

    I have been working at Technicolor as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you have experience in film and video then they are one of the few places you can go.
    They're still a big player with a respected name.
    They pay the staff they have relatively well.

    Cons

    Staff is very discontent.
    Lots of finger pointing when things go wrong.
    Little job security.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They need to modernize their very of the world if they're going to be relevant in the future.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Change is not welcome

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    Current Employee - Inventory in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Inventory in Memphis, TN

    I have been working at Technicolor full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Challenging work; Excellent leadership in some departments.

    Cons

    Lack of growth opportunity; resistance to change; lack of investment in technology; departments and facilities operate as independent entities despite being interconnected; political climate; declining industry (home entertainment services); lack of work life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't simply assign more work to top performers. These people deserve the promotions and raises given to others based on other factors outside of organizational performance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Horrible place to work for

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    Former Contractor - Clerk in Memphis, TN
    Former Contractor - Clerk in Memphis, TN

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

    Pros

    Average pay
    set shift
    nice co-workers
    always hiring

    Cons

    low chance of advancement
    does not consider home life
    seem like high school
    does not follow guidelines
    temp never become full-time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    rather than dictating, they should consider input from the people that does the job daily

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Retiree Home

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    Good for people over the hill or washed up in their respective areas, Hardly any vision, Absymal leadership, can survive in this retiree haven for a long time

    Cons

    Bad for any enthusiastic, young talented people, You will be expected to fall in line with the retiree club mandates or ship out. Vindictive and unscrupulous senior management. Business is the lowest priority. Egos and politics are top priority. Empty power struggles is the order of the day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please Fire all the non performing "has been" Senior Managers, Presidents and Business Heads.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Has no regard for its employees

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    Former Employee - Director in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Burbank, CA

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

    Pros

    Good Benefits and ability to work in a global environment.

    Cons

    Extremely poor management, in financial distress (virtually no salary increases (but managers still get good bonus payments), ongoing cuts to everything you can think of), tolerant of rude managers who yell and berate employees & in front of others, inability to speak your mind for fear of reprisal, French owned, inability to retain quality employees, inability to treat employees with any level of decorum or respect.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire senior management in France and most of the senior leaders in the US. Learn to value employee's opinions and not mistake input from the US employees as 'being negative', make cuts in pay from executives instead of cutting the US benefit programs over & over. Value your employees as there are some really good people there, but you're too blind to see that.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    M-GO/MedianaviCo part of Technicolor in Burbank is Toxic - Do not work there.

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Burbank, CA

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

    Pros

    Note: Other groups in Technicolor are not like this. M-GO is it's own entity within and at the same time apart from Technicolor.
    The SoCal weather is nice.
    Easy, convenient walk to restaurants in downtown Burbank.
    Other than that none. Zero. Zip. Nada. Nichts.

    Cons

    M-GO was voted the most dysfunctional place ever worked at by myself and every co-worker I asked while I worked there.
    Blame game / throw others under the bus culture. From original CTO to Technical Director to Development Management, all constantly blame the Engineers and those "beneath" them in the hierarchy for failures, but none of them offer solutions. Anyone who does try to fix the problems end up being targets for blame and eventual termination.
    Overly hierarchical.
    Content industry mentality sees Engineers as simple day laborers who have little value and whose jobs can be outsourced, insourced, or terminated upon completion of short term usefulness or for any other reason.
    Over-reliance on H1 Engineers.
    Constant reverse evolution of talented employees. Anyone with any skill, talent, or lots of engineering/industry experience eventually end up leaving or being terminated (unless they are H1 since their salaries are less and they will work the long hours required without complaint).
    Constant "crunch time" work environment. Product has been in Beta release stage for a long time.
    Product changes of direction by Executives and Technical Leaders have led to years of Beta release stage environment.
    No respect or understanding for worker burnout.
    Insanely bad management of people in almost every aspect.
    Development Management refuse to (or are ignorant of) basic Engineering Industry standards so dev environments and all other environments are constantly changing, crashing and hard to keep afloat.
    Extreme lack of long term or even mid term technical/engineering vision. Fix Bug Now! mentality pervades and with so little planning leads to constant rework and brittleness of systems.
    Both Dev and QA teams are understaffed and overworked.
    I literally could go on and on, but am more happy to just stop here and leave the whole experience in the past thankful that I no longer work there...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give up. Find another job. After many changes to personnel the same culture exists and no one will ever be able to fix it. The product is also doomed to failure because the dysfunctional nature of the company and reverse evolution employee-wise will always hinder the success of the product itself. Unless of course you are one of the ones causing the problems mentioned above, then you should stay and ride it out to the very end, like you have always intended.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    C Level management is absentee, Olive St is just evil, can't build a product, this is a dying company.

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    Current Employee - Director of Engineering in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Director of Engineering in Burbank, CA

    I have been working at Technicolor

    Pros

    Many designers and engineers are excellent. Paid me well and allowed me to build the team I wanted.

    Cons

    Company has no vision, strategy, does no due diligence, has no transparency. Olive St has spent upwards of 40M over the past two years and continues to lie about scalability. C Level is too desperate and dumb to know better. You can't' fire French employees even when they fail to deliver. It goes on and on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire the C Level, anyone from Alacatel Lucent, and Olive St managers. Sell everything except the film side of company. Let Technicolor go back to what it did best.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good experience, horrible management, lots of layoffs

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

    I have been working at Technicolor

    Pros

    Excellent people to work with
    Some exciting new technologies to work on
    Good experiences to learn from
    One of the few embedded systems companies in Indy area
    Good pay

    Cons

    Never ending layoffs
    Lack of communication from management regarding restructuring
    Shrinking company
    Lack of innovative products and technologies
    Too many politics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees
    Communicate better
    Give employees more credit
    Acknowledge employees' hard work

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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