Entertainment Studios Inc. – Century City, CA
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“It must have been some psychological experiment, concerning the spirit of man in an unwinnable, nihilistic environment. ”
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I worked at Entertainment Studios full-time (less than an year)Pros
Crazy stories about the bs you experience at work will keep your friends laughing every day. You'll have an unspoken bond with anyone who has also gone through the ordeal of working at ES.Cons
ES's m.o. is to hire in experienced college students and beaten down, unemployed film industry workers, and to convince them that the job is a favor. They tell you you'll be getting you're foot in the door. Since they are doing you a favor they pay $450 a week, for the skills and expertise you learned at an expensive film school, while an editor in the guild would make 10 times that. Though you might not be part of the guild, you should value your college education, and make more than a fast food worker. ES doesn't agree.
After a year of working at ES, if you started at the basic $450 a week you might get raised to $500 or $600 a week. On top of the pay being less than desirable, there are no benefits, no paid time off and zero pay during mandatory holidays. Though lack of benefits is normal in freelance and guild work, ES is a staff job.
ES content is seen by no one. It is day time filler, that networks buy cheaply to avoid dead air time. As you spend 10 hours a day working there and being run in circles by inexperienced producers who have little idea of what they're doing, you'll wonder why you're spending your time on something that means nothing. You are asked to do work, undo your work, and redo your work for content that will never be seen by anyone you know, but thats fine because the the quality of the product is so low you'd be embarrassed to put it on your reel.
There is an overwhelming amount of paranoia coursing through the company. Managers believe they are being watched by their managers. Its common to walk into an editing bay or producer's office and see post-it notes over the monitor's built-in webcams. The result is that people don't trust each other, and treat each other with little respect. Despite the paranoia and distrust, its also common to walk into an editing bay and get an overwhelming feeling that you're in the movie Office Space. People unrendering and rerendering entire episodes to look busy, playing bubble spinner or tetris; just avoiding work and not being all that discrete about it.
If you're thinking about working at Entertainment Studios, don't. Know you're value.Advice to ManagementAdvice
Don't be part of the problem. Quit.Doesn't RecommendNeutral OutlookDisapproves of CEO