Bardel Entertainment

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Bardel Entertainment Reviews

Updated September 10, 2014
Updated September 10, 2014
15 Reviews
2.7
15 Reviews
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  1.  

    They're pretty cool

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Lots of interesting shows to work on currently because they scored some amazing contracts

    Cons

    it kind of feels like a sweatshop, really crammed, dealing with picky clients is a huge pain.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Organize better

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Bardel is a good company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bardel Entertainment

    Pros

    Great people and cool projects

    Cons

    Long hours and no benefits

  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Horrible Work Experience

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Marketing in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I worked at Bardel Entertainment full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    -Great office space
    -Met some cool people and made some good friends
    -The President is a great guy... has no influence in the company though

    Cons

    -Over-time is not only needed, but expected. You will NOT get paid for it either
    -Unorganized hierarchy makes for a lot of conflicting/contradicting tasks
    -Corporate level is jumbled, which affects the artists in many indirect and direct ways
    -Undefined goals that aren't fully realized until it's too late... which ends up falling on the shoulders of the lower level employees
    -You will make LESS money than you would working anywhere else, no matter what position you go in at
    -1 year hold on compensation and benefits as most employees come in on 6 month contracts and get cut from the company afterwards

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees more than just tools. Learn how to manage expectations. Set understandable and realistic goals. Improve communication between executives and everyone else.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great projects and fellow peers, poor schedule and budgeting.

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    Former Employee - Animator in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Animator in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    If you are looking to gain experience, the projects you'll work on tend to be very good. You'll learn a lot from the project and the people around you. They tend to go all out at their x-mas parties. Always a lot of fun.

    Cons

    Time and time again, they always seem to have very small budgets for their projects. Because of this, the scheduling is unrealistic. They expect high quality with little time. When people can't make their deadlines because of the amount of revisions coming back, they wont hire more people to help. It falls on the team to stay later and work weekends.

    I feel like management likes to pretend people aren't working overtime for free. They rely on people to put in that free overtime, and the problem is, people do! So they continue to budget their project accordingly because the work always manages to get finished in the end, at the expense of the employee that will surely be burnt out by the end of the project. But that's ok, animators are disposable, there is a line up of other animators clamoring for a chance to gain experience and you can easily be replaced with a fresh animator, and the cycle continues. No loyalty, or care for a work life balance at all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care about the well being of your employees and ask them questions, listen to them on how you can better serve them. Management listens to their clients %100 and rarely says no to them. How about listening more to the employees that work so hard for you and fight for THEM. Stand up for your employees and when clients have unreasonable demands, speak up.

    It is possible to compromise with a client. Find a way to not have the majority of your employees burnt out by the end of a project. There is a very high turnaround rate with employees at your company. I would love it if that wasn't the case and you showed that you care about the well being of the people that work for you and strive to create a work/life balance.

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

    Too demanding with no value for artists working there

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at Bardel Entertainment full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    It's a job that give me demo reel quality experience. If you a foreigner they willing to hire you over local talent due to senior creative studio chief so you get a visa to work in canada

    Cons

    No benefits. Long hours. No sense of loyalty to long term staff who want to be trained up. They don't appreciate the hard work of the artists

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop trying to reinvent the wheel. All shows don't work when one creative lead insists on running every single show. Hire production personnel to support the needs of each productions. You need to appreciate your artists and treat them better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    a good place to get some experience make some friends then move on

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bardel Entertainment full-time

    Pros

    most of the people love their work and try to do their best

    Cons

    overcrowded, dirty, pay is below standard, everyone is overworked, staff are treated as replaceable parts, expected to work lots of unpaid hours, everyone is always scrambling to try to keep projects and systems from falling apart, departments are all understaffed and lack resources, high turnover, CEO often makes decisions against advice of staff and then blames/fires same staff when things fail

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    treat staff like they're important

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Overcrowded Studio

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bardel Entertainment full-time

    Pros

    Some fun animation projects, downtown studio close to Skytrain (Stadium). Christmas Party.

    Cons

    Too much work, not enough support. Bardel is growing, and is getting pretty cramped (not enough washrooms, desks, software licenses, server space, slow internet connection and lack of help) make it a lot harder to work than it should be. Some projects seem like they are running ok, others are serious overtime and weekends (unpaid overtime of course). Bardel never says no to any of their clients, so also expect tons of revisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more (good) people instead of just filling desks, and try and upgrade the studio.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Stressful environment

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    Former Employee - General Administration in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - General Administration in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I worked at Bardel Entertainment full-time

    Pros

    Have made many great connections - personal and professional
    The social atmosphere is great
    It was a fun place to work
    Colleagues really looked out for each other

    Cons

    Long hours with no overtime compensation
    12 month benefit qualification period
    Expectations were often beyond what could be accomplished in a 40 (but more often 50-55) hour week
    Not enough administrative staff to carry the work load
    Pay was much lower than the average for similar positions in the same industry/city

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    love the people, could be better management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bardel Entertainment as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    great artist they have, amazing projects

    Cons

    too complicated of management, it's quite messy to deal on professional base

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Very good and stressless place to work.

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    Current Employee - Junior FX Artist in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Junior FX Artist in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at Bardel Entertainment full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Very good and friendly team. people are happy and they are not under undue stress. very nice environment.

    Cons

    Pay is not very good

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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