Blue Sky Studios
3.2 of 5 22 reviews
www.blueskystudios.com Greenwich, CT 150 to 499 Employees

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Updated Feb 6, 2014

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86% Approve of the CEO

Blue Sky Studios President, Twentieth Century Fox Animation Brian Keane

Brian Keane

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61% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Great place to work

Senior Technical Director (Current Employee)
Greenwich, CT

I have been working at Blue Sky Studios full-time for more than 5 years

Prosgreat people, challenging projects, lots of opportunities. this is the place to be if you want to be in animation. company cares about their employees and tries to give opportunities whenever possible. culture makes it easy to communicate with senior management.

Conscan be tough to commute to. only animation studio on the east coast.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep investing in your people. don't always be concerned with the bottom line.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good place to work as character animator.

Animator (Current Employee)
Greenwich, CT

I have been working at Blue Sky Studios full-time for more than 3 years

ProsThe studio is located in a beautiful natural spot. Overall environment at work is good. Animation Department is great: telented, creative, fun...

ConsMovies are technically spectacular and beautifully animated, but direction, script and cinematohraphy are low quality. Poor HR dept.

Advice to Senior ManagementInvest more in script, direction and HR.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great Place To Work!

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Blue Sky Studios full-time for more than 5 years

ProsVery collaborative, creative and technical environment! I enjoy coming to work each day to tackle new challenges.

ConsMost people have at least a 45 minute commute to come into work (myself included).

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the great work!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great place to work

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Blue Sky Studios

ProsBlue Sky is a great, fun, stable place to work. Everyone's easy to work with, extremely talented, and compensation and benefits are in a comfortable range for Staff. For contractors, depending on the position, they are sometimes able to offer housing for the duration of your contract employment, which is quite generous.

ConsMost days feel like a giant startup where no departments are talking to each other, working in highly proprietary pipeline that takes at least a few months to wrap your head around (if your role involves that sort of knowledge). Many departments also lack solid documentation, if it exists at all making the initial learning curve potentially steep. These are things you find in most post houses but odd in a big-league animation studio that is on par with Dreamworks and Pixar in visual work quality.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Creative people but Fox Animation holds tight purse strings

Digital Artist (Former Employee)
Greenwich, CT

I worked at Blue Sky Studios as a contractor for less than a year

ProsWorking with creative and talented people both on the artistic side and technical side that have to solve daily issues in a complex pipeline

Working on challenging projects

ConsNo opportunity for growth
Very tight quarters
Not a lot of the usual film studio perks

Advice to Senior ManagementDo something about morale

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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if you're experienced and ambitious with a vision, avoid this place

Senior Technical Director (Current Employee)
Greenwich, CT

I have been working at Blue Sky Studios full-time for more than 3 years

Prospretend family atmosphere - without the love

Cons- owned and (mis)managed by FOX
- god awful inept and right out lying HR dept
- lowest salaries in the industry
- most 'supervisors' without any experience outside this company
- pipeline is just a pipe dream
- unrealistic deadlines
- panic management at every step
- dept heads incompetent, mostly clueless and mean spirited

Advice to Senior Managementyou guys are hopeless. start your studio in India and China already.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great Experience, I learned so much. but its very difficult to move up within the company

Production (Former Employee)
Greenwich, CT

I worked at Blue Sky Studios full-time for more than a year

Prosbenefits, security, the artists are some of the most creative people that I have ever had the pleasure to work with.

ConsLow pay, the HR department is awful!!! They don't care about creating an environment that helps a person advance within the company, they withhold internal job opportunities from certain people so their favorites get the opportunity first. The HR director is from Forbes, a financial business company. Which is great, but Finance and business is much different from the creative industry. The employees need to be treated differently and given more respect.

Advice to Senior ManagementPush back more against the studio and start respecting the artists. Stop overworking them and underpaying them. Stop agreeing to over-ambitious schedules and sacrificing the quality of life for your employees. Donut Fridays don't make up for not seeing your kids for months at a time while your department is in crunch time.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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The dream job!

Temp Modeler (Former Employee)
Greenwich, CT

I worked at Blue Sky Studios as a contractor for less than a year

ProsThe opportunity to work with amazing talent. Fantastic group of people to work with on both a professional and personal level. The studio is just the right size and the perks are fantastic. The opportunity to work on some amazing projects which will impact millions of people around the world!

Consnon that I can think of except for the weather and the fact that the studio is not on the west coast :)

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Difficult and demanding workplace atmosphere

Animation (Former Employee)
White Plains, NY

I worked at Blue Sky Studios full-time for more than a year

ProsLots of camaraderie with other employees

Consbad communication and lack of respect

Advice to Senior Managementgive more respect to employees and better communication

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
White Plains, NY

I worked at Blue Sky Studios as a contractor for less than a year

ProsThey work on cool projects in a laid back atmosphere

ConsOwned by FOX. A lot of corporate ik.

Advice to Senior ManagementTreat employees a bit better

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