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I have been working at Brand New School full-time for more than 3 years
Pros – Well-known and well established company, so relatively good on the resume. Lots of perks around the office. Good work/life balance and easy going atmosphere.
Cons – Senior management lacks managing skills, so disorganized at times. Although being an animation studio, it neglects it sometimes. Does not do a good job taking care of employees and their career and a very flawed review system.
Advice to Senior Management – If they truly care about talent retention, they shouldn't neglect them once they've been hired. It is not about getting the best people, is about keeping the best people. Be honest about promotions, it is not just about the "rad dudes".
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend
2012-07-03 16:05 PDT
I worked at Brand New School as a contractor for less than a year
Pros – Brand New School is a creative studio known for delivering high-end motion design and animation for various global clients. In it's hay day it was one of the premier studios with the likes of Stardust, Digital Kitchen, and Superfad.
Cons – It might be the changing times but BNS has developed a reputation for not paying creatives (including staffers) on time. Creative management is somewhat lacking in solid direction and the freelance system they have is terrible. I came in on a few projects and was treated like a creative construction worker or even a ghost. Highly disappointed.
Advice to Senior Management – I would tell management to really examine their business model, ie figure out what you specialize in. Nowadays most of these creative shops either evolved to do 360 degree creative or shut down completely. There also needs to be less of a creative sweat shop mentality if you want to retain creatives (esp freelancers).
2013-09-09 15:17 PDT
I have been working at Brand New School full-time
Pros – Good clients, fun environment. Great employees
Cons – Management is flawed. Decisions seem not related to business.
2012-07-03 19:23 PDT
I worked at Brand New School
Pros – They respect employee's times unlike some other similar studios. They also have many great artists and freelancers.
Cons – If you're not a smoker, it might bother you a bit. They sometimes leave the door open that'll spread the smell all over the studio.
Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend
2011-04-05 20:53 PDT
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