Brand New School
2.8 of 5 5 reviews
www.brandnewschool.com Santa Monica, CA 16 to 50 Employees

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Updated Apr 28, 2014

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Danny Rosenbloom


40% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    It was the usual Contract Animation Job.

    3D Animator (Former Employee)
    Santa Monica, CA

    ProsThe pay was decent. The other freelancers they hired were competent talented and a pleasure to work with. The vibe in the studio is very relaxed. The facility is pleasant and the tools we were given were decent to get the job done.

    ConsWorking more than ten hours a day at a day rate. Sometimes we had to work weekends. The scheduling can be very unpredictable and very annoying. Parking can be quite difficult in the mornings.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Terrible experience with well known creative studio

    Contract Creative (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsBrand 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.

    ConsIt 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 ManagementI 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).

    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 environment, complicated management

    Art Director (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsWell-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.

    ConsSenior 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 ManagementIf 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

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    Lots of good work, tons of hours. Bubble mentality

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood clients, fun environment. Great employees

    ConsManagement is flawed. Decisions seem not related to business.

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

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    There are nice and fun people to work with

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThey respect employee's times unlike some other similar studios. They also have many great artists and freelancers.

    ConsIf 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

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