Digital Domain Reviews

Updated May 25, 2014
Updated May 25, 2014
31 Reviews

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  1.  

    World class artistic talent and an amazing history of work.

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    Current Employee - Pipeline Technical Director  in  Venice, CA
    Current Employee - Pipeline Technical Director in Venice, CA

    I have been working at Digital Domain full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Digital Domain can be an incredible place to work; you are surrounded by talented, brilliant people. When things are going well it's like a family of geniuses, where amazing work is done by people pushing the limits of their abilities. Unlike other companies in the industry there's quite a bit of room for movement once you get a foot in the door, and there's a lot more camaraderie and mutual support than I've seen at other facilities.

    Cons

    The work/life balance simply isn't there; too many hours of overtime, almost all of which are due to poor coordination and planning, as well as an overall lack of ability in upper management to steer the ship well. When times are good there's too much to do in too short a time and the burnout rate is extremely high; when times are bad, which under past executives has been far too often, there's a palpable sense of dread in the air, and still too much to do in too little time, while promotions and pay increases become increasingly rare, while added responsibilities definitely do not.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more in the people and less in rearranging the org chart. Never, ever, again consider trying to take a VFX company public. And, most importantly, share with your people the plan, and let them help you execute it, rather than just react when you've overreached.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Digital Domain Prior To Bankruptcy

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Venice, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Venice, CA

    I worked at Digital Domain full-time

    Pros

    Great projects to work on. Collaborative culture and generally nice people. Depending on the project you could find yourself working many hours or reasonable amounts. A few fantastic VFX supervisors, producers and usually good to great directors. The work can be a lot of fun. If you're Canadian, much of production is being shipped to Vancouver.

    Cons

    Half of the upper management was dysfunctional and a detriment to the company while the other half engaged in damage control and tried to move the company forward (true of most companies). Much of the work is shipped to Vancouver.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Replace the bad management, which it has. Digital Domain has undergone extreme change in upper management. In fact, they are now owned by Chinese and Indian interest.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Digital Artist

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    Current Employee - Digital Artist  in  Vancouver, WA
    Current Employee - Digital Artist in Vancouver, WA

    I have been working at Digital Domain as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    sometimes nice projects, and the benefits are ok.

    Cons

    NOT the 3rd Visual Effects Studio in the world... That would be Dneg, not DD.
    Revolving door on senior artists as well as supervisors, people tend to not stay because of internal politics.
    "Old Boys club" where if you are in the click then you're all good and nothing you do can be thought of as wrong, but if you are not in, then you are totally out and there is nothing you can say or do that will be worth anything.
    Production and senior management has no clue about what is going on, on the floor and if people leave they tend to think it's their issue and not the companys.
    Horrible working conditions, offices with no natural light at all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A lot of the ppl that should have been let go(in management in all the studios branches) are still around, poisoning the company and the people that are relatively new and are trying to further the company in some way are instead being made out to be the bad people who are trying to stir up trouble.
    Hiring new supervisors/producers/leads who are simply tools to control people and information under them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    A privilege to work at, but maybe not everything you think it to be. Very friendly people, though.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Venice, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Venice, CA

    I have been working at Digital Domain full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Very relaxed atmosphere, until crunch of course. Good, Nice, Friendly people to work with.

    Cons

    Feels very unstructured in certain departments. Lacks good communication and leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set some higher standards in employees, clear out the dead weight.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    from an animator

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    Former Employee - Senior Animator  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Animator in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Digital Domain full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Interesting projects. Talented artists. Good camaraderie among employees. Great location of studio.

    Cons

    Upper management not on location. Uneven quality of some supervisors.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Sr. Character Animator

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    Current Employee - Senior Character Animator  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Character Animator in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Digital Domain as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Good people to work with and good project when they are awarded. Always enjoy coming to work and be challenged with the work given.

    Cons

    Instability in the Features business since the bankruptcy. No permanent status within the studio and very few benefits like medical and 401k.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great as a professional, not stable as an employee

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    Former Employee - Animation Internship  in  Venice, LA
    Former Employee - Animation Internship in Venice, LA

    I worked at Digital Domain part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Professional working attitude and experience in the VFX field

    Cons

    Unstable, not very good management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share the same value between different branches

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Overworked, Undervalued, Disposable

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    Former Employee - Visual Effects Producer  in  Venice, CA
    Former Employee - Visual Effects Producer in Venice, CA

    I worked at Digital Domain as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Stelllar work produced. Large studio with lots of people, fun social aspects.

    Cons

    Not valued, you are easily replaceable. No stability.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a real business... more like a rich man's hobby

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Digital Domain full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You meet a lot of interesting people at the revolving door.

    Cons

    Missing: Management, business planning, business process, pipeline, meaningful organizational design, communication planning (!!), consistent use of standards and tools, technical managers, sales pipeline, business operations plan - utterly missing

    Found: reckless team players who are most focused on their own ideas and not quality outcomes, desperate measures to deliver work, poor team work, cliques, politics at every level, poor communications on things that matter.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get it together. Everything from location plans, impending RIFs, and attempting to get the bids by having your teams in Canada are epic failures. You have not invested in the infrastructure of the company to make it global, competitive, or sustainable. You need a communications manager, an operations manager, a strategy analyst and a Sales leader. Without better performance, you will be kissing your own backsides goodbye soon.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Disorganised company that is about who you know not what you can do.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Digital Domain full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Worked on some good movies in the past. Has some good maya tools and their own rendering queue system works well but unfortunately they use Qube in their vancouver office...

    Cons

    There seems to be a lack of leadership from the top. Because of this often the wrong people get put into leadership roles (often because of what they say not what they can do). This causes a very quick staff turnover and poor choices that affect the workforce.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to upward appraisals, hire based on past long term experience.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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