Focus Features Reviews

Updated May 17, 2014
Updated May 17, 2014
9 Reviews

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  1.  

    Hands on Internship!!!

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    Former Employee - Interntional Post-Production Intern  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Interntional Post-Production Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at Focus Features as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    They really invest in the development of their interns

    Cons

    To get in the door on any level very competitive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Structure your internships to be possibly essay based and ask more about candidates. The company seemed most partial to NYU and Columbia students.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Everyone was very nice and very focused

    Former Employee - Publicity Assistant  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Publicity Assistant in New York, NY

    I worked at Focus Features part-time

    Pros

    Everyone was very helpful and approachable

    Cons

    Everything was very boring, too intense, and not warm enough

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spice up your lives

  3.  

    Focus, Great company, low pay

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    Current Employee - Coordinator, Business Affairs  in  Universal City, CA
    Current Employee - Coordinator, Business Affairs in Universal City, CA

    I have been working at Focus Features full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Fun group creating a fantastic product.

    Cons

    Lower pay then similar jobs at other studios. Small company so sometimes difficult to move up.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great team

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Focus Features as a contractor

    Pros

    Very experienced marketing and publicity teams, extended group of agencies and consultants. Positive work environment. Films produced are generally well received.

    Cons

    Many long meetings. New York office seems to work very long hours as they must be available for video conference with Los Angeles office. Long road to advancement as people stay in their positions for long periods of time, which provides stability overall, but less excitement for people to look to the future and build careers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put more energy toward managing and developing employee skill sets. Give employees tools to participate in meetings and grow beyond job descriptions.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Amazing internship! Weekly seminars teaching you about the industry and more!

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    Former Employee - Music Business Affairs
    Former Employee - Music Business Affairs

    I worked at Focus Features as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Working first hand with individuals responsible for the films release, distribution and success.

    Cons

    Internships only last the semester, unless you are considered for employment.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great specialty film studio for early and mid career.

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    Current Employee - Director  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY

    I have been working at Focus Features

    Pros

    Atmosphere, culture, product, career development -- Focus is a great place to begin your career and begin to advance in the specialty film world. If you have the right attitude and don't let the jadedness of others influence you, you could have many happy years here. Inevitably it will be time to move on (there is a glass ceiling at a certain level) but you will leave friends and family behind when you go.

    Cons

    You do not earn a living wage until you begin to advance but things become more fair at the manager and director level and above. Within the specialty industry, this is standard. Obviously the salaries are lower than the big studios can offer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    While some managers are excellent professionally developing their employees, others are less so. I was one of the fortunate ones, but I know others who have had problems. There are some individuals in senior management who are excellent at their job but lack some essential management tools to make the culture better for those that work for them. James and Andrew have provided excellent leadership through good times and bad, and the future is very bright, IMO.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to get experience, smaller environment, casual dress code, loved it!

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at Focus Features

    Pros

    Give interns value-added work that actually mattered. Opportunities with mother company, NBC Universal, individual work, great intern seminars

    Cons

    People seemed less social towards interns; if you don't get in with the right crowd, you'll feel less involved

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Organized communication is key! I was just an intern but they did make me feel that we have potential in the industry.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great Films, but Bad Pay, Politics & Backstabbing at Focus Features.

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Focus Features

    Pros

    The body of work is better than pretty much any other film distribution company. Also, the senior management is quite talented and even inspiring, but the petty politics of midlevel managers really gets in the way.

    Cons

    As noted above, the politics. Good ideas from underlings are either stolen by midlevel managers or negated due to perceived and misplaced priorities. Also, the work/life balance is pretty far off, especially considering the terrible pay (this is true of the entire industry however; simple supply and demand).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great job picking films, however innovation in processes is discouraged and could dramatically help your bottom line. However, the comforting "way we've always done things" takes too much precedence over doing things in new and better ways. Watch out or you might get lapped.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Anxiety-ridden

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Focus Features as a contractor

    Pros

    Great films produced. Chief Executive is a brilliant film connoisseur. High level of collaboration among departments. Relationship with Ang Lee means they get to distribute the work of one of the world's best fillmmakers.

    Cons

    Company has a play-it-safe model that keeps them from truly innovating or putting out the most interesting films.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider more ideas from outside, not just recycled "insider" news.

    Recommends
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