IMAX Reviews

Updated May 22, 2015
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IMAX Co-Chairman and Co-CEO Richard L. Gelfond
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  1. Intern Review

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great place to intern. Young people in the office that are inviting and love film.

    Cons

    Interning can be slow at times


  2. Helpful (2)

    No Respect

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    Former Employee - Digital Department Supervisor in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Digital Department Supervisor in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IMAX full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    If you're able to self-teach, you'll learn a lot, as you're expected to do everything. That gives you lots of opportunities to learn. People are impressed when you say you work for IMAX.

    Cons

    You're essentially "on call" 24-7 and expected to live for the company. You'll NEVER receive positive feedback no matter how far above and beyond you go. While they brag about how well the company is doing financially they simultaneously are reducing benefits and cutting raises and bonuses for everyone but upper management. It's a company that used to focus on producing the highest quality product in the world, all they care about now is making money for the very top managers, cutting costs and quality everywhere they can.

    Advice to Management

    Get back to your roots. The IMAX brand isn't ruined yet - but if you don't innovate and offer a truly better movie experience than your competition your long term future is bleak. VALUE your employees - all of them, not just the upper managers. Realize that a work/life balance is essential.


  3. Helpful (2)

    There is a lot of room for improvement

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IMAX full-time

    Pros

    Great place to start a career. There are many opportunities for networking. The majority of employees are nice, hard workers. Some fun perks like free movie screenings and free lunch every two months. Company is growing.

    Cons

    Overworked employees, low morale, no leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Value employees, listen to feedback from employees, stop making excuses when things go wrong.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Wonderful company to work for.

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    Former Employee - Manager Sponsorships and Events in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Manager Sponsorships and Events in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IMAX full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    IMAX is a very cool company to work for. The office is nice and the people are really great. The office politics aren't bad for a company. The benefits are good and you get to see a lot of great movies.

    Cons

    The salaries aren't very high. They don't seem to value long-term employees as much as some other companies might.


  6. ok

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    good pay good working environment

    Cons

    hours not regular working shifts


  7. Helpful (1)

    Awesome product w/ traditional management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IMAX full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fun to work with / for such a great product. Combines the best of technology and hollywood. Very nice people with a positive team culture.

    Cons

    HQ in NY and Main operation in Canada makes it challenging. Company run in a traditional manner. Management very focused on shareholders.


  8. Helpful (3)

    Good place to work..

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at IMAX full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good knowledgable people all around.. Very nice place to work, decent salary and benefits package. Flexible hours and relaxed atmosphere.

    Cons

    Unresonable expectation at times, crazy hours, no mandatory training, mid management needs proper training and should provide better incentives. Way too many shuffling in the team


  9. Helpful (2)

    Logistics

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    Current Employee - Logistics in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Logistics in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IMAX full-time

    Pros

    Nice people to work with. Benefits are great. Good salary. Opportunity for advancement.

    Cons

    Processes need to be in place. Ongoing changes. Low employee morale.

    Advice to Management

    Really listen to the employees. They have a wealth of knowledge.


  10. Helpful (4)

    Good environment if you are not a techie

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IMAX full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great health benefits package and non-monetary compensation reasonable work load, not highly stressful Great perks like movie tickets fun Technology to work with

    Cons

    very few opportunities for career advances, in fact many managers seems to not care about staff career at all. non-supportive HR in general, mostly take upper management sides. Technical expertise are not well perceived, soft skills are much valued by upper management

    Advice to Management

    focus more on staff career growth and streamline HR to do that more effectively


  11. Helpful (2)

    Fantastic

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IMAX full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    One of the best things about working for Imax is the free friends and family movies. Most of the people who work there are amazing, and generally it is an easy going atmosphere. Until recently, the benefit package was extremely good, but it has been lowered in the last couple of years.

    Cons

    Quite a few long time employees have been let go in the last 2 years for no good reason.

    Advice to Management

    I suggest Imax needs to go back to appreciating it's long time employees, considering they have been loyal and willing to work their butts off when the company has gone through difficult times.



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