Image Engine

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Image Engine Reviews

Updated November 5, 2014
Updated November 5, 2014
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  1.  

    plenty of cool projects, very good artists and quality is fantastic...but very big and drowning in bureaucracy

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    Former Employee - Modeler in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Modeler in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I worked at Image Engine as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Was consistently able to arrive/leave at a reasonable hour, worked with a lot of very capable people and they have currently streamlined things to be highly efficient internally

    Cons

    Aggressive negotiators regarding salary/employment terms, and pay quite a bit less then competing studios around Vancouver. Not afraid to have people work 16 hr/days for weeks at a time to keep clients happy.
    Adopters of the infamous '8-10 hr day'. (hint. It's 10, so negotiate 'day rates' accordingly, or you'll be working 1 of every 5 days for free)

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  2.  

    Jr Desktop Support

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    Current Employee - Junior Desktop Support in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Junior Desktop Support in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at Image Engine as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great place to work
    Great hardware
    Great management

    Cons

    Always on contract, one bad week and you're fired.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop with the contracts

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    Image Engine Response

    Aug 28, 2014Chief Operating Officer

    Thank you for the feedback! Contracts are a necessary and legal component of running a business. It affords both the company and the employee the flexibility in dealing with the ups and downs of the ... More

  3.  

    A good company, with good people.

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    Current Employee - Animator in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Animator in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at Image Engine as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great people, good community, great projects. They do fun things like bbq's and beer Fridays for their employees. They give a respectable wage. They work you resonable hours.

    Cons

    Almost everyone is a contract employee, that includes many seniors and leads and even sups. The studio is Slow to pick people up for further contracts. This causes them to lose some of their best people between shows. Important positions are always in flux and this causes a bit of chaos. For the show and for the home lives of the people working there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Write tighter contracts so the employees you hire get a credit on the films they worked on.

    Line up your projects better so you don't have to shrink and swell so much.

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    Image Engine Response

    Aug 28, 2014Chief Operating Officer

    Thank you for the feedback! We have indeed missed out on great talent and we are working to address this going forward, so you should see a change in behavior over the next little while. Getting an ... More

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    Great people and culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Image Engine full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good vibe at the office and people are nice. Any random person I talk to getting coffee etc is interesting and friendly.
    Working on big projects with big names in the industry.
    Growing company.

    Cons

    Office needs an upgrade. If I had shares in the company I would probably be like "everyone pull together" too but Im not and saving money on these things doesn't help me! Its 2014 and the market is hot - I want nice gear, space, air conditioning, and not waiting for toilets!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upgrade office, keep culture alive and be unstoppable.

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    Image Engine Response

    Aug 28, 2014Chief Operating Officer

    Thank you for the feedback! It's good to hear you enjoy working at Image Engine. As a growing company it has been challenging finding suitable office space in the area we are in. It's an industrial ... More

  6.  

    Casual, fun workplace with great people on disorganized projects

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    Former Employee - Digital Artist in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Digital Artist in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I worked at Image Engine as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    -Relaxed work environment
    -Co-workers were all really nice and laid-back
    -Pay was better than the bigger-name Vancouver VFX houses
    -Management repeatedly showed their appreciation to staff with social nights, extra paid days off, BBQs etc.
    -Pretty good location, walking distance to a lot of food and shopping

    Cons

    -Disorganized projects
    -Too much micromanagement and contradicting opinions or indecision on projects
    -"8-10 hours of work a day" was really just 10 hours of work a day like the other places
    -need more men's toilets, always seemed to be occupied (sounds dumb, but it matters!)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is extremely demoralizing and frustrating to repeatedly redo work because yet another person has thrown their 2 cents into a review. Giving 3-5 people in-house the management ability to demand changes on shots leaves the artist stuck in the middle, hating the project more and more every time they have to redo a shot (and less interested in returning to work there). Please get rid of the unneeded micromanagement and establish a clear, simple management hierarchy on projects.

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