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Updated Jul 16, 2014

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2.1 19 reviews

22% Approve of the CEO

Legend3D Founder, CCO & CTO Barry Sandrew

Barry Sandrew

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44% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Work was stable

    Stereoscopic Artist (Current Employee) Del Mar, CA

    ProsMet great artist and networked with new artist

    Consnever got a raised in 2 years

    Advice to Senior Managementlisten to artist.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Know what you're getting into...

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Carlsbad, CA

    Pros1.) Co-Workers: The employees make the job worth doing. Most of the people you will work with on a daily basis will make you want to come into work
    2.) Overtime: Regular overtime.
    3.) Location: Outside of the construction that seems to be perpetually taking place on the main road outside of the building, there are a ton of places to eat in the immediate area.
    4.) Benefits: If you've managed to make it past being on contract you get some okay benefits.
    5.) Clientele: You get to work on some pretty well known projects.

    Cons1.) Overtime: Regular overtime. Don't expect to do much else with your time other than work.
    2.) Promotions & Raises: The likelihood of you receiving a raise or promotion is extremely low.
    3.) The Structure: Things aren't well thought out here. A lot of things are done on the fly. When you're told you have to work a Saturday, you're more than likely finding out that Friday.
    4.) Contract Terms: If you're reading this, you're probably going to be on contract with the company. You shouldn't expect anything else. Benefits won't matter to you. You should do your best to leave on good terms. You won't be making that much on contract even with all of the OT. Find ways to pinch every penny so you can survive without work for a while.
    5.) Compensation: Most of the people working here are making below what their industry counterparts are. The people who are making the most are more that likely benefiting from nepotism of some kind or managed to eke out a raise when a bunch of the employees left for a direct competitor in Canada.
    6.) Culture: You're not going to be getting any screenings paid for by the company, you will most likely not have your name appear in the credits, free food will come on Saturdays after they've worked you to the bone, promises of days off will be broken due to poor planning by production and management.

    If you've held another job in the industry, you should probably look elsewhere. This is a good starting point for people who are desperate or just coming out of school and still live at home, or something. If you're reading this and you're a current employee, don't expect things to change. Ever. Go find work elsewhere.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire people who know how to run a business. It seems like you've hired on people who don't have the slightest idea of what they are doing and it shows.

    The upper management has been heard on multiple occasions stating that most of the lower level staff is replaceable. Even if that is true, at least make an effort to make it so the employees don't hear it coming from someone who is supposed to be on their side..

    Make sure people are doing their jobs and not treating the company like their own personal hang out. If it's possible for an employee to look at their lead, SG, or Sup and be able to ask "what exactly do you do" that's not a good thing.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Started as a great job but the politics destroy the long term

    Stereo Artist (Former Employee) Carlsbad, CA

    Pros- Steady work
    - Clean environment for the most part
    - Free screenings of projects
    - Good people for the most part
    - Work on movies

    Cons- Favortism. A regular staff artist jumped ship during some of Legends darker times in 2011, definitely looked bad and those who were not loyal left. Only to return a few years later as a contract LEAD despite not having any training. Also there were staff artists who were MORE than capable of filling that position. Was told that specific employee was only temporary and that they were not taking any vital roles away from any other artists, yet that person was made permanent. In one year or less that same employee was promoted to an associate stereographer role, again MANY other qualified artists could've filled that role but in all honesty all you need is to be friends with an executive. Any artist who questioned this decision was FIRED on the spot without trying to understand the frustration of that long term artist who stayed loyal.
    Working hard means nothing here, it's about who you know. They will also have artists jump levels despite there being experienced artists ahead of them, again favoritism and who know.
    - Demotions with no actual reasonings for them, yet you get to keep your promotional incentive.. all 25 cents.
    - Dont expect on screen credits unless you're a staff artist, and even then good luck.
    - Long hours with little notification of schedule changes, or last minute long hour changes
    - Low pay compared to industry standard pay, they say because we're in San Diego that's the reasoning behind the low pay. Yet studios all over the state and even internationally pay better. Legend just low balls.
    - Awkward/Arrogant executive personnel, they will simply scuttle by you without making any eye contact or bother to greet you, they think they are better than you. They seem to be nice on interviews but are actually very introverted or arrogant, hard to follow these type of leaders ultimately.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt wouldn't matter what was put here because they would not listen.
    As long as they have a job and that they can make sure their friends are taken care of,
    Nothing else matters. There is no point to give them advice.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Stereo Artist

    Stereo Artist (Current Employee) San Diego, CA

    ProsCasual work environment, no heavy lifting in the brain department, no one cares if you are doing the great of a job or not.

    ConsNo matter how hard you work you will always be working overtime. You will be working in the dark in front of a computer screen the whole time. No possibility for job growth. They make promises that they break to everyone.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKnow how your market works and don't over hire just because things are finally going well.

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

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    decent start into the industry

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosindustry experience for getting your foot through the door

    Conslong hours at below pay for the top quality conversion studio

    low pay

    not much compensation for working long hours other than a peanut butter or baked potato bar on the weekend (Saturday)

    don't expect to have a social life while working here

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay your employees a decent wage to live here in southern California.

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    The joy of popping movies into 3d - very tedious but still a bit rewarding

    Senior Stereographic Artist (Current Employee) San Diego, CA

    Pros- Learning the unique trade of converting film into stereoscopic 3d

    - Fun company parties and movie pre-screenings

    - Being a part of big-name titles

    - Discovering talented people on the production floor

    Cons- You are expendable, high employment turnover rate

    - Lower-than-average pay

    - Realizing Legend3d's competition pays better

    - Discovering mostly uninspiring people on the production floor

    - "Old Boys Club" syndrome, veterans here don't necessarily perform at a high standard

    - Staff from other departments with no technical experience in stereoscopy frequently impose new methods/workflows onto the production floor

    - New ideas for optimizing proprietary software or improving workflow either
    - You utilize a very limited skill set and things can become tedious

    - If you don't use your other skill sets, they will degrade over time

    - Issues with the development pipeline

    - Unannounced layoffs, sometimes at a massive scale

    Advice to Senior ManagementTrust in the artists more and respect their feedback. Try not to impose new processes and adjust the pipeline when things were going smoothly to begin with. Be more careful choosing candidates for promotion, those who worked the hardest and have the honest skills are often ignored. And when an artist does get promoted, reward them properly by giving them a respectable raise, instead of a dollar more on top of a sub-standard salary. A number of the senior/lead depth artists who were part of Legend during early times seem to possess a tenure-like security, even though their work are often very bad - sometimes to the point where they become a liability and their work gets kicked back/reassigned to another artist to fix. Get rid of those artists and replace them with better ones. Give the staff some form of warning before lay-offs, trust that by doing so won't lead to them stealing or vandalizing things, but rather give them enough time to apply for unemployment or look for another job.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Legend3D or "I am Legend - Alternate Ending, The Darkseekers Live"?

    Nuke Artist (Former Employee) Carlsbad, CA

    ProsYou _may_ get film credits.

    ConsTalent is not appreciated and almost seems to be feared. The pay is despicable.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRead these reviews and take them to heart. Pay people what they are worth.

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

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    If you like all the things most people dislike in jobs, then this is the place for you!

    (Former Employee) Carlsbad, CA

    Pros* People are friendly
    * Occasional free food

    Cons* very low pay vs industry standard
    * the people aren't necessarily overflowing with talent
    * micromanagement to the point you feel you can't breath
    * talentless large egos in middle management, most are lucky to even have a position in middle management.
    * Upper management might as well not even exist. You won't hear from them except when you make them millions. In which case you will have a couple of beers one Friday evening and listen to them tell you how happy they are that you made them millions.
    * very hard to take initiative (i.e. make "things" happen, implement new ideas, etc). Things change so quickly due to half thought out ideas/decisions from middle management, you might as well not even try to think outside your little box.
    * Not concerned at all with attracting top talent, would rather have mindless sheep. They do ask less questions and cost less after all
    * More liaisons/managers/people who don't actually do anything other than tell others what's going on/what to do, than to shake a stick at.
    * Poorly defined job duties/roles/positions, everyone seems to do a little bit of "this and that"

    Advice to Senior ManagementMaybe pretend as if you don't sit on a golden thrown 1,000 feet above and at least say hi every now and then. Also, your people could be paid better...much, much better.

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

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    Introductory Course to the Industry

    Stereo Artist (Former Employee) San Diego, CA

    ProsHollywood Films
    Resume Benefits
    Knowledge on industry-standard tools
    Among creative individuals

    ConsPay vs Demand
    No room to grow
    Lack of communication/interaction between artists and their leads
    Poor pipeline practices

    Advice to Senior ManagementHold more social gatherings to show your teams that you're appreciative of their commitments - don't just assume they are. Have your upper levels artists (stereographers and producers) be interactive with the team on what works, what doesn't work, better solutions. Give artists the opportunity to grow and not just those who've been there since day one.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great first movie!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsSuper respectful working environment. Working on Man of Steel 3D was a nice way to start my career. Great people and great training.

    ConsIt's not as much as you'd like to make, and while it's exciting to work on a big movie, it does get a bit monotonous.

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