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Updated February 1, 2015
Updated February 1, 2015
31 Reviews
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Legend3D Founder, CCO & CTO Barry Sandrew
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  1.  

    great entry level company

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    Former Contractor - Depth Artist in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Contractor - Depth Artist in Carlsbad, CA

    I worked at Legend3D as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    excellent team
    clean and productive environment
    helpful and supportive staff
    beautiful location

    Cons

    contract based, sometimes a little shakey on commitments to employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    RUN THE OTHER WAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Legend3D full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    you're earning an income...that's about it.

    Cons

    Management is TERRIBLE. Low pay. Low morale. Long hours. No perks.The only thing that will save you is that your peers are just as miserable.

    You will most likely have a better start in your career by moving to Los Angeles. Please, DO NOT work here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to the artists and what they ask for/need. THEY are the ones running the show and bringing in the money.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    Good for a job right out of school, not great for a long career with growth.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Stereoscopic Artist in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Stereoscopic Artist in Carlsbad, CA

    I worked at Legend3D

    Pros

    Coworkers were fun. Get to work on a lot of movies to add to your resume.

    Cons

    Long hours sitting in the dark staring at your computer. Overworked and no room for advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take focus on the moral of the company. Adding some perks would help. Work-life balance is a must.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5.  

    Assembly line for artists

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    Former Employee - 3D Depth Artist in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - 3D Depth Artist in Carlsbad, CA

    I worked at Legend3D

    Pros

    Lower echelon people in the trenches are good people and good workers.
    Get the chance to add a cool movie to your IMDB credits.

    Cons

    Pay rate is horrible; need to work OT hours just to get a barely decent paycheck.
    No room for advancement.
    Contract work.
    Middle and upper management is clueless, useless, uncaring , and spineless.
    Might get stuck on a movie that is embarrassing to résumé.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    The worst company I have ever worked for

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA

    I worked at Legend3D

    Pros

    - You get a free bagel every other Monday

    Cons

    - Rude and awful management
    - Extremely low pay
    - Very long working hours and six day weeks are normal
    - Terrible time management by "producers"
    - Under-qualified staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is an awful, awful place to work. A few months ago, I overheard one of the executives talking about how he visits this page and laughs at the reviews because most of these people are just out of college and don’t have any sort of previous experience to compare their time at Legend3D to. “How can they say management is bad if they’ve only worked here?”, I remember him saying. As someone who has several years of experience working at many different companies, I can tell you that this is by far the worst company I’ve had the displeasure of working for. You don’t exactly need to be a firefighter to know how to spot a fire.
        There’s so much that’s awful at this company that I probably won’t be able to squeeze it all into this review. First, let’s start with their time management. They have absolutely no skills in this area. They consistently wait till after 6pm on a Friday night to let employees know if they need to come in or not on weekends. They constantly wait till the last minute for client deliveries and then throw a fit if there is any sort of issue that causes a delay. Instead of learning their lesson about having strict cutoff times or planning ahead, they choose to repeat the same process again and expect a different result. The “producers” are useless and don’t have any power. Legend3D likes to promote people to “management” roles so that they can abuse overtime and work these people way beyond what is considered normal by most industries. Management roles at Legend simply serve as a point of contact where executives and higher-ups have someone to blame when something goes wrong. Everyone knows that VFX, and Stereo in particular, function on compressed timelines but what they do at Legend is something else entirely.
        Another problem is lack of involvement that executives have with their own employees. I’d like to tell the executives to smile or say hello to their employees once in a while but I know that advice will fall on deaf ears. In the last six months that I was there, I only met with the head of the department twice and that was after considerable attempts to try and get meetings. These meetings didn’t result in anything useful and minor issues that would quickly be fixed at other companies continued to remain problems at Legend3d.
        Legend3D also has extremely poor management of resources. The Development department has dozens (if not hundreds) of tools that are undocumented and unintuitive. Legend’s development documentation is to email out a Word document once every few months for a single arbitrary tool. There is no internal website or wiki to refer to so if you don’t have that document easily accessible, then good luck. Legend also has a habit of hiring people just to fill seats. They don’t spend any time finding qualified talent and simply hire anyone that’s a warm body. Of course, to find qualified talent, that means you’d have to pay somebody what they're worth but Legend doesn’t do that. It’s much easier to find under-qualified employees, pay them extremely poorly, and then give yourself a raise instead. Which also reminds me, there is A LOT of nepotism at this company. Offspring of executives get hired and receive more pay than people doing the same exact job (and even doing more work). If Legend legally could, they would chain you to your desk and make you work 20 hours a day for less than minimum wage. I’m not writing this review for Legend3D to take note and improve their company, because they obviously won’t, but rather to warn future employees to consider NOT working here. Do not even work here if you are desperate for a job. You’ll receive more respect and pay working at just about any place other than Legend3D.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Learning experience, but not a career.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Stereo Conversion Artist in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Stereo Conversion Artist in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Legend3D full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people are the best part of the company.
    Legend really does stand for quality 3D.
    Benefits for full-time employees.
    They've improved the training process for new artists.
    Nerd culture.
    Informal attire.

    Cons

    Hard to get a raise unless you threaten to leave the company.
    Overt nepotism.
    It's a dark office and even darker with 3D glasses on--wears you down.
    There was no structure to the company when I started. There wasn't formal training on their proprietary software back then.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Opportunity builder but beware of Lead's ego

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    Current Employee - Stereo Conversion Artist in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Stereo Conversion Artist in Carlsbad, CA

    I have been working at Legend3D full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Clean environment. Welcoming staff. Talented artist from all around. Free food on pay weeks and Fridays. Wrap parties are amazing. Company works with contractors and staff on time off. Management staff works with Artist to ensure needs are met. Pay is better for artist new to the industry compared to being a runner at the Mill, with hopes one day of getting a dream job, even then still getting paid less in 3 years than what an artist received at Legend in 2 months.

    Cons

    Teams in Stereo sections and Compositor sections are cooperative with new talent based on their standings. If Team A is known for their reputation for delivering work faster than asked for , Team A's lead and their subordinates ego increases. New talent that comes onto team isn't performing at pace Team A would like, Team A's lead complains and tries to rid New Talent before trying to find out how to invest time in making the New Talent be a Team A. Certain teams execute a form of prejudice before giving New Talent chance to grow. Management overlooks this, but still goes out of their way to give New Talent many opportunities if New Talent is demonstrating a will to improve, despite Lead's prejudice. Lead's who disregard their New Talent blame production. Management/Production is successful at this company because they know how to "cast" New Talent in respective teams. In effect, that's why Legend3D has earned a remarkable reputation as a 3D Conversion company. Better policies need to be enforced between Lead and Lead's artist, Many complaints from former artists outside of bring this up quite allot. Increased productivity could be achieved if Lead's were addressed this, if not enforced, despite reputation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To all Teams of artists whether they are overachievers or underachievers, Management should conduct an analysis of artist who left per Teams in designated Compositing/Stereo sections, and locate trends. Great talent that could of been needed. Opportune times are missed because Leads who have been there 3 yrs over have loss a sense of open-mindedness and executed a form of prejudice towards new talent. Their reputation sways management and management doesn't want to be caught in the cross-fire or fears losing more of it's talent that has improved the value of Legend3D. Review of Team leads and additional courses of leadership/ethics should be implemented. Certain Leads on Teams have an ego considering this has been their one and only industry job for over 3 years. Stereo3D is an outstanding aspect of the industry but at the end of the day it's learning only one job, which limits any artist/Lead alike, to have opportunities in other studios not Stereo related elsewhere.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Hell on Earth

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    Former Employee - Stereoscopic Artist
    Former Employee - Stereoscopic Artist

    I worked at Legend3D full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Free gritty coffee. Honestly that it.

    Cons

    Consider Legend3D the Comcast of employers. The worst managment I have ever had this displeasure of working for and consistently failed to uphold their promises. This place is for suckers with no ambition. One look on the floor and you will know exactly what I'm talking about.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I will see you in H.E.L.L.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Know what you're getting into...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA

    I have been working at Legend3D full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    1.) 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.

    Cons

    1.) 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 ManagementAdvice

    Hire 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

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

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    Former Employee - Stereo Artist in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Stereo Artist in Carlsbad, CA

    I worked at Legend3D full-time (more than a year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    It 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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