Legend3D Reviews

Updated October 1, 2014
Updated October 1, 2014
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Legend3D Founder, CCO & CTO Barry Sandrew
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  1.  

    Opportunity builder but beware of Lead's ego

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2.  

    Know what you're getting into...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 an 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
  3.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Stereo Artist in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Stereo Artist in Carlsbad, CA

    I worked at Legend3D full-time (more than an 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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  5.  

    Work was stable

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Stereoscopic Artist in Del Mar, CA
    Current Employee - Stereoscopic Artist in Del Mar, CA

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

    Pros

    Met great artist and networked with new artist

    Cons

    never got a raised in 2 years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to artist.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Stereo Artist

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Stereo Artist in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Stereo Artist in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Legend3D full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    No 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 ManagementAdvice

    Know how your market works and don't over hire just because things are finally going well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    decent start into the industry

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Legend3D

    Pros

    industry experience for getting your foot through the door

    Cons

    long 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 ManagementAdvice

    Pay your employees a decent wage to live here in southern California.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Stereographic Artist in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Stereographic Artist in San Diego, CA

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Trust 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Nuke Artist in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Nuke Artist in Carlsbad, CA

    I worked at Legend3D as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    You _may_ get film credits.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read these reviews and take them to heart. Pay people what they are worth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA

    I worked at Legend3D full-time (less than an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Maybe 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Introductory Course to the Industry

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Stereo Artist in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Stereo Artist in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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