Moving Picture Company

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Moving Picture Company Reviews

Updated January 16, 2015
Updated January 16, 2015
42 Reviews
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Lots of work, little compensation

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in New York, NY

    I worked at Moving Picture Company full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good snacks in the kitchen, fun people

    Cons

    Long hours and subpar salaries

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Most of you are awful at your jobs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Awful

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at Moving Picture Company

    Pros

    prime location
    nice building
    Decent pay
    friday barbecue
    nice pub down the street
    Beach is a 5 mns walk away

    Cons

    non-existent pipeline (commercials doesn't share the pipeline from features division)
    appalling management
    lack of communication between production/management and artists
    insufficient render farm
    interns are treated like crap
    unpaid overtime
    pretentious leads, "creatives", and managers
    more attention paid to studio appearance and clients comfort than the well being of employees
    most of the producers are oblivious to CG production techniques
    catering to unreasonable client requests on already underbid projects

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get real. Invest in your employees and a decent pipeline rather than your studio's looks and client lounges.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    MPC - New York - Terrible

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Moving Picture Company as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    • Free food
    • Great co-workers
    • Good learning environment
    • A ping pong table!

    Cons

    • Free food nor a "cool" work environment can make up for the terrible management, and non existent HR that was bestowed on MPC NY. If you take a sick day, you better have clammy hands, or in near death, because the HR minions will be asking for proof [think doctor's note].

    • Benefits are lackluster, health insurance is terrible - with a push for the cheapest, least notable plan by "HR" so they can save money.

    • The head of MPC-NY is younger than the a majority of the company - what does that say?

    • Attempts to maintain a start-up 'culture', but has a huge corporate backbone wrapped in red tape. You think you have one boss, but in reality, you have five. Think 'TPS Reports'.

    • Management are the first to leave at the end of the day, leaving artists, producers, and assistants to do all the work themselves without proper leadership.

    • Highest turnover I have ever seen, period.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    TAKE RESPONSIBILITY. stop blaming everything on everyone else. Accept new ideas, and actually use them. Promote from within, and actually give a raise instead of having people wait months to see if they'll get less than what they asked for, before they end up leaving the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Disrespectful

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Moving Picture Company as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Some really great people work here, sadly a lot of the really great ones are leaving or have already left.

    Cons

    Some really arrogant supervisors.
    Bad pay.
    No overtime for production staff.
    Long long hours.
    Last minute contract renewals and very little chance for pay raises.
    Disrespectful to people.
    Low morale.
    Disorganised.
    Client butt kissing without considering how it affects staff.
    Almost no work/life balance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Full of producers more interested in catering to frivolous whims of advertising execs than actually making quality work.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Moving Picture Company full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    -Very talented artists downstairs
    -Nice office

    Cons

    -The fist floor is full of "producers" who are overpaid to manage clients in the office
    -Known in the industry for their client services (food, coffee, pampering), rather than their GFX work
    -Producers have very little appreciation for artist's work downstairs, despite artists creating the product the client is actually paying for
    -People in management positions are much more interested in being someone important within the advertising world than actually making a great product
    -Clients are completely obnoxious ad execs who are just there to have their company pay for lunch
    -Runners and other lower level employees treated like garbage

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back to basics. Treat your actual talents well, and move away from the clients services.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Moving Picture Company - New York Location

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Moving Picture Company full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    There are chances for growth within the company and there are some young, fun employees.

    Cons

    I worked here for a very brief time and during this time I noticed a huge divide between the producer area and the first floor creatives area. The producers and management treated most as beneath them and replaceable. Client services was put to such a high level that it created a toxic environment for the lower level workers as well as the producers themselves. The artists downstairs were more down to earth, but were often overshadowed by the egos of the producers and upper-level management. I also noticed a significant amount of employee turnover even for the brief period that I was there, I'm assuming due to the same reason why I left, a disturbingly toxic, dysfunctional work environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize that the people that work for you are people and not your personal minions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people and company culture!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Moving Picture Company (less than a year)

    Pros

    The projects are amazing. Even in busy times, people are very nice, friendly and help each other out. Great company culture with screenings and events. Free softdrinks, coffee, cereals, as well as beer on Friday afternoon.

    Cons

    Way too much overtime and weekend work. Something is wrong with the organization as well: People who finished their work at 5pm where sometimes required to stay in until 8pm just to get their work reviewed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If people are required to work overtime, pay them! Working long hours for free is certainly not raising working morale.

  9.  

    Good company!!!

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

    I have been working at Moving Picture Company full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    I love MPC!!! I can leave the office on time everyday. And people are so kind and nice. Project is also good.

    Cons

    I moved in Vancouver for working for MPC. So, these days, English is the big challenge for me. My supervisor is nice, so he is understanding and helping me very much.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If the MPC wants more good artists, they need to give more salary. Salary in MPC is so poor.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    just some thoughts

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Moving Picture Company

    Pros

    great people you meet and work with

    Cons

    sometimes that is how the industry works

  11.  

    Nice people, HR unreasonable.

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    Former Employee - FX TD in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - FX TD in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Moving Picture Company as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    There was a nice atmosphere in the team. I learned a lot. It was cool to work on some big films.

    Cons

    We were asked to do 5 months of 6-day weeks. Because the team was nice, everyone did it. I was refused a contracted pay review. The pipeline was also quite a faff and used up a lot of time, but this may have changed since.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you're running a job that is going to require asking your entire fx team to do five months of 6-day weeks, please hire some extra TDs instead.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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