National Film Board of Canada Reviews

Updated August 24, 2015
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  1. It's what you make of it...

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    Current Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at National Film Board of Canada (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    - Amazing resources if you know who to ask and where to go to access them under the radar. - Talented pool of creatives associated with the institution if you go out of your way to seek them out. -Great back catalog of content hidden amongs some not so great content.

    Cons

    - Upper Management outside of the studios are often clueless and disconnected from the creatives and it also seems from what's actually happening in the world related to film and visual media content. Navel gazing issues. - Lacks focus in doing what they do best which are : FILMS. - Bureaucracy: most of the NFB budget goes to pay for management and administration when what brings the institution value are the creatives and the creative content. - Politics: Marketing Distribution Production rarely see eye to eye and one must be ready to negotiate egos and a lot of b.s. - Marketing: seriously? I don't think they know what they are talking about most of the time and probably don't understand the products they are trying to sell. There are also some burnt out people in Marketing that should probably take a leave of absence rather than take it out on other colleagues by being unprofessional. - Employees vs. freelancers: no freelancer cares about your massages or your vacation days. - Very few hires ever as most people work there forever once they get hired.

    Advice to Management

    Please take a moment to step outside of your ivory tower and connect with independent filmmakers to maximize the potential of the Film Board's future. Awards are great but they are not the be all and end all of making amazing content that reaches truly engaged audiences. All filmmakers should be granted partial ownership of their work; the rigid framework in which auteur filmmakers are granted currently is out of date and not sustainable. Marketing needs to let go of their mostly blind/hit or miss methods and work with filmmakers and producers not against them. Make great films.


  2. Nice place to work

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    Current Employee - Web Developer in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Web Developer in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at National Film Board of Canada (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Good work life balance - Good conditions - Interesting projects

    Cons

    - Remote work location - No advancement opportunities


  3. Horrifying

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Notable Canadian institution, looks good on a resume.

    Cons

    Incredibly verbally abusive and incompetent management, who do a better job of destroying morale than fostering it. Little to no support from HR after complaints. Tears and leaves of absence due to high stress and tension were a regular occurrence.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management needs to better hire and regulate local management.


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  5. The potential for greatness is there, the infrastructure of management won't allow the agency to reach it's potential.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Government Job - Stable as far as film industry jobs go.

    Cons

    Long Hours at times, many inexperienced producers create errors and redundant work, less than average pay compared other government positions, under qualified management, unreasonable expectations on front line production and administration staff. Too many middle managers. The NFB is overly fragmented. Too many centres across the country. No centralization makes for poor communication. Little consensus or agreement amongst upper management on how operations should work. Not many jobs available outside of Montreal.

    Advice to Management

    Discard your conflict of interest in giving only a handful of friends multiple opportunities while doing very little to nurture new talent. Producers tend to become entitled children over time. There seems to be no regard to spending when it comes to travel and production. Marketing is a joke. Allocate funds with the taxpayer in mind. Much too much waste in spending based on whims and the desire to be popular with the industry. Web based projects are questionable. The stats on web projects are fixed and only a very few rise to garner any meaningful attention. Focus attention on making better films, not on the quantity of mediocre films that are churned out.


  6. Great People, Great Projects!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at National Film Board of Canada part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Never gets boring and monotonousness.

    Cons

    Pay could be higher, but hey, that's government for you.

    Advice to Management

    Communication is key.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Don't waste your time

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    Current Employee - Manager in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Manager in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at National Film Board of Canada full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Great benefits - Vacation from first day - Yearly salary increase based on union convention and not based on performance (5%-6% automatic) - Very stable and secure work place

    Cons

    - Extremely political environment - No clear direction - Lazy people everywhere protected by the union - Terrible upper management - The location is hard to get to

    Advice to Management

    Stop with the politics and start managing the company! You spend more time looking for excuses not to do the job than to actually do it. Work with the union to get rid of all the lazy people. Before you make a decision, you should think about it and the consequences it involves - stop making decision based on how you feel at that moment, just so you can revert it after a couple of days. When you start a new project, FINISH IT!! Changing direction in the middle of the project is not motivating for people.


  8. Helpful (1)

    NFB entry-level job

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    Current Employee - Junior Engineer in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Junior Engineer in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at National Film Board of Canada full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Compensation is great, challenging work environment

    Cons

    The building and demographic aren't amazing


  9. Helpful (2)

    Disappointing

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Still retains its reputation despite internal issues.

    Cons

    Very political and dysfunctional senior managers.

    Advice to Management

    Retire now.


  10. quiet and stable place to work

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    Current Employee - Analyst
    Current Employee - Analyst
    Recommends

    Pros

    excelent benefits, stable environment, very nice collegues

    Cons

    Senior and mid-management unable to mobilize personnel; no career path development

    Advice to Management

    come down to people, motivate and encourage



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