National Film Board of Canada Reviews

Updated December 30, 2014
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  1. 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

    I have been working at National Film Board of Canada

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    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.

  2. Great People, Great Projects!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Never gets boring and monotonousness.

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    Communication is key.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Don't waste your time

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Manager in Montreal, QC (Canada)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    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.

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  5. 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)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Compensation is great, challenging work environment

    Cons

    The building and demographic aren't amazing

  6. Helpful (2)

    Disappointing

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at National Film Board of Canada

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Still retains its reputation despite internal issues.

    Cons

    Very political and dysfunctional senior managers.

    Advice to Management

    Retire now.

  7. quiet and stable place to work

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    Current Employee - Analyst
    Current Employee - Analyst

    I have been working at National Film Board of Canada

    Recommends
    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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