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  1. Summer intern

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    Former Intern - Intern in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Intern - Intern in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at TOKYOPOP as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Gave me great opportunity to learn forecasting and budgeting (in 2001 intern)

    Cons

    None to think of from the internship program

    Advice to Management

    None to think of from the internship program


  2. Great co-workers. Some opportunities for the lucky and/or ambitious.

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    Former Employee - Designer in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Designer in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at TOKYOPOP full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fun product and even better co-workers.

    Cons

    Work there was subject to small or nonexistent budgets. Even worse after 2011.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  3. Upper management had their own backs, but mid-level and rest of the staff made it worthwhile

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Talented and creative people to work with Opportunities to do as much as you want Lots to learn about the publishing business

    Cons

    Upper management seems to be very apart from the rest of staff and CEO especially lacks respect for staffer's ideas and does not listen so well. Company business diminishing, low morale

    Advice to Management

    There's not much they can do now given the state of the company (poorly) but I guess they should have listened to their employees earlier.


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  5. A good company to work for in good times, tough in the tough times.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    flexibility, casual atmosphere, ability to meet a lot of talented people

    Cons

    low recognition / appreciation, low salary, unnecessarily long hours


  6. Lots of experience gained, but you pay for it. Literally.

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    Former Employee - Marketing Intern in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Intern in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Location - you're right across the street from LACMA. You are doing legitimate work. There are many opportunities to network outside of the company.

    Cons

    They use interns to replace full-time paid employees and you must register to receive college credit in order to intern there. They overwork you to the point where they expect the company to come before school, you often have to seek guidance. There is a power struggle between the CEO, COO and President of the company and it causes a lot of tension in the workplace. While your internship is in a specific department, you shouldn't be surprised if you get pulled to do something else (i.e. going from marketing to graphic design).

    Advice to Management

    The senior management needs to put their egos aside and step back, they're old dogs not willing to adapt. No trust is given to anyone younger - their target demographic. Nobody wants to see the company go down and it seems the people who have the ability to bring TP back from the dead are getting cut one by one.


  7. Overworked, almost no chance of a full-time job

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    Former Employee - Intern in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Los Angeles, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You can make some good connections to help you in the future, although with so many interns the full-time employees often don't pay attention to you. Experience in the publishing industry. It's a fun environment. I mean, you're working at a manga publishing company.

    Cons

    Since the company basically hires lots of interns to avoid paying for real employees, you have no chance of lining up a job right after your internship.

    Advice to Management

    Don't insult workers that try to give you feedback, because it means they won't give you feedback ever again.


  8. My experience as an intern...

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    Former Employee - Intern in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Los Angeles, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You get to sit in alot of the big meetings and get to learn about what's really going on in the world of publishing. You also get to do (or I did at least) alot of different varieties of REAL work instead of grabbing coffee or doing chores all day. I didn't have to do much office work, I designed and did real work they actually used which was really satisfying.

    Cons

    It felt like sometimes they were really looking for interns to use as a free labor (as in there aren't enough people working in the place) Alot of people left while I was there so that's a bit questionable as well...

    Advice to Management

    Perhaps TP shouldn't rush into making into the movie business just yet... I think it'll be safer to do it the other way around, like Twilight. I also agree Stu shouldn't be in charge of everything, he makes some terrible decisions...


  9. Helpful (1)

    Wanted: New CEO

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    Former Employee - Designer in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Designer in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The location on the 20th floor provide spectacular vistas of Los Angeles.

    Cons

    The CEO/CCO thinks he is an expert in everything and therefore trusts no one to do what needs to be done.

    Advice to Management

    Replace Stu. He's killing the company. It has outgrown him. Time to step aside.



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