Technicolor Reviews

Updated May 22, 2015
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Technicolor CEO Frederic Rose
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Pros
  • Great co-workers, engaging work environment (in 17 reviews)

  • Benefits were great, decent work-life balance, celebrated diversity (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Having a work-life balance is very challenging here (in 12 reviews)

  • Vindictive and unscrupulous senior management (in 15 reviews)

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  1. Automation Manager

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    Former Employee - Automation Manager in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Automation Manager in Burbank, CA

    I worked at Technicolor full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good people to work with, the film and TV industry is fun and rewarding, and the clients are interesting and challenging. Interesting technical landscape.

    Cons

    Absentee management struggles to find direction and market the company's services, leverage strengths, and makes it clear that if they can outsource something, they can and will. Treats talent as an expenditure and not much more.

    Advice to Management

    Identify and commit to core business, align resources with said business, treat employees with the respect they deserve.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Great people and great pay

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Digital Cinema in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Digital Cinema in Burbank, CA

    I worked at Technicolor

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A very friendly and efficient management.

    Cons

    Nothing bad to report at Burbank location.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  3. rank and file are great. executives need to care more

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Technicolor full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The employees are good people with great skills.

    Cons

    The top level executives don't understand the business and don't care to.


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  5. Digital Delivery Group

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Digital Delivery Group in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Digital Delivery Group in Burbank, CA

    I have been working at Technicolor full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Have learned alot while employed.

    Cons

    Facility is closing down within a couple of months.

    Advice to Management

    Nice team who tried hard.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Not the best company to work for. If you try to advance your career too fast they may get rid of you.

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    Former Employee - Mastering Operator in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Mastering Operator in Burbank, CA

    I worked at Technicolor full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, nice facilities.

    Cons

    Lousy pay, mistakes get echoed around the department, very "office space-like" environment, non-technical people attempting to relay very technical information, be weary of blame-shifters.

    Advice to Management

    Try to put more energy into finding the root cause of mistakes rather than magnifying them.


  7. Very good company

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    Current Employee - Vice President Engineering in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Vice President Engineering in Burbank, CA

    I have been working at Technicolor

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Exciting and challenging company to work for

    Cons

    Sold to Thomson entire culture changed


  8. Helpful (1)

    Worst Company and Management (Indirect Sourcing)

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA

    I worked at Technicolor full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    A big name company well-known for film and TV post production.

    Cons

    Worst manager and management in its indirect sourcing group. Extremely high turnover rate. My immediate manager and his boss were really rude and mean, they are just not good people to work with. It was an extremely political environment. On the one hand, the manager assigned lots of low impact projects that required extra time to complete, on the other hand, he gave unrealistic goals even he didn't know how to accomplish.

    Advice to Management

    This company needs a new management and new owner. The french parent company does not have a clue of how to run a previously great entertainment company in Hollywood.


  9. Great pay, but a difficult environment to thrive in

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    Former Employee - Automation Manager in Glendale, CA
    Former Employee - Automation Manager in Glendale, CA

    I worked at Technicolor full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fantastic pay for a fairly easy, low-demand job.
    Good benefits.
    Set-in-stone work schedule.

    Cons

    Industry is stagnating and undergoing a period of decline, which means less jobs all around.
    Lack of communication from upper management.
    Difficult to progress to new responsibilities or to grow as an employee. Few opportunities for promotions.
    If you are offered a less-desirable shift (night, weekend) and accept it - don't expect that to change.

    Advice to Management

    Take better care of the employees that don't fall under the normal 9-5 schedule (communication, perks, opportunity for advancement). Many employees on the night or weekend shift would shoulder a larger portion of the work and be recognized less than those in the direct eye of management.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Large company that focuses only on clients and never the employee

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    Current Employee - Operations Supervisor in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Operations Supervisor in Burbank, CA

    I have been working at Technicolor full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Technicolor has a good name that many people outside of the industry will recognize. It is involved in just about every single part of the entertainment industry from production, post production and post, post production.

    Cons

    Technicolor is a large company run in France. The company is only focused on numbers and not investing in its technologies, employees, and facilities. There is more red tape at technicolor than what I could imagine would be involved in a government job. Technicolor doesn't work hard at keeping good talent or growing good talent within, it just looks at every employee as a number on a spreadsheet.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees, and your technologies. Stop shrinking departments to save money and implementing new security protocols for work that hasn't been obtained and only helps make everyone's job harder with the clients you currently have.


  11. Helpful (3)

    Struggling to stay in business-- no positive outlook

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Digital Media Operator/HD Videotape Operator in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Digital Media Operator/HD Videotape Operator in Burbank, CA

    I worked at Technicolor full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits package for regular employees, however they are mostly now just hiring temp employees with no benefits. Good access to many different technical jobs and opportunity to learn on your own if you are motivated.

    Cons

    Company has been struggling for years now, closing many business units in the Hollywood-Burbank-Glendale area. Many, many layoffs or constant threat of layoffs.. Constant threat of layoff or pay cuts makes it hard to even concentrate on work--- the "cut" can happen any time and happens all the time. This company is in full scale "Titanic mode" and most upper management are only operating to maintain their own jobs. Would not be surprised if the new Burbank facility is not just being created to sell off that business unit as a prior attempt in Glendale failed due to such a poor business model. Expect salary reductions and forced days off. Poor moral across all departments. Management is in a position where they cannot be upfront and honest to anyone--- nearly all communication comes through the HR/Legal/Risk Management dept. Managers only communicate through what seems like a prepared text----this local business unit cannot be around for long.

    Advice to Management

    Everybody understands the pressures on post production to be profitable in a changing industry, but this company has no vision and the culture is all wrong. You cannot succeed without taking the reins and running the business with passion. Allowing your lawyers and risk management people to run the business isn't working. There is a clear lack of leadership and vision here. Take some pride. Even if you are going out of business at least show some integrity. If your operations model is about turning away long time clients, closing business units, outsourcing to Bangalore and destroying the entire post production environment in Hollywood---- then you have been very successful.



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