Technicolor

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Technicolor Reviews in Los Angeles, CA

Updated November 3, 2014
Updated November 3, 2014
248 Reviews
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Pros
  • Good work environment; was part of a good team under a good boss (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 11 reviews)

  • Senior management has no vision - focused on the immediate (poor) financial situation (in 13 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good times bad times

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    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Burbank, CA

    I worked at Technicolor full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I had a chance to learn so much and meet some great like minded people

    Cons

    Thomson who owns Technicolor has made some ridiculous decisions on the direction Technicolor takes and as everyone sees they failed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees you don't have every solution they do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Worked at Technicolor for total of 8 years starting in 05' up to recently including in HR.

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

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

    Pros

    Very dynamic company vision and Senior Management. Worked with some really smart, fun, and inspiring people.

    Cons

    It's a French owned company so as cost saving measures corporate have had many benefits taken away for US employees, like pension and others have much rising costs. The laws for European employees and other countries of Technicolor provide better benefits and that is not going to change no matter how hard you work. There are some really great management leadership and really poor ones depending on what BG or BU you are in. Unfortunately if you are under poor leadership it can be a very negative experience even when you just focus on your job not the environment. There is dysfunction and negativity in the some of the HR management/leadership. Technicolor also pays a little below market rate in a lot of positions and the work/life balance is not emphasized, if you do not work over 8 hour work day you are frowned upon..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The leadership from France and NA need to wakeup and see what is really going on there.

    Corporate culture is a lot of talk and marketing, with little action to make it happen, or support. If you want a job to have a job and make money this is a good option.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Project Coordinator

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA

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

    Pros

    I enjoyed working alongside some excellent colleagues who taught me a lot. We are still in contact and remain friends after 3 years of being away.

    Cons

    They keep you as a "contractor" so that they don't have to pay for benefits. They outsource work to India to keep their costs low while they lay-off teams of workers. Most people who are hired as contractors must work a second job in addition to working 40+ hours to earn a livable wage. Management (middle and low) are fearful of losing their jobs so they do not share information with colleagues to train them on procedures and processes. They did not offer raises or promotions while I was employed with them. They started me off with "introduction pay" that was supposed to be temporary and raise to a "normal" rate after 90 days, but stayed the same until I left.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sinking Ship

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hollywood, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hollywood, CA

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

    Pros

    Decent pay

    Flexible schedule

    Friendly people

    Front line managers are pretty decent, but stuck in endless firefighting mode making it impossible to get anything done but the next emergency.

    Cons

    Terrible management - lack cohesive plan and leadership across all BU's

    Extremely sloppy policies and procedures, always just one disaster away from complete failure. Unwilling to take any action to proactively address issues until a failure occurs

    Overly political and backstabbing

    Perpetually in cost cutting mode - don't expect a raise

    Would be surprised if some CS units were still in business 3 to 5 yrs from now or if not sold off

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lose the arrogant attitude. You’re not the company you think you are, you may at one time been a industry leader but now are a laggard that’s barely tolerated by your customers. Stop claiming to be leader and “future trust” of technologies such as cloud and media when you hardly invest in or utilize current technology.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Experience

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits were good but not great per industry standard for technical person.

    Cons

    Management lacks vision. Good, talented engineers are getting laid off. Complete overhauling is needed especially in the middle and senior management layer especially with "SO CALLED" managers who does not have the right kind of background to run or mange the show. Great brand name, but currently lacks vision. There is nothing in the pipeline or future products that might bring in substantial amount of revenues for the company. Lot of new initiatives were made to come up with new products; but failed miserably.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on some very core products and get rid of all legacy stuffs. Hire smarter management team with great vision and who really has strong technical background.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Fulfilling experience

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    Former Employee - Operations Analyst and Quality Manager in North Hollywood, CA
    Former Employee - Operations Analyst and Quality Manager in North Hollywood, CA

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

    Pros

    The office culture was great with lot of opportunities for training. The leadership had vision with an emphasis on continuous improvement.
    Overall a great set of people to work with.

    Cons

    With the conversion of film to digital, trying to continue the production while making sure that the company was losing money was becoming more and more difficult.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    A series of micro-cultures with a question mark on top...

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    Current Employee - IT Professional in Hollywood, CA
    Current Employee - IT Professional in Hollywood, CA

    I have been working at Technicolor full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The 100 year legacy is no joke - You can feel it just by walking down the hallways (like most Hollywood companies they do a nice job on the office decoration).

    - Strong reservoir of technical knowledge and talent. Lots of bright peers and a good atmosphere of contribution.

    - A lot of effort and thought is going into the Big Question: How to remain relevant now that film is on the way out?

    - This creates a drive for many internal initiatives, some of which are being run like startups (in the good sense of the word).

    - The balance of "Old Timers" (people from the Boomer generation who still want to contribute) and Millennials is good. There really is a nice dynamic of creative energy in the place.

    - When all is said and done, working for a Hollywood company has a "Cool" factor that can't be ignored. It feels good when you fulfill something that's been on your career "Bucket List" for a long time.

    Cons

    All the cliche's of tinsel-town (shallow opportunities, creeping paranoia and cynicism) are present, but to be fair it's not as bad as I was expecting.

    - The need to work with all the major studios creates a culture of silo's and secrecy. In the Age of Digital people are scared to death of anyone stealing their next thought. It's a shame that most employees can't see a lot of the cool stuff that's being done, it would be a big morale booster if they could just pull back the curtain a bit more.

    - Quite a bit of turn-over. Technicolor is one of those places where things are stable, right up until the point where they aren't. But to be fair that's the new normal in Corporate America these days.

    - As I said, the "Big Question" dominates everything. Technicolor wants to lead the way now that movies are becoming 100% digital ("Wolf of Wall Street" was the first to use no film anywhere in the process). But can they execute?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep funding the leading-edge initiatives, don't lose your cool, don't panic, and don't give in to bean-counter mentality. Remain mindful of your place in history.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good to great

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    Current Employee - Sales Service in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Service in Burbank, CA

    I have been working at Technicolor full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Pay, benefits, managers, products, attitudes.

    Cons

    There are non except being caught up in a layoff of hundreds.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Isolated leadership out of touch with their employees.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA

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

    Pros

    Opportunities to learn more about the industry in general are excellent, and the environment is generally positive. Employees are usually very talented and hard-working, and willing to help out whenever they can.

    Cons

    Upper management doesn't seem to have a unified vision for the company and tends to concentrate on very specific aspects of the business rather than the whole picture. Decision making is frequently left till the last possible moment and commonly fails to take into account current obligations, resulting in employees being pressured to meet unrealistic timetables. It can take months for critical improvements to be implemented. Employee morale doesn't appear to be a concern.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a greater interest in what is actually happening at the production levels. Give greater weight to employee suggestions, particularly when they're about badly needed improvements and upgrades. Take steps to keep employee morale high.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great people, uncertain future

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glendale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glendale, CA

    I have been working at Technicolor as a contractor

    Pros

    Co-workers are friendly, optimistic, and a pleasure to work with.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, the company seems to be going through a rough patch, and this hinders job security.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hopefully they will manage to overcome these hard times.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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