Technicolor

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Technicolor Reviews in Los Angeles, CA

Updated January 18, 2015
Updated January 18, 2015
263 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 12 reviews)

  • Senior management has no vision - focused on the immediate (poor) financial situation (in 15 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Struggling to stay in business-- no positive outlook

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Encountered the worst boss in my ~18 year supply chain career!

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    Current Employee - Sourcing in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Sourcing in Burbank, CA

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

    Pros

    Good compensation which compensates for poor benefit package.

    Cons

    All about the boss. He's a micro-manager, conflicting communication saying one thing one moment and changing it another moment. Unreasonable expectations to deliver while being overloaded with work, including work outside scope that should be delegated to another group. Pushes for commitments while adding more work in the mix. Negative and twists facts, repeating his own perceptions outside of the facts, and swears. When he realizes he's doing a poor job, and based on his track record of people leaving, he attempted to bribe with more potential money, raise, bonuses to stay on the job while mentioning his job will be adversely impacted if another new hire leaves. Mentions he own disinterest with his job and plans to stay on the job for no more than a few years. Too much drama for a new person to handle.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some people are not cut out to be managers or directors. When employees are not happy and leaving under a certain boss' supervision, manager's training will not miraculously solve the problem. Such persons should be put in positions without direct reports, and good new hires will consider staying on board longer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Politics toxic, culture disintegrating

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Technicolor

    Pros

    Good pay for senior roles, once one of the most respected names in the entertainment industry so great client access

    Cons

    Mostly terrible middle and upper management and in fighting have caused a major brain drain. The company is splintering between old school processes and innovation. Innovation is losing.....

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house of old thinking execs who want to keep the status quo and their job security at the price of the company's evolution.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7. 3 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11.  

    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

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