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Technicolor Reviews

Updated February 11, 2015
Updated February 11, 2015
265 Reviews
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265 Reviews
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Technicolor CEO Frederic Rose
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Review Highlights

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.  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    The French people need to make up their minds

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    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Indianapolis, IN

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

    Pros

    Great people, great engineers, passionate team members, lots of geeks who care about the quality of their technical work.

    Cons

    French leadership need to make up their minds about what Thomson/Technicolor is and isn't. Revolving doors in senior management levels.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too far removed to give any relevant advice.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    I absolutely loved working each peak season.

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    Former Contractor - Temporary Employee in Memphis, TN
    Former Contractor - Temporary Employee in Memphis, TN

    I worked at Technicolor as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    My Supervisor and Leads were all exceptionally wonderful women.

    Cons

    Working with random people each day is a constant cycle of new temporary employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rehire me as your safety coordinator of warehouse operation from receiving-replenishment!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6. 3 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
  7. 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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    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
  9.  

    difficult co

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Technicolor

    Pros

    not the best company to work for

    Cons

    Not an easy co to work fo

  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    The Place to be for Entertainment & Innovation - Still Room for Improvement

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Technicolor full-time

    Pros

    You have to love entertainment, specifically the motion picture & TV industry to love it here. The big picture is what makes all the hard work worthwhile. There's a lot of autonomy, you're not micro-managed unless you're not meeting deliverables (but then, what company wouldn't do this?)

    The nicest, most creative, industry-connected, forward-thinking people work here. Successful people here tackle challenges beyond the scope of their jobs to help the business. The kind of people who aren't successful here are clock-watchers who do the bare minimum. This is also the kind of company that doesn't tolerate jerks or a-holes for very long. If no one gets along with you or wants to work with you, it's a good chance you're going to get terminated. If you're a manager and your group has high turnover, you had better take a hard look at your people skills and management style.

    These are all positive things about Technicolor. I enjoy working with nice people. Hard working, creative people. The fact that they trim dead weight and jerks? I love it.

    Cons

    Communication. Communication. Communication. There is a serious lack of leadership and communication. If there are organizational changes, managers must do a better job of communicating the ramifications to their team. Changes to role and responsibility, changes to process or policy, changes to team make-up -- these should be communicated, not discovered via word-of-mouth.

    Managers have a responsibility to communicate changes to the team, not the other way around. Due to the lack of communication, employees have an unclear idea of their role and responsibilities are.

    "What do you do?" Should not garner an unclear, equivocal, vague response. Too often, people are unsure of the direction of the company and their group. Unsure about their role in an ever-evolving environment.

    The second biggest con - U.S. employees appear to have no authority to make decisions without the blessing of French executives. Why does it take two to three C-level executives in Paris to make decisions in America? If American C-level executives/SVPs/VPs/Sr. Directors are not empowered or equipped or qualified to make final decisions, why have them at all? Or are these just inflated job titles for front-line managers?

    Due to the long chain of command, several layers of approvals are required to make the most trivial decisions, which causes delays from weeks to months.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower your managers to execute on decisions and over-communicate the direction of the company, team, group objectives, and jobs expectations.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    NON HUMAN Resource Department

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Technicolor full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Most of my co-workers were great.

    Cons

    HR has no visibility, lame websites with employee information how is that coming from a technology company. The upper management team in France pathetic, US team just as pathetic. No clear direction or initiatives. If the company is doing poorly NO ONE should get a bonus at the top, since they never give increases worth a damn to those of us doing all the work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a look around at the industry in terms of pay. Survey the morale of the company. You've taken away lots and haven't given anything back.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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