Technicolor

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Technicolor Reviews

Updated November 23, 2014
Updated November 23, 2014
249 Reviews
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249 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. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good times bad times

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Technicolor Review

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Livonia, MI
    Former Employee - Manager in Livonia, MI

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

    Pros

    Good employer if you are in Management,

    Cons

    Difficult to advance. Communications difficult at best

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more transparent

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Falling Behind the Times

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Co-Op in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Co-Op in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at Technicolor full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The people were very friendly and fun to talk to. Even as a Co-Op I felt that my opinions were included and my work mattered.

    Cons

    They are falling behind in terms of technology. Especially the testing team, who performs the majority of their tests by hand and manage all of the data generated by tests by hand.

    The Indianapolis building also shows its age on the inside. The office is formed of endless corridors of old gross cubicle walls forming tiny, dark cubicles. It looks like something out of classic corporate America and is not the most inspiring environment to work in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Embrace new technology. It has a lot to offer the company if you take the time to learn it. Create an environment that people want to work in not have to work in.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Exceptional

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Certified Trainer in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Certified Trainer in Memphis, TN

    I have been working at Technicolor full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The benefits here at technicolor are great along with the pay. The opportunity to work within a well diversed atmosphere.

    Cons

    Consistent absentism can lead up to being laid off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice to management would be them to be more involved in the day to day operations of the production floor.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Started strong and lost some momentum along the way.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Technicolor

    Pros

    If you like international travel, Technicolor is a great company. They have offices all over the world, a cool logo, and there are a lot of really smart engineers.

    Cons

    Sometimes it seemed like the French and American executives were not always aligned. Not to mention that the French leave the office for 3 weeks in August.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep your employees happy.

  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Project Coordinator

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sinking Ship

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

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