Technicolor

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Technicolor Reviews

Updated August 9, 2014
Updated August 9, 2014
188 Reviews

2.6
188 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 14 reviews)

  • Benefits were great, decent work-life balance, celebrated diversity (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • work life balance , low payscale , not many growth opportunities (in 7 reviews)

  • Senior management has no vision - focused on the immediate (poor) financial situation (in 12 reviews)

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  1.  

    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

    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
  2.  

    Good to great

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

    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
  3.  

    Great learning experience.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    Pros

    Great learning experience. Great people to work with.

    Cons

    Under staffed. Focused on metrics instead of customer needs.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    OK place to gain specific skill exposure

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Indianapolis, IN

    Pros

    1. Good place to gain embedded software experience, though this may be changing now (see cons below)
    2. Generally experienced colleagues, who are willing to share their knowledge.
    3. Because of constant churn, there are occasional chances to move up the management ladder.
    4. Good work/life balance
    5. Not easy but possible to jump groups
    6. Extensive international travel possible if you are interested and in the right group.
    7. Health care benefits are not bad.

    Cons

    1. Compensation and work environment / amenities are sub par. Salary increases are very minimal or non-existent.
    2. Heard most of development work is now being outsourced to cheaper places. This seems to be a new policy. Not sure if this is being implemented across the board.
    3. Major projects are shelved or moved away to different locations leading to sudden lay offs. So there is a permanent gloomy atmosphere wondering if your project is next.
    4. No innovation that makes any difference in the market place. Basically has become a "integrator" of hardware and software components.
    5. Too many teams from different countries leads to cumbersome development processes and too much politics and empire building.
    6. Deep in debt to creditors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is too late to be anything but a integrator in the market place. But that's not a bad thing. Reward heavily based on output and skills. Not on general group output. Overtime for software developers is a silly policy rewarding time spent in office over output.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Join if you are out of other options

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN

    Pros

    Nothing much - I don't think having good colleagues are a pro for the company

    Cons

    Everything - salary, growth prospects, ordinary senior management, lack of focus and perennial tension of being let go

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    the company is too top heavy, you need more people who actually innovate rather than managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Politics runs rampant.

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    Current Employee - Management  in  Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Management in Memphis, TN

    Pros

    Excellent health benefits and the ability to move up in the hourly ranks if you have a strong work ethic.

    Cons

    Corporate HR is very political and meddles in local operational and hiring decisions. Local HR is very weak and a puppet for corporate HR boss. The upper management is out of touch with the work floor, promotes a cowboy culture and the Supervisors are very weak. Supervisors play favorites and do not hold the work force accountable equally. Good temp workers are taken advantage of and have their jobs threatened weekly. Temps expected to tow the line for Full time workers who have a poor work ethic. Nepotism and the buddy system are rampant in the culture among leads, trainers and hourly Ft employees. This kills the motivation of hard workers. Wages are stagnant with less than 2% annual increase for hourly if at all and a cap on salary adjustments of less than 10% upon promotions regardless of new position. Management promotions are based on how you are viewed by the "inner circle" not on how you perform.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't let your supervisors and leads play favorites. Be more discrete with sensitive information. Managers worry more about improving, standardizing and documenting your processes and less about politics and 2 hour lunches. Directors don't let your ego interfere, it is not all about you it is about the company and getting things done correctly and efficiently. All management needs to stop viewing workers as expendable and start respecting them as people that have the ideas that can make things better. Respect a work life balance for yourself and your workers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Never opt this company

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Intern in Indianapolis, IN

    Pros

    Flexible working hours, awesome colleagues, best environment

    Cons

    Poor higher management, directors don't even know employees,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees well

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    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

    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
  10.  

    review for Tehcnicolor

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Engineer in Indianapolis, IN

    Pros

    Provided opportunities for the employees to learn.

    Cons

    The overtime policy is bad.

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Management Chaos & Unending Processes

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Name recognition, salary, benefits (although employees are paying more each year), travel opportunity, some technically excellent and wonderful coworkers.

    Cons

    +Chaotic management that's trying to remake an American company into a French one.
    +Lack of vision, emphasis is on suffocating processes & obtaining nearly unanimous consensus which squashes new ideas.
    +Uninteresting products, a follower, not a leader in technology.
    +US employees openly targeted for layoffs over French (who are constantly on vacation or off due to copious national holidays) because they're cheaper to get rid of due to protective French labor laws.
    +Cost savings measures taken exemplify, penny wise pound foolish.
    +No clear or unifying direction for company's future, a lot of try this or that to see what happens.
    +Low morale among employees, lots of good people leaving & those left behind are assigned even more work.
    +Lack of communication from upper management.
    +Totally disorganized & depressing place to be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice to the board, you need a new CEO who knows how to energize & motivate technical people to excellence and managed risk taking in developing new products, not treat them like fungible goods. Total emphasis on financials may keep the company afloat a while, but new and exciting products promoted by an enthused staff is the lifeblood of companies and what makes them successful.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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