Technicolor Reviews

Updated March 22, 2015
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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. Fun place.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Technicolor

    Pros

    Smart people, interesting projects, dynamic environment and many chances for collaboration within the company.

    Cons

    Future of the company is uncertain, which can be troubling. The company is also not as well known, so that can be a downer.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Very good company

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    Current Employee - Vice President Engineering in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Vice President Engineering in Burbank, CA

    I have been working at Technicolor

    Pros

    Exciting and challenging company to work for

    Cons

    Sold to Thomson entire culture changed

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. It was a great experience, growth, promotion and raise.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Memphis, TN

    I worked at Technicolor

    Pros

    The supervisors was a motivation.

    Cons

    Working here I got a promotion within the first three weeks from just a disk slipper to a case packer more experience and a raise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grwth

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    Worst Company and Management (Indirect Sourcing)

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

    I worked at Technicolor full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    A big name company well-known for film and TV post production.

    Cons

    Worst manager and management in its indirect sourcing group. Extremely high turnover rate. My immediate manager and his boss were really rude and mean, they are just not good people to work with. It was an extremely political environment. On the one hand, the manager assigned lots of low impact projects that required extra time to complete, on the other hand, he gave unrealistic goals even he didn't know how to accomplish.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This company needs a new management and new owner. The french parent company does not have a clue of how to run a previously great entertainment company in Hollywood.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 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
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    A once great company that has fallen on hard times due to mismanagement.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The technical people and artists are at the top of their game. Benefits are good as long as you can get a staff position.

    Cons

    Management is a mess - especially middle management. There's palpable sense of fear in the place - employees know their jobs are constantly at risk, management backstab each other to stay employed and the absentee CEOs crow about how they are not running a "charity".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some people with some actual real world experience in running a post house versus faux hawked 50-somethings who took "business" classes for a week at night school.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 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
  9. 2 people 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
  10. 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
  11. 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

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