Technicolor Reviews

Updated August 27, 2015
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Technicolor CEO Frederic Rose
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Pros
  • Great co-workers, engaging work environment (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)

  • Vindictive and unscrupulous senior management (in 15 reviews)

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  1. This is a company going downward.

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    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Princeton, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The work time is very flexible, as long as you work 40 hrs a week.

    Cons

    No much room to grow. Business is going down. Very insecure.

    Advice to Management

    Find a right direction and stick with it.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Politics Trumps Competence

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    A good name for the resume and some useful technology here and there. If you are a total management hack, there is a position here for you.

    Cons

    Someone, a year or two ago, hung up a sign that said, "Political animals wanted to run company into ground." They succeeded. Hired people who failed at real companies and now they are running this place off the cliff. They have no sense or direction (except upward kissing motions) and no ability to directy people. Maybe it is better in other offices, but in Burbank you have an enivronment of multilateral and total disrespect.

    Advice to Management

    A man's got toknow his limitations. Recognize yours and do the right thing.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Salary and benefits are good, but management focuses more on cutting costs than employee loyalty.

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    Former Employee - Receiving Clerk in Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - Receiving Clerk in Memphis, TN
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The salary and benefits offered to permanent personnel are good, plus the company is international which increases the possibility of moving to a better position elsewhere.

    Cons

    The division I worked for is Home Entertainment Services, in which movie DVDs and software are replicated, packaged and shipped to retail locations. Because theft of the materials is a constant issue, management has implemented stringent (and largely inconvenient) policies to prevent employees from leaving the premises with improper items. For example, because employees are not allowed to leave the site for meal breaks, food can be brought in; however, nothing uneaten or unopened can be taken away. Also, layoffs are very common because the work volume fluctuates throughout the year which results in removal of capable personnel. Further, because of the high turnover, morale and loyalty suffers as more people are let go.

    Advice to Management

    Management should focus less on company costs and more on retaining staff that have been trained and perform their jobs well. Employees that feel more secure in their jobs perform better.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Good experience, horrible management, lots of layoffs

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    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent people to work with Some exciting new technologies to work on Good experiences to learn from One of the few embedded systems companies in Indy area Good pay

    Cons

    Never ending layoffs Lack of communication from management regarding restructuring Shrinking company Lack of innovative products and technologies Too many politics

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees Communicate better Give employees more credit Acknowledge employees' hard work


  6. Helpful (2)

    C Level management is absentee, Olive St is just evil, can't build a product, this is a dying company.

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    Current Employee - Director of Engineering in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Director of Engineering in Burbank, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Many designers and engineers are excellent. Paid me well and allowed me to build the team I wanted.

    Cons

    Company has no vision, strategy, does no due diligence, has no transparency. Olive St has spent upwards of 40M over the past two years and continues to lie about scalability. C Level is too desperate and dumb to know better. You can't' fire French employees even when they fail to deliver. It goes on and on.

    Advice to Management

    Fire the C Level, anyone from Alacatel Lucent, and Olive St managers. Sell everything except the film side of company. Let Technicolor go back to what it did best.


  7. Helpful (5)

    M-GO/MedianaviCo part of Technicolor in Burbank is Toxic - Do not work there.

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Burbank, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Note: Other groups in Technicolor are not like this. M-GO is it's own entity within and at the same time apart from Technicolor. The SoCal weather is nice. Easy, convenient walk to restaurants in downtown Burbank. Other than that none. Zero. Zip. Nada. Nichts.

    Cons

    M-GO was voted the most dysfunctional place ever worked at by myself and every co-worker I asked while I worked there. Blame game / throw others under the bus culture. From original CTO to Technical Director to Development Management, all constantly blame the Engineers and those "beneath" them in the hierarchy for failures, but none of them offer solutions. Anyone who does try to fix the problems end up being targets for blame and eventual termination. Overly hierarchical. Content industry mentality sees Engineers as simple day laborers who have little value and whose jobs can be outsourced, insourced, or terminated upon completion of short term usefulness or for any other reason. Over-reliance on H1 Engineers. Constant reverse evolution of talented employees. Anyone with any skill, talent, or lots of engineering/industry experience eventually end up leaving or being terminated (unless they are H1 since their salaries are less and they will work the long hours required without complaint). Constant "crunch time" work environment. Product has been in Beta release stage for a long time. Product changes of direction by Executives and Technical Leaders have led to years of Beta release stage environment. No respect or understanding for worker burnout. Insanely bad management of people in almost every aspect. Development Management refuse to (or are ignorant of) basic Engineering Industry standards so dev environments and all other environments are constantly changing, crashing and hard to keep afloat. Extreme lack of long term or even mid term technical/engineering vision. Fix Bug Now! mentality pervades and with so little planning leads to constant rework and brittleness of systems. Both Dev and QA teams are understaffed and overworked. I literally could go on and on, but am more happy to just stop here and leave the whole experience in the past thankful that I no longer work there...

    Advice to Management

    Give up. Find another job. After many changes to personnel the same culture exists and no one will ever be able to fix it. The product is also doomed to failure because the dysfunctional nature of the company and reverse evolution employee-wise will always hinder the success of the product itself. Unless of course you are one of the ones causing the problems mentioned above, then you should stay and ride it out to the very end, like you have always intended.


  8. Helpful (4)

    Has no regard for its employees

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    Former Employee - Director in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Burbank, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Technicolor full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good Benefits and ability to work in a global environment.

    Cons

    Extremely poor management, in financial distress (virtually no salary increases (but managers still get good bonus payments), ongoing cuts to everything you can think of), tolerant of rude managers who yell and berate employees & in front of others, inability to speak your mind for fear of reprisal, French owned, inability to retain quality employees, inability to treat employees with any level of decorum or respect.

    Advice to Management

    Fire senior management in France and most of the senior leaders in the US. Learn to value employee's opinions and not mistake input from the US employees as 'being negative', make cuts in pay from executives instead of cutting the US benefit programs over & over. Value your employees as there are some really good people there, but you're too blind to see that.


  9. Helpful (3)

    Retiree Home

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good for people over the hill or washed up in their respective areas, Hardly any vision, Absymal leadership, can survive in this retiree haven for a long time

    Cons

    Bad for any enthusiastic, young talented people, You will be expected to fall in line with the retiree club mandates or ship out. Vindictive and unscrupulous senior management. Business is the lowest priority. Egos and politics are top priority. Empty power struggles is the order of the day.

    Advice to Management

    Please Fire all the non performing "has been" Senior Managers, Presidents and Business Heads.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Change is not welcome

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    Current Employee - Inventory in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Inventory in Memphis, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Technicolor full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Challenging work; Excellent leadership in some departments.

    Cons

    Lack of growth opportunity; resistance to change; lack of investment in technology; departments and facilities operate as independent entities despite being interconnected; political climate; declining industry (home entertainment services); lack of work life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Don't simply assign more work to top performers. These people deserve the promotions and raises given to others based on other factors outside of organizational performance.


  11. Helpful (4)

    One of the worst place I worked

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    Former Employee - Software Architect in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Software Architect in Burbank, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    I have pretty much nothing to say about the pros except that somehow the brand histroy behind the company.

    Cons

    HR personnel screwed my hiring contract on day one. VP were fighting each other over territory turfs.



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