Technicolor Reviews

Updated October 24, 2014
Updated October 24, 2014
239 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 11 reviews)

  • Some members of upper management don't know how to manage people (in 13 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    I loved working at Technicolor.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Technicolor (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    They are genuinely concerned about their employees.

    Cons

    Work hours are sometimes long.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember what brought our success ... Customer Service.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Incredible company, if you are in a place where you can be recognized.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Certain members of the top brass care for the employees, many do not.

    Cons

    The leadership is more set on running a Hollywood company than a tech-focused entity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your people.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Good to great

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

    I have been working at Technicolor full-time (more than an year)

    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
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    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

    I have been working at Technicolor full-time (less than an year)

    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
  6.  

    Great learning experience.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Technicolor

    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
  7.  

    Great experience during the IPO period for Thomson

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    In late 90 and early 2000, under leadership of Thierry Breton, Frank D, Joe Clayton, Jim Meyer, Dave Spomer, Enrique Rodriquez, Tim Saeger, it was a terrific place to make a new business difference. Our french CEO was a true global leader who lead in the transformation of a high performance organization leading to our success IPO. Thanks to IPO and our continued performance, I was able to put three kids through college. Great years and friendships.

    Cons

    With change of top leadership, the culture dramatically changed from a growth oriented global organization to a french centric vision and cost cutting organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn from positive leadership and watch your employees grow your results.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    great company

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    Current Employee - Legal Counsel in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Legal Counsel in Indianapolis, IN

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

    Pros

    advanced technology, company driven by its customers and focus in the futre market

    Cons

    great moment to work in a hurry environmental with high demand with all countries and cstomers around the word

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    cut costs

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 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

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

    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
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Politics runs rampant.

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

    I have been working at Technicolor full-time (more than 5 years)

    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
  11. 3 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

    I worked at Technicolor full-time

    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

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