Trailer Park Reviews

Updated April 30, 2015
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  1. Intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Trailer Park

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Positive work environment and a great team of people on every floor.

    Cons

    For interns, not a lot of opportunity for employment afterwards.


  2. Helpful (9)

    Totally backwards industry leader

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Trailer Park

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Trailer Park will spend a lot of money pursuing new products and services, and will spend whatever it has to in an attempt to land brand pitches. Several departments (like theatrical a/v and art machine) are considered top shops for entertainment work by the studios (though this doesn't give the other departments any advantage in getting in the door).

    Cons

    Extremely high track record of losing out on brand pitches, financially instable in many departments (they've had at least two rounds of layoffs in the last six months), actively drive away or fire anyone talented (due to manager types being threatened by them).

    Advice to Management

    Trailer Park has developed a very bad reputation among talent for being a terrible place to work, rife with office politics. Being fired from Trailer Park is now essentially a signifier that someone is incredibly talented - and so many of these people are now department heads elsewhere that is probably the best alumni network in the industry - if you want to interview anywhere, tell them that Trailer Park fired you. Conversely, the people I know who thrive at Trailer Park have dramatically reduced the actual amount of work they do, while remaining on the premises for 10 hours a day pretending to be busy. These people tend to be promoted more often, and are even given awards at Trailer Park's annual meeting, which is quite frankly, hilarious, but tends to drop morale pretty drastically. I actually have nothing against these people - I think they're smart to adapt in this way (because I've seen them be persecuted and told over and over again they're not good enough when they're working very hard). I just happen to think that most of Trailer Park's problems stem from having a culture that produces this behavior. I know that management prides themselves on their ability to give people lots of support while they build themselves, but they have to jettison promoting based on "thought leadership" or even "number of team members" and promote based on actual results, as in landing actual work. And the "landing actual work" should be calculated by who actually lands it, rather than assuming the manager is landing it, because in many cases, there are 2-3 layers of completely unnecessary management when someone much lower than them is actually landing the work (while also being told they can't be promoted or given a raise). This is why Trailer Park's win rate is so low and keeps dropping - if you don't reward the people who are actually bringing you success and instead promote managers who did all they could to prevent that success... you're going to lose the real talent.


  3. Helpful (6)

    High expectations squashed within first few weeks on the job

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Trailer Park

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some real creative and engineering talent, subsidized lunches, and the beer keg.

    Cons

    Trailer Park attracts great talent like moths to a flame with their client list, apparent ability to bring your dog to work, and free beer. But poor project management and leadership on the digital team have left those poor people that were just hired responsible for producing the work, coding or photoshopping late into the night all the time. Weekend work is *expected* not appreciated. Everything was always on fire and everyone was always panicked. Again, that was the *expectation* from management that if things weren't crazy then nobody was working. So weird.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing revolves around the employees or their ability to provide visibility, give feedback, set goals, nominate their peers for recognition etc...it's a very top-heavy management and political organization. Invest and provide a way for the employees to have a voice to promote change and leadership from within.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Thanks for hiring me. But it's time to move on to better places.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Web Developer in Hollywood, CA
    Former Employee - Web Developer in Hollywood, CA

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    -Playing with dogs that other employees bring in -Catered $5 lunch everyday. Lots of snacks and drinks plus they refill them very quickly. Donut & Bagel Fridays! -Happy hour (when they had good food back in the day) -I was lucky to have good direct managers -exciting hollywood projects to work on

    Cons

    -Happy hour (now they only serve chips and sometimes no food at all) -High turnover rate. Trailer Park lives and dies on if they're able to get new work/clients. They don't have their own product that can support their payroll. So if you haven't gotten work for a long time you better bust out that o' resume and be ready. But if you do anything with video editing you are more likely to stay on longer since Trailer Park is first a video editing agency in my opinion. -No budget for employee development. If employees wanted to strengthen their own skill set they have to do it on their own time and money. -Time sheets. Everyone's required to do these to record what they worked on everyday. They say it's only used to track individual project budgets to measure if a project makes money. That is a lie. They use it to see who's productive and who's not to better assist them when they have to make a cut. -Average Salary unless you are involved in creatives, art, or video editing. -Seeing a lot of good friends and coworkers go due to high turnover rate.

    Advice to Management

    At least pretend to try to retain good employees. Don't let good employees slip through your fingers. Your company will have a better reputation and you won't have to re-train new people all the time.


  6. Overall great company to be a part of

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Digital Producer in Hollywood, CA
    Former Employee - Digital Producer in Hollywood, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great people, great energy, they try to make their employees happy.

    Cons

    Only 2 weeks vacation, more production work less creativity

    Advice to Management

    Really, give more than 10 days pto


  7. Helpful (1)

    It's all about the bottom line

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Creative in Hollywood, CA
    Former Employee - Creative in Hollywood, CA

    I worked at Trailer Park (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of great diverse specialities under one company umbrella.

    Cons

    but lots of divisions with their own P&Ls who don't work together. But you have to work internally with different departments despite politics and competitive back-biting. Parking situation blows. You park in massive Highland & Hollywood tourist parking complex beneath Kodak Theatre. Every day you have to navigate the tourists and hucksters on Hollywood Blvd to get to the office---it's easily a 15 minute walk from your car to your desk---it sucks.

    Advice to Management

    Find a leader who has a vision and priorities beyond only making money. A creative agency should have a leader who is also concerned about fostering cutting edge creative.


  8. Helpful (1)

    It's a paycheck

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    Former Employee - Senior Creative in Hollywood, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Creative in Hollywood, CA

    I worked at Trailer Park

    Pros

    Having a job to go to beats not having a job to go to.

    Cons

    Sometimes the work is boring and monotonous. It's a big pipeline with a ton of artists so it's easy to get stuck doing minor revisions all day. More often than not the producers will request changes to files at the end of day that could have been tackled early on in the day this turning a 9 hour day into a 12 hour day. The day of our Christmas party myself and a couple others got stuck working on revisions well past midnight while the rest of the company was at the party. There's no telling the client no at Trailer Park which is great for clients but beats up the employees sometimes.

    Advice to Management

    Manage client expectations better.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Poor management and high turnover

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Producer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Producer in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Trailer Park full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Team members are excellent with a drive to create a product to be proud of.

    Cons

    Management is poor and always changjng. Company isn't sure of who they are and/or want to be. Within two years I saw upper management change three times. They don't appreciate or acknowledge the talent behind the curtains. They cut corners by overworking and underpaying their staff.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate the employees that are filling your pocketbooks. Don't overwork them and under pay them. A happy hour won't make up for the lack of compensation.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Coordinator

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Coordinator in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Coordinator in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It's a job. Good benefits. If you stay long enough and give your life over to them for long enough, you can earn a pretty decent salary. Of course it depends what department you're in, but twelve hour days can happen more often than nine, depending.

    Cons

    Egos. Terrible producers at the higher levels. They're good at what they do, but they treat their dogs better than their coworkers. It's LA. The client is god and if they want it first thing in the morning, you might end up sleeping under your desk. For the amount of work and stress, the pay should be better.

    Advice to Management

    If you're going to throw parties for you employees (which TP does; rooftop parties, etc) make sure you allow them to go. Again, this is department specific. Some get abused more than others.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Lack of leadership and political mess amidst a chaotic work environment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hollywood, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hollywood, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Subsidized lunch, pockets of sanity within departments, competitive compensation

    Cons

    Does not invest in people's growth and careers, completely disorganized and incapable of managing projects, constant change with no improvement, leaders spend all of their time hiding incompetence rather than supporting their team.



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