Vancouver Film School

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Vancouver Film School Reviews

Updated September 22, 2014
Updated September 22, 2014
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    Student (game design): Great program for some people

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Vancouver Film School

    Pros

    Great teachers, awesome peers, nice facilities, and tons of hands on learning. You really do get out of it whatever you put in, and you will be surrounded by people who are putting in a lot.

    Cons

    It's pretty openly competitive, and the structure of the curriculum/final projects/industry night ensures that everyone is constantly under pressure to perform. If you aren't putting in late hours on classwork, you will fall behind. If you aren't actively networking and making connections with peers, faculty, and the local game scene, you won't get your money's worth. If that doesn't sound like your cup of tea, it probably isn't.

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    Great Place

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Vancouver Film School full-time

    Pros

    Great environment with lots of friendly staff. Such a strong environment seeking to always do the best for the students, and always updating the curriculum to adapt to changes in the industry. If you push to do more, you are always rewarded to do so.

    Cons

    The neighbourhood around the company is less than desirable. The interior is great but the location is not. Can be quite the negative aspect for international students.

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    I'd be cautious with some staff being complacent with their work and their teaching material.

    Recommends
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    Fantastic School

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    Former Employee - Student  in  Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Student in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I worked at Vancouver Film School as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Great Culture, regular events and extremely passionate students and instructors.

    Cons

    It was an absolute treat. No Cons whatsoever.

    Recommends
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    I worked at VFS.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Vancouver Film School

    Pros

    The location was nice and central, and the compensation packages had benefits included.

    Cons

    Supervisors were not patient enough to train staff, some were rude and borderline abusive, you could feel the low morale of the staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to the feedback of your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
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    very dynamic environment, Medium size company ran like a small business

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    Former Employee - Desktop Support  in  Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Desktop Support in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I worked at Vancouver Film School full-time

    Pros

    Great work life balance, Central Downtown location, Very Dynamic staff and students

    Cons

    Salary is average, not much opportunity to advance

    Recommends
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    An amazing place to develop and learn

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Vancouver Film School full-time

    Pros

    Great people and an ever changing challenge.

    Cons

    Hard to strike a healthy balance with students and development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More staff benefits everyone!

    Recommends
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    A great place to give back to the Industry

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    Current Employee - Instructor  in  Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Instructor in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at Vancouver Film School full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great support from both within the company to improve on a continual basis, great support from the industry to make sure we stay as current as possible.

    Cons

    With any large companies there are some challenges in maintaining a large network and IT infrastructure. Some students just don't come prepared to put in the required effort to be successful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ease up on software restrictions

    Recommends
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  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    A good place to work if you want to settle down and live modestly.

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    Current Employee - Instructor  in  Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Instructor in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at Vancouver Film School

    Pros

    One of the best things about VFS is many of the instructors take their subjects very seriously. The curriculum for the school is updated regularly by the staff. Morale is usually quite high. Work at VFS is relaxed but it is more busy than most schools. Students work hard on their projects but find time to help other members of their class.

    Most Department Heads are open to change if it helps teach the class. Staff are treated as equals whether they are administration or part-time. Having a life outside VFS is respected: family-life does not conflict with work-life often.

    Cons

    The biggest concern to most staff is that cost-of-living and pay raises are slower than many places: Senior Management views instructors as disposable ("most staff only work here 2-3 years"... this is not true), so there are few pay hikes. This lowers morale when the subject comes up.

    Most of the school departments are finding ways to overlap with other departments, but some have poor cooperation skills. There are a few instructors who have more concern for their opinion of themselves than for the students.

    The school runs almost all year long so it can be difficult to take more than 2 weeks off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your employees.

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