If you're into comic books, it can be really fun to have a hand in bringing characters like Spider-Man and the X-Men to "life". Working directly in the publishing group can be fast-paced and exciting, and everyone you meet will think it's awesome you work at Marvel.
Management tends to treat employees dismissively, a culture of fear and surveillance is cultivated as a motivational tool. Favoritism and politics play a large part in promotion opportunities, it seems like everyone is a vice-president of something.
Advice to Management
Marvel will never hang our on to their best and brightest employees without treating them a bit better, but as long as they're making bags of money, they don't really have any incentive to change.
I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Marvel Publishing (New York, NY) in April 2010.
Since I applied to numerous paid positions with Marvel over the years and never even got so much as a reply back, I decided to do a little "experiment". I decided to apply to one of their hundreds of un-paid internships. And whaddya know?! I got an interview… sort of.
This so-called interview was one of the most negative and stand-offish experiences I've had to endure… To make a long story short, the AD sat behind me and worked away while his clueless subordinate undermined my portfolio page by page. I had a book full of projects featuring Marvel characters from a now defunct comic book magazine. This fact was completely ignored. To top it all off, at the end of this ego-killing-sit-down, Mr. AD's subordinate mentioned "some future freelance work". I realized this was BS when I never heard back… from anyone.
Have fun being under Mickey's rule Marvel… I hear "the Rat" is a Tyrant.
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