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Updated Jul 6, 2020

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2.6
49%
Recommend to a Friend
72%
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BUF Président-Directeur Général Pierre Buffin
Pierre Buffin
10 Ratings

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  • "Software are proprietary meaning that you have to make efforts to master them(in 4 reviews)
  • "Low salaries obsolete software for 3d(in 3 reviews)
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  1. 3.0
    Former Employee

    Role and Leadership was unclear

    Nov 1, 2018 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    The company has an incredible reputation for its artistry.

    Cons

    The role and who I reported too was never made clear.

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  2. 1.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    Just don't.

    Jul 6, 2020 - 3D Generalist 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Easy to get hired. Free coffee, free croissants and such on Fridays. Met some nice people there.

    Cons

    They use their own homemade software that is obsolete and crashes constantly. Some of their senior employees are rude and condescending. Work-life balance is non-existant, so be prepared to stay past the end of your shift every day. OT is paid only when scheduled in advance. Deadlines are ridiculous. People come and go constantly so it's a very unstable place to work at. People either quit or get fired, sometimes for the most ridiculous reasons. Most of their employees are relatively new because of this.

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  3. 1.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    You can do better than BUF VFX

    Feb 11, 2020 - 3D Generalist in Montreal, QC
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Fair paycheck salary for Juniors.

    Cons

    If you're a foreigner that depends on a Working Visa they will hold you hostage of that and treat you bad, yell at you, blame you of your lack of skill not because you do but because their "software" is HIGHLY outdated and they think it's much better than Maya or 3Ds Max or any other software when in reality its really not and makes working there a living nightmare. They'll remind you constantly how much you suck. Ask you a lot of Over Time that they won't pay you on cash but "free days". They'll fire you the same day if they don't have more work for you or if you're honest about how bad they treat you.

    1 person found this review helpful
  4. 2.0
    Former Employee

    No hope

    May 14, 2020 - Dev in Paris
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    A lot of to learn

    Cons

    low salaries, crowdy offices, noise

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  5. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    You learn a lot but is not a good place

    Nov 28, 2018 - 3D Generalist in Montreal, QC
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Good thing about being a generalist at BUF is that you have the oportunity to work and learn a lot of diferent things inside the same project. From 3D modeling, texturing, ambient, etc until the end when you can do the final comp for your shots. The projects are very intresting, nevertheless, from time to time there is nothing to do. Or for the contrary there are way too many shots and not enough hands.

    Cons

    You can see people in general are tired and scared in there. The way they treat artists is not positive. They have to stay late almost every day to finish the shots, it is curious almost all the time there is no overtime aproved but the bad treatment, almost a threat that you must finish no matter what. People is under paid, over worked and underappreciated, worst part, they are scared to say anything about it. Finally the enviroment in there is not good, people never take a break, it is only work and more work. You never get to know people a lot since there is no chance, no extra activities, forget about beer friday or breakfasts or any benefit that other companies have.

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    3 people found this review helpful
  6. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Best for learning, worst for family life

    May 22, 2014 - VFX Artist in Paris
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    As a Generalist, you can do any kind of work on a shot. If you're skilled enough, your supervisor will give you shots to do from layout to final compositing. Pipeline, one of the best.

    Cons

    Expecrienced workers salaries. Projects less and less interessant. Managers.. In-house softwares not really up-to-date with new technologies (but not as bad as often said in the industry)

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    6 people found this review helpful
  7. 3.0
    Current Employee

    Intense and Challenging

    Jan 9, 2019 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    - Can work on various areas as BUF has a generalist approach of VFX - Working with people with great artistic skills - Most of BUF's shots are art oriented - Probably the best place to grow as a VFX artist - The production pipeline is very flexible as it's 100 proprietary

    Cons

    - The working load is intense (more than most of the VFX companies) - Software are proprietary meaning that you have to make efforts to master them - The overall communication should be improved

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  8. 3.0
    Former Employee

    Great friends, OK company

    May 4, 2016 -  
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Good communication between people. Friendly people and good training.

    Cons

    Proprietary software. Most functions which take a click in other softwares, takes about a billion clicks. Very unstable and does not have functions most up to date softwares have. Very slow development team

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  9. 3.0
    Former Employee

    A good place

    Aug 20, 2018 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    - a nice atmosphere - nice to work in interesting movies, although the most interesting projects are handled in Paris. - Great team

    Cons

    - several areas really need to have a better direction, there doesn't seem to be a good communication between the offices from Mtl and Paris.

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  10. 3.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    It's a nice studio for a starter

    Jun 30, 2017 - 3D Generalist in Montreal, QC
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    I learned the complete pipeline and Linux pretty much all by myself, it will surely help in my future jobs

    Cons

    There is some stuff to adjust like most communication between artists and supervisors but mostly I just want to do 3D stuff and we do more comp/roto/restore here

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BUF has an overall rating of 2.6 out of 5, based on over 30 reviews left anonymously by employees. 49% of employees would recommend working at BUF to a friend and 34% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has improved by 2% over the last 12 months.

According to anonymously submitted Glassdoor reviews, BUF employees rate their compensation and benefits as 2.2 out of 5. Find out more about salaries and benefits at BUF. This rating has improved by 1% over the last 12 months.

49% of BUF employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated BUF 2.1 out of 5 for work life balance, 2.4 for culture and values and 3.0 for career opportunities.

According to reviews on Glassdoor, employees commonly mention the pros of working at BUF to be benefits, career development, coworkers and the cons to be management, culture, compensation.

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