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Bardel Entertainment Animator Reviews

Updated September 8, 2018
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Pros
  • "Alongside the great shows, Bardel has great people" (in 11 reviews)

  • "They have the coolest shows to work on hands down" (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "They often demand unpaid overtime and are unwilling to address bad professional practices including sexism from stronger animators" (in 12 reviews)

  • "Shows are often under-staffed causing people to work long hours in order to meet tight deadlines" (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Animator"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Animator
    Current Contractor - Animator
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Bardel Entertainment as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good TV projects and good activity after work

    Cons

    Too much work. Production is so tight. A lot of OT without pay. Someone get promoted by no reason.

    Advice to Management

    Respect the artist. Did not you see the slogans and posters around the company. A lot of people are not satisfied


  2. Helpful (7)

    "Not the best"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Animator
    Current Employee - Animator
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, nice location, there is work

    Cons

    Bid too little on shows and demand over time.

  3. "Great place to work despite missteps from management."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - 3D Animator in Kelowna, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - 3D Animator in Kelowna, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bardel Entertainment full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Ample opportunity to work on many diverse, fun projects with big name companies.
    -Engaging and personable immediate leadership. (Leads/Supervisors)
    -Willing to teach
    -Amicable atmosphere on floor with artists
    -Studio located in a great location (Kelowna)

    Cons

    -Mismanaged production schedules put considerable pressure and stresses on artists.
    -Tight production schedules doesn't leave room for artists to practice, learn and grow.
    -Miscommunications on past projects between production and artists/leads/supervisors lead to negativity. However, Bardel has learned from those missteps and seems to be doing better.

    Advice to Management

    -Be Transparent
    -Fight for the artists
    -Work with us from the trenches, your example speaks volumes.
    -Be realistically optimistic. You don't have to be smiling all the time, but be realistic about the situation while optimistically seeking solutions.


  4. "Animator"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - 3D Animator in Kelowna, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - 3D Animator in Kelowna, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Bardel Entertainment full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good colleagues you can learn a lot if you are junior or mid, some good projects to work on, is a good place for a first experience

    Cons

    Expect a lot of OT especially if you are junior, bad communication between the management and the employees, no OT paid, no OT dinner, lack of new projects

    Advice to Management

    hired more qualified people to avoid OT.


  5. "Decent place to start as an animator"

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    Former Employee - Animator
    Former Employee - Animator
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bardel Entertainment full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good Cartoons, Dreamworks TV

    Cons

    Not getting paid for overtime.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Alright Entry-Level Opportunity"

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    Current Employee - 3D Animator in Kelowna, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - 3D Animator in Kelowna, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Bardel Entertainment full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Some fun and interesting shows
    -Cool people to work with
    -Easy entry for recent graduates

    Cons

    -High quotas due to under-staffing from under-bidding shows/clients having unrealistic expectations
    -Little to no OT pay
    -Almost everyone is either already or is quickly becoming fed up/tired of all the work a little to no compensation (we occasionally get OT meals but we have to stay until 7:30/8PM to recieve them)
    -Little to no communication from HR when transitioning off shows

    Bardel Entertainment Response

    Mar 13, 2018 – Senior Talent Acquisition Advisor

    Thank you for your feedback! We appreciate knowing what areas we can improve in and will do all that we can to resolve these concerns and improve our workplace to make it an environment that you are... More


  7. "2d animator"

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    Former Contractor - 2D Animator in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Contractor - 2D Animator in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I worked at Bardel Entertainment as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good work experience for beginners.

    Cons

    Not many perks, no overtime pay.

  8. "Mediocre and complicit in bad professional practices"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Animator in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Contractor - Animator in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Bardel Entertainment as a contractor

    Pros

    If you can survive your first year/production you have the opportunity to learn from some really talented people. It also can provide opportunities for lateral movement across the industry.

    Cons

    The studio is disorganized and is often scrambling to regain its footing due to poor planning on all levels. They often demand unpaid overtime and are unwilling to address bad professional practices including sexism from stronger animators.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Once was good, going downhill fast."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - 3D Animator in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - 3D Animator in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Bardel Entertainment full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good leads and sups (depending on project)
    Studio atmosphere is pleasant.
    Decent number of shows
    Vancouver studio is in a nice location

    Cons

    unrealistic deadlines and quality expectations
    no work/life balance
    unpaid overtime is normal.
    low morale overall. people seem tired or disinterested.
    HR is slow and very disorganized. (once didn't receive a paycheque at least 3 times due to a clerical error.)
    bought by rainbow in 2016 (which imo is the reason the company is failing)

    Advice to Management

    treat your artists like human beings, they deserve respect and better compensation for the hard work they put in every day.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Can be hard for students, but if you survive you can learn a lot"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - 3D Animator in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - 3D Animator in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Bardel Entertainment (More than a year)

    Pros

    Filled with amazing and talented artists to learn from
    Not a bad place start your animation career

    Cons

    -depending on the show, the production can be pretty unorganized.
    -can overpromise clients and the artist have to do OT to suffer and meet unrealistic deadlines

    Advice to Management

    - take care of your artist or they will constantly try to leave your studio.
    - Don't treat them like they're expendable