Bardel Entertainment Reviews | Glassdoor

Bardel Entertainment Reviews

Updated August 19, 2017
48 reviews

Filter

Filter

Full-timePart-time

3.2
StarStarStarStarStar
Rating TrendsRating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
(no image)
Delna Bhesania
21 Ratings

48 Employee Reviews

Sort: PopularRatingDate

Pros
  • Fun projects/ great people/good location (in 6 reviews)

  • They have the coolest shows to work on hands down (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Shows are often under-staffed causing people to work long hours in order to meet tight deadlines (in 8 reviews)

  • Some projects seem like they are running ok, others are serious overtime and weekends (unpaid overtime of course) (in 5 reviews)

More Pros and Cons

  1. "Chairman"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great family friendly work environment and the opportunity to work on some of the best animated tv series in the world

    Cons

    There can be long work hours if you are need more time that others to be productive


  2. "Good place to start out as an animator"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Fast but manageable pace, fun crew, good coworkers, good shows to work on

    Cons

    Pay isn't that great - probably due to the double-whammy of working in BC and working in TV.

  3. "Adequate. Not great, not terrible."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    The people are genuinely friendly, it can offer a good opportunity for someone to learn depending where they are in their career and the projects produced are relatively high quality. It's a small studio feel but at a large scale, which can be nice.

    Cons

    The upper management is a mess, there's absolutely no unified vision and the company is in a constant state of chaos, unprepared and last-minute decisions that end up hurting employee morale, client confidence and the studio's ability to consistently bring in work. The working conditions aren't great either given cramped spaces, inadequate furniture and mediocre wages. Not to mention the illegal practice of not paying overtime (which almost all studios have moved away from already).

    Advice to Management

    Figure out what kind of a studio you want Bardel to be, get a clear unified vision of the marketable strengths of the studio and actually invest & support your staff to make those characteristics great. Things like, having extra head count in between projects to help prepare for the next one and simple things like, buy good office equipment so people don't hate their day to day lives.


  4. Helpful (7)

    "Not the best"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • 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.


  5. Helpful (8)

    "stay far, far away"

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

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

    Pros

    inspiring people, interesting projects, they now have benefits, and the locations of both studies are nice. Beatty is right by skytrain and west 3rd has granville island.

    Cons

    Super cramped desk spaces, lots of growing pains, constant server problems, bad communication from production, weird pipelines (yes, they do reinvent the wheel on every project), conflicting direction for artists from the creative lead vs your producer, and a general sense of complacency because the people who want to make things better either leave or get booted. Oh and they will tell you their projects are solid and will last for years, but don't believe them. They can get pulled with no warning. Because of the working conditions, people are leaving like crazy. And make sure you know what you're worth going in, or they'll walk all over you. Overtime is expected without compensation.

    Advice to Management

    You have a lot of really talented people who care deeply about what they're doing, but if you don't listen to them and help them do their jobs, they'll keep leaving. And if the quality keeps dropping, the big name studios will drop you guys. Looks like it's already started...


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Not a place worth working at"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Close to the Skytrain
    I cant think of much else to say

    Cons

    Everything else about the place, pour management, Sweatshop, Don't care about their employees and long hours

    Advice to Management

    Give up and let someone with knowledge and experience take over


  7. "Good Overall"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Bardel Entertainment full-time

    Pros

    - Try to retain employees from project to project
    - Great starting job, they give you a lot of opportunities to learn and grow
    - Fairly easy to move up if you are willing to stay there over time. If you only stay for a year and leave, this won't really happen, but if you stay for about 5 years and are talented it's pretty easy to move up in most departments
    - Cool projects, some are long term
    - Good benefits for healthcare
    - Fairly good community vibe

    Cons

    - They often do not let you know what is happening after your contracts unless you specifically harass them to find out. If they like you, they will definitely try to keep you, but they don't always let you know what their plans are until right before they want you to start a new show. Has lead to good people leaving simply because they didn't know that the company wanted to keep them
    - OT can be heavy depending on the project. However, is usually paid, production is pretty good about trying to get teams paid OT if they are behind for reasons beyond their control.

    Advice to Management

    Please let people know well in advance what show you are planning to keep them on. Otherwise, they will leave or feel burned when they are told they're being kept only to find out they are out of a job.

    Overall show pipeline could use work, would be great if those who are higher up would do more post-mortems on shows so they can hear what the problems were and prevent them from happening again. A lot of people are aware of the problems and how they could be solved but higher ups don't make an effort to hear these problems or implement solutions which leads to the same issues on every single project.

  8. "Studio has seemingly gone downhill."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • 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)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Consistent Work
    -Cool Projects
    -A rather well known Studio
    -Benefits cover half of MSP.

    Cons

    -A somewhat factory feeling
    -Company culture has changed since the Rainbow acquisition
    -If an issue arises, it takes forever to get fixed, if it gets fixed at all
    -Underbid on projects a lot
    -Lots of unpaid overtime required (working until midnight is pretty common) to keep up with deadlines, because they don't budget enough time for shows.
    -Working in the Kelowna Studio, it feels secondary to the Vancouver ones sites.
    -Employees seem to know nothing unless you're higher up. Often told that we're able to switch projects to some that are more interesting, but by the time you find out you're able to switch, the projects full.
    -Often ignores employee suggestion and issues.
    -Somewhat underpays compared to other studios.
    -CEO seems out of touch with what is actually happening in the studio.
    -Often have 1 to 2 hour meetings that waste time, only so an executive can show their face, and give an HR approved speech about how great the studio is, only to give no real information and answer no questions.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to issues that are brought up by employees. Bid for more time on projects. It doesn't need to be everything, but let your artists at least know when a show starts looking for animators let them know. Cut out the "roundtables" and just send out the information in an email.


  9. "Sausage Factory"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Bardel Entertainment full-time

    Pros

    The pros have disappeared since Rainbow has bought Bardel

    Cons

    Schedules are unrealistic. Senior staff harrass junior staff. Expectaions on quality are unrealistic creating working hours of over 12+ hours a day. Bardel has become a "Sausage Party" and it is only getting worse under the Rainbow regime.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of Delna and get a functional HR department


  10. "Animator"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - CG Animator in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - CG Animator in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -very cool projects that I'm proud to work on
    -food truck everyday
    -offers good company perks from time to time

    Cons

    -sweat shop feel, unrealistic amount of workload that can only be achieved timely with unpaid OT
    -benefits (dental) is a bit too low
    -understaffed HR, very unorganized project transition (hopefully just this time)

    Advice to Management

    -show more appreciation to your workers with more compensation
    -be organized, don't keep people hanging or waiting too long for contracts


Showing 48 of 57 reviews
Reset Filters