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Bardel Entertainment Reviews

Updated January 16, 2019
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Pros
  • "Alongside the great shows, Bardel has great people" (in 12 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 14 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. "Chairman"

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    • 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. Helpful (3)

    "Saving the world one cartoon at a time"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Bardel Entertainment full-time

    Pros

    Bardel has great shows - there's no other way to put it. They work with some of the best brands in the industry, and offer artists creatively challenging opportunities to grow in their careers and learn from experienced industry professionals.

    Alongside the great shows, Bardel has great people! The company culture is friendly, engaging, and fun. People make jokes in the hallways, walk for coffee together, carve pumpkins together, trouble shoot technical problems together, eat cereal together. It is a very collaborative environment where artists are encouraged to share their opinions and bring forward solutions. The Senior Management team is also a good group of people who genuinely care about the studio.

    If you want to be challenged in your career and work on great shows with great people, Bardel is the place for you.

    Cons

    Every company has room to improve. Bardel could implement a few structural improvements that would benefit the studio as a whole, but as far as animation studios go, it's a good place to work!

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

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    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.


  4. "General review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bardel Entertainment full-time

    Pros

    Fun people,
    Flexible hours, goal oriented targets

    Cons

    In animation, though your hours may be flexible, you may be doing a lot of unpaid overtime


  5. "Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bardel Entertainment full-time

    Pros

    - good projects
    - cool coworkers

    Cons

    - oftentimes requires overtime to meet quota


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

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    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.


  7. "Animator"

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    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.

  8. "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.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Getting Better but inconsistent"

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    Current Employee - Animator in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Animator in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Different projects but long hours with OT and high quota depending on show but usually paid. Again depends on the show. Pay not bad compared to other studios.

    Cons

    No consistenty across the shows on how the quotas are decided. Some shows better than others.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your crew when we tell you they are maxed out. Find ways to balance the workload other than OT.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Good place to start"

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

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

    Pros

    Fun series to work in, nice stuff to put into your demoreel

    Cons

    Lack of motivation for their employees, it feels like a factory

    Advice to Management

    should pay more attention to their employees and their struggles not just ignore them


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