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Bardel Entertainment Reviews

Updated October 12, 2018
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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 13 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. Helpful (1)

    "Alright Entry-Level Opportunity"

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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)
    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


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Ok"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Large contracts every year, but understaffed

    Cons

    Growing too fast, slow sown

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Once was good, going downhill fast."

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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)
    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.


  4. 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


  5. Helpful (8)

    "Great people, Great shows, Terrible CEO"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kelowna, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kelowna, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great studio for straight out of school.
    - Can work on high profile shows.
    - Good location.
    - Good studio culture.

    Cons

    - Terrible CEO.
    - Recently purchased by Italian company (Rainbow) so future of company is uncertain.
    - High turnover rate for HR department resulting in lots of clerical mistakes.

    Advice to Management

    Replace Delna with a competent, sincere, intelligent leader who actually knows what they're talking about. Preferably someone who doesn't pass the blame when anything goes wrong, and takes credit when anything goes right. Delna has an awful reputation in the industry both with employees and clients. Replacing her would make Bardel much more appealing to anyone considering working there.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Getting Better but inconsistent"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. Helpful (8)

    "Good place to get some experience and make connections. Great people to work with."

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of shows to work on. Most of the time, they will seek to keep you and find you another show if the one you were working on has ended. Decent pay.

    Cons

    Pipeline and quotas are insane for the level of quality and output expected. Harassment cases go ignored or a blind eye is turned to it.

    Advice to Management

    Work on your pipelines and quota expectancy or you’ll soon find yourself becoming the next Nerd Corps. And alienating yourself from experienced and talented artists. You pride yourself in the quality of your shows- try to keep it that way. Do not claim to take harassment seriously when you don’t actually reprimand those people for their poor actions after multiple warnings...

  8. Helpful (1)

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

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

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

    Pros

    Different projects, most of the time OT gets paid

    Cons

    but a lot of overtime and high quota depending on show


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Good place to start"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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


  10. "Amazing atmosphere and good place for grow."

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

    I have been working at Bardel Entertainment full-time

    Pros

    Balance between experienced and junior professionals.
    Opportunity to grow and learn.
    Good quality projects.

    Cons

    Bad HR management.
    Recently crazy quotas in the new shows.
    Unbalanced salaries. An intermediate animator can get almost the same as a lead, sometimes more.


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