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Bardel Entertainment Reviews

Updated September 15, 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. Helpful (1)

    "Good to get your foot in the door - not longterm."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    People working on your team are fun, it's really easy to forget that you're actually working.

    Cons

    Long hours, little pay, no benefits, management is a little iffy at time.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good Overall"

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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
    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.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Studio has seemingly gone downhill."

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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
    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.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Sausage Factory"

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    • 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


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Animator"

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    • 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


  6. "lead layout artist"

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

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

    Pros

    Really friendly studio to work within.
    People really do your best to make the best out of it
    People here really like to see you grow

    Cons

    Lack of administrative personal. Sometimes is a bit hard to be sure what really is going on with management
    Lack of communication between the studios. Is a bit hard to keep up with what is going on with your team in the other side of canada

    Advice to Management

    Hire more HR people


  7. Helpful (2)

    "TMNT seasons 1-5!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lead Animator, Supervising Team Leo in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Lead Animator, Supervising Team Leo in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Bardel Entertainment (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Ah, Ninja Turtles TV series 2012-2017. It had its ups and downs over 5 years, but for me it was a constantly challenging, fun, learning environment with some of the best people I've worked with over 20+ years in animation. Had a blast there, 16 weeks animation/episode, bump weeks, 3 stages, solid writing, great balance of acting and action, and terrific production support will not be replicated again. Season 5 was the best, Leading Team Leo was an experience I'll never forget!

    Cons

    Some people were overworked and burned out on that project; it was extremely demanding and sometimes difficult to watch people struggle who were outside of the sphere of help.

    Advice to Management

    Run all your projects like TMNT with dedicated staff (not overlapping projects) having the ability to push back and build a give-and-take relationship with the client.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good studio"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They always have something to work on and they are good at retaining their top performing employees.
    The work environment is nice and friendly.

    Cons

    The overall maintenance of the studio needs improvement. The kitchen areas are small and get cluttered easily during the lunch hours. Restrooms usually get out of order and so does the elevator.

    Advice to Management

    Spend a little money on the overall maintenance of the studio. Hire more people to take care of the studio.


  9. "Good TV Gig"

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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)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good TV experience.
    The shows were fun to work on.
    Many talented animators.

    Cons

    High quota.
    Seem to have some growing pains still.
    The budget for the shows are too low. It seems Bardel way underbid. For the quality the directors want it is not achievable.

    Advice to Management

    Bardel underbid for these contracts. You can't guilt trip your employees to work free overtime because of you underbid.


  10. "LRC artist"

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    • 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)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work
    Almost no OT, great for people with family
    Some show are very organized and pipeline works fine.
    Lot of mixed people, from 20-60 in all positions.

    Cons

    need better kitchen, to crowded
    bathrooms is a nightmare, radio of 1 for 100 people.

    Advice to Management

    if you are doing a company social event, please don't be cheap, do it right!


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