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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. "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.


  2. "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!

  3. "Gotten much better, still room for improvement"

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

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

    Pros

    - Cool current projects and future ones, a good place to learn and improve on one's skills regardless of experience
    - Lots of good people and awesome artists to work with
    - They have a benefits package now
    - Good work/ life balance on current project
    - Location is near one of more historic parts of Vancouver and lots of nice places to eat are close by and very accessible be Transit

    Cons

    - Benefits are nice but could still be more comprehensive, also communication and how it was rolled out was lacking
    - Not all shows have the same hours, some are good but others required lots of OT
    - Pay is on the lower end of local studios
    - Studio at Beatty is lacking in how many bathrooms( 5 for about a 100 people ) and a persistent rodent problem

    Advice to Management

    The studio has grown a lot over the last few years and there have been some visible improvements with that growth and more opportunities as well.
    However pay needs addressing and while the benefits package is a good step, the roll out of it was confusing and I was left with lots of questions and communication left something to be desired.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Full time 2D Animator"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - 2D Animator
    Current Employee - 2D Animator
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    They have the coolest shows to work on hands down. People are all really nice. The equipment is excellent, and facilities are good. Training is decent in the 2D department. Plenty of work.

    Cons

    Contracts are constantly being messed with, as if they don't mean anything, which adds a lot of stress to an already highly stressful job. Pay is ridiculously low. Like minimum wage low which means quality of life is poor. Quota requires you to work at 100% capacity 100% of the time or you fall behind. So no room for a very humanly 'off' day or any hopes of working hard enough to give yourself a half day as a reward. Management doesn't seem to really know what's going on half the time or have any real hands on involvement in productions other than occasional smooth talking.

    Advice to Management

    Either raise the base salary or lower the base quota. Or better yet, just give folks the median rate as a flat salary like they deserve and create a quota based on average performance of non-senior animators.

    Remember that contracts go both ways. Show some respect to your animators. And not just with pretty words. Show them you respect them the way a decent company would - with money.

    Stop trying to expand so fast or your balloon will burst.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Horrible place to work"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Bardel Entertainment full-time

    Pros

    Nice people and fun projects

    Cons

    Terrible work ethic. None of the projects are organized properly and employees are overworked and underpaid. Has the feel of a sweatshop. Mediocre Benefits and salaries are NOT PAID ON TIME.


  6. "A little unpersonal"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bardel Entertainment full-time

    Pros

    Good pipeline, nice coworkers, nice work culture

    Cons

    very few bathrooms!!!...tight deadlines..a little mechanized...not artistic freedom

    Advice to Management

    Make people feel more valuable.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Decent first time work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Key Animator in Kelowna, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Key Animator in Kelowna, BC (Canada)
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Meet cool people

    -Work on some cool shows

    -Decent first job opportunity

    Cons

    -Depending on which show you work on you may end up working a LOT of overtime and unfortunately it is all unpaid.

    -Low starting salary BUT if you work hard and stay for multiple contracts you can get some solid increases

    -Shows are often under-staffed causing people to work long hours in order to meet tight deadlines

    Advice to Management

    Instead of trying to juggle so many shows, make sure the ones you have are staffed properly. Often times people don't want to take time off because you're still expected to fill quota and depending on the episode it can be hard on your team. This will also help prevent all the unpaid overtime and feeling of overwork.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "key animator"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Key Animator in Kelowna, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Key Animator in Kelowna, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    They hire entry level animators and woul do Work Visas too.

    Cons

    Don't pay extra time or weekends and they hold grudges to people that leaves the company no matter the reason.


  9. "Production Coordinator"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Coordinator in Kelowna, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Production Coordinator in Kelowna, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Team mates are great people to work with

    Cons

    Senior management does not listen to staff, no career path, very poor salaries

    Advice to Management

    Listen to what the teams have to say


  10. "Good place to work"

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

    Pros

    Provides a decent starting wage for new hires
    Health benefit package is a major bonus
    3 different locations to chose from

    Cons

    Does not provide over time pay
    Parking is over priced or not available
    Some projects can be poorly managed


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