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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Good Overall"

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    • 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.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Studio has seemingly gone downhill."

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    • 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.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Animator"

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    • 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


  4. "Bardel is a good company"

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

    Pros

    Great people and cool projects

    Cons

    Long hours and no benefits


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