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  1. Helpful (1)

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

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    • 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)

    "Decent first time work"

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    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.

  3. Helpful (5)

    "Not a place worth working at"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Close to the Skytrain
    I cant think of much else to say

    Cons

    Everything else about the place, pour management, Sweatshop, Don't care about their employees and long hours

    Advice to Management

    Give up and let someone with knowledge and experience take over


  4. "Negotiate your contract as well as you can."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The studio is in a great location, and offers a lot of work in a variety of animation industry fields. The pay can be pretty good IF YOU NEGOTIATE WELL when you are hired, and they offer benefits. The quality of the shows and the work being done is quite high. The studio has a long tradition of working on great shows and is well established in the larger industry. The best part of the studio, however, is by far the employees. Great people.

    Cons

    It is a very management heavy studio. As often as they say they put artists first, they are pretty notorious for treating people like screwdrivers by always bending over backwards for clients at the cost of employee health and moral. If you want to be an animator, expect to work some fairly long hours.
    While the pay can be good, management will low ball you fairly hard, especially hard if you are new to the industry. Make sure to negotiate as best you can.

    Advice to Management

    Your employees are not a commodity to be bent by clients who demand unreasonable quotas. Numbers on spreadsheets have real life affecting consequences for the people you demand craft from.


  5. "Bardel is a good company"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great people and cool projects

    Cons

    Long hours and no benefits


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Too demanding with no value for artists working there"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's a job that give me demo reel quality experience. If you a foreigner they willing to hire you over local talent due to senior creative studio chief so you get a visa to work in canada

    Cons

    No benefits. Long hours. No sense of loyalty to long term staff who want to be trained up. They don't appreciate the hard work of the artists

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to reinvent the wheel. All shows don't work when one creative lead insists on running every single show. Hire production personnel to support the needs of each productions. You need to appreciate your artists and treat them better.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Stressful environment"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - General Administration in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - General Administration in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Bardel Entertainment full-time

    Pros

    Have made many great connections - personal and professional
    The social atmosphere is great
    It was a fun place to work
    Colleagues really looked out for each other

    Cons

    Long hours with no overtime compensation
    12 month benefit qualification period
    Expectations were often beyond what could be accomplished in a 40 (but more often 50-55) hour week
    Not enough administrative staff to carry the work load
    Pay was much lower than the average for similar positions in the same industry/city


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