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  1. "Work here for the experience but don't stay for long"

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    Former Employee - Lighting Artist in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Lighting Artist in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Lots of exciting productions that you can work at
    - Tons of great people to work with, talent and personality wise

    Cons

    - Awful studio, very cramped
    - Awful pay, took advantage on foreign worker's pay when they extend their work visa
    - Awful pipeline hence, expect lots of UNPAID overtime
    - Unfair & very unreasonable pay rise

    Advice to Management

    Should treat their employee better instead of just taking advantage of them. Pay them overtime, seriously. Fix your pipeline, they are the main reason why overtime is needed. When animation is not done properly, it should be send back to the animation department instead of having the lighter/compositor fixing it. It is the animators responsibility!


  2. "It's alright"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bardel Entertainment as a contractor

    Pros

    Lots of shows, usually up to date software.

    Cons

    Most artists don't know what they're doing, really bad pipeline, below average pay, lots of unpaid overtime, contract will most likely run out before HR responds to you.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in artists that have real skill, try to keep them/promote them. You have too many mundane workers who don't want to learn and can't accept change. This costs you money in the long run!

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Studio has seemingly gone downhill."

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    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 (2)

    "a good place to get some experience make some friends then move on"

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

    I worked at Bardel Entertainment full-time

    Pros

    most of the people love their work and try to do their best

    Cons

    overcrowded, dirty, pay is below standard, everyone is overworked, staff are treated as replaceable parts, expected to work lots of unpaid hours, everyone is always scrambling to try to keep projects and systems from falling apart, departments are all understaffed and lack resources, high turnover, CEO often makes decisions against advice of staff and then blames/fires same staff when things fail

    Advice to Management

    treat staff like they're important


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