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  • "Great people, occasionally fun projects, not too much OT(in 14 reviews)

  • "Good place to start a career in animation(in 14 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "In animation, though your hours may be flexible, you may be doing a lot of unpaid overtime(in 15 reviews)

  • "They often demand unpaid overtime and are unwilling to address bad professional practices including sexism from stronger animators(in 12 reviews)

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    1. 2.0
      Former Employee

      Get Some Experience, Then Get Out

      Jan 18, 2018 -  
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      -Studio has a fairly consistent stream of incoming projects to potentially join, and some are really desirable -Some great people; super hard-working, talented, and friendly -Studio's putting in effort to create positive company culture/community through events and such -My first project was a good learning experience; the second was quite tough, but I learned a lot through it -Some opportunities to potentially advance through leadership tracks if you'd fit those types of roles

      Cons

      Summary: There's a word a lot of Bardel employees associate with the studio but are scared to say out loud...sweatshop. -The culture the company's trying hard to create and project contrasts the reality, which is that employees are too overworked to take part in any of the fun community-building stuff. I would've loved to partake in it, but I was too busy putting in tons of unpaid overtime to meet unreasonable expectations for a tiny paycheck. -Experiences can vary REALLY wildly depending on your project/team. On my first project, expectations and deadlines were reasonable, I almost never worked overtime, and I made a small but livable wage. Second project we were all burning out fast trying to hit insane standards and making barely a livable wage in such an expensive city. Some of my friends were on projects so easy that they were bored out of their minds; others worked every single weekend for no extra pay and it was entirely expected of them to do so. -Unpaid overtime was presented as our own issue that we had the power to control; if we didn't want to work nights and weekends, we just had to magically work faster and better and be more organized, even if we were already doing those things to the best of our abilities. As if it had nothing to do with the studio leadership and the client. -Same thing as above applied to a quota-based paycheck; management acknowledged that the "base pay" that we were guaranteed every week for hitting quota was not a professional salary, and that it was up to us to go above quota enough to make a decent amount of money. That's okay when going above quota is actually doable, but for some projects, it's just not. Especially since footage-based pay and deadlines didn't adjust to different difficulty levels of scenes. -Studio is not set up to be conducive to socialization at all. The old Beatty Street location was, since it wasn't too huge and had a big common area for lunch and special events, but the way West 3rd is set up, it's hard to naturally have interactions with your coworkers. -You may have to work completely in the dark. Beatty was in a basement, and the first floor of West 3rd is like a big warehouse space with only windows in one little section. No natural light, plus they keep it dark for the 3D lighting teams, which should just have their own dark space to work in. -Low-key sexism which is kind of inescapable in this industry, but there was a certain degree of bro-y culture which definitely favored male employees and gave them more opportunities to rise through the ranks.

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      14 people found this review helpful

      Bardel Entertainment Response

      Senior Talent Acquisition Advisor

      Thank you so much for this review! Honestly! It is so helpful to know what your experience has been and to see the areas that are opportunities for us to grow as a studio. We hear you. We do care. And we truly value your feedback. We will do all that we can to respond to these concerns.

    2. 1.0
      Former Contractor, less than 1 year

      I feel bad for every artist here

      Jun 5, 2019 - 3D Animator in Vancouver, BC
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Great and amazing artists that you can learn from. Great artist community, every artist at this studio shares a common story.

      Cons

      Unpaid overtime, horrible management, refusal to admit to wrong doings.

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      1 person found this review helpful
    3. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Studio has seemingly gone downhill.

      Aug 18, 2017 - 3D Animator in Kelowna, BC
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      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.

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      2 people found this review helpful
    4. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Work here for the experience but don't stay for long

      Sep 7, 2018 - Lighting Artist in Vancouver, BC
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      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

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      1 person found this review helpful
    5. 2.0
      Current Employee

      Overcrowded Studio

      Jan 1, 2014 -  
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Some fun animation projects, downtown studio close to Skytrain (Stadium). Christmas Party.

      Cons

      Too much work, not enough support. Bardel is growing, and is getting pretty cramped (not enough washrooms, desks, software licenses, server space, slow internet connection and lack of help) make it a lot harder to work than it should be. Some projects seem like they are running ok, others are serious overtime and weekends (unpaid overtime of course). Bardel never says no to any of their clients, so also expect tons of revisions.

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      2 people found this review helpful
    6. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Once was good, going downhill fast.

      Dec 29, 2017 - 3D Animator in Vancouver, BC
      Recommend
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      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Good leads and sups (depending on project) Studio atmosphere is pleasant. Decent number of shows Vancouver studio is in a nice location

      Cons

      unrealistic deadlines and quality expectations no work/life balance unpaid overtime is normal. low morale overall. people seem tired or disinterested. HR is slow and very disorganized. (once didn't receive a paycheque at least 3 times due to a clerical error.) bought by rainbow in 2016 (which imo is the reason the company is failing)

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      4 people found this review helpful
    7. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      OK, Production teams need to learn to plan

      Mar 20, 2018 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Nice location Fun projects, highly varied

      Cons

      Does not seem to learn from their previous mistakes. In regards to planning and scheduling Unpaid overtime is expected The pipeline is broken Quality is usually significantly dropped to due to teams being mostly juniors

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      1 person found this review helpful
    8. 3.0
      Former Contractor

      It's alright

      Dec 9, 2017 - Anonymous Contractor 
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      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.

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    9. 3.0
      Current Contractor

      Mediocre and complicit in bad professional practices

      Jan 4, 2018 - Animator in Vancouver, BC
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      If you can survive your first year/production you have the opportunity to learn from some really talented people. It also can provide opportunities for lateral movement across the industry.

      Cons

      The studio is disorganized and is often scrambling to regain its footing due to poor planning on all levels. They often demand unpaid overtime and are unwilling to address bad professional practices including sexism from stronger animators.

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    10. 1.0
      Current Contractor, more than 3 years

      Good place to gain experience to take elsewhere

      Nov 19, 2017 - Story Artist 
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      A variety of shows to work on, and many incredible artists to befriend!

      Cons

      Disconnect from management to the workers, outrageous amount of unpaid overtime to meet unrealistic deadlines, and everyone is crammed together. Keep higher ups protected from harassment claims by "low level" individuals.

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