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Blue Sky Studios Reviews

Updated February 18, 2019
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Blue Sky Studios President, Twentieth Century Fox Animation Brian Keane
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  • "Being owned by 20th Century Fox (in LA) but operating on the east coast has inherent problems: Blue Sky management has limited power" (in 3 reviews)

  • "Many departments also lack solid documentation, if it exists at all making the initial learning curve potentially steep" (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Production Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Blue Sky Studios full-time

    Pros

    Great Percs. Family Atmosphere. Great company to learn and grow in production management.

    Cons

    Long learning curve or time period.


  2. "Great artists"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfield, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfield, CT
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Blue Sky Studios full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great team of artists. High quality projects

    Cons

    Fox decides over scripts or projects

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great family culture, but not an innovation company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous in Greenwich, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Greenwich, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Blue Sky Studios full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Really great focus on family culture. Stable 9 to 6 job. Lots of holiday events that welcome employee's kids coming to work. Overall, people take care of each other. Balanced work-life culture and environment.

    Cons

    Technology is outdated. Hardware is outdated. Techniques are outdated. Entrenched leadership strongly resists change and innovation. Lots of office politics will prevent many from fairly advancing. Salary not as competitive.

    Advice to Management

    Empower upstarts to make meaningful change and impacts. Beware of old entrenched leadership that is resistant to change and progress.


  4. "Blue Sky Studios"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Blue Sky Studios full-time

    Pros

    Blue Sky has a collaborative environment, with great benefits.

    Cons

    Not knowing what Disney will do when they buy Fox.


  5. "Good overall"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Blue Sky Studios full-time

    Pros

    Good company
    Great pay
    Pretty easy training

    Cons

    Overworked
    Messed up schedule
    Co workers can be judge mental


  6. "Getting better"

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    Current Employee - Animator in Greenwich, CT
    Current Employee - Animator in Greenwich, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Blue Sky Studios full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Obviously it’s one of the top feature animation studios out there, but when you compare the movies it’s putting out to other top studios, blue sky’s are not my favorite. In the past they have tended to be more childish and attempt to follow trends in pop culture rather than create and inspire with original content. However recent changes in leadership and the next few years movies should be the best blue sky has ever done. Also work life balance has always been a draw. And affordable living and housing prices when compared to low Angeles, where many other studios are.

    Cons

    Right now, uncertainty about the future with the Disney merger happening. People seem optimistic though.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Executive"

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    Current Employee - Senior Executive
    Current Employee - Senior Executive
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Blue Sky Studios full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great talent, great people, great work environment.

    Cons

    Not necessarily competitive pay, disconnect between LA Fox Animation and Blue Sky Studios where all the work is actually done- but improving. Need continued commitment to story and talent to truly rise to the next level.

    Advice to Management

    Sharing more information and a more inclusive collaborative spirit between management and crew and talent will connect creative people to their work more and will allow for better work all around.

  8. "A nice place to work"

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

    I worked at Blue Sky Studios full-time

    Pros

    - Friendly company
    - Very talented staff
    - Stable work environment
    - Take good care of employees

    Cons

    - Too many layers of management, takes a great effort to make change
    - Feels like there is a disconnect between Fox Animation in LA and the people doing most of the work
    - A little too frugal at times, especially as complexity demands increase
    - Need to get better at telling stories

    Advice to Management

    - reduce middle management, too inefficient
    - invest more in story
    - invest more in technology


  9. "Production Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Blue Sky Studios full-time

    Pros

    Creative Environment
    Great group of People
    Great campus

    Cons

    It is a hard to make your way up in management
    It is based only if someone leaves the company and so on


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Stuck in the 90's, slow but certain decline over the years."

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    Current Employee - Lighting Technical Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Lighting Technical Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Blue Sky Studios full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Good work-life balance
    Good place to have a baby
    Layoffs are rare
    The only feature animation studio on the East Coast

    Cons

    Low Pay
    Located in the middle of nowhere
    Underwhelming projects
    Part of FOX
    The directors are amateurs and FOX plays too big of a role in making artistic decisions
    Very out-of-date technology, Research & Development way behind compared to Disney or Dreamworks
    Layoffs are rare
    Leadership is congested with 50-80 years old with egos who are stuck in the past and won't make way for new talent
    Not the place to be if you care about your craft or career
    You could show up to work drunk and you still wouldn't get fired
    Zero trust in the leadership
    Zero African-Americans in most departments
    Zero Muslims in most departments
    Won't be around for long if their movies don't stay competitive with Disney or Dreamworks

    Advice to Management

    Lay off the 50 to 80 years old with egos who still work at the company and prevent the younger talent from making this company relevant. Promote healthy criticism and ask your younger talent for input, they are the future of the company.