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Blue Sky Studios Reviews

Updated February 9, 2017
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Pros
  • Great benefits, great people, get involved and you will be fine (in 6 reviews)

  • Several talented people to learn and grow from (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Middle production pay is insufficient for the cost of living in this area (in 2 reviews)

  • For a temp or junior animator don't expect to get great shots (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "PA"

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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 work environment
    -Friendly Staff
    -Supportive Management

    Cons

    -Little room for growth at lower levels - but not impossible if you stand out.


  2. "Lighting Technical Director"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Blue Sky Studios full-time

    Pros

    Friendly environment and job security is stable so far.

    Cons

    need more changeable and creative works.

    Advice to Management

    Minimize pipeline when some departs need to fix.


  3. "Front Desk"

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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

    Working with creative people. Watching the filmmaking process. Lots of Perks and lots of fun.

    Cons

    Competitive, tendency to burn out and can be hard to move within the company. Preferential treatment to some. Not always transparent.

    Advice to Management

    My manager was a lifer who took a lot of time off but was good at the niche parts of her job. She wasn't the most honest all the time but I still have affection for her and the place.


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  5. "Great people, lots of opportunities, stuck in hollywood"

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    Current Employee - Animation
    Current Employee - Animation
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great culture. Friendly supportive people. Your voice and ideas can be heard. Quality work is rewarded.

    Cons

    Expectations of success can be unclear at times. It's Hollywood so we are cogs in a machine. Although your voice can be heard, it may not affect change. Like most of life, relationships, power and control influence much.

    Advice to Management

    Keep fighting to invest in R&D, story, pre-production and attracting star talent.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Mostly meh."

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    Current Employee - Layout Artist in Greenwich, CT
    Current Employee - Layout Artist in Greenwich, CT
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    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Blue Sky Studios full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Blue Sky can be a great place to work. There are great and talented people everywhere, and most feel like friends rather than co-workers. Free bagels, fruit, doughnuts, and cereal are a nice way to start the day.

    Cons

    The location is pretty terrible in the middle of nowhere Greenwich, CT. If you don't own a car, you're stuck in the building with no real options for an escape. All the hard work put in to the films we create still ends up with a pretty mediocre product because the story is weak/non-existent.

    Advice to Management

    Please bring in more chocolate doughnuts on Fridays. One box is not enough for 500 people. This is basic stuff.


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    "Good and Bad"

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    Former Employee - Lighter in Greenwich, CT
    Former Employee - Lighter in Greenwich, CT
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    I worked at Blue Sky Studios full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    You'll work with some incredibly talented people. Everyone is friendly and helpful. Great place to learn.

    Cons

    Overall, heading in the wrong direction. Management more interested in what's on the spreadsheet rather than what's on the screen. Being isolated in NY tends to create a head-in-the-sand mentality.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up with what's going on in the rest of the industry.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Great crew. Decent production management. Fear-based executive decision-making."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of supportive senior talent and supervisors. Lovely location outside NYC. Most roles are full-time staff (job security in film production is so rare).

    Cons

    Blue Sky management has very little autonomy (not that they'd do much with it if they had it). Politics and "sudden emergencies" from the Fox lot in LA are frequent and usually pointless.

    Advice to Management

    In order to compete against Illumination/DWA, Disney/Pixar, you'll need more creative leadership, less executive nonsense.


  9. "Great Studio!"

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    Current Employee - Character Technical Director in White Plains, NY
    Current Employee - Character Technical Director in White Plains, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Blue Sky Studios full-time

    Pros

    - Lots of room for your input.
    - If you work hard and have good ideas, you can go really far here.
    - Great team.
    - Depending on your dept, the hours are excellent with very low overtime.

    Cons

    - Little bit smaller than a usual BIG studio, so there are organizational problems that go along with that.
    - Pay is on the low side.
    - Supervisors/Production staff can be frustrating.
    - The FOX factor : movie stories will always be super silly.

    Advice to Management

    Hire APMs and PAs with proper experience (the receptionist being my future manager is not a great prospect).
    Also, don't shuffle them around so much. They barely get a chance to figure out one department and they are into another. In technical departments (which is most of them) this is a complete disaster.
    You can't expect an APM to be able to properly defend the workflow and bids from a technical department to a production manager in a scheduling meeting, when they barely have a grasp of what the department actually does. It keeps things disorganized and puts a lot of extra pressure on the artists who have to constantly explain and rework the schedules for their APMs/PAs instead of focusing on the work to be done.

    Overall, it's a fantastic studio. The best I've worked at.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "OK Place to Work"

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

    I have been working at Blue Sky Studios full-time

    Pros

    The people and talent; casual atmosphere

    Cons

    A lot of sequels brings down morale on the teams; feels like we lose a company perk with each film. Communication between departments is not the best.

    Advice to Management

    Fix the kinks in the pipeline instead of worrying about which show you are going to bill it to


  11. "Character Sim TD"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    -great working environment
    -nice team
    -challenging job

    Cons

    -nothing that i can remember



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