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Blue Sky Studios Reviews

Updated August 19, 2017
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Blue Sky Studios President, Twentieth Century Fox Animation Brian Keane
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  • Located in the middle of nowhere (in 3 reviews)

  • Won't be around for long if their movies don't stay competitive with Disney or Dreamworks (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "A nice place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  2. "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

  3. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  4. "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.


  5. "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.


  6. "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.


  7. "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.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Mostly meh."

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    Current Employee - Layout Artist in Greenwich, CT
    Current Employee - Layout Artist in Greenwich, CT
    Recommends
    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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good and Bad"

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    Former Employee - Lighter in Greenwich, CT
    Former Employee - Lighter in Greenwich, CT
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    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.


  10. 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.


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