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Cinesite Reviews

Updated February 17, 2017
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  1. "Cinesite - good vibe, good people, amazing VFX"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    Current Contractor - FX Technical Director in London, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - FX Technical Director in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Cinesite as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    At Cinesite people are very welcoming and nice. It is a small company, which for me gives an extra comfort. It is not a huge place where talent gets lost or wasted, the artists are busy but that also means that they all get to work on various shots and things, which is exciting and you gain more experience. They really make you feel appreciated and valuable. There is a really good vibe among the members of this team. I'm happy every day when I sit down to my desk and I'm just as happy when I leave. I never had a bad day working here.

    Cons

    You will encounter pipeline issues and bugs. But that happens everywhere I guess.


  2. "Dynamic with lots of potential"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The team (feature animation) is very dynamic, its like a big family. If things aren't all perfect, people are working hard to make it better. It's the place to be in Montreal.
    You get very competitive salaries once you've proven yourself.

    Cons

    Still needs a bit more time to develop a flawless pipeline.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "If you have talent but screwed up somewhere else, this is home!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Compositor in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Compositor in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of amazing people from many backgrounds that you wonder what the bloody hell are you doing here.

    Cons

    Cliques, Cliques, Cliques and guess what... more Cliques.

    The company feels like a high school, people act like they are in a high school and some of the content that is produced belongs to the same league of a high school.

    Tons of people act like they own the company and hurt it either intentionally or by accident.

    Advice to Management

    Many people there are running their own mini-empires that protect the mediocre and drive the hard working and driven employees away. Just keep track of where people that left are and you'll see what I mean.

    You need to run some heavy HR audits and protocols to weed out the many Napoleons in your turf if you want to remain competitive and attract talent.

    The cliques are a way of segregation and a vehicle towards discrimination/harassment. You might have many potential civil lawsuit time bombs in your hands which you are not aware about, and could blow your company to smithereens.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "Full of potential but not artist-oriented enough :/"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There's a lot of talented people if you're able to get through all of the others who claims to be talented but truly are not that talented. Not too much overtime. Work hours 8am-5pm which is cool.

    Cons

    No team spirits. A lot of ego with a lot of people. No communication and no internal evolution. Not the best work environment. It's a shame because it has a lot a potential to be amazing.

    Advice to Management

    Stop taking your artist for numbers and/or dirt. Make them feel trusted and acknowledged for a change. You could do so much with your teams.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Animation: Not as advertised"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cinesite as a contractor

    Pros

    Really positive team, great people. The studio itself is extremely nice and well maintained. The IT team is absolutely great and they keep track with constant demands. The emplacement of the studio is in downtown Montreal, near food courts, shopping malls and the Old Port. Really good work opportunity for a short term contract.

    Cons

    The people in charge are often incompetent, but highly loved by the management. Sometimes, there is a lack of respect for the artist's job and a lot of negative attitude.
    The projects are really low budget without a big future and they demand a lot of overtime, because nothing is planned properly.
    They have too many projects going on at the same time and they have difficulties managing all of them.

    Advice to Management

    Be more open minded and listen to your artists. Plan ahead. Concentrate your strength on one project at the time.
    Get rid people that are labeled as incompetent by their team, because there are too many of them right now and you already lost great artists instead.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Was great once, isn't now."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Artist in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Contractor - Artist in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cinesite as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great coffee, awesome studio setup, tech people and coders bend over backwards to make sure you have access to the tools you need.

    Cons

    Terrible/slow internal network, people digress into tiny cliques and clubs (very exclusive), everything is done for the benefit of comp and the final comps always look terrible (think tons of fog over everything, weak greenscreen integration, the works), was lead to believe in the interview that there would be a work/life balance...there isn't...it's constant overtime and weekends. Also it's in Montreal, the heart of one of the most assbackwards provinces in Canada.

    Advice to Management

    Don't promise things in interviews you can't deliver.
    You are just like every other major studio/puppymill for artists, don't pretend you aren't.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "I worked at the Montreal studio and it was a lovely experience."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Roto/Paint Artist in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Contractor - Roto/Paint Artist in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cinesite as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with.
    Not much long hours and weekends.
    No language issues.
    Office is in a nice location(downtown area).

    Cons

    Less pay raise after the yearly review.
    Office hours is quite early so if you are a late riser it's going to be difficult.


  9. "Cinesite animation"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Rigger Artist Junior in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Contractor - Rigger Artist Junior in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cinesite as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The team is awesome and it is easy to grow in this company. It's licated in a good spot of montreal!

    Cons

    The projects are really low budget with poor stories and the directors do not look really competent. Most of the leads are not liked by their team.

    Advice to Management

    They should fired the people who are not good instead of keep leaving them chances. This world is full of impostors and there are a lot at Cinesite.


  10. "Desktop Support specialist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Had the pleasure of working with a few extremely talented individuals.

    Cons

    N o n e !

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work stay positive !


  11. "Varied"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Some great people work here.

    Cons

    Work environment and limited benefits

    Advice to Management

    Communication