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Cinesite Reviews

Updated November 29, 2017
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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Mismanagement at its finest!!!"

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    Former Employee - Digital Compositor in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Digital Compositor in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good for people who don't care about what they work on and want "stability"

    Decent pay and opportunities for full time

    Cons

    -Low quality work. Will tell you about the amazing projects they have. Then you find out they go to Vancouver or London. Or the work was given to them by another companies overflow.
    -Mismanaged
    -Two faced back stabbing supervisors and management.
    -Chase away hard working artists with talent
    -Hire based on friends and project needs. A lot of students.
    -English speaking people get snubbed and only talked to in French. Outcasted.
    -No room for growth. You have to approach them about raise and review. They'll tell you your great but won't give you a promotion or raise.
    - won't renew your contract until your last day or you've already left... if they notice.
    -don't care if your getting harassed/mistreated.
    - will promise low overtime hours and will keep you all night for fake deadlines.
    - no morale

    Advice to Management

    Treat artists with respect and take their concerns seriously and act upon them. Be upfront, approachable and honest.


  2. "Good"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I worked at Cinesite full-time

    Pros

    People are nice. Location is good. Not a lot of overtime.

    Cons

    Pay is not the greatest. Socializing once a month only.

    Advice to Management

    None.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Cinesite full-time

    Pros

    Great team of people to work with and high retention of staff

    Cons

    As with every other VFX Facility, it would be nice to have more consistency on turn over from projects so that planning can be optimised

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  4. Helpful (6)

    "Vicious, Vile and Soul crushing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Montreal is a pretty city

    Cons

    -Projects have very low budgets, bad stories and no future.
    -3QU films have no real distributor and none of your work can be shown on your reel.
    -Quebec has the highest taxes in North America.
    -Quebecois can be combative and not welcoming to outsiders.
    -Production is delusional and have unrealistic expectations. Extremely micromanaging and overbearing.
    -Lots of undermining, plotting, scheming and finger pointing.
    -Extremely clicky.
    -VFX side small. Mainly comp and wire removal work. Little to no creature work.
    -Sergio Pablo's "Klaus" is on every piece of Cinesite Animation promo, yet it's not even being done in Montreal or London. Being done by Sergio's company in Spain.
    -Best described as a twisted cult.

    Advice to Management

    Quit fooling people for the frauds that you are.


  5. Helpful (8)

    "worst place I have ever worked!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cinesite full-time

    Pros

    location in Old Montreal, nice building! Decent pipeline

    Cons

    Terrible organization! I used to work in the London office and it was much better. The talent in Montreal is green at best. Mistakes are made everywhere. There is no follow through. They are not pro active and spend their time in meetings rather than getting what needs to get done in a timely manner. I think this comes from a lack of knowledge and scared of making the wrong decision. I don't know how they get anything done and is the most OT I have ever done. I don't know how they will get their current show out. They have trouble hiring people and I guess for good reason! Their reputation is not good! The shows are not good either! Technology is lacking! Not even a decent wrap deformer exists here. They have to use Maya's. If you come here you might find you are the only person in your department on a low wage.

    Advice to Management

    If you hire a really senior member (you don't have a lot), listen to them!!


  6. Helpful (9)

    "It pays off to be a jerk"

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    Current Employee - Compositor in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Compositor in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cinesite full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The hard working people are amazing, down to earth folks you cannot wait to see them next day. Sadly, these are the ones the studio bullies push around.

    Cons

    The bullies, or in better terms: LeJerks. This group is formed by passive-aggressive supervisors, producers and HR folks. Each one of them live in their own bubble, don't interact with anybody unless they need to make a mark on a check box so they can get a tap on the back from upper management (whoever they are. Seriously, I never met any of these guys), and do all those things they tell you in school not to do if you want to keep working in this industry, yet they made it to where they are (ironic huh!).
    Sometimes I think people get infested by the comptent and condescending tone of the quebecois

    Advice to Management

    I'll keep riding this donkey till it dies flat on the ground. I don't mind the nonsense and lies that drive the studio because that's much pretty everybody else in Canada. You can do whatever you want and like. It's a free world as they say. Just don't lie to people as is plain discussing seeing so called grown up folks fall into such despicable business practice. Or you know what, don't call yourselves professional anything as it deminishes my value.


  7. Helpful (6)

    "No morale, jerks rule."

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    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

    I have been working at Cinesite full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Decent coffee, leads and artists are cool. HR is great, very helpful. Free fruit, jam, and bread in the kitchens.

    Cons

    Angry, ego driven supervisors are condescending and difficult to deal with. There is no movement between vfx and animation, no promotions either. The projects on the vfx side are low quality with little public buzz behind them. The network crashes constantly. The French here are insufferable and rude to anyone else.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of your supes. Allow artists to move between vfx and animation. Get better shows.

  8. "Dynamic with lots of potential"

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    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.


  9. Helpful (6)

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

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    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.


  10. Helpful (5)

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

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    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.


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