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Updated August 22, 2018
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Pros
  • "Good pay and typical perks in correlation to industry standards" (in 4 reviews)

  • "Good benefits, good people, pay is average" (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • "The pipeline could be streamlined a bit but due to he company size it's hard to affect any change" (in 5 reviews)

  • "Much of the work is shipped to Vancouver" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Character Rigger"

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    Current Employee - Character Artist in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Character Artist in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good people, good projects, good tools.

    Cons

    No long term STAFF on films in Los Angeles


  2. "Great place to work. Cutting edge technology and innovation abounds."

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    Former Employee - Video Editor in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Video Editor in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are decent and the work is exciting. Breakfast is supplied every Friday.

    Cons

    No matching 401k and many of the employees are very clicky and reserved. The location is industrial and depressing.

    Advice to Management

    More cowbell.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Ineffective leadership and stagnant environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Digital Domain full-time

    Pros

    -Fun projects when there is work
    -Great coworkers create a nice environment
    -Decent salary compared to other studios

    Cons

    -Positions are rarely refilled upon personnel departure
    -Terrible leadership
    -Ineffective use of money
    -No investment in the workforce by management

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring upper management and mid level micro-managers. Invest in the current workforce and fill empty positions.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Storied, legendary vfx company in a post bankruptcy slump"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Playa Vista, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Playa Vista, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Digital Domain full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Been at DD LA since a little before the most recent bankruptcy. What has never really changed is the core brilliance of people who work there. The core employees who have been there for a very long time are passionate, and it shows in how they work.

    Monthlies!
    Donuts on Friday!
    Holiday Parties.

    Cons

    Latest batch of management are penny pinchers who seem to move from shiny object to the next to make a quick buck. They seem to consider feature and commercial VFX work as a burden and VR and AR work to be the future, which it might as well be, but not commit to either one of those with proper long term resources and planning.

    Employees talk about this constantly, it's an open secret that there is disdain for this management style.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hemorrhaging money on half baked plans by committing to what actually brings in revenue. Invest in your employees and company by properly resourcing it.
    The VFX industry is brutal enough as it is, there's no need to constantly be shooting yourself in the foot.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Producer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Digital Domain full-time

    Pros

    The passion of the crew is unmatched. There's such deep talent.

    Cons

    Company is constantly shifting directions and focus. They do not give something time to become successful or fail, but pull the plug mid-stream.

    Advice to Management

    Be clear on your goals and give them time to reach fruition.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Headless Chicken of a Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Digital Domain full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The people there are overall very nice and personable.

    It's relatively good pay depending on what you're doing.

    Some interesting projects.

    Donuts on Fridays (although that will be your only perk, not kidding.)

    Cons

    Terrible leadership: The major problem is that there are many people in executive positions who have no idea what they are doing and end up hiring completely incompetent people. You can have a whole team of amazing artists but you will end up with crud because your director has no experience or knowledge. Everyone is friendly but executives end up hiring their friends and other people equally incompetent. HR covers up for them because the money keeps flowing but it can only last for so long with these terrible decision makers. It's unbelievable how bad some of the taste is here.

    Bad Benefits: The benefits are bad relative to comparable companies. DD cares more about your productivity rather than your wellbeing which ends up negatively impacting projects. Bare minimum holidays, vacation, and benefits. Expect to get nothing more than you're legally obligated with very high expectations of your loyalty.

    Bad Security: If you can get a comparable job somewhere else you will probably have better security. There are rampant lay-offs here. One day you will be told that you're doing well or that your contract will be extended and the next day you're sitting in HR being asked to leave. I've seen it happen to many people. This is a very unstable company that's hemorrhaging cash. Take a few quick bucks here but don't rely on it. There are no careers at DD anymore, just soulless jobs.

    Bad Morale: Everyone is nice but no one wants to be there. All the employees are gossiping behind management's back. There is no faith in or pride about working at DD.

    Advice to Management

    Hire people who actually know what they are doing and stop promoting people to positions they cannot accomplish. It's embarrassing. It's not that hard to cross check that people have SUCCESSFUL histories. Just because your friend or family member wants to be an artist doesn't mean they deserve to lead a team.


  7. "Good in-road to the industry"

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    Current Employee - Digital Production Administrator in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Digital Production Administrator in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Digital Domain full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    some opportunities for advancement are available

    Cons

    cheap benefits, at-will employment, poor management

  8. "Leaderless Mess at DDT"

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting and exciting tech with potential: VR, MR, AR, etc.

    Cons

    A mess of a company. Severe lack of leadership and direction that is reflected in the code base and the product. A mentality of reinventing the wheel and the grass is always greener, especial if the grass is some shiny new technology. Projects are littered with a zoo of frameworks, new ones incompletely replacing old ones, so you are left with a patch work quilt that is brittle and not able to be maintained.

    Toxic culture of mistrust because of multiple layoffs, bonus programs that are announced but never come, and performance reviews that are promised but are always "next year".

    Advice to Management

    Focus! Stop jumping from "priority" to "priority" as that effectively makes nothing a priority.

    Commit to producing quality code that is well tested and maintainable.

    Be honest with your employees.

    Take company culture seriously, and work towards earning back trust.


  9. "Nice to work with a bunch of talented people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    People around are very experience and talented

    Cons

    Limited parking lots for employee


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Technical director"

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    Former Employee - FX Technical Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - FX Technical Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Full of great people, artists, great projects, historical and iconic in the business. I felt much pride and fun working there.

    Cons

    Management needs to get things organized at times. The facility isn't the best. Since bankruptcy, there are no free drinks or snacks.

    Advice to Management

    There is not much I can say to them. They are great people. Just the horrible nature of the business makes things not good.


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