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Updated April 18, 2017
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Pros
  • Good benefits, good people, pay is average (in 3 reviews)

  • Get an opportunity to work on the coolest movies (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper Management needs to learn how to manage or to speak to people (in 5 reviews)

  • Days can get pretty long during crunch time, but to be fair it's often because of the client (pretty much all of the vfx shops have that at times) (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Ineffective at creating a healthy environment, avoids conflict resolution"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Playa Vista, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Playa Vista, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Some Artists and Departments foster a real team environment and friendships
    -Friday Snacks
    -Sometimes has amazing projects

    Cons

    HR and Artist Managers seem unwilling to do some of the less glorious parts of their job which ultimately negatively effects the artists and company culture. This fosters a very 'every man for himself' type attitude and distrust.

    Advice to Management

    Keep your promises. Take care of your staff


  2. "Worst Management in the Industry!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Animator in Playa Vista, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Animator in Playa Vista, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Fellow Artists
    -Projects
    -Production Staff
    -Donuts on Friday

    Cons

    -Worst Department Manager in the Industry.
    -Little to no communication about growth or upcoming projects.
    -Constant disgust amongst artists of poor management.
    -Same day notice of employment termination, this includes contractors and staff.
    -Zero communication between production staff and department managers.

    Advice to Management

    Something needs to be done about the department management at the facility. It was made clear
    that certain people were protected regardless of numerous complaints about them by upper management. This type of behavior leads to artist decent and constant negativity around the studio about department managers who are there to build artists up, no put them down. I hope when enough of these complaints are filed upper management will see to make a change that will benefit the entire studio as a whole.


  3. "Legendary VFX Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Manager & Producer in West Hollywood, CA
    Current Employee - Production Manager & Producer in West Hollywood, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Digital Domain is a great place to work if you're a visual effects artist. You're paid well and compensated accordingly for your time.

    Cons

    The management side is a little more frustrating. The hours are long and the pay is mediocre. There is a shortage of Production Assistants so you'll wind up having to do remedial production work in addition to Producer (and sometimes Exec Producer) responsibilities without additional compensation and/or overtime.

    Advice to Management

    Be aware and responsive when you know people are being overworked or taking advantage of their personal time.


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  5. "Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, good people, pay is average. Have time off when needed. I have no other pros. Training is horrible...run if they offer you a job

    Cons

    Upper Management needs to learn how to manage or to speak to people. The HR staff is very unprofessional and blames others for their ethics issues.

    Advice to Management

    Clean out your HR staff that needs more education on actual Human Resources. Horrible!! Worst place to work they don't even train you on the organization. All liars..


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Company Going Downhill"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Playa Vista, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Playa Vista, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Digital Domain full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of individuals with great talents.

    Had the opportunity to work on some big name projects.

    Cons

    Management does not help employees to get promoted. There are also many false promises of promotions. This has been somewhat of a new culture that started recently with new management of the company. Almost every dept you talk to there are those who have been there for several year and want to move up but can’t. It’s who you know, not what you are capable of achieving.

    Sometimes individuals work very hard on projects and end up with no screen credit.

    Although individuals have talent, most are not willing to help you or answer your questions unless they have to. It’s every man for himself.

    Departments are shrinking (from artists to production) since positions are not always filled once a person leaves. More work is being distributed to individuals in similar positions instead. It’s a miracle that they are still able to deliver such good quality work!

    Digital Domain used to host great holiday and post production parties. This changed dramatically in the last couple of years. Last year, there wasn’t even a Halloween party and there was almost no food served at the Christmas party. It was scheduled to be right after work so individuals had not eaten prior to arriving. People had to literally wait by the door where the servers would walk out periodically with a just a handful (8 pieces at a time) of appetizers in order to get a taste. This shows a real lack of appreciation for employees. It was actually quite embarrassing to watch. Many people left and just went somewhere else to eat because the food never reached them and they got tired of waiting.

    Advice to Management

    Promote people by looking at performance and talent rather than politics. There are some people that are managers who don’t know how to be managers and should not be managers.

    Conduct an anonymous survey of all individuals of the company to see how they feel the company can improve. There may be some good tips.


  7. "Senior Compositor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Compositor in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Compositor in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Digital Domain (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with. They are very open to allowing growth within the company.

    Cons

    The hours can sometimes be harsh. By and large this is just the nature of the industry.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Great Company bad Location"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Playa Vista, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Playa Vista, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Friendly people who have great insights and are always eager to help, they have exciting projects, which always try to push the envelope. New Management has been brought in, and it's too early to judge, but the people that stayed seem to be making good decisions.

    Cons

    Work (Space) conditions are dark and crowded due to the nature of the work, compositors / lighters need to be able to judge color. The location is in a crowded industrial area, and parking is a real problem.

    Advice to Management

    Move to another building


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Its not the greatest"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Stereo Supervisor in Port Saint Lucie, FL
    Former Employee - Stereo Supervisor in Port Saint Lucie, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Digital Domain (More than a year)

    Pros

    Paid well considering the work load.

    Cons

    They layed me off with zero warning.

    Advice to Management

    Dont associate with people like Donald Trump.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Finance"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Venice, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Venice, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    All A Level Tentpole films

    Cons

    Under bid projects to much ot

    Advice to Management

    Clean House


  11. Helpful (4)

    "Politics kill it"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Some interesting projects. Limited autonomy to try and do something new and creative.

    Cons

    Extremely bad politics. Staff that have been there for a long time are hostile and territorial. Departments do not work well together. No communication from management. Pipeline is disorganized and reinvented every project because people always leave after their experience.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house.


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