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Employee Review

Employee Review

"Great place to work despite missteps from management."

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Current Employee - 3D Animator in Kelowna, BC (Canada)
Current Employee - 3D Animator in Kelowna, BC (Canada)
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

-Ample opportunity to work on many diverse, fun projects with big name companies.
-Engaging and personable immediate leadership. (Leads/Supervisors)
-Willing to teach
-Amicable atmosphere on floor with artists
-Studio located in a great location (Kelowna)

Cons

-Mismanaged production schedules put considerable pressure and stresses on artists.
-Tight production schedules doesn't leave room for artists to practice, learn and grow.
-Miscommunications on past projects between production and artists/leads/supervisors lead to negativity. However, Bardel has learned from those missteps and seems to be doing better.

Advice to Management

-Be Transparent
-Fight for the artists
-Work with us from the trenches, your example speaks volumes.
-Be realistically optimistic. You don't have to be smiling all the time, but be realistic about the situation while optimistically seeking solutions.

Other Employee Reviews

Other Employee Reviews

  1. "Mostly good"

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    Former Employee - Designer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Designer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great co workers and team mentality, fun team building exercises and fun shows!

    Cons

    Sometimes there can be difficulty gaining insight into new projects and what the future holds. Lots of poor communication and overwhelmed people in management roles.

    Advice to Management

    Organize better and be more transparent with artists and production. Be more accessible to those looking to inquire about general contracts, more professional discussion and emails that articulate the needs of managment and try to accommodate artists.


  2. "Work here for the experience but don't stay for long"

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    Former Employee - Lighting Artist in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Lighting Artist in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Lots of exciting productions that you can work at
    - Tons of great people to work with, talent and personality wise

    Cons

    - Awful studio, very cramped
    - Awful pay, took advantage on foreign worker's pay when they extend their work visa
    - Awful pipeline hence, expect lots of UNPAID overtime
    - Unfair & very unreasonable pay rise

    Advice to Management

    Should treat their employee better instead of just taking advantage of them. Pay them overtime, seriously. Fix your pipeline, they are the main reason why overtime is needed. When animation is not done properly, it should be send back to the animation department instead of having the lighter/compositor fixing it. It is the animators responsibility!

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