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"A positive and rewarding work environment"

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
Recommends

Pros

My time at Powerhouse has been by far my most rewarding and satisfying job to date. The staff is extremely talented and motivated to work hard, and upper management is encouraging and involved with the day to day artistic production of the rest of the team. I have had nothing but positive experiences working here and feel that there are many opportunities for growth-- both personal and professional-- at this company.

Cons

My only complaint is that there are a few employees whose disinterest, negativity, and refusal to improve occasionally impacts the rest of the office. Otherwise I have overwhelmingly positive things to say about this company and my time working here.

Advice to Management

Thank you for your commitment to this company and its employees. It is truly exciting to work somewhere that is fun, creative, AND successful.

Other Employee Reviews for Powerhouse Animation

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Work In Progress"

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    Current Contractor - Designer in Austin, TX
    Current Contractor - Designer in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Austin is a lovely city to live in.
    - The people at the studio are very kind and welcoming.

    Cons

    - The pay is incredibly low (they will try to convince you it's not.)
    - Management is in shambles.
    - You are expected to work overtime/ do other jobs. They like to refer to it as "wearing many hats."
    - There are class systems within the team projects.
    - Overall, morale is low.

    Advice to Management

    The entire system needs to be overhauled. There is no transparency with how money is allocated, though it's clear from appearances and structure of the studio where the funds go. Morale is incredibly low with workers and the management know this. They bank on the workers simply giving up and putting their heads down and use that as a means to justify their stasis (aka outdated 90's business model). The founders need to reevaluate how much money and space they take up in the studio. Projects are consistently understaffed and the workers underpaid. There are no real 'notes,' teaching moments or even consistent team meetings. Anyone who questions the status quo is ignored. They are completely out of touch with how to market themselves and have minimal social media output/impact, which is very troublesome in this time and age, and reflective of the insular mindset of the studio. In short: if you want to grow into a larger studio, you need to actually invest in a stable foundation of workers and a workflow system that can adapt to the needs of network programming. Undercutting budgets and exploiting young artists isn't a moral or sustainable business model.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "A starting place."

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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    There are some good reasons to work at Powerhouse. You'll meet, network, and become friends with nice geeky people who are artists, animators, gamers. If you do not have industry experience, you add some on the resume by working here. Art books from various employees are scattered throughout the office.

    Cons

    The wages are not competitive on either a local or national level. In order to work at Powerhouse Animation and live in Austin, you will have to have multiple jobs, roommates, and another means of financial support. The perk really is what one of the previous reviewers mentioned: a bagel a week.

    Work is not assigned based on the employee's work experience, and depending on what you have been assigned, you might not get decent portfolio pieces for your next gig - which is a big set back if you want to continue working as any type of artist.

    The work environment has a negative side because some of the employees and higher-ups do not behave professionally. I've heard and seen things that should not have been at a place of work.

    Advice to Management

    In order to avoid being shunned further by professionals, leadership would have to compensate the talent, be open to suggestions, not tolerate unprofessional behavior amongst staff, listen to feedback, hire less homogeneous employees, and shell out for real health benefits.

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