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"Fun, but fickle"

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA
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Pros

The work itself is creative and enjoyable. The potential for long term employment is better since the projects are longer than the typical VFX house project.

Cons

Young, cheap talent is sought after. Age and experience is not highly regarded. You are only as good as your latest job. Of all the good qualities of an employee: speed, innovation, reliability, dedication, practicality, accuracy etc., etc, flash reigns supreme. The management can often be naive.

Advice to Management

The greatest motivator for an artist (aside from salary!) is personal feedback that is specific and real from someone "in the know". General praise is generally void of any real meaning.

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "From Software"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA

    Pros

    There is a pretty good interaction between software and production, at least in some departments. Software gets to sit mixed in with production unlike some other studios. No one shares a desk but you do sometimes share offices, and sometimes have to work from a cubicle. The upside really is getting to work closely with the artists though and not being segregated as a separate unit that just releases software and is thought of as "those guys".

    Cons

    Production is still king. Even when it comes to areas where clearly they know little, and you know best, they will trump you and dictate the approach. It is always clear who is in charge and that can make things difficult when it comes to creating the best software for the job. The artist might always know what they want, but they might not always know how it should be designed, created, and delivered to them. Some things should be left to software to handle.

    Advice to Management

    Stop cutting costs in software and technology while continuing to spend big money in production. It hurts morale that there are no perks left for the software group while there are weekly "happy hours" for production. It also hurts that there is "down time" with off-site fun activities for production but that time is always spent by software to "redouble our efforts" to get even more cool tools ready for production when they get back to work. Some equality in these perks and in down time (time to recharge) would go a long way to making everyone feel like they are on the same team.


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    "All hail Pixar!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    * You get a silverpass to the parks...if you're full-time non contract
    * Disney Animation is an awesome name to drop when talking to people not in the movie industry
    * Much better balance of work to life ratio then most studios/vfx houses
    * Got to love the history of the place!

    Cons

    * Since Pixar took over WDFA is pretty much the red headed step child.
    * Production is really click oriented. Skills are fine but connections are better.
    * With the production of money losing picture after money losing picture the moral isn't the best.
    * How long can WDFA survive without producing a picture that makes any money? Thus, most don't expect too many future opportunities at Southside (a reference for the real FA vets out there).

    Advice to Management

    The stories coming out of WDFA are nowhere near the quality of the ones coming out of Pixar. Is it the legacy of Disney that constrains or is it the Story department?

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