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Entertainment Studios Reviews

Updated February 23, 2017
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  1. "Producer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Entertainment Studios full-time

    Pros

    Family dynamic; inspired individuals; ample room for professional growth

    Cons

    Limited resources; very much a quantity over quality mentality


  2. "Cam op/dp"

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    Former Employee - Camera Operator/DP
    Former Employee - Camera Operator/DP

    I worked at Entertainment Studios (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great experience opportunity
    Catered lunches

    Cons

    Very bad communication, short notice made it nearly impossible to travel during vacation and holidays

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Interning here is a waste of time"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Culver City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Culver City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Get to watch live production

    Cons

    Literally do nothing. Take this paper downstairs, make a copy of this etc super easy didn't learn a thing - not that I didn't try but everyone here is super inexperienced and/or not good at their job

    Advice to Management

    Have interns work with PAs


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Fun - but a total joke!"

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    Former Employee - Producer in Culver City, CA
    Former Employee - Producer in Culver City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Get to hang out with coworkers and do minimal amounts of work. Best part of the entire company is the catered lunches on shoot days. They seriously spend more money on lunch than producing shows!

    Cons

    The place is a total joke! Yes you make TV, but it is of such low quality that you hesitate to put the job on your resume. The "Executive Producers" spend more time shopping online than supervising or working. This is a fun job if you are a new comer to the entertainment industry, but if you've ever worked on any other projects you will be shocked at how low the pay is, unorganized, cheap, low budget, and unprofessional ES is. They also have so little regard for their employees that you can never get a straight answer as to how long you will be working. Will the project last a month or a year? They won't tell you and it will end with no notice. It is seriously a joke - but the owner is making a ton of money, so he must be doing something right...

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to manage, communicate with your employees, and pay industry standard rates. Oh, and this isn't 1985 - buy some new equipment or hire someone that knows how to use the stuff you got! In this day in age you can produce higher quality television on an iPhone!


  5. "Production"

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    Current Employee - Television Producer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Television Producer in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Entertainment Studios (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The environment is creative, diverse, company is expanding, dynamic management team and it has been an amazing career opportunity for me. I started out as a production assistant and now I am a producer working on a few shows and soon to be announced new syndication show.

    Cons

    Production days are long but the hours are similar to my friends who work on other productions in town.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to reach out to employees for our opinions in order to keep improving the workflow.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Not a great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Producer
    Former Employee - Producer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Entertainment Studios full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    They give a lot or newbies a start.

    Cons

    The pay is low, they expect you to work weekends, and then dock you for Martin Luther King day. Somehow they are able to make lots of money with high turnover in their employees.

    Advice to Management

    I think management knows exactly what they're doing. The company generates a lot of revenue for its owners.


  7. "Overall a decent place to work"

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    Former Employee - IT Director in Century City, CA
    Former Employee - IT Director in Century City, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Entertainment Studios full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The nice thing about this company is they're not too picky about who they hire. You'll get a chance and you'll have opportunities to make something with it.

    Cons

    It's relatively small and the management is there to stay. So there's only so many places you can go.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Not a great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Producer in Century City, CA
    Former Employee - Producer in Century City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get a lot of responsibility because the company is small.

    Cons

    The pay is low, no equity, or benefits. They attempt to make as many as possible an "independent contractor" so there are no benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Give raises, promotions for performers.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "RUN AS FAST AS YOU CAN! TRUST ME!"

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    Former Employee - Camera Operator in Culver City, CA
    Former Employee - Camera Operator in Culver City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I met amazing people whom I now consider family because of the hell we went through at ES.

    Cons

    Where do I begin?

    LOW PAY. Everyone starts out at $450 a week. You are told that in a year you can get a review with a possible raise. The raise is usually $50-$100 increase.

    The CEO doesn't care about his employees one bit. In fact he is often quoted as saying "we are the Walmart of entertainment" He doesn't care that he is paying qualified employees minimum wage. For him its all about getting the content out, its about quantity not quality. and it clearly shows in the content that his produced.

    Forced Hiatus with no warning.

    No benefits

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees like your family not like a sweat shop.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "It must have been some psychological experiment, concerning the spirit of man in an unwinnable, nihilistic environment."

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    Former Employee - Video Editor in Century City, CA
    Former Employee - Video Editor in Century City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Entertainment Studios full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Crazy stories about the bs you experience at work will keep your friends laughing every day. You'll have an unspoken bond with anyone who has also gone through the ordeal of working at ES.

    Cons

    ES's m.o. is to hire in experienced college students and beaten down, unemployed film industry workers, and to convince them that the job is a favor. They tell you you'll be getting you're foot in the door. Since they are doing you a favor they pay $450 a week, for the skills and expertise you learned at an expensive film school, while an editor in the guild would make 10 times that. Though you might not be part of the guild, you should value your college education, and make more than a fast food worker. ES doesn't agree.

    After a year of working at ES, if you started at the basic $450 a week you might get raised to $500 or $600 a week. On top of the pay being less than desirable, there are no benefits, no paid time off and zero pay during mandatory holidays. Though lack of benefits is normal in freelance and guild work, ES is a staff job.

    ES content is seen by no one. It is day time filler, that networks buy cheaply to avoid dead air time. As you spend 10 hours a day working there and being run in circles by inexperienced producers who have little idea of what they're doing, you'll wonder why you're spending your time on something that means nothing. You are asked to do work, undo your work, and redo your work for content that will never be seen by anyone you know, but thats fine because the the quality of the product is so low you'd be embarrassed to put it on your reel.

    There is an overwhelming amount of paranoia coursing through the company. Managers believe they are being watched by their managers. Its common to walk into an editing bay or producer's office and see post-it notes over the monitor's built-in webcams. The result is that people don't trust each other, and treat each other with little respect. Despite the paranoia and distrust, its also common to walk into an editing bay and get an overwhelming feeling that you're in the movie Office Space. People unrendering and rerendering entire episodes to look busy, playing bubble spinner or tetris; just avoiding work and not being all that discrete about it.

    If you're thinking about working at Entertainment Studios, don't. Know you're value.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be part of the problem. Quit.


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