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Updated July 20, 2017
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  1. "Funimation a decent place to work."

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    Former Employee - Development in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Development in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great co-workers, decent benefits,

    Cons

    difficult to understand who is in charge of what, executive overlap


  2. "Disgruntled employees... but overall great place."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Flower Mound, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Flower Mound, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at FUNimation full-time

    Pros

    -Excellent chances for advancement (lots of hiring from within)
    -Easy and fun work, with tangible rewards
    -Lots of ways to be creative in business while still learning transferable skills
    -My boss is great. Very understanding and does his/her best to pull for their team
    -I've developed tons of work-skills over the years. I could easily get another job.
    -They seem to be doing everything they can to take the company to the next level, which will make us even more marketable as employees. They're making big decisions with theatrical releases and big name titles like Your Name. And they're adding a lot of top-of-the-line technical advantages to the office that will bring us into the modern age and make work easier and more efficient.
    -Feels like the last couple of years they've made an effort to use additional funds to improve the work-lives and quality of employees. Large chunks of revenue are going into getting us better quality equipment and useful software.

    Cons

    -There are a lot of disgruntled employees who seem to think that because we produce cartoons everything should be incredibly easy. They don't want to work their full 40 hours and complain of being overworked when they have to. Lots of this is leftover from a time when everything here was less corporate and everyone's jobs were easier than they should have been. When change came, people resisted it and complain constantly. It can make the office unpleasant at times.
    -Upper management is not transparent about company plans, which may be the way it has to be, but can make employees feel insecure. We frequently question whether the company is about to be sold out from under us to Amazon or Netflix or something. The merger with Crunchyroll is also a little terrifying. It's not clear what the plan would be if it doesn't work out and from what I've heard we're not making much off of our website- which is supposed to be the main source of income in the future.
    - Space is an issue. We're all cramped. There're not enough office spaces to go around and there's a lot of updating that needs to be done to make the office feel like the advanced, big-time entertainment studio they're trying to turn this into. It's just a drab warehouse office at the moment.
    -Upper management seems disconnected from what's going on in most parts of the building. They make decisions that affect the whole company without considering how it will affect huge chunks of the employee-base. That's part of where the disgruntled state come in.
    -Some lower-level employees are paid way below market average.
    -Relationships with partners in Japan are strained and Funimation clearly doesn't have much control there. Our workflow is severely affected by management's inability to hold licensors to their contracts.

    Advice to Management

    If you have plans for the future that would make your employees feel more stable, let your mid-level management know so they can reassure us in a way that makes us believe them. When they're uninformed we know it and we will never be able to trust their reassurance.

    Also, put yourself in the shoes of your lowest-level employees. They're the ones who set the tone for the office. If they're happy, everyone feels it. If they feel overworked and under appreciated then it doesn't matter how you're treating mid-levels. Everyone will feel disgruntled and unhappy.

    Update the office! Make it modern and fun to be in! Creativity and morale will get a major boost.

  3. Helpful (6)

    "Great place for slackers"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Flower Mound, TX
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Flower Mound, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at FUNimation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You can get away with barely doing any work here. Coming in at 10am then taking 3 hour lunch breaks then spending 2 hours chatting is the norm. If you don't feel like finishing a project, you can just not do it, and it's very likely that no one will notice or care. Nobody tracks PTO, so take as many days off as you want.

    Cons

    If you've ever held a real job or want to advance in your career, don't come here. No real work gets done here. Everyone is so busy running around with last minute projects and busy work that inevitably ends up being of very poor quality because of a lack of planning, communication and work ethic. No wonder Crunchyroll and various other streaming services are easily taking over the anime market. This place is too much of a disorganized mess to last longterm.

    Advice to Management

    Let Crunchyroll, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Strike or any of the other anime streaming services that do it 900 times better than you do absorb your joke of a company. Take the money and run.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Funimation Workplace"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Flower Mound, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Flower Mound, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FUNimation full-time

    Pros

    Funimation has the best workplace I have ever been at. The staff is happy and such a talented group. So great to work at an office where you have amazing co-workers and management.

    Cons

    I don't really have any cons to report. You are always going to have people that you can't make happy regardless.

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "An amazing company to work for!"

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    Current Employee - Production Department in Flower Mound, TX
    Current Employee - Production Department in Flower Mound, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FUNimation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Coworkers are awesome to work with. Many of whom I consider close personal friends.
    -Upper management are all extremely friendly and willing to help out with anything you need.
    -The pay is excellent for the amount of work you put in. Far above industry standard.
    -The company is constantly growing. New people from all areas such as marketing, IT, design and more are always coming on board.

    Cons

    I honestly cannot think of any cons from my time working here at this incredible company!

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing. As long as you can do that, the ceiling for FUNimation will only keep getting higher.


  6. Helpful (11)

    "COO needs to go"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Flower Mound, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Flower Mound, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    great portfolio of content, that's it

    Cons

    the company is in shambles, COO has single handedly made the company an awful place to work, his strategy is flawed but he is so full of himself he doesn't realize he does not have the talent, he obviously has never run a company. The CEO and founder is so clueless he is letting this happen. Sad, it was a great company at one time.

    Advice to Management

    go somewhere and enjoy your money, let new management come in and rite the sinking ship


  7. Helpful (16)

    "Two drink tickets at the Christmas Party and Left Over ComicCon Merchandise as employee bonus says it all!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plano, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plano, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Depending on your area, you might have interesting work.
    Mostly laid back and extremely casual
    Open door policy with all levels of management
    Flexible hours
    Nice people
    Fairly decent benefits

    Cons

    1. Lack of planning and organization at all levels
    2. Reactive instead of proactive
    3. Various individuals in IT and Marketing think they have mastered other people's skill sets when that is actually not in their skill set
    4. Only Director level and above receive any type of employee bonus
    5. Non-existent chance of advancement (unless someone leaves the company)
    6. 2015 'Holiday' part consisted of two drink tickets and snacks at a local country club and non management 'bonus' consisted of left over DVD collectors' edition sets from ComicCon
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    Advice to Management

    You're going to lose your high powered employees that you hired from the outside because you're not treating them and paying them like they expect. You've essentially hired some consummate experts in their fields into dead end jobs with little to no acknowledgement of their abilities or contributions.

  8. Helpful (15)

    "What a joke"

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    Current Employee - ADR Engineer in Flower Mound, TX
    Current Employee - ADR Engineer in Flower Mound, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You get to work in anime.

    Cons

    You get to be on food stamps. The pay is comical, management is only concerned about themselves, and the policies change when management has an issue with someone.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees what they are worth.


  9. Helpful (12)

    "Nepotism. Sexism. Lots of free stuff at least."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Flower Mound, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Flower Mound, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at FUNimation full-time

    Pros

    Lots of free anime swag if you're into that. Mostly talented and friendly staff. Laid back work environment and dress code. Good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Senior and mid level management are completely out of touch with both fans and employees. Huge mistakes or last minute fixes are routine because of this. Despite the generally good attitudes of most employees, interpersonal conflicts are many and are poorly addressed by management. Rampant sexism both from employees and in content. Content is increasingly pornographic. All of these things might be possible to overlook of employees were paid industry standard. FUNimation can neither acquire nor retain suitable talent because they refuse to pay their employees what they're worth.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees. You hired them for their expertise. Stop letting the COO make ill informed company decisions. Have confidence in your team. Pay them what they're worth


  10. Helpful (27)

    "Cannibalistic, Orwellian Nightmare"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Flower Mound, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Flower Mound, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at FUNimation full-time

    Pros

    There's a 20 word minimum for "pros" but I honestly can't come up with 20 positive things to say about this horrifying, soul sucking black hole. I'm only giving them one star because I don't have the option not to give them any.

    Cons

    Where to begin. It would be easier to talk about what isn't wrong with Funimation, where you should be watching....your back.

    - The employees hate each other. The infighting overshadows the actual objective 9 times out of 10, and the work quality suffers as a result. Management refuses to do anything.
    - The company actively hates the fanbase. You know, those people who buy their product, line their pockets and keep the lights on in the building? Yeah. Them. The word "fan" is practically a slur at Funimation. You are ridiculed at Funimation for being "too much of a fan." Numerous times things that fans say or post online are openly ridiculed for all to hear throughout the building. Anime fans, when you buy products from Funimation, you're essentially giving money to people who think you are stupid.
    - They have no respect for the Japanese licensors
    - HR is a joke. For months we didn't even have an HR person.
    - Pay is not even just below industry standards, it's more or less below the poverty line
    - People are routinely run out the door to satisfy the blood grudges of the calcified old guard
    - Zero job security. Zero opportunities for advancement. Zero hope.
    - Harassment may as well be one of their core values
    - CYA is more important than doing a good job, there is more infighting and gossip than there is support and teamwork, people are fired mysteriously and without explanation, there is a constant human crush of people clawing their way out the door, and to top it all off? The place is disgusting. People are constantly sick.
    - If they fire you for no reason, they'll try to fight your unemployment. They'll lose, of course, but it's still annoying. When you get a new job, they'll refuse to verify your employment. It remains to be seen if they are aware that there are federal processes in place to protect employees (and ex employees) from their immature, vindictive attempts to keep people from moving on with their lives.

    Funimation is the Ed Hardy of the anime industry. Working here was like being in an Orwell novel. You'll show up on your first day bright eyed and filled with excitement, and leave in a body bag covered in graffiti and riddled with bullet holes. Just don't do it. You'd be better off working in public sanitation. You'd probably be paid better, too.

    Advice to Management

    Look, we all know you're posting fake reviews on Glassdoor to try to counteract the negativity. Okay? Stop that. It's obvious and embarrassing. Instead of doing the equivalent of spraying a $2 aerosol room deodorizer into a desecrated Walmart bathroom, why don't you actually clean up the way you're treating your employees? That way, you won't have to be so worried about what they'll say about you when they leave. When your abysmal company culture has inspired a post-Funimation recovery group for ex-employees to reconnect and help each other find work, you are doing something very, VERY wrong.


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