Framestore Reviews

Updated Jul 2, 2020

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3.9
77%
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53 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great people who are very helpful, great projects, great office(in 17 reviews)

  • "Some really great projects, very heavy on Creatures and DMP(in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • "Long hours, no overtime, small pipeline team(in 21 reviews)

  • "Montreal studio don't get good sequences as in london(in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Friendly Environment"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Concept Artist in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Framestore full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Friendly Environment, Friday night party, clear feedback

    Cons

    Sometimes had to work late, but with extra pay

  2. "Terrific work plagued by poor management"

    2.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vfx in New York, NY

    I worked at Framestore full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Being part of a company that does A+ quality work (especially film) with a long history

    Cons

    Where to start? I'll be fair and admit much of this is industry wide and not specifically unique to Framestore: - Zero push back on clients resulting in late hours and unnecessary work that ends up having to be redone because everything is in flux anyway - "Senior" producers = producers. It seems every producer had the designation of "Senior" which is a meaningless title. At one point I had worked with a staff of nearly all Senior producers with no mid-level or juniors. The only purpose of the "Senior" is so it can go on their email signature and clients feel they're talking to someone in charge. After all, what client wants to talk to a junior producer? This false rank isn't unique to just production. Junior and mid-level artists are being hired into senior roles with only 3-5 years experience. Why? Because the turnover is so incredibly high (especially in the LA office) it becomes the only way to attract people towards staff positions. That and incredibly high, disproportionate wages. Framestore LA is easily doing the best work of the North American offices but it comes at a cost- employee burn-out and aforementioned high turnover. Not to mention it has been overtaken by the employees of another company who are better treated than the original FS employees. The new addition of the Framestore Chicago office is somewhat of a joke. Perhaps its real purpose is as some sort of tax haven. Chicago is an Elephants' Graveyard for visual effects artists. The office (and city in general) doesn't have the manpower, talent or creativity to sustain itself. It has shed all of it's original staff for native mid-westerners since no one actually wants to move there. Advice to those interested in working at Framestore: Do it but stay freelance. Cheers

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  3. Helpful (2)

    "Mismanaged Mayhem at Framestore LA"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - VFX Production Coordinator in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Framestore full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great co workers Overtime Pay Snacks Good Location Valet Parking for Staff

    Cons

    Production is Mismanaged Studio Too Small - but they're working on it Impossible to get fair pay Impossible to Move Up, they only hire Producers, not promote them. Pipeline is tough to work with, very inflexible, if we have a good idea that will help everything, pipeline declines requests often claiming its impossible, despite having seen it at other studios.

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  4. "A great place to start a career"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - 3D Artist in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Framestore full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great people who are very helpful, great projects, great office

    Cons

    Schedules can be tight but that is the nature of the industry

  5. "A bit chaotic"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Framestore full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Fun events / Perks Happy hour on Fridays Pay is good

    Cons

    Long hours, and I mean long. Communication across depts suck, results in duplicate work or work having to be redone. Parking can be a nuisance

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  6. "Great pay, but not the best place to develop professionally."

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Coordinator in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Framestore full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits.

    Cons

    There’s no accountability for supervisors to be good ones nor is there accountability to professionally develop employees. Speaking as an entry level employee who is new to the post production world.

  7. "A very good opportunity"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Intern in Culver City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Framestore full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The opportunity to work with industry experts and see movie magic happen. Plenty of time to study and work on your own projects.

    Cons

    Interns are often left to their own devices with little to do.

  8. "Good Experience Overall"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Compositor 

    I have been working at Framestore full-time

    Pros

    Good project, work/life balance is not too bad in this industry.

    Cons

    Salary is low but you know, it's Montreal...

  9. "Senior VFX Producer"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Senior Producer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Framestore full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great team - no egos, great work! Fun, collaborative environment.

    Cons

    Hours can be long but can be manageable.

  10. "N/A"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Framestore full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Creative industry and they do amazing things.

    Cons

    Upper management lack of support and favoritism

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