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Image Engine Reviews

Updated February 18, 2017
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  1. "Documentation Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great, solid place to work.

    Cons

    No cons I can think


  2. "na"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Image Engine full-time

    Pros

    the people are great to work for

    Cons

    work was temp for a few months

  3. "All in all a good experience"

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    Former Employee - Mid Level FX Technical Director in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Mid Level FX Technical Director in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pipeline, good RnD team and very helpful people all around. It's not hard to hold your job there for a long time if you know and get along with most of the people there

    Cons

    Huge dips and falls in terms of getting work. It's a little unpredictable hence less job security based on a given contract, sometimes it might be cut short if there is no work available.


  4. "Best studio I've worked at"

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    Former Employee - Artist in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Artist in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Image Engine full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Challenging work, fun projects, great supervisors. Friendly atmosphere, and overall a very fun time. Overtime is discouraged, and fully paid. Great HR team, all told an enjoyable experience.

    Cons

    Contract to contract work, so sometimes the team sizes shrink. Just be prepared to be looking for work again 6 months later. Pretty standard in the industry, but something to keep in mind.

    Advice to Management

    Amazing job so far, just keep in mind the more stable you can keep team sizes the more your supervisors are going to be able to build strong and competent teams that will keep costs down and results high in the long term.


  5. "Imagine: What Weta should be."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Image Engine full-time

    Pros

    Top notch artists, great leads and sups, thorough and consistent, the shows they chose to engage always have a twist made on them to make it their own.

    Cons

    Erratic flow of shows, most often than not they lose great artists to other companies because of it, and when shows are gained they do not turn to their contact list but start anew with first timers.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your department supervisors, they know better.


  6. "A warm little studio"

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    Former Contractor - Senior Technical Director in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Contractor - Senior Technical Director in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Image Engine as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    One of the top 3 studios I've ever worked at.
    It could have been the particular show I was on, but the pacing was great. Artists were actively discouraged from working overtime. Studio was small enough that it felt cozy, no endless blank corridors. Other senior TDs were knowledgeable and friendly. There was plenty of friendly cross over with other departments and other shows.

    Cons

    Contract ended too short (even though I was extended 3 times). No upward mobility, strictly contract for foreign workers and the bulk of artists.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "plenty of cool projects, very good artists and quality is fantastic...but very big and drowning in bureaucracy"

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    Former Contractor - Modeler in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Contractor - Modeler in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Image Engine as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Was consistently able to arrive/leave at a reasonable hour, worked with a lot of very capable people and they have currently streamlined things to be highly efficient internally

    Cons

    Aggressive negotiators regarding salary/employment terms, and pay quite a bit less then competing studios around Vancouver. Not afraid to have people work 16 hr/days for weeks at a time to keep clients happy.
    Adopters of the infamous '8-10 hr day'. (hint. It's 10, so negotiate 'day rates' accordingly, or you'll be working 1 of every 5 days for free)

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Jr Desktop Support"

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    Current Contractor - Junior Desktop Support in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Contractor - Junior Desktop Support in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Image Engine as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to work
    Great hardware
    Great management

    Cons

    Always on contract, one bad week and you're fired.

    Advice to Management

    Stop with the contracts

    Image Engine Response

    Aug 28, 2014 – Chief Operating Officer

    Thank you for the feedback! Contracts are a necessary and legal component of running a business. It affords both the company and the employee the flexibility in dealing with the ups and downs of the... More


  9. Helpful (1)

    "A good company, with good people."

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    Current Contractor - Animator in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Contractor - Animator in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Image Engine as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, good community, great projects. They do fun things like bbq's and beer Fridays for their employees. They give a respectable wage. They work you resonable hours.

    Cons

    Almost everyone is a contract employee, that includes many seniors and leads and even sups. The studio is Slow to pick people up for further contracts. This causes them to lose some of their best people between shows. Important positions are always in flux and this causes a bit of chaos. For the show and for the home lives of the people working there.

    Advice to Management

    Write tighter contracts so the employees you hire get a credit on the films they worked on.

    Line up your projects better so you don't have to shrink and swell so much.

    Image Engine Response

    Aug 28, 2014 – Chief Operating Officer

    Thank you for the feedback! We have indeed missed out on great talent and we are working to address this going forward, so you should see a change in behavior over the next little while. Getting an... More


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great people and culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Image Engine full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good vibe at the office and people are nice. Any random person I talk to getting coffee etc is interesting and friendly.
    Working on big projects with big names in the industry.
    Growing company.

    Cons

    Office needs an upgrade. If I had shares in the company I would probably be like "everyone pull together" too but Im not and saving money on these things doesn't help me! Its 2014 and the market is hot - I want nice gear, space, air conditioning, and not waiting for toilets!

    Advice to Management

    Upgrade office, keep culture alive and be unstoppable.

    Image Engine Response

    Aug 28, 2014 – Chief Operating Officer

    Thank you for the feedback! It's good to hear you enjoy working at Image Engine. As a growing company it has been challenging finding suitable office space in the area we are in. It's an industrial... More