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Imageworks Reviews

Updated October 15, 2017
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Pros
  • Getting to work on movies, great people, able to have time to learn and develop new skills sets (in 10 reviews)

  • Good pay, great location, good benefits (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Just about everyone at the Culver City was really depressed my whole internship but I can't really blame them when they are moving all staff to Canada (in 7 reviews)

  • The long hours, as mentioned above, could be tiring at times (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Technical director"

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    Current Employee - Senior Technical Director
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Director

    I have been working at Imageworks full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work with a great group of talented people on interesting projects.

    Cons

    Can be demanding work load.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Working at Imageworks"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Culver City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Culver City, CA

    I worked at Imageworks full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Usually good benefits, good people, they have a great lot to visit for lunch, good gym facilities on the lot if you want to use them.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, most of their jobs have been moved to their Vancouver facility. Only supervisor level for most jobs are left in Los Angeles.

    Advice to Management

    How about a little loyalty to people who have worked for your company for many years? Sometimes the cheapest talent actually costs you more.

  3. "Associate Production Coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great Company and good Benefits

    Cons

    Not much to complain about!


  4. Helpful (4)

    "A sinking ship and a sad shell of its former self"

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    Current Employee - Senior Staff in Culver City, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Staff in Culver City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Imageworks full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Generally fewer hours and less overtime than other places.

    A few years ago, I would have said "the inspiring people". But to be honest the vast majority of the senior talent who would inspire you on a daily basis is no longer present, and the entire company is made up of people who've been at the studio for under 1-3 years and in the industry not much longer than that.

    Cons

    After the brutal decimation of the senior talent that defined the Osher era and the rising costs and increasingly difficult ability to deliver that followed... you would have thought this place would have learned its lesson.

    Instead they've hired numerous new executives from companies with renowned bad practices who, despite claiming to come to Imageworks for the culture, seem set in their old ways.

    Together Randy Lake and the executive team operate under a singular mantra: cheaper, cheaper, cheaper. The problem is that, save for a few, the entire executive team lacks the artistic and technical understanding to recognize that with the rapidly decaying remnants of a once legendary pipeline, at this point the only way to actually make things cheaper is to focus on making things better.

    For the few executive level people who should know better, they lack the courage and conviction to speak up for what's right and fight for it, instead preferring to cower in the comfort of the cozy office they'll very soon be too expensive to occupy, like everyone else.

    Their focus is forever fixed on achieving cost-efficiency through staffing, and because of this they are sentencing the company to a dull and boring death at the bottom of a lake of their own rusted technology, crippled by their inability to deliver the amenities clients come to expect elsewhere - too expensive to win work and too cheap and blind to see what they need to do to remedy that.

    Advice to Management

    Cheaper is your goal, and you can be so much cheaper than you have any idea if you'd turn your gaze away from staffing and trying to hire cheaper people or move the few jobs that remain in LA to subsidized locations.

    The increasingly antiquated technology that was once the pinnacle of industry efficiency and innovation is making you less efficient because you've chosen to let it rot in the exact same place it was in 2012 by not investing in your people and your pipeline.

    Focus on that, and give your people a break. Invest in them. Make them want to stay and don't lose the few remaining senior artists who have somehow miraculously stayed with you through the years. They are the key to your success.

    And remember: an artist is not an expense, an artist is an asset. They are your only assets. So make Imageworks a place that values and builds up its artists and you may find yourself ahead.


  5. "technical director"

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

    I worked at Imageworks full-time

    Pros

    a lot overtime if you want some OT money

    Cons

    a lot overtime if you got family, you don't get to see them


  6. "great studio with good people"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Culver City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Culver City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good environment with competitive salaries. Probably the only good perk of being at the Culver location? A nice campus.

    Cons

    Lots of changes going on, it feels like the Culver office doesn't get as much attention. There aren't as many perks as the Vancouver office.

    Advice to Management

    spread the joy!


  7. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    - Co-workers are down-to-earth and capable
    - They really invest in you as an employee
    - Environment is conducive to learning

    Cons

    - Can't think of any

  8. "I watched this place slowly die"

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

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

    Pros

    There were a lot of talented people here when I began and I had the opportunity to work on big titles.

    Cons

    Over time management decided to shift employees to Canada for cost savings. They were never very honest about their plans and over time showed they cared less and less about the staff.


  9. "Technical director"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Culver City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Culver City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Imageworks full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Getting to work on movies, great people, able to have time to learn and develop new skills sets

    Cons

    Hey is not great, Canfield pigeonholed after a couple years, upper management is only seeking profitsbecause the industry itself is so hammered by tax incentives

    Advice to Management

    Quality makes quality. Investing in people and culture and trust is better than a quick buck. The market is tough , But imageworks is well positioned to do well if it focuses on storylines rather than eye candy


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Animator"

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Imageworks has had a varied film slate over the years giving animators lots of opportunities to explore different styles. Overall, your teammates are solid.

    Cons

    A management change in 2008 changed everything. Jobs outsourced, schedules compressed and the production teams put a ton of pressure on artists throughout production. The studio went from a career studio to a one and done facility. Most of the supervisors and managers that made Imageworks a destination studio were pushed out.

    Advice to Management

    I'd recommend management to cherish the talent of their teams, but...they won't be doing that any time soon.


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