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Updated May 31, 2021

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Imageworks EVP Michelle Grady
Michelle Grady
4 Ratings
Pros
  • "Strong technology stack and great people(in 17 reviews)

  • "Good pay, great location, good benefits(in 11 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Living costs in vancouver are expensive(in 26 reviews)

  • "Animation tools suffer from feature bloat(in 11 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Great Company

      Jan 15, 2017 -  
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
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      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

      3 people found this review helpful
    2. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Great Company

      Mar 4, 2021 - Production Service Technician in Culver City, CA
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Good leadership, inclusive environment, lots of growth opportunities

      Cons

      Low pay, stressful days, remote

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    3. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Amazing company, culture, career opportunities rotunites

      Jan 21, 2021 - Production Service Technician in Culver City, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Love the culture! It’s very tight knit while being extremely inclusive. The company is focused not only on making amazing films but on providing employee satisfaction. The company often promotes from within and so there are many growth opportunities available.

      Cons

      LA location is quite small.

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    4. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      great pay friendly company

      Apr 9, 2020 - Lead Lighter in Culver City, CA
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
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      Pros

      great pay great pipeline great hours

      Cons

      not best projects and little vis fx

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    5. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      All right

      May 15, 2019 - Pipeline Technical Director in Culver City, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Interesting projects, good people, had a decent pipeline for the time.

      Cons

      Some projects were not so great. Studio heads did not really know how to utilize the talent at the studio.

      1 person found this review helpful
    6. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Great benefits, but need to let artists flourish.

      Dec 30, 2013 -  in Culver City, CA
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
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      Pros

      Being a part of Sony Pictures Entertainment, Imageworks treats their employees quite well. -Ample vacation, sick, and personal time -generous holiday breaks and frequent 3 day weekends. -Frequent on-campus social hours with free food and beer -Really talented and enjoyable co-workers -Leadership is pretty relaxed and encouraging -Despite being in a very transient stage for our industry, hard-working, dedicated artists are often kept around as long as (financially) possible and artist management tries its best to find a way to bridge gaps between shows and not let people go when they can.

      Cons

      While I don't believe this problem is specific to Imageworks, the focus on cutting costs has stifled almost all creativity and innovation that isn't about increasing efficiency and decreasing bid-days. This has made our jobs a little less enjoyable and the morale a little unstable. As with the rest of the industry, the push to move employee's to subsidized locations (which all VFX facilities must do at this point to stay afloat) has strangled employee morale in the LA office. The work environment itself is rather sterile compared to some studios & tech companies which focus on creating a more inspiring workplace. Upper management makes some frustrating decisions about what movies to pursue at Sony Pictures Animation, seem to interfere a lot and don't seem to empower their story-artists to make the movie they're passionate about.

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    7. 2.0
      Current Employee

      great people and technology, astonishingly poor executive management, murky future

      Jun 6, 2009 - Senior Technical Director in Culver City, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great camaraderie amongst rank and file artists (but many have left). Incredible learning opportunities from some of the sharpest creative and technical people in the industry. Good pay, OK benefits (getting worse though), nice location. Great place to be if you are new in the industry, just make sure you have a job lined up for when your production is over.

      Cons

      Sadly, what has been said here before is very true. There was a time when Imageworks was the place to be if you wanted to work on both feature animation and visual effects. Those days are ending, as we simply cannot compete against Disney/Dreamworks in animation, and the tax-incentives foreign countries are passing out in visual effects. Many of these factors are out of the company's control. But the nail in the coffin is our astonishingly weak management. While there has been some well needed house cleaning of mid to upper-management, the facility is hopelessly lacking in creative leadership and artist management. There are murky plans for upcoming productions, but the recent exodus of talent and serious nose-dive in morale will make working on these shows (if greenlit) very, very unsatisfactory.

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    8. 2.0
      Former Employee

      Great foot in the door, but once the door is locked, you might wish for a window to sneak out of...

      Jul 8, 2009 -  in Culver City, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Talented, smart, genuinely nice and respectful co-workers, decent benefits, fun company parties once in a while. The VFX work produced at Imageworks is some of the best out there, and a great addition to any demo reel. The training program is good and offers opportunities to expand your skillset. Overtime is paid.

      Cons

      Don't spin your wheels trying to get promoted here, even if you are doing twice the work, and getting excellent feedback from your supervisors and colleagues. The fastest way to ensure that a promotion will be 'in the budget right now' is to find a job somewhere else and then come back. The "feast or famine" nature of the schedule, and an often uneven distribution of the workload. One artist may be slammed while another is bored and begging for more work, but they don't find out about each other until the roles reverse. Low female/male ratio, and all that means to you for the work environment and culture. Low morale due to low job security and long hours. People who have been at the studio for two or more shows generally smile a lot less than the new hires. Given the amount of time you spend with your co-workers in the office, it is not very social and can be lonely.

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    9. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 8 years

      Good on some films, bad on others

      May 19, 2015 - Anonymous Employee in Culver City, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Working with incredibly smart people who know their jobs. A solid well supported pipeline with some of the best tools in the industry. Good pay (in the past), and fair benefits. A great place to learn and grow as a VFX artist (in the past) Decent hours and paid overtime. Grownups with families can work here.

      Cons

      If you are on a VFX film, there will be some huge egos. Poor to fair producers who are terrible at planning the front-end of production. Unhealthy competition between doltish CG Sups who are all clawing for recognition and stabbing each other in the back for advancement. No advancement based on merit - need to be a maneuvering politico.

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      9 people found this review helpful
    10. 4.0
      Former Employee

      A good place to build your career

      Jun 22, 2008 - Software Engineer in Culver City, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      If you love the movie industry, Imageworks is a great place to work on exciting blockbuster films. The people are interesting and the location is ideal. It can really be a good place to build your career.

      Cons

      You might feel a bit holed into your job. Since the company is still quite large and there are some meaningless security restrictions, you can be working on a film and have very little idea about what it's going to look like in the end or how it was put together. So, you don't really feel like you worked on a film ultimately, especially if you're on the engineering side. And senior management consists more of artists than programmers. This can be a little annoying for the engineers too.

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