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Updated March 24, 2017
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Pros
  • There were long hours at times, but great people (in 10 reviews)

  • Great tools, and high profile projects (in 5 reviews)

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

  • 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 6 reviews)

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  1. "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!


  2. "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


  3. "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.


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  5. "Technical director"

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    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


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Animator"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Dead in LA, new shop in Vancouver"

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

    I worked at Imageworks full-time

    Pros

    Better than average salary. SPE gives pretty good health benefits.

    Cons

    LA went through generations of bad management. 0 training budget. There is in essence no culture in LA. The friends/coworkers IS the culture.

    Advice to Management

    Good luck relying on Vancouver's tax benefits. All your talents from the past is gone, thanks to Bob Osher.


  8. "Sony Imageworks"

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    Former Employee - Production Coordinator in Culver City, CA
    Former Employee - Production Coordinator in Culver City, CA

    I worked at Imageworks full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good work/life balance
    Great opportunity to build a skill set
    Nice campus

    Cons

    Moving most positions to Vancouver
    Employee/artist retention is not a high priority

    Advice to Management

    Keep jobs in California


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Fx animator"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - FX Animator
    Former Employee - FX Animator
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Culver city is cool, the people on my team were great. Lots of things to do when they are buzy. They pay lots and you work sick overtime.

    Cons

    They are firing everyone and moving to Canada, the people at the top are completely out of touch with the workers, and the schedules are horrible

    Advice to Management

    Stop firing your top artists, and move back to LA before everyone has left the area or the industry. Pretty soon no one will come when you need to hire senior people


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Senior Technical Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Imageworks full-time

    Pros

    Solid, deep pipeline, skilled artists, big, high profile projects.

    Cons

    OT, evenings, weekends. That's the game...


  11. "Great company, not tons of growth potential"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Lots of employee perks, great benefits, exciting work being done, the people are incredibly talented

    Cons

    Unless you move to Vancouver, there isn't a lot of growth potential even if you've been around for a long time (production mostly)



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