Imageworks Reviews

Updated Apr 27, 2020

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3.9
79%
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85%
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Imageworks President  Robert M. Osher
Robert M. Osher
47 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great projects, good salaries, great structure, great people(in 15 reviews)

  • "Good pay, great location, good benefits(in 10 reviews)

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

  • "Depending on the project you might do some OT (paid)(in 12 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Great Company"

    5.0
     

    I have been working at Imageworks

    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

    Imageworks2017-01-16
  2. "great pay friendly company"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lead Lighter in Culver City, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    great pay great pipeline great hours

    Cons

    not best projects and little vis fx

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    Imageworks2020-04-10
  3. Helpful (1)

    "All right"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Pipeline Technical Director in Culver City, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    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.

    Imageworks2019-05-15
  4. "You are always waiting for bad news."

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production Manager in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Imageworks full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Co workers are great, best benefits, nice environment, good projects. They used to have great extracurricular activities that made it a fun place to work.

    Cons

    Moved most of staff to Vancouver. You never feel completely at ease and safe because you are always waiting to hear bad news. Hours can be grueling.

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    Imageworks2018-02-04
  5. "Technical director"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Director 

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Can be demanding work load.

    Imageworks2017-08-24
  6. Helpful (3)

    "Working at Imageworks"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Culver City, CA

    I worked at Imageworks full-time for 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.

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    Imageworks2017-06-19
  7. "Associate Production Coordinator"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Imageworks full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great Company and good Benefits

    Cons

    Not much to complain about!

    Imageworks2017-06-21
  8. Helpful (9)

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

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Staff in Culver City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Imageworks full-time for 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.

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    Imageworks2017-06-07
  9. "technical director"

    3.0
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    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

    Imageworks2017-05-04
  10. Helpful (1)

    "great studio with good people"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Culver City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Imageworks full-time for 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.

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    Imageworks2017-03-09
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