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Imageworks Reviews

Updated Aug 2, 2018

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3.7
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Imageworks President  Robert M. Osher
Robert M. Osher
54 Ratings
  1. Helpful (3)

    "Opportunity of a lifetime, if you're willing to put forth the effort."

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

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

    Pros

    The facility fosters and encourages creativity and innovation of the highest caliber. Imageworks is home to some of the greatest minds in the industry.

    Cons

    The only cons are recent, with opportunities of advancement only being available in Vancouver. (Imageworks' new HQ has been announced as being there now.) For someone that's not able or willing to relocate, this can be an issue.

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    Imageworks2014-07-23
  2. Helpful (3)

    "Enjoy your time of the Show but prepare for that certain layoff"

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    Former Contractor - Animator in Culver City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Imageworks for more than 8 years

    Pros

    HI END Projects , Big budget tent pole franchises , greats shots for you reel. Paid Overtime , Benefits , Quality Health Care & Dental , robust pipeline, equipment and tools to succeed. You will be a specialist . A lot of talented artists and supervisors to learn from and network with. You will need this after you are laid off

    Cons

    No staff jobs , congrats on landing a gig on Spiderman , but don't get too confortable and now is good time start looking for your next job . No matter what management/supervisor says , how hard you work , how fast you work , make no mistake and believe none of their bull , you are their disposable asset. Hired per project sometimes as short as 5 weeks , a long project hire there could be 5 months. No transferable Union healthcare except at SPA (a separate studio from Imageworks) who wisely signed the TAG Union contract . Continuing your health care coverage after your certain layoff is very ,very expensive , 1500+ $/month . No opportunities to move laterally on projects like in smaller studios. No training opportunities , workshops to develop other skills to help roll between departments . Company chasing tax subsidies , set up satellite studios in favorable tax subsidy areas like Albuquerque and Vancouver.

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    Imageworks2014-04-25
  3. Helpful (2)

    "Company's best days are in the rearview, shell of its former self. Sinking like a stone."

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

    I have been working at Imageworks full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Used to be an inspiring place to work, employed intelligent, top notch industry leaders.

    Cons

    Along with the greater VFX industry, Imageworks has gone down the tubes. There is zero job security. Most of the jobs have been relocated to Vancouver, Canada. Those employees left in Culver City fear for their jobs and work plenty of unpaid extra hours, for free. This is largely part of the culture of the company. In 2009, in response to economic changes, an accountant was brought in to run the show. Ever since, the company is run by beancounters who desperately want to have creative input on story & casting, driven by their ego. The entire company is a train wreck. The CEO is the laughing stock of the company and the butt of all jokes. I don't think this company will be around much longer, at least not in the US.

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    Imageworks2013-11-23
  4. Helpful (1)

    "The real question is, how do you feel about Vancouver?"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Culver City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Imageworks full-time

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Great Talent.

    Cons

    Like any visual Effects company hours can be long and intense. It's hard to tell whether you will be kept around to move onto another show. If there is another show. Recent push to move to employees Vancouver to help the companies bottom line.

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    Imageworks2013-09-09
  5. "It was fun while it lasted"

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    Former Employee - CG Supervisor in Culver City, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay for long time employees

    Cons

    Imageworks is forcing most of their employees to Vancouver through layoffs.

    Imageworks2013-05-12
  6. Helpful (4)

    "Ready for Canada?"

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    Current Employee - Former VFX-Supervisor in Culver City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Imageworks full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Used to be a place where careers were built.

    Cons

    Get ready to move your family to Vancouver, Canada until the tax-breaks dry up. While there, you can look forward to super-high apartment rental costs, 50 hour weeks without overtime, low-pay, competition with industry newbies who bring sleeping bags to work in order to get ahead, and inconsistent employment. This is what my former co-workers tell me, who bothered to make the move. I'm basically being given an ultimatum- go North, or go home. Thanks Imageworks! -An eight year veteran of Culver City (staying home).

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    Imageworks2013-03-29
  7. Helpful (5)

    "Disqualified people"

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    Former Employee - Lighting in Vancouver, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Imageworks full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    ok salary good location good R&D team

    Cons

    Many leads / sups are not qualified for their role. Either they don't care about work or micro-manage everything with huge egos. Artistic direction going nowhere, opposite feedbacks from different people. Blaming artist for pipeline issues. (like what the h***)Intense politics, no communications, very cold work environment. inefficient daily schedules. Unstable contract (on this, Sony is the worst among these vfx houses around Vancouver), garbage projects. The best possible project you can get is Spiderman franchise. The list is endless. There was glorious era for Sony many years ago. Now it became worse than average studio around here. It's not sinking ship. This ship had already sunken.

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    Imageworks2018-08-03
  8. Helpful (1)

    "A lot of good and a lot of bad"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Imageworks full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Perks like snacks, free screenings, nice building right downtown Vancouver, mostly competent supervisors. Love the fact that they use gmail.

    Cons

    Proprietary tools are pathetic, old timers that have been there 10+ years are too set in their ways, communication from show upper management often lacking, unclear about the elite group of 'lucky ones' who get to remain in LA Culver City, while everyone else has to go to Vancouver. Feels very corporate in that if you're too low on the chain, your voice is virtually unheard.

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    Imageworks2017-03-31
  9. "Structure in a chaotic industry"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Imageworks

    Pros

    - Foundations that shows are built on are solid and developed over past experiences. - Pipeline. Somehow it just works - Managers in place have been in the studio for several years and started from the bottom. - Supervisors are very knowledgeable and understand the production needs. - Facility team tries to actively engage employees with treats, events planning, email communication, etc - Downtown Vancouver

    Cons

    - Downtown Vancouver - High cost of living. Commute is not sustainable if you can't afford living in Vancouver or work a lot of OT - Pipeline. Old practices/systems/tech/tools can archaic, especially if you come from different faster paced studios and have seen smarter ways of doing things.

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    Imageworks2017-02-22
  10. Helpful (1)

    "Bad place to be an engineer"

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    Software Engineer in Vancouver, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Imageworks for more than a year

    Pros

    Production staff are very friendly. Perks like snacks and movie screenings are great. It's an easy salary if you don't care about building great products.

    Cons

    Management for development is all in LA. The managers and "leads" are all people who have been with imageworks and only imageworks for so long that they have no clue about modern software engineering standards. The tools used and produced are shoddy compared to industry standards at other studios. The development environment is very limited, no automated testing, no automated build system, no project management. They have no technical leadership in Vancouver.

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    Imageworks2017-03-24
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