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  1. "Freelance Compositor"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Freelancer - Freelance Compositor in New York, NY
    Former Freelancer - Freelance Compositor in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Launch (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Made some of my best friends at 321Launch. Taught me how to be fast, efficient, and you get in this flow when the pipeline runs really beautifully.

    I like that they respected the booking system, and had time and a half OT after 7pm and on weekends. That felt fair.

    Cons

    Sometimes the work isn't portfolio worthy, because it's mostly pre-vis. That being said, the company is always in favor of developing new techniques, and it is a pretty cool niche i didn't know about before working there.

    Advice to Management

    More social events. I wouldn't have worked there as long as I did, despite other opportunities, if I didn't have so many good friends there. Bonding is everything!


  2. "Ok place to start out at after school but don't stay"

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    Former Employee - Animator in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Animator in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Worked as a freelancer here many years ago and the work isn't the most creative or fun but the other artists are all really great. It's pretty laid back overall since the work isn't that difficult; just a lot of it. Lunch is paid for and you can order through Seemless

    Cons

    The management was crazy when I was there; long OT and preferential treatment of some employees over others. You can't leave for lunch unless you are on a list of people who are allowed to leave. They are very stingy with rates and also have a system where they track what you're doing every 30 minutes. Some of the former directors took themselves way too seriously, but the newer/current ones seem better.

    Advice to Management

    Treat the artists more like people.

  3. "Doing good in the community"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    LAUNCH is making a difference in Chattanooga, bringing opportunities to underserved communities where few opportunities for entrepreneurship exist. It is a flexible job, and working from home every once in a while is possible.

    Cons

    Slightly disorganized, no benefits, difficult to get a promotion.


  4. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Vice President Professional Services in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Vice President Professional Services in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Excellent career opportunity and great people to work with.

    Cons

    Difficult to scale across customers.


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    "Freelance Artist"

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    Former Contractor - Artist in New York, NY
    Former Contractor - Artist in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Launch as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The work here can be consistent. Always stuff to work on. They usually paid for lunch.

    Cons

    There was always stuff to work on, even on weekends and Holidays. The higher ups did not consider this an issue. They didn't really consider bringing in more computers and hands to work on projects and hoped that everyone who was there would be able to work OT. They go through a lot of artists and about half the people I know in the industry have had some experience with them. There never seemed to be enough artists on hand to work on spots. The Creative Directors were spread thin. Producers had to fight to get artists to work on their spots. Lead animators never had enough help. Animators were swapped often to other spots. Modelers were often swamped with the amount of characters and props they needed. Artists were put in the Mocap stage to work with poor lighting (very bad for the eyes). Lunch was paid for, but it was looked down upon to take 30 minutes to eat and stretch.
    Bottom line, I felt miserable working here. Things might have changed, but I'm not sure by how much. I've also heard similar stories, so it wasn't just me.

    Advice to Management

    If you're going to have a large amount of work, you might want to expand instead of putting all that pressure on your artists. It would seem that you need to be flexible and collapse the staff, but if you continue to grow, renting more space and hiring more hands would make everyone happy.


  6. "Fun place to work, fast-paced, hard but rewarding."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends

    Pros

    It's a good place to create and to learn

    Cons

    The pressure sometimes can get overwhelming.

    Advice to Management

    Listen more to your workers


  7. "good company"

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    Current Employee - Product Ambassador in London, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Product Ambassador in London, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Launch part-time

    Pros

    set hours, good pay, awesome manager, freedom, always new

    Cons

    may have to work at different stores each week

  8. "It ia really wonderful ; both fun and work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Sharing information about great products

    Cons

    Not much shifts to work

    Advice to Management

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  9. "Great people, some fun projects, but overworked frequently."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The people here are amazing. Very supportive and friendly. They feed you lunch most days and the work is consistent.

    Cons

    Though the work is consistent, sometimes there is too much. Many late nights and weekend work.