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Legend3D Reviews

Updated July 19, 2017
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Pros
  • Great people on the floor to work with (this is literally it) (in 10 reviews)

  • Good people on the floor to work with (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours and weekends when crunch time is in, leaving you barely any time for basic household chores (in 14 reviews)

  • The company has a low pay that some people actually think is good (in 13 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (6)

    "Jr Stereo Artist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Legend3D full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Faced paced
    - Challenging Work
    - Amazing People and atmosphere
    - Get to be a part of big budget films and get imdb credits
    - Fun production environment without having to deal with general public
    - Eventual staff opportunities for a few, but not to many.

    Cons

    - Sporadic work with no heads up about over time, hiatus, or lay offs
    - laid off dozens of staff and contract employees with just a few hours notice, at Carlsbad location lots of people locked in newly signed leases with no job now.
    - no benefits for contract, they will be sure to give you a hiatus before they are legally required to

    Advice to Management

    Have the common decency to be more transparent about the most likely outcomes of gaining or loosing movie contracts which leads to hiatus and layoffs so people can plan their lives accordingly. When you tell people they lost their job with no heads up at all, they tend to become very bitter and cynical.


  2. Helpful (5)

    ""Paint artist" with promise of VR work and comp work which never came."

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    Former Employee - Stereo Compositor in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Stereo Compositor in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Legend3D full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Offered a 401k and medical benefits. Did a week of training but it was a bait and switch type of situation and almost impossible to get anything done in a timely fashion.

    Cons

    Little or no time of OT. Had to work holidays such as thanksgiving and Christmas for what seemed like no reason since the studios were closed and the server would slow down so much that you couldn't see your work because it was going to San Diego and then to Canada and back to LA for the tax incentives.

    Advice to Management

    In need of a management overhaul with people in charge that know what goes into the work. And give your artists the tools to not do great paint work but great stereo too instead of flat pop up book 3D that only kids enjoy.

  3. "Only take a position here as a last resort."

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    Former Employee - Paint Artist in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Paint Artist in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Legend3D full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Referring to the L.A. office, there is (or was) a floor full of talented and dedicated people who, under sometimes unrealistic deadlines, managed to turn out praiseworthy, quality 3D conversions. This, a moderate amount of OT to make up for a subpar wage, pretty consistently having weekends off, and Payday Bagels, are the only redeeming qualities I can pull out of my time there.

    Cons

    I said there "was" a floor full of talented people because yet again (and to no one's surprise if you've read the other reviews here) Legend just laid off a large part of the staff and contract artists in L.A. and Toronto.

    Not discounting the reality that workload, especially of the 3D variety, can sometimes fluctuate. But you have to wonder if the executive(s) whose responsibility it is to secure work for the studio ever suffer the same fate as the hordes of artists that are unceremoniously tossed out when things slow down, more than a few with many years at Legend; given other reviews that I've seen here, I'm wagering they're not. And if the other reviews here are to be believed, they might be having a chuckle at this review and the others that are sure to follow, whilst collecting raises that the remaining artists will never see. I can't say that will happen, but I don't know enough about management to say that it won't, which leads me to the non-existent relationship between management and the artists....

    At least in the L.A. office, I've never experienced such a disconnect between management and talent. It's so blatant that it has to be intentional and is obviously meant to reduce the company's effort in resolving employee issues. Got an HR question? Try to hunt down the mostly off-site HR guy when he does show up....but when he does, it's usually just to let someone go. Poor guy, he's like the grim reaper. Also worth mentioning is that the head of the comp department (this week) is in Toronto, so any prospective L.A.-based paint artists shouldn't be too quick to sign that long lease just yet.

    When I was hired on, I was told to overlook former employee reviews on sites like this and that Legend was trying hard to change its image. That things like micromanagement and counting the minutes that one had been away from their desk on break were over. And for the first few months, it was all good. But as the projects and money dry up, expect them to count those minutes and stop feeding you on those 12 hour days.

    Advice to Management

    To prospective artists: know what you're getting into. When negotiating your wage, don't buy into the promise that "there will be opportunities for raises" or the offer of a staff position if it's put out there; this just means you'll get lowballed, but it's justified by the perceived job security that the staff position is meant to offer. There is no job security here, so demand the money you know you deserve straight away. Accept that this won't be a long-term gig and that you will have to feign surprise when you're herded out like cattle shortly after having had "the talk" with HR. Know that you likely won't be working on a lot of blockbusters, or more than a few minutes of them anyway, and that you probably won't be getting screen credits. Don't go in expecting to maybe be working on a lot of vfx or vr, as the work just isn't there right now.

    To management: I can't really say much more than what's already been said pretty eloquently and alarmingly consistently in other reviews. There's no reason to treat the people that produce for you with such indifference other than it's been working, and unfortunately, there are enough people in L.A. who are willing to put up with pretty much anything just to get their foot in the door somewhere. That said, the only lame advice I have to offer here is to at least be decent. Acknowledge the long hours and weekends people spend noodling the hell out of hair or rain comps on a hilariously-underbid shot for an impossible client by at least having the decency to let someone with a kid, or a mortgage, or a lease, or a car payment (you know, pretty much everyone) know a little ahead of time that work is going to be slow so those of us with responsibilities and who might be living paycheck-to-paycheck (low wages, and all) can take steps.

    For the artists that are left there and any that are desperate or naive enough to give Legend a shot, I hope that Legend does eventually decide to make the changes they've been promising to make for some time now.


  4. Helpful (12)

    "I would not Recommend This Company in Hollywood or Canada (dont get me started on Canada)"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Legend3D full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Working on some really cheesy bad movies and turning really bad cheesy movies in to 3D

    Cons

    If you get in to this VFX sweat shop, dont expect a decent wage, they barely pay their Leads around $27-32 an hour and it's taken a long time to get to that wage, not every lead is even making that much. Expect to negotiate from between $22 to $27 based off experience.

    They will give the newer artists hard shots and expect them to be near to completion and check in chickened within hours of receiving the shot as they have this ridiculous new method they recently implemented where the hard shot is 10 hours and a medium shot is 6-8 hours and an easy shot is 4 - 6 hours which might be a bit more realistic if they had Clean Plates and Rotos ready for the task, yet they also expect you to do the work which should be sent to outsource.
    I've been at Legend for several years and they seem to be quite cheap with providing outsource assets, I guess thats another Legend thing that just happens, it hasn't changed for years and its no wonder why Stereo D is so successful.

    Upper management may not be aware but I have witnessed several artists get so stressed out that they throw hissy fits and temper tantrums and cuss and whine because they are so stressed about meeting the new stupid check-in and review times that some disconnected number crunching idiot came up with, and If you continually underperform you will not be talked to like an adult about your performance time and told it needs improvement because the upper management crowd has no confrontational courage to talk to you like a human being they will just send in their minion to ask an artist to come to the office where you will be terminated and told that the company is going through Rough times. I have had several close friends that this has happened to and it's the way of Legend, They quietly and quickly whisk an employee away never to be seen or heard from again by friends and colleagues and their minion just comes to pick up their stuff off their desk and acts like everything is all good and everyone just looks at each other like what is going on? It's funny because they claim to be able to communicate and say they will let you know if they have any issues before they fire you, yet this is just a lie just like the lies they tell when they lure you in with a silly promise of hiring you as full-time staff.

    The Long hours are quite unreasonable as we can do 15-20 hour days (I've done longer days than that) they will say go home once a shot has been approved and thinking they are being generous they will tell you to come in a little later than your regular time which is 9am after you've worked almost 20 hours but oh wait their incentive is bringing in Junk food all the time which is the nastiest food I've ever eaten, can we say boycott? Don't let the insults, and cursing and talking down to artists or leads in anger and frustration at 3am from higher ups get to you as it can constantly drain you mentally and physically. You will be expected to work crunch time on back to back projects until you are so burned out that you wont want to come in anymore and they wont let up on their expectations of grinding you down to the bone and then throwing you away when you aren't needed by them anymore.

    The company Bends over backwards just to work on small Scraps of 15 or 20 mins of a movie thrown to them from Marvel and because they want their business they will take the abuse and in the end the abuse will trickle down to the teams and artists working Legend's sweat shop. Dont believe the hype you hear either about Legend's VR they have a small amount of work and arent doing as well as they are advertising.

    Oh and Canada? We are tired of doing all your work for you and having to fix all the extra problems you cause in your scripts.

    Advice to Management

    All your Leads shake their heads in disbelief about the stupid decisions made by upper management. They have their priorities all mixed up and dont know how things really work down where things really get done. Totally disconnected to the people at the bottom.


  5. Helpful (6)

    "Do not work here, lies, lies, lies"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Legend3D (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Artists are good people, you work on movies.

    Cons

    Horrible pay, long days with last minute notice 10 minutes before the end of day on a Friday, very unorganized. Coordinators sit and gossip and suck at their jobs making leads have to light fires under their butts sometimes to get work or even status updates on work. Management can't make a solid schedule to save their lives.

    If something goes wrong, it is never management's fault but the artists, even though they do not control the dead lines or make any executive decisions, but yeah, it is the Artists fault.
    Don't ever and I mean EVER expect a raise, even if you have been there 3 years running, management only likes to pay themselves. Upper Management, SGs, Comp Sups. Are making 6 figure salaries while artists are lucky to make $35-40k a year. No in-between. And if you do happen to get a raise or are making more than other Artists, Watch out!! Because you are most likely to be the next one let go when they have lay offs. Absolutely no respect for any of the Artists no matter if your a depth or comper. This is a horrible place to work. If you like being treated like crap, working your life away in OT, with nothing to show for any of it, and want to be lied to on a regular bases, then yeah, apply here.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to do your jobs. Your "personality" ethics suck major balls. You "try" to act like you care about Artists, kind of, but every Artist on the floor know you are all TWO FACED. You are fooling no one with your lies, but just showing how truly inept you all are at your job. You take no responsibility and pass the blame to everyone else like a little child would do.
    There really is nothing that I can say that I believe would ever make this company change unless you completely remove all management and replace them with people that actually know how to run a business efficiently and have respect for all those that actually do the work that has kept this hot mess a float all these years.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Decent Company for beginner vfx artists"

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    Former Employee - Stereo Compositor in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Stereo Compositor in Carlsbad, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Legend3D full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Easy going work environment
    A lot of different types of people to meet
    Work on some fun films/projects

    Cons

    Management is stingy with raises and promotions
    Pay is subpar
    Long hours during crunch time

    Advice to Management

    Hold on to talent better, create better incentives for moving up within company


  7. Helpful (5)

    "could have been great"

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    Current Employee - Stereo Compositor in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Stereo Compositor in Carlsbad, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Legend3D full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    At the time, before switching gears to Canada, this was a great way to get your foot into the door of the entertainment industry.

    Great artist around you willing to help and whom share similar interest and hobbies.

    Laid back environment, no one breathing down your neck of you're on top of your game.

    Cons

    Conversion work has transitioned across the border, so hundreds of artist are forced to shift careers or follow abroad - not ideal for those with a family and mortgage.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure you take care of those in LA and Toronto so that they do not suffer the same fate Carlsbad has.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Worked there"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Legend3D full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great way to get into the industry and learn about workflows. Cool projects to work on and the people are great too.

    Cons

    It is a competitive market and always vulnerable to the ups and downs of the industry. But i do understand when the company has to react

    Advice to Management

    Keep an eye open for hidden talent within the teams. It isn't always easy to get recognized.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Employed at Legend 3D"

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    Former Employee - Visual Effects/Stereo Artist, Film and Video Editors in Spring Valley, CA
    Former Employee - Visual Effects/Stereo Artist, Film and Video Editors in Spring Valley, CA

    I worked at Legend3D full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    This is a quick way to learn about visual effects, modeling, production process, and pipeline in the television/movie/film industry.

    Cons

    Not guaranteed to be a staff or full time employee, and some software uses are not transferable skills to future employment.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Good place to start, but bad place to stay"

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    Former Employee - Lead 3-D Stereo Artist in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Lead 3-D Stereo Artist in Carlsbad, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Legend3D full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Artists are cool, and you get to work on some movies.

    Cons

    Poorly run management. The pay is very lower. You're lucky if you every get a staff position and not just contract work. No real concern for artists, they are treated like they are a dime a dozen. Usually don't get the big block buster titles to work on. No real chance for career growth or raises either.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to schedule shows better, pay artists more and show them some respect, they are the reason the company has a great reputation for quality 3D NOT you. Higher some people that can actually get the big block buster movies into the studio. Again, show some respect to the amazing Artists.


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