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Updated November 17, 2018
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Pros
  • "Good projects but again it's a place for more Technically skilled people than artistically" (in 32 reviews)

  • "Great people and a nice environment to work in" (in 24 reviews)

Cons
  • "Lot's of over timing, long hours, big salary differences among peers" (in 27 reviews)

  • "A lot of overtime depending on show" (in 13 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Digital Matte Painter"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at MPC full-time

    Pros

    Work experience
    They hire juniors
    You get to learn a lot from very talented people
    Great movie credits
    Easy to find a job after working here
    Great location

    Cons

    Low salary
    Bad management
    Unreliable on the contract


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great effort but falls short"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Culver City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Culver City, CA

    I worked at MPC full-time

    Pros

    They really try to make a pleasant work environment. I guess making up for years of horrible reputation in the VFX industry.
    -Free snacks, beverages
    -Nice digs
    -Great Culver City location
    -Some great people there
    -Good communication from leadership

    Cons

    For our smaller sized group there were some issues with personnel that they really didn't want to deal with. It seemed like they wanted to look the other way rather than confront and implement consequences. This was because the underlying soul of the company is still all about getting the work out of people rather than putting a priority on a safe, respectable work environment.

    Advice to Management

    People over Work.

  3. "Runner"

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    Current Employee - Runner in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Runner in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at MPC part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Perks include industry connections, seamless (if you think that is a pro)

    Cons

    Office culture is tense and toxic

    Advice to Management

    Hire from within


  4. "MPC"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at MPC full-time

    Pros

    Employees are fun and very talented. Office environment is pleasant.

    Cons

    Long hours occasionally. Usual downsides of visual effects industry.


  5. Helpful (13)

    "Stressful work environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at MPC full-time

    Pros

    The people here are great. Artists are very talented and passionate about their work. Lots of snacks, beer on Fridays.

    Cons

    Jobs are underbid to win projects. EPs take on projects knowing there are not enough resources available and everyone is expected to make it work. Teams have to scramble and work late nights/weekends to meet deadlines. Clients are the top priority, so employee needs are not heard. Artists are treated like machines. Everyone in production has too much on their plate. HR exists to protect the company, not to support employees.

    Be prepared to be publicly scolded if you make any small mistake. Higher ups and HR will try to make you feel like you don't deserve to work here if you complain about anything. Both HR and higher ups use manipulation often.

    Advice to Management

    The people in management roles are a big part of the problem. Listen to your employees and address their concerns. Protect your artists and producers from unrealistic client requests. None of this work is important enough to make people work all night. MPC's problems are known in the VFX community, but you wonder why it's so hard to bring in freelancers.


  6. Helpful (15)

    "People are dropping like flies"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at MPC full-time

    Pros

    Good people work there. The studio looks nice and there is a fun happy hour.

    Cons

    Artists and anyone that aren't favored are treated poorly. Bad pay- focused on paying higher ups but won't shell it out on the people who are actually making the work. They should look into their HR person. Loads of negativity coming from the top tier down and it's nasty, it's not just one person it's BOTH. People are dropping like flies and nearly everyone is looking for new work or wanting to leave and management still doesn't see it. The kitchen smells.

    Advice to Management

    A beer and snacks won't help MPC. Pay your lower wage staff better. Give better raises! Upper management should care more about the well being of their staff. Don't underbid just to get a job with no resources. Freelancers are hearing about the company culture and it's going to be hard to book. Management grow up and don't be so petty. Respect ALL employees. People do talk.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Artist experience at New York Studio"

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

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

    Pros

    - Really nice NY studio setting.
    - Work is generally high end, artists generally top in industry.
    - Department heads are good people.
    - Paid on time.

    Cons

    - Culture of not valuing staff. The best people are always leaving MPC NY.
    - Client expectations are really poorly managed by top brass a lot of the time. Their demands are nearly always met to the detriment of the artists and producers.
    - Which leads to artists and producers put under incredible stress to meet unrealistic deadlines. It's completely the norm for projects to pass their deadlines.
    - This then means you're usually expected to work late, and on big jobs on weekends.
    - The environment cultivated by top brass for producers to work in is very nasty at times too. You can expect to hear horrible things said to people openly sometimes.
    - 3D don't have the best structure for learning paths for juniors/runners. They're expected to be able to do anything asked of them, so mentorship to train for a specific role they have to seek out on their own.
    - Really small and slow upward progression for artists. Not a place to be if you consider yourself ambitious. Usual pay rises I'd seen is every 2 years or so, by 3-5%. Basically covering inflation.
    - Very slow build up of vacation hours.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in the currently inadequate infrastructure used to create clear paths for upward progression in the company. Praise and payrises shouldn't come as surprises, they should be expected as reward for hitting targets set.

    Set a precedent with your clients about timeframes that human beings can actually work in. And if thats not possible, make sure to have enough staff on hand to carry the load then.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Runner"

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    Current Employee - Runner in Culver City, CA
    Current Employee - Runner in Culver City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MPC full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Direct contact to industry professionals along with valuable employee lessons involved with client management, problem solving, and resourcefulness.

    Cons

    Not much opportunity for growth if there is no interest in post production positions. Not much creative involvement in daily activities.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Operator"

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    Former Employee - Operator in Prairie du Chien, WI
    Former Employee - Operator in Prairie du Chien, WI

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

    Pros

    You get paid every week

    Cons

    Mandatory overtime, 10 hour days almost every day


  10. Helpful (8)

    "A Stressful and Disappointing place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at MPC full-time

    Pros

    This is about the NY office.

    They pay you on time. The facility looks good. Lots of drinks and snacks. A lot of very cool people work here.

    Cons

    Projects are insanely underbid. Late nights and weekends happen at the drop of a hat. Caters way too much to client wants and whims without care for how long it will take to execute something or if they have enough resources. Projects are often irresponsibly accepted.

    Some personalities who work here are downright nasty and bipolar.

    HR is rude and incompetent. Important tasks that is their responsibility will be ignored or rudely commented on in favor of playing ping pong instead of nagging exhausted artists in the middle of stressful moments to go play. Beware of having your benefits or other necessities messed up.

    Advice to Management

    There's a lot of cleaning up you need to do, and you all know what it is. Take note that word travels fast about how people are treated, there's a reason why you can't find freelancers and keep your staff.


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