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Updated January 22, 2019
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Pros
  • "Good projects but again it's a place for more Technically skilled people than artistically" (in 33 reviews)

  • "Great people, very good at their job" (in 28 reviews)

Cons
  • "Lot's of over timing, long hours, big salary differences among peers" (in 29 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "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. "Long hours with little payoff"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at MPC full-time

    Pros

    Nice co-workers, food provided, monthly events

    Cons

    Long hours with little payoff

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Don’t do it- choose another place seriously"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Sounds like a cool place to tell people you work

    Cons

    Office isnt doing well - not making money - no one even took me to lunch to welcome me- which is a common practice. Happy hour and only ordered 2 pizzas for 100 people. Just an odd place

    Advice to Management

    Not sure what to say wasn’t the right place for me


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Decline of the MPC New York Office"

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

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

    Pros

    Talented Coworkers, great office locations, great 401k matching, good health/dental benefits.

    Cons

    - Career advancement only seems to exist in the Production department
    - Clients are all that matter and employees are reminded of this constantly.
    - Salary increases are minimal or non-existent
    - "Time-crunch" culture is prevalent and exists on every job
    - Atrocious work-life balance. An employees time is never truly respected, and employees are expected to work at any given time regardless of initial job expectations.
    - Many of the executive staff and senior positions promote a toxic work environment
    - Reliance on Freelancers means that full time employees are given little incentive to stay

    Advice to Management

    For your full time employees the opportunity to grow within the company appears non-existent.

    Morale is very low in the NY office and the company has been hemorrhaging full-time employees. When upper management addressed this publicly, the evidence that things would turn around was that we were hiring new staff. Far from improving morale, this has damaged it. When employees hear "things will get better", they want to know how things will get better specifically for them. Salary increases, benefits, and better career opportunities within the company barely ever are mentioned.

    MPC New York has great promise and has within its walls some of the most amazing people you will ever meet. It's a shame the vast of those people will not be offered the chance to grow within the company. Hiring new employees at high prices and packing in as many freelancers as possible means that current full time employees see little hope in getting solid pay raises.


  5. 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.


  6. "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


  7. "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.

  8. 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.


  9. 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.


  10. 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.