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MPC Technical Director Reviews

Updated February 19, 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 29 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 (3)

    "Poor pipeline will take years off your life"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior FX Technical Director in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior FX Technical Director in London, England (UK)

    I worked at MPC full-time

    Pros

    -It's paid work
    -People are generally nice/Friendly working environment.
    -Department hasn't yet moved to India.

    Cons

    Inadequate pipeline and infrastructure. Low memory workstations make working on complex shots unnecessarily difficult. The majority of your time as an artist/TD is spent troubleshooting random errors or inacting workarounds to solve issues caused by the poorly implemented and ill-conceived fx pipeline and tools or by limitations of the general infrastructure (latency/bandwidth, disk space etc.). Suggestions from TD's to make improvements to tools and workflows are flatly ignored, even ones which are very minor and quick/simple to implement - these are brushed aside with the generic response from management- essentially 'we know the pipeline sucks but we plan to improve it some day'. This leads to a culture of people just sticking to 'tried and tested' workarounds, however inefficient they are. Also a lot of people have little previous industry experience, including ones in senior/lead positions, which generally causes more problems than it solves. These combined issues means the quality of the work suffers - don't expect many decent reel shots, as generally your work will be butchered downstream by inexperienced artists.


  2. "FX TD in vfx"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - FX Technical Director in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - FX Technical Director in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    professional friendly and high end

    Cons

    could be more innovative overall

  3. "Good place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Cloth Technical Director in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Cloth Technical Director in London, England (UK)

    I worked at MPC full-time

    Pros

    Great people, very good at their job.

    Cons

    Low-ish salaries, but it does come with quite a few benefits.


  4. "Layout TD"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Layout Technical Director
    Former Employee - Layout Technical Director
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Beer all weeks. No overtime. No weekend work. Very relaxed.

    Cons

    Production don´t coordinate. They do not even now what are you working on.


  5. "Experience as a modeling artist"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assets Technical Director in Bengaluru (India)
    Current Employee - Assets Technical Director in Bengaluru (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The brand MPC is one of the biggest in Vfx studios located in India, I always admired the there work. The best pros is the work pipline, its amazing. It makes most of the works simpler which helps artist like me to get the creative out put to the best.

    Cons

    As per to there is no cons


  6. "MPC Crowd 2018"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Senior Crowd Technical Director in London, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - Senior Crowd Technical Director in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at MPC as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Coworkers
    Projects
    Freedom to develop and improve
    Conditions
    Location

    Cons

    HR
    Pipeline
    Bathrooms near kitchen in 127

    Advice to Management

    A well oiled and happy HR makes employees happier than many extra activities.


  7. "Lighting TD"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Contractor - Lighting Technical Director in London, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - Lighting Technical Director in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at MPC as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Great project
     - Very talented and friendly people
    - Amazing pipeline and organisaiton
    - Use of many proprietary tools and packages
    - Great working environment

    Cons

    - None so far, still quite new

  8. "Lighting Department"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Lighting Technical Director in London, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Lighting Technical Director in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at MPC as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Definitely not as bad as I was told... Highly Skilled Lighting leads and CG Sup. Great set of Tools and software used in production, the Pipeline is getting better and better... Great shows to work on. Great HOD past and present. Good Coffee !

    Cons

    Short Contract for decent salary. Longer contract only when you accept a low salary...extension are always setup or canceled last minute... You need to be on the golden list or you just don't exist.

    Advice to Management

    Keep taking care of the people in your department the way you do even if most of the time it ends up as an impossible task facing HR and management that constantly tries to reduce cost ...


  9. Helpful (4)

    "tralalsa"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lighting Technical Director in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Lighting Technical Director in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    great place to build up a showreel and get to experience that working in the vfx industry is not as glammerious as MPC would like you to believe throughout their linkedin propeganda

    Cons

    the people you work with are nice but the management aren't in it to make you have a happy stay, they are running a business like a animal farm, they care little with you sitting late trying to meet your set deadlines.

    Advice to Management

    this is a billion dollar industry and you can't even afford to pay the majority of people a proper salary? Pathetic.


  10. "Good place to start or continue your career"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - FX Technical Director in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - FX Technical Director in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good overtime meal , snack and coffee, nice people and free environment to work

    Cons

    The render farm usually has traffic jam on it and especially when several projects running at the same time

    Advice to Management

    Take it easy and I believe you will do better. Don't forget what you had told and keep your promise.