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Machinima Reviews

Updated Feb 18, 2019

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3.5
56%
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Machinima CEO Russell Arons (no image)
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2 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great people, strong leadership team, get to work on fun stuff and make awesome content(in 6 reviews)

  • "It's also a great place to learn about the YouTube space which is a growing industry of its own(in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • "Absence of communication of company to YouTube partners and independent contractors, leaving many that do business with Machinima, Inc(in 4 reviews)

  • "1 in-house channel and was given zero opportunity to become a proper full-time employee with benefits(in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Producer"

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    Producer in Burbank, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Machinima for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, good pay, good management

    Cons

    Quality expectations, failure to expand to different types of revenue

    Advice to Management

    Expand to film and cinema

    Machinima2017-12-09
  2. "Data Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA

    I worked at Machinima part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    There is a gaming room

    Cons

    The work is simple menial jobs.

    Machinima2019-02-18
  3. "Good People. Too bad the acquisition killed it"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Machinima full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good people, flexible hours, great work/life balance and good benefits

    Cons

    The AT&T merger eventually killed the company

    Advice to Management

    Good luck with your next ventures

    Machinima2019-01-30
  4. Helpful (1)

    "A Wonderful Company in Need of Direction"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Machinima full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Machinima is full of talented, intelligent employees that are experts in their craft. It's a fun group of people, and leadership cultivates a very collaborative, enjoyable environment. The work-life balance is better than any I've experienced before. Many may be shocked by this review considering negative press around the brand in its earlier years; when I began my journey with Machinima roughly three years ago,... it was a company experiencing a lot of change. Over my time here, the company has not only rebranded itself, but this rebrand signifies a real overhaul of the old, toxic regime - it's a completely different company from the top down of what it was, with new leadership, objectives, and almost an entirely new staff.

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    Cons

    As Machinima has grown, it's experienced a fair share of growing pains. The digital space is challenging because every company is trying to figure out the best business model. For Machinima, this challenge is palpable at the employee level as it means we're often "chasing shiny keys" and changing initiatives quickly. Machinima is well aware of what it is, but Machinima is consistently plagued by it's inability to... identify what it is not. This results in a lot of false leads, work that is ultimately for nothing, and at times, employees being very spread thin.

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    Advice to Management

    Create a three to five year plan that definitely identifies one overarching goal and maps out how all departments are working in unison to reach that goal. At times it feels we are eight different companies under one roof chasing short term wins, but missing the bigger picture.

    Machinima2018-08-23
  5. "Great atmosphere, but could use improvements"

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    Former Employee - Video Editor in Burbank, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Machinima full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Creative freedom, friendly atmosphere, team building trips, and constant snacks and drinks from the kitchen.

    Cons

    Lack of communication from hierarchy causes delays and shortcomings with the final product.

    Machinima2018-03-08
  6. "Good Intentions; Bad Execution; Ugly Work Culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Machinima full-time

    Pros

    - There are some legitimately talented and passionate individuals looking to breathe fresh air into the turbulent medium of digital content. - Some truly fresh and exciting concepts that came out of the company (i.e. the "Mortal Combat" live action series, "Transformers: Titans Return", etc.) - Celebrity talents brought in for interviews and gaming segments added a lot of prestige to the company; added bonus... for the celebrities being super personable despite that not being a reflection of the company.

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    Cons

    - Disjointed teams of Production, Finance, and Legal that were often at odds due to mass miscommunication (due in large part to failure to understand work pipelines across all teams). - Absence of communication of company to YouTube partners and independent contractors, leaving many that do business with Machinima, Inc. irate at the handling of different productions. - Lack of respect across the board, from... person to person; this ties back into the point on disjointed teams, as shows that weren't kept up to speed on production procedure by Senior Management were often left confused and frustrated as to reasoning behind specific necessary redundancies in the workplace (i.e. scheduling locations to film episodic segments) and would often project frustrations on other company members, lending to an incredibly unprofessional and toxic daily work atmosphere. - Revolving door policy -- Many lay-offs were implemented to balance out costs, leading to under-staffing of various important duties, and compounding lost job positions onto existing, unrelated ones as a means of cutting corners. This contributed to a work culture of overworking and high stress. - Inflexibility in pay as additional responsibilities (and literal jobs) were stacked onto existing positions. - Mismanagement of private pay info for individuals; I was personally sent pay info of two full time employees which took almost half a day to be recognized and rescinded (incidentally, also revealed a gross discrepancy in what individuals are paid for the same work). - Non-existent upwards trajectory in work; many workers came and went during my time at Machinima, Inc., but I didn't see any promotions taking place among staff. Firing and replacing of existing (often-longtime) workers of the company was a more common occurrence. - CEO that encouraged camaraderie of staff but was as distanced and out of touch as can be imagined from them. Friday group meetings tended to be more of a waste of staff time as it brought work to a screeching halt when expediency was often necessary. Staff often mocked the CEO openly, leading to a work culture that reflected a lack of general respect for both upper and lower management.

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    Advice to Management

    - Fair compensation for increased workloads is necessary. Cutting corners will only get a company so far before it backfires and creates disgruntled employees. Productivity consequently takes a hit with loss of motivation. Overall, it would be wise for upper management to consider this. Either this, or hire more employees for reduced rates to be able to accommodate a realistic workload for below the line work. -... Creating a clear path of work progression for Machinima employees would help to motivate new hires more, as it would create a higher level of work ethic and goals for them to strive towards. - If company group gatherings are still a thing, I'd recommend encouraging Machinima's staff to engage in more creative group activities that allow EVERYONE's voice to be heard. This could lead to more original IPs being committed to paper for the Production office to develop into new shows and online branded content. - For the love of all that is good and pure, PLEASE HAVE ENOUGH SNACKS FOR ALL OF YOUR STAFF, IF YOU PROVIDE THEM!!!!

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    Machinima2018-03-05
  7. "Stay away!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Machinima full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - free snacks, drinks, coffee, bagels - close to the WB lot - decent corporate benefits post-acquisition

    Cons

    everything else: - projects are not exciting. - teams are extremely siloed, collaboration and communication is seriously lacking. - managers lack training. - no career development opportunities. - "creatives = king" mentality. - TONS of ego among execs across all departments. it's sad. - toxic environment with no real HR presence. - technically under WB umbrella but still its own beast, doing its own... thing. feels completely separate 95% of the time. - many employees are extremely vulgar, unprofessional + rude. some don't even dress appropriately.

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    Advice to Management

    get it together or you'll keep losing employees

    Machinima2018-01-10
  8. Helpful (1)

    "Miscommunication, Low Rates, and Lots of Drinking"

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    Former Employee - VFX Artist in Burbank, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Machinima full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Laid back atmosphere, ability to play video games during work hours, fun co-workers

    Cons

    Miscommunication, low pay, unprofessional and inappropriate boss at the studio, lack of creative collaboration, easy to get complacent

    Advice to Management

    Communicate better, learn to lead without putting others down and making inappropriate jokes, handle post-production better and with due respect

    Machinima2017-11-08
  9. "A Digital Phoenix...Big things on the horizon!"

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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Burbank, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Machinima full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    -Awesome People -Friendly and welcoming -Creative environment -Empowering management -Amazing career trajectory - Great Benefits (healthcare, WB lot, in office snacks and events) -Being a part of WB I can't say enough nice things about this place. I came from a particularly caustic agency life and things are a dream here. While Machinima was bought by WB, they've managed to hold on to their scrappy,... "start-up" like values. Don't let that scare you. The job is what you make it, and opportunity is lurking around every corner. Management empowers you to guide your career. Being a part of WB lends itself to even more opportunity and insight into businesses that you normally would not.

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    Cons

    Sometimes you have to play the corporate game, but that's only an issue if you're super non-corporate.

    Machinima2017-10-16
  10. "Risen from the Ashes"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Machinima full-time

    Pros

    Great people, strong leadership team, get to work on fun stuff and make awesome content. If you love video games, this is a great place to work in media/entertainment.

    Cons

    WB has made it more big company corporate and less entrepreneurial. Some of the senior people who made the place great over the past several years have left.

    Advice to Management

    Fight to keep Machinima's unique culture as that is what has made it successful again.

    Machinima2017-10-06
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