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Marvel Entertainment Reviews

Updated April 12, 2017
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Pros
  • Free comics on Fridays which was enjoyable (in 4 reviews)

  • Having the name on the resume is great, and this could be a great place to advance your skills (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • low pay, huge campus making it difficult to communicate with others in the departments and too spread out (in 6 reviews)

  • Low pay, sometimes too much expected from too few people, can have high turnover (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "V.P., Marvel.com"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Marvel Entertainment full-time

    Pros

    Who wouldn't want to work for the premiere comic company in the country

    Cons

    Political nature of management creates stress.

    Advice to Management

    Resist the focus on money and stay true to the creative roots of the company.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Do not work here"

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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 Marvel Entertainment full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You will meet a lot of nice people. Disney benefits are amazing. This is probably the reason people choose to stay.

    Cons

    Employees are not valued, paid significantly less than industry standards. You will have to bring your own office supplies. The computers are extremely old. No coffee or tea or water. The water machine barely works properly. Very high turn-over rate. No career advancement. Rare to see anyone ever get promoted.

    Advice to Management

    Please treat people with respect. Invest in your employees.


  3. "Horrible place to work"

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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 Marvel Entertainment full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    name recognized company on your resume

    Cons

    horrible culture
    underpaid staff
    overworked staff
    terrible management teams and toxic work environment
    borderline illegal work practices

    Advice to Management

    Treat people with respect. There's a reason there is so much turnover here.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great people, great atmosphere"

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    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Burbank, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great experience and management, people are so friendly, great atmosphere. really recommend this to other people! fun timems

    Cons

    low pay, huge campus making it difficult to communicate with others in the departments and too spread out

    Advice to Management

    keep up the great work!


  6. "Director of Custom Publishing"

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    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Marvel Entertainment full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Marvel will prepare you to take on the world

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic and divisions feel like they compete when they should work together seamlessly


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Media Giant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Marvel Entertainment (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The best IP in the industry.

    Cons

    Sometime work hours are long.


  8. "Operations Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Operations Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Operations Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Marvel Entertainment (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly Team, Growth opportunities, Good Benefits

    Cons

    Very large company, more concerned with bottom line than people

    Advice to Management

    Don't let people go to meet a bottom line


  9. Helpful (12)

    "Amazing IP, Incredibly Challenging Culture"

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

    I worked at Marvel Entertainment full-time

    Pros

    It is small enough that some employees have been able to do interesting, entrepreneurial things, in spite of the culture of fear. People are very passionate about the characters, brand and stories. It is a great feeling to participate in the communal parts of the company - the friends and family film showings, and the Thanksgiving Parade Balloon. Lots of people have statues of their favorite characters decorating their desks.

    The relationship with Disney gives Marvel access to a lot of resources and has significantly improved the benefit structure for Marvel.

    A surprisingly diverse workforce (upper management excluded).

    It may be the best place in the world to work if you want to go into IP law.

    Cons

    The biggest challenge for Marvel is its culture of fear. There are few lines of communication up and down the management chain and so people are incentivized to not do the wrong thing rather than try new things. Employees are looked at as liabilities rather than assets, which is unconscionable for a company that creates intellectual property as its only product.

    Marvel's reputation for stinginess is legendary and deserved. Amenities that are considered basic no-brainers at most organizations - coffee, office supplies - are not provided at Marvel. The less said about the bathrooms, the better.

    People are often not set up for success. Duties are piled on employees without thoughts about long-term support for their roles. There are not clear pathways up the ladder and senior management roles are generally hired from outside, so there is very little cultivation of talent inside the organization.

    Advice to Management

    Management is top-down, so it is doubtful that any advice here would be heard. Create open pathways for communication, create better cross-company sharing opportunities, look at employees as assets rather than potential sources of loss.

    Marvel will be successful as long as the brand is relevant, but how long that brand stays relevant depends on the people it is able to cultivate and retain.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Global Manager Live Events"

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    Former Employee - Manager Live Events in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Manager Live Events in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Marvel Entertainment (More than a year)

    Pros

    The Films Marvel Studios produces

    Cons

    Very old way of thinking


  11. Helpful (6)

    "Application Developer"

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

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

    Pros

    A friendly group of people within the IT department. Disney park passes and discounts off Disney merchandise. A profitable company so there's no shortage of work.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, the company no longer offers perks such as stock options or a decent medical plan. The office is crowded, they offer no amenities like free coffee or water and there aren't enough stalls in the bathrooms during bathroom rush hour.

    The management doesn't promote internal career development and quickly hires externally. Compensation is low for this industry, especially for such a successful company and getting a promotion is very difficult. People stay because the work is steady but they are very displeased with the type of work and the lack of growth. There are too many managers and not enough developers to do all of the work. If you speak up, it isn't received with a positive view.

    If you're looking for a place where you can gain solid software development skills, this is not the place. The type of work that's available is more along the lines of application programming and not enterprise application development.

    Advice to Management

    Do a better job at grooming existing employees for better opportunities within the department instead of always hiring from the outside. Offer promotions to those that merit them and stop trying to scare employees into thinking they can't find a better job elsewhere. The company has potential to change but you need to change the culture.


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