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Marvel Entertainment Reviews

Updated October 26, 2017
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Pros
  • Got free comics on my first day (in 4 reviews)

  • Work with a lot of great people (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)

  • I knew several people making less than 30K working full-time jobs where overtime was expected (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Not all It's Cracked Up To Be"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Friendly Coworkers
    - Free Movie Screenings
    - Disney Perks

    Cons

    - Meager Salary
    - Narcissistic Hiring Practices
    - Revolving Door of Employees
    - Penny Pinching Practices

    Advice to Management

    Instead of looking outside the company to fill positions, look at promoting current employees. God knows we're looking for opportunities to move up in our careers. Also, give us back our desk trash cans!


  2. Helpful (7)

    "Onward and Downard"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous 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 work for a leading entertainment brand
    - By association, you work for a company with a much better reputation in Disney
    - If you like comics, you've reached Nirvana in terms of access
    - You get Disney-driven benefits like an annual pass to the theme parks

    Cons

    Where to begin? The New York office lacking trash cans at people's desks? The twilight zone that is compensation? I knew several people making less than 30K working full-time jobs where overtime was expected. If you can survive in New York or Los Angeles that way, my hat is off to you.

    Marvel is managed with an astounding degree of ineptitude. HR is a dead god, there are maybe 2 to 3 people running the department for the entire company. Much of the day-to-day function is handled by extremely questionable admin level employees who basically wear two hats.

    Have a problem with your lack of training, questionably livable salary, or with your supervisor who is more platitude than man? Good luck. You will be attacked the moment you raise your hand. We've all seen too many good people forced out the door by vengeful supervisors with a pittance severance.

    Fine, you're a Spartan and you'll give up anything to work for Marvel because you grew up loving the cartoons and/or comics. Get ready to back that up because you'll arrive at a desk that has at best an older laptop and one working monitor. No mouse, no pens, no staples. Maybe if you're lucky, you'll have access to water. Not in New York though. Then one night you'll realize IT didn't properly scrub your laptop prior to handing it over, and you'll find innumerable personal files, and in my case several folders of pornographic material. If you're like me and you keep your space clean, I fear to tell you what you'll find the first time you try wiping down your equipment or work space.

    Much of the management structure will astound you with how difficult and petty they can be. Whether that be ignored email, shouting matches on the phone, or just inept and uncaring people who seem to lack all social grace. I pushed for regular sync meetings over coffee, and these immediately devolved into 30 minute lectures and tired rants about everyone we worked with (and of course, myself). Pure hyperbole. We never discussed my work, or how I might improve upon it. We never talked about my career or what my goals were, let alone how I might promote myself.

    The toxic culture has a slow poison effect. By the time I'd been with Marvel for a year, it felt like I had experienced it in dog years. I was advised to "never invite someone to a 1 on 1 where they have to walk". This sort of vacuous "coaching" is what you can expect in terms of feedback. In short, you're never doing well and you're probably coasting through life on your talent. Does that mean you need to work more hours, build bridges with key people, change your approach to reporting? No one knows! There are no relevant work-related items worthy of feedback, but you will receive a steady stream of negativity regarding life & work from leaders who show up at 10 and are home by 4.

    Marvel promotes a progressive ideology regarding gender/ethnicity/sexual orientation to the public; but the exact opposite is what you'll find behind the aging doors of their offices. I think half of the slurs I've heard in my life were yelled into mid-air at Marvel. It was all supposed to be funny of course, except that it basically never was. Everyone at Marvel has something to say about everyone else, and if that sounds like High School - well, not a coincidence. As a woman, I would say that it felt like an inhospitable and barely safe place to work.

    Marvel is something of a misnomer. The films and much of the consumer product suite are governed by Disney. Marvel Entertainment is essentially the leftovers, a fact checking brand assurance company boasting all of the excitement of a small insurance office. While the comics are perhaps best known, the modern quality is embarrassing. Marvel keeps a busy tradeshow calendar, and like clockwork, each show tended to coincide with a public gaffe.

    With brevity - almost all companies include some folks that can be unpleasant either as supervisors or coworkers. But few of them can match Marvel top to bottom. If hearing a kind and likable co-worker fired, loudly and after about 7 weeks on the job, while being told that the company doesn’t hire “stupid or lazy” people bothers you as much as it did me then you, like me, will likely be better off almost anywhere else. You need only read a few other reviews here, or to Google around to discover the depth at which Marvel is currently residing.

    Advice to Management

    To Disney, take note that Marvel is riding on the coattails of your successful acquisition. The culture is a travesty, and unrepresentative of Disney's in almost every way possible. Much of the work is redundant, and the business could be run a lot more efficiently were it to be consolidated, as the Studio was, into Disney proper. As a licensing business, revenues are essentially what they are. Meaning that this could be managed equally well or better for much less cost. Look no further than the recent "promotional partnerships" Marvel has embraced via highly questionable processes to see that the brand is progressively being watered down and devalued by a shotgun approach. Question how Marvel will remain profitable under its current management with Netflix content under performing and leadership that believes it is in competition with its Disney partners.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "LAWSUIT FOR DISNEY JUST WAITING TO HAPPEN"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    Great history and strong brand

    Cons

    Far too many to note:

    Culture of retaliation
    Nepotism
    Does not follow any HR standards and only backs management
    LAWSUIT FOR DISNEY JUST WAITING TO HAPPEN
    Poor compensation
    EEOC violations routinely not only by management but also by HR (that lawsuit thing I mentioned)
    So many turnovers you would think it was a bakery
    Extremely cheap company
    Immature, untrained management
    Essentially run by unsocialized geeks with no real world experience or understanding of how much of a risk they are putting this brand

    I could literally go on and on for days but there is really no point...

    Advice to Management

    You have an amazing brand that you are at the helm of. it would be great if you actually follow the procedures Disney has put forth. I would really hate to see this company go down in flames.

    Marvel Studios has already removed themselves from you, now you are on your own and floundering. Get it together!


  4. Helpful (4)

    "How did you get past HR?"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Marvel was a great time, for the most part. Lots of perks and benefits.

    Cons

    HR is terrible! Get more HR people or take out the current head!

    Advice to Management

    Fix the iconic HR situation. How i got through the door was only a miracle.


  5. "good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Marvel Entertainment (Less than a year)

    Pros

    it is a very good company

    Cons

    there is nothing cons about the company


  6. "Digital Comics"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Marvel Entertainment part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Lots of opportunities to work on actual product.
    - Nice incentives

    Cons

    - Unhappy atmosphere
    - Stagnant management
    - Bad follow up

    Advice to Management

    Create better company culture by making employees happier instead of just riding on the brand.


  7. "Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    established comic company with talented and creative people

    Cons

    NO office perks, very bland ,feels like an insurance company instead of a entertainment company. pay is low and Marvel as a business is VERY cheap especially when it comes to the comic division.

    Advice to Management

    Pay higher salaries to keep talent. IT department could be vastly improved. dont put so many restrictions on employees .

  8. Helpful (8)

    "Do not work here"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Horrible place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  10. "V.P., Marvel.com"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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