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Marvel Entertainment Reviews

Updated May 13, 2018
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Pros
  • Good work environment and company culture (in 7 reviews)

  • Really nice atmosphere, great people (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • No coffee, and the water dispenser doesn't always work (in 4 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. "Good"

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    Current Employee - Data Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good to work with the different teams

    Cons

    Too hectic near the completion of deadlines


  2. "Great Place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Marvel Entertainment full-time

    Pros

    Nice folks. Nice environment. Good location

    Cons

    Slow progress. No budgets. Too much turn over.

    Advice to Management

    Try to keep staff. Too much turnaround.

  3. "Great potential but company is too frugal and cheap."

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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 5 years)

    Pros

    The potential of doing things that will quickly make an impact for enthusiastic Marvel fans.

    Cons

    Frugal company that refuses to invest in their people.

    Advice to Management

    Equip people with tools and they will do amazing things at work.


  4. "Storyboard artist"

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    Former Employee - Storyboard Artist in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Storyboard Artist in Burbank, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work environment. Everyone was easy going and easy to talk to and work with.

    Cons

    None come to mind that I can think of

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the work.


  5. "Great creative place to work"

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    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Really nice atmosphere, great people.

    Cons

    No coffee, and the water dispenser doesn't always work.


  6. "very corporate but also a comfortable work environment"

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    Former Employee - Office PA in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Office PA in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    nice offices, lunches and a smart staff

    Cons

    ended up being a pretty boring gig, with many other employees feeling miserable


  7. "A Fine Place To Work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's fun to constantly surrounded by comics and comics related media.

    Staff is generally nice and easy to work with

    Cons

    Has more of a corporate atmosphere than you would expect from a comic book company.

    Very strict on keeping employees within their assigned roles. Not many opportunities to dabble in other departments and see how the rest of the company.

  8. Helpful (7)

    "Fake reviews are phony"

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    Current Employee - Management in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Management 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

    Great brand that is very well known

    Cons

    Just about everything else

    This place is the absolute worst place Ive ever been...so much so that it’s telling that they have interns on this site making fake reviews to drown out all the people telling the truth about how horrible this place is.

    Not classy at all Marvel.

    Fix your company, and your horrible HR department ... that doesn’t start by covering up reviews.

    That type of arrogance is why word is starting to get out about what a horrible place it is to work.

    Advice to Management

    The extremely high level of arrogance being displayed over books is insane. Just about all of you need to take a class in how to treat humans with respect and dignity. Good luck getting down more interns to drown out people telling the truth here.


  9. Helpful (9)

    "Worst place in the entire world"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glendale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glendale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Disneyland passes and the Disney perks and benefits

    Cons

    The ‘onward and downward’ post is so spot on I laughed at what an almost perfect review it was. 100% true- don’t be fooled by the brand- most employees cry knowing they really aren’t part of the other side - aka real Disney company- Marvel is just a crummy, cheap, depressing division. Revolving door is an UNDERSTATEMENT- I’ve never seen so many people leave voluntarily or good, sweet people canned for no reason, sometimes those there for a few months. As others said, CHEAP- no
    Supplies anywhere - you’re literally told to bring your own stuff. Makes sense given how hated the CEO is and talked about internally and in the press (just google him and see how he is viewed in the industry). Donut Friday’s for the whole
    Office consists of 2 boxes - because they aren’t allowed to spend ONE PENNY over the few bucks they’re given. Cockroach infested nasty office space a block from the beautiful Disney campus- although I think they’re moving them to the lot. No one seems to be happy here and no one seems to ever do anything of real work value. I had no idea what most people Did all day. Meetings for the sake of meetings, where nothing gets accomplished other than executives bashing how much they hate it here and how they wish they were at Disney. I also knew many many people making under 30k which is mind blowing. Everyone has been pissed ever since Disney Studios took over the films which were the heart and soul of the entire brand - now- all marvel entertainment is is publishing (ny) and the bad cartoons on Disney cable. People are either really nice employees just stuck in this crap hole or like others said, comic geek losers who don’t know how to work in tv... but go ahead- keep making those ‘awesome’ YouTube videos. Don’t be fooled -
    If you want to work for Disney skip this divisiion all together.

    Advice to Management

    You’re all just terrible people- but Disney won’t do anything about any of this so who cares


  10. Helpful (23)

    "Onward and Downard"

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    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.


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