Method Studios Reviews

Updated Jun 20, 2020

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2.9
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21 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great atmosphere also nice people and the stuff(in 12 reviews)

  • "mostly good people (especially the Reception/Production staff)(in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • "nice for income bad for work-life balance(in 10 reviews)

  • "some long hours, some pipeline issues nothing too serious(in 10 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "good place"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Method Studios full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    great projects, good people, good memories

    Cons

    pay was a bit lower than normal rate and hard to change - short bookings

  2. "Company Culture"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - VFX Coordinator in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Method Studios full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Brilliant team of artists and production staff.

    Cons

    There are some old mindsets, clique-like groups that do not foster a sustainable and healthy work culture. Upper management should not be reluctant to address.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "I've worked here for 4 years. Not a place I would return to."

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Artist in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great team. Some good projects. Good facility. Some nice people here and there.

    Cons

    lies fed to employees in studio meetings. big projects turned away because it doesn't fit the brand. Artists and production staff let go from team to make a higher margin. Urinals always overflowing. Food truck operators caught sharing homophobic ideology still scheduled by studio. More craft service people than actual artists at this point. Off-site parking 20 to 30 minutes away depending on train crossing or traffic. Not many food options close by.

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  4. "Fast pace isn't for everyone"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Production Technical Service Technician in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Method Studios part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Do an outstanding job and your name can get in movie credits. Great foot in the door experience. Two kitchen areas where they stock a wide variety of coffees and snacks. The building is pleasant to walk around in and look at Company get-togethers were always fun since there is a stocked bar, board games, an upstairs patio, and kitchen.

    Cons

    Work was either overly fast-paced or overly slow Bummed when you didn't get your name in credits lots of "politics" when certain decisions that can affect your job are made they are very hesitant to hire you full-time, promote you, or give you a raise super-secret projects cannot be named in resumes which don't allow you to prove you did work unless they phone your boss and they tell your next potential employer that you did the work parking is VERY bad. public transportation is recommended (they have hulu bikes out front to help) too many deadlines leading to too much overtime. nice for income bad for work-life balance

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  5. "Talented and nice people, but misquided management."

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Senior Compositor in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Method Studios full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    There are really talented supervisors and artists here, and a great production crew.

    Cons

    Upper management doesn't know how to run a studio of this type in Los Angeles.

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  6. Helpful (4)

    "The Titanic was doomed long before they called for evacuation"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Method Studios full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Some great talent, coworkers all friendly and helpful, nice space, internal sister company has lots of celebrity filmmakers wandering the halls. Because of layoffs the men's room is not constantly full and smelly. Work/life balance is great since there's no work.

    Cons

    Work has dried up, a lot of top billing senior talent has left for another local post facility, many rounds of layoffs, morale is completely tanked. CEO just sent a company wide email that essentially says "Have a good summer to recharge and reconnect with family and friends." So.... we have no work all summer? Rumors that the entire company being sold.

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  7. Helpful (3)

    "Seriously consider your options before applying here and if you do get everything in writing first"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Digital Modeler in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People are friendly The artists who are there are very knowledgeable Free coffee and cereal/ bagels in the mornings Work can be interesting... although not recently with all the recent rounds of layoffs. Benefits for staff if you can get it.

    Cons

    Upper management is horrible. They don’t understand what they are requesting of artists most of the time or the timing required to complete the assigned tasks. When Artists are asked to give eta’s they disregard entirely. People are friendly but only because it’s a corporate environment. You’re not supposed to show emotion. When a ridiculous request comes through last minute (Which happens most weeks, especially around Friday evening do to pour planning) you’re expected to smile into overtime with no complaints. (No work life balance) HR department is completely useless to go to for help and or advise. There is no appreciation for the employees. The company cares more for its clients then the people that work for them and it clearly shows. Most departments are being outsourced. Larger management teams. Smaller working teams No room for upward growth. Once you’re locked in on your contract there’s little to no chance of changing it. The famous line is “be patient it’s coming” with no eta on when and very vague answers to any real question you may have. With all the lay-offs the ones who are remaining are expected to pick up the slack of all the missing employees. With no title change or compensation adjustments. It is also Extremely difficult to get work for a demo reel.

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  8. Helpful (1)

    "Technology"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Method Studios full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good artists, free coffee, nah.

    Cons

    Management team is a joke. CEO CTO etc.

  9. Helpful (3)

    "It's a Corporation, Not a Boutique."

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Method Studios full-time

    Pros

    - Free breakfast, if you're early - Charming individuals - Complimentary dinner for overtime workers - Good parties

    Cons

    - Very corporate - A lot of lip service and lies from higher ups - Layoffs - No upward growth for staff - Even for the industry, the overtime and lack of work/life balance is very bad

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  10. "Nice and Friendly environment"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Method Studios full-time

    Pros

    Great people and most are often willing to help

    Cons

    No overtime for staff positions

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