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National Film Board of Canada Reviews

Updated September 20, 2017
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  1. "If you want to get ahead, avoid"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at National Film Board of Canada full-time

    Pros

    One of the few jobs in film. Great health benefits / retirement options.

    Cons

    Upward mobility is slow to non-existant. Because it is a job in film, there isn't as many perks to attract and retain top talent as you would find with other employers. Consistant downsizing. It isn't a place that is growing - there is a lack of opportunity. Due to this type of environment, expect to encounter some difficult, unsupportive colleagues.


  2. "Would never work there again"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at National Film Board of Canada full-time

    Pros

    3 weeks of vacation from the start.

    Cons

    Upper management and HR are completely disconnected from operations and what's best for the organization and seem to be in it for themselves...

    Advice to Management

    Stop protecting incompetence and hiring your buddies... Walk the talk and be fair.

  3. "Good"

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    Former Employee - Design in Quebec, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Design in Quebec, QC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at National Film Board of Canada full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Learn a lot. May try different things. Interesting and creative people to work with. Challenging yet supportive networks. Meet people you will interact with forever in career. Most people are really kind.

    Cons

    Very traditional and too old school mentality. Difficult to move up and get ahead into new position. Isolating at times and does not offer enough diverse advancement and training courses. Lack of diversity. Some people are just chilling there waiting for their pension. Needs modernizing.

    Advice to Management

    Open to new ideas and upward mobility


  4. "Nice place to work"

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    Current Employee - Web Developer in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Web Developer in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at National Film Board of Canada (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Good work life balance
    - Good conditions
    - Interesting projects

    Cons

    - Remote work location
    - No advancement opportunities


  5. "Horrifying"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Notable Canadian institution, looks good on a resume.

    Cons

    Incredibly verbally abusive and incompetent management, who do a better job of destroying morale than fostering it. Little to no support from HR after complaints. Tears and leaves of absence due to high stress and tension were a regular occurrence.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management needs to better hire and regulate local management.


  6. "The potential for greatness is there, the infrastructure of management won't allow the agency to reach it's potential."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Government Job - Stable as far as film industry jobs go.

    Cons

    Long Hours at times, many inexperienced producers create errors and redundant work, less than average pay compared other government positions, under qualified management, unreasonable expectations on front line production and administration staff. Too many middle managers. The NFB is overly fragmented. Too many centres across the country. No centralization makes for poor communication. Little consensus or agreement amongst upper management on how operations should work. Not many jobs available outside of Montreal.

    Advice to Management

    Discard your conflict of interest in giving only a handful of friends multiple opportunities while doing very little to nurture new talent. Producers tend to become entitled children over time. There seems to be no regard to spending when it comes to travel and production. Marketing is a joke. Allocate funds with the taxpayer in mind. Much too much waste in spending based on whims and the desire to be popular with the industry. Web based projects are questionable. The stats on web projects are fixed and only a very few rise to garner any meaningful attention. Focus attention on making better films, not on the quantity of mediocre films that are churned out.


  7. "Great People, Great Projects!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at National Film Board of Canada part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Never gets boring and monotonousness.

    Cons

    Pay could be higher, but hey, that's government for you.

    Advice to Management

    Communication is key.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Don't waste your time"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Manager in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at National Film Board of Canada full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Great benefits
    - Vacation from first day
    - Yearly salary increase based on union convention and not based on performance (5%-6% automatic)
    - Very stable and secure work place

    Cons

    - Extremely political environment
    - No clear direction
    - Lazy people everywhere protected by the union
    - Terrible upper management
    - The location is hard to get to

    Advice to Management

    Stop with the politics and start managing the company! You spend more time looking for excuses not to do the job than to actually do it. Work with the union to get rid of all the lazy people. Before you make a decision, you should think about it and the consequences it involves - stop making decision based on how you feel at that moment, just so you can revert it after a couple of days.

    When you start a new project, FINISH IT!! Changing direction in the middle of the project is not motivating for people.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "NFB entry-level job"

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    Current Employee - Junior Engineer in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Junior Engineer in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at National Film Board of Canada full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Compensation is great, challenging work environment

    Cons

    The building and demographic aren't amazing


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Disappointing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Still retains its reputation despite internal issues.

    Cons

    Very political and dysfunctional senior managers.

    Advice to Management

    Retire now.


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