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Reel FX Reviews

Updated September 19, 2017
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  • No overtime pay and frequently expected to work after hours or on weekends (in 15 reviews)

  • No overtime pay accompanied by mandatory overtime hours (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to learn the industry"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Reel FX full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good place to learn the industry

    Cons

    Some of senior management seem focused on far fetched projects


  2. "Senior Producer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Reel FX full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    employees make the place. everyone works hard then usually hangs out together. a fun atmosphere. variety of projects to work on.

    Cons

    very little opportunity for women to advance. management doesn't seem to be on the same page. alot of hours - evenings, weekends....very little work/life balance allowed. I've seen many couples divorce because spouse is never home.

    Advice to Management

    you need a balance of strong, smart women leaders in your organization.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Shady business model"

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    Former Employee - Human Resources in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Reel FX full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The crew there (or who were there - as many have bounced back to more stable studios) are great. They really just want too do great work, learn, have a good time doing what they love, to be treated and compensated fairly and then go home to be with their families and/or pets. Deep Ellum is nice(ish) if dive bars, broken sidewalks and spent condoms are your jam. Once the Head of Production sent a team out to photograph and capture the feel of area and one came back with a pic of a telephone pole pierced by 1K rusty nails. That was viewed as emblematic of the Deep Ellum area. I won't disagree with that assessment. Not a living thing, but a long dead thing empaled with rusty metal.

    Cons

    Someone should sit down with the senior management team, grab a bar of Life Buoy or Irish Spring and have them suck on it until they all agree to stop telling lies. Wait, maybe that's what you do for someone who cusses, well - whatever the cure for lying is, have them do that. The truth shall set you free. The truth will earn you trust. The truth would taste so strange in your mouth you'd may not recognize it.

    Advice to Management

    See the Cons section of this posting.


  4. "The people make the place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Reel FX full-time

    Pros

    Great potential for amazing work from a talented crew.

    Cons

    Lacks a creative vision for the studio as a whole from the top level management.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great People..."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Reel FX full-time

    Pros

    It's a hard place to work but the people bond over it which contributes to the culture - the people on the ground absolutely make the studio and it takes newcomers no time to realize it.
    Deep Ellum is a fantastic neighborhood to work in for culture, and you can afford to live in the DFW area even on a not-so-impressive salary which is important.
    It's a good place to get the type (or quantity) of shots you wouldn't otherwise get while at a larger studio.

    Cons

    It's a small studio, struggling to find success so you won't find a great many comforts but you get the basics: insurance, fair enough vacation time...sick time is tricky but it is present, occasional OT meals depending on the project, very minimal comp time...hardly ever.
    Copious amounts of unpaid OT, largely due to unpredictable work, low profit margins but in many cases also a mismanagement thing as well as a by-product of the Texas pro-business culture.
    Salaries can be inconsistent...something they've tried to address but come up short due to studio circumstances.

    Advice to Management

    Getting "free work" out of the workforce to make up for losses may seem like it saves money, but paying OT will immediately clear up the inefficiencies and accountability issues that are the real problems holding Reel FX back - so much more so than "industry unpredictability."


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Would have recommended in the past, not now"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Reel FX (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The lower-level employees are always hardworking, talented people. The atmosphere is casual, and it's a good place for people who are new to the industry to pick up additional experience and learn a wide variety of skills.

    Cons

    It is currently just chaos. Due to poor management in the light of difficult situations, RFX ended up going through waves of layoffs, leaving only a skeleton crew of middle management in the entertainment department. At one point, they announced a plan to move all staff positions to contracts and that no pay raises would be given to anyone. The studio, including the commercial department, doesn't seem to know what they actually want to be. They chase short-term solutions to pay the bills without a lot of planning for the future. Many of the people who are left are well-meaning and talented, but many are simply there due to having friends in the right places. Management is shady, as well; I even overheard artist management discussing what buzzwords to include in their own Glassdoor reviews in order to boost their ratings here. The most talented people with forethought left a while back, and the folks who stick around are doing it for their families. RFX is currently composed of people who cannot otherwise afford to leave. Uncertainty has brought the worst out in some, creating petty, detrimental office politics.
    Things may improve over time, but overall I saw only a decline in the years I spent there.

    Advice to Management

    You are only as good as the employees working for you. Consistently putting employees last has left you less capable of facing your future challenges.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Ugh - Management is not listening and the boys club is killing the place"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Manager in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Reel FX full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Creative studio, but crayons and clay do not make up for real career opportunities

    Cons

    Long hours and low play. Management actually has their own coffee bar and snack machine that they use. It is the "client" area but management camps there and will tell standard employees not to partake in the treats.

    Advice to Management

    Needs to urn over.

  8. Helpful (6)

    "Shady management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Reel FX full-time

    Pros

    Some of the most talented individuals I've ever seen used to work here.

    Cons

    Upper management, however, is incredibly shady. Everything from embezzlement, forced overtime with no pay, and a base salary that makes it impossible to earn a living.

    Advice to Management

    Hire people that understand the business


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Top Management 'good-ole boys' need to split up"

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

    I worked at Reel FX full-time

    Pros

    Some of the best artists and employees to work with.
    Good benefits (health, dental, etc..)
    Decent pay for the area
    Great location in Deep Ellum

    Cons

    Top management only cares about themselves and their 'bro-culture'.
    Terrible creative decisions which has made the company struggle to stay afloat causing repeated rounds of layoffs for artists..
    Outsourcing to Canada is their new 'idea' on how to make the company profitable.
    They try to do Pixar/Disney level quality with 20% of the budget and only end up hurting the artists
    Communication is non-existent

    Advice to Management

    Change most (if not all) of upper management to more seasoned veterans who place heavy emphasis on artists' opinions instead of trying to make the all-mighty dollar


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Former Employee - for several years"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Reel FX full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Coffee machine and bathrooms with toilet paper. Ummm...chairs, couches, electricity, interesting art on the walls. Hmmmm......that's all I can think of.

    Cons

    Just laid almost everyone off.

    Senior management is a really tight clique and no one is allowed in. They also do not promote from within very often and they do not pay overtime OR give comp time.

    They have no idea how a proper studio should be managed and run, too bad none of them never worked in the real world of VFX at a studio or other VFX company in LA...etc.... too bad they never asked any of us from other real studios how things were run-we may have been able to help them...a lot.

    However, I must say it was better than any movie I have ever seen on how to do things, all things, related to running a VFX company wrong. It was truly a "Laverne and Shirley" or "Dumb and Dumber" situation after I stopped caring, it was funny to sit back and watch them do almost everything wrong. I wish my department had popcorn, it was a s#€t show for sure!

    Advice to Management

    Get some popcorn. Everyone deserves a laugh at you all.


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