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SDI Media Group Reviews

Updated February 18, 2017
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Pros
  • This is the perfect place to start your career; if you love watching movies and TV series, you will definitely enjoy (in 5 reviews)

  • Most people are pretty nice, laid back (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Insultingly low pay, 30 cent raises (in 10 reviews)

  • Poor management that has no clue of how to organize a coherent plan (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Excellent company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Translator in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Translator in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SDI Media Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    This company does an outstanding job of bringing content to a worldwide audience.

    Cons

    Pay scale could be improved

    Advice to Management

    Listen


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Confidential"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SDI Media Group full-time

    Pros

    Room for advancement as they generally promote from within.
    They were sold last year, I hear the new CEO is great, and making good changes.

    Cons

    Management
    pay
    budget cuts.
    Because they have promoted from within, a lot of high level employees have only worked at SDI, giving a very narrowminded and iggnorant view.
    in-house development

    Advice to Management

    Stop playing favorites, it felt like high school.
    Upper management needs to unify, there was a malicious undertone during last half of my employment.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Like adding insult to injury"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at SDI Media Group full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Most people are pretty nice, laid back.

    Cons

    Below average industry pay, above average amount taken out of pay check for benefits. Horribly inconvenient location. 80% of the industry workforce lives in the Valley, Hollywood, or Downtown L.A. SDI recently moved further south, basically near LAX. That's a horrible, very stressful drive for the majority of the staff. Adding insult to injury... employees - who are already paying something like $300 a month in gas on commute -then have to pay $20 a month to park in the lot. And the closest street parking is 10 blocks away. And btw... that's a ritzy, upper class neighborhood. They do not like all the extra cars. Residents will harass you for parking on their street. So you have pretty much no choice but to pay to park in the lot.

    Advice to Management

    If nothing else, give your employees free parking like every other major post production company in town.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Editor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good place to start a career

    Cons

    low payment when you are a newbie.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "The company is dying. Run away."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SDI Media Group full-time

    Pros

    SDI Media is a good company for people who like to gossip, get paid extremely low wages, and do the minimum amount of work before going home.

    Cons

    20% + pay cuts to top performers are very common here. With very little warning. If you like feeling valued and appreciated, run the other way.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Awesome place to work at."

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

    Pros

    Great caring management and awesome enviornment.

    Cons

    Interoffice drama, reps pile on work without understanding workflow.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Howorth has Noworth"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SDI Media Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    A company worth working for until recently, benefits and poor pay - soon to get worse. These are the PROS!!

    Cons

    New CEO is an ex-Panavision COO and a shockingly bad one from the numerous reports. Notoriously influenced by MARKETING, takes anything anyone with a managers title says as gospel and does ZERO research himself. VERY POOR man manager, very tight with raises, gives upper execs bonuses and nothing for the workers. When SDI Media took on this man the real workers were instantly screwed. Seems to like surrounding himself with women managers in the workplace.

    Advice to Management

    Good luck, you're going to need it with the new CEO.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Coordinator"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at SDI Media Group full-time

    Pros

    Very laid back environment. Work with good people.

    Cons

    Pay raises are very unlikely, stressful when it doesn't need to be

    Advice to Management

    Care more for the employees, show appreciation


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Only work here if you are desperate for money or experience."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Language Coordinator
    Former Employee - Language Coordinator
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SDI Media Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Always hiring and promoting due to high employee turnover rate. No previous business knowledge needed to get your foot in the door. Lots of mandatory OT if you need extra cash.

    Cons

    The high employee turnover rate means a lot of mistakes are made by inexperienced staff. Work life balance is hard to achieve because the company takes on work they don't have the capacity for.

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees with respect. Empathy would go a long way, too.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Good Place to Get Started"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SDI Media Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly environment, friendly management, you get trained really well, fairly easy job. SDI is a good jumping off point, it seems. Lots of people who worked here moved on to bigger and better companies such as Netflix, Sony and other post-production houses. Seems good to have on a resume. Pretty good benefits, all things considered.

    Cons

    Very process oriented, which can lead to problems. Pretty low pay compared to the rest of the market. Communication isn't always the best. Some rules in place that seem pretty silly in this day and age.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent and clear with employees about changes in the way certain things are done as well as with rules and why things are being changed. Some changes don't have much context and don't make sense.



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