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The Famous Group Reviews

Updated January 30, 2017
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  1. "Great projects"

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    Former Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer
    Former Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Top-notch staff. Solid high-profile projects. Nice group of people. Enjoyed working with everyone. Looks like they are growing and building up staff.

    Cons

    Workload can get very busy at times. A far of a commute for me coming from long beach. Otherwise a good place to freelance.


  2. "Famous"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun, creative, work travel, big in to sports. Everyone works together

    Cons

    Needs better salaries for the team below the EP and Owner. Not always organized.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Work ANYWHERE but HERE! They dont pay their employees."

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

    I worked at The Famous Group as a contractor

    Pros

    None.

    They are a burn out company that is holding on for dear life. They are losing directors, no one wasn't to sign for a commercial. (All companies I contacted said they didn't want to work with our company because we "cheat") There are no pros except free bagels on Monday...

    Cons

    Refuse to pay you on time. You have to go search for your paycheck and then contact the California Labor Board for them to even email you back stating they wont pay you.

    Hours are long and the staff is worn out. Most of the staff that works there complain about the company and quit within months. The turn around rate is insane.

    The CFO will constantly talk to you like a dog and play the run around game for more pay. They will low ball you until you give up and then they will claim that you have to wait 1 more week to receive your paycheck you've been waiting 30 days for.

    No one knows how to communicate. It takes accounting 5 emails and 3 phone calls to get back to you on where your pay is. Then they will tell you "you'll get it eventually".

    My advice to anyone thinking about working there. DONT. You can find a job anywhere else for minimum wage and be treated like a human being not free labor. They claim they are on a net 30 so when you quit or they fire you they don't have to pay you your last 30 days of work.

    Please work anywhere but there. They cant get their stuff together. Or if you do work there get everything in writing and be sure to have a legal team by your side.

    I also heard they are not licensing their music so I wouldn't want to be there when that catches up to them.

    Advice to Management

    Just quit while your ahead and move onto your next burn out project.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Sloppy"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at The Famous Group as a contractor

    Pros

    Just 3 people who work their and the dog

    Cons

    Low pay long hours. A joke to work with, they take forever to pay. Accounting department will never return emails you have to show up at the office to get anything done.

    All employees are depressed and hard to work with because they seem trapped. Just dont accept work there.


  6. "Exciting things happening here"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The Famous Group as a contractor

    Pros

    I was part of a new team taking on unique and creative challenges that nobody else seems to be tackling. The team moves quickly, so I was able to learn a lot during my short stay.

    Hours were reasonable, the company provides amenities for employees, and the staff is always super nice and helpful.

    Cons

    None other than the long commute.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on innovating!


  7. "Great people and great projects"

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    Current Employee - Programmer in Culver City, CA
    Current Employee - Programmer in Culver City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I have come back again and again to take on contracts here. Great people to work with and they have a great list of high profile clients requesting interesting projects

    Cons

    The 405 can be a problem some days ... welcome to every freeway in LA

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  8. Helpful (4)

    "BURNOUT company - literally heard CEO say "churn and burn""

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

    Pros

    A very creative company that produces some beautiful work. A great opportunity to grow a career in a very specific field of work.

    Cons

    - long hours
    - they always try and negotiate your rate down as low as possible
    - owner of the company allows his own dog to be at the office but doesn't allow others to bring in their dogs. Kind of shady because they promote that they are a pet friendly shop and have puppy days....
    - a lot of negative talk about projects and clients around the office
    - no communication between departments
    - no communication within departments
    - they promote an environment of learning but do not follow through
    - little to no light in the majority of the offices

    Advice to Management

    Hire real producers. Work on structure and procedure. Improve the company morale so that you won't lose more valuable team members.


  9. "Creative and Leading Edge"

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    Current Contractor - Project Manager in Culver City, CA
    Current Contractor - Project Manager in Culver City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The Famous Group as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very creative shop. Some of the most impactful and interesting projects in the industry. Always working with great brands and agencies. Good environment for collaboration, no politics. They have developed a nice teamwork focused atmosphere. The staff are really good at working together on tight deadlines.

    Cons

    Creatives can be stubborn when it comes to certain creative ideas for clients. Sometimes they are right, sometimes they are wrong. When they are right, the clients really are happy. When they are wrong, they need to work faster to address client feedback.

    Advice to Management

    Keep focusing on only the best projects.


  10. "Great people, fun projects"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people at Famous are great. For the most part, everyone is hard-working and all team players. Unless someone's really busy, most people are willing to lend a hand to a fellow co-worker. The projects are usually fun too. While some nights are long, people are pretty up front with expectations. Nice, lax environment.

    Cons

    The frequency of projects is up and down. Although that's to be expected with such a company, having a better process and method of communication from getting new business transitioning to production would be helpful. However, since some restructuring has occurred, this could improve soon. I suppose Famous prides itself on not being" corporate" or too structured, but sometimes that lack of structure/SOP is frustrating.


  11. Helpful (4)

    "unprofessional sloppy company - don't work here"

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    Former Contractor - Freelance Production Coordinator in Culver City, CA
    Former Contractor - Freelance Production Coordinator in Culver City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The Famous Group as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    i found no real "pros" with this company. they are sloppy and dishonest. that's all there is to say, really.

    Cons

    these folks are unprofessional and don't seem to know what they're doing. communication with them is a joke. my advice? stay away from this company.

    Advice to Management

    get with it. y