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Updated October 13, 2017
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  1. "Great Company - Diverse Projects in Location Based Entertainment"

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

    I have been working at Thinkwell Group full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    pride in work product;
    great people;
    collaborative environment;
    diverse projects;
    entrepreneurial;

    Cons

    Growth in an entrepreneurial company can often mean growing pains, but at the same time, it means there are new opportunities for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Instill leadership more opportunities at all levels of the organization.


  2. "Past Employee"

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

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

    Pros

    Friendly team members
    A few fun in office gatherings/BBQ/ drinks
    well known client list
    Good for creatives/interns starting in career

    Cons

    So much turnover!!! It feels like every week someone was leaving on their own or being let go

    Not great benefits / Low pay

    Lots of lulls in work which kills ambition and leads to lay offs

    Not a lot of team building activities or a real HR team

    Open office space/no privacy/ it feels like everyone can hear your conversations

    Advice to Management

    Employees will stay if you give them a reason to.

    Everyone wants to feel challenged and appreciated.

    Take time to train/cross train your employees. Everyone should know what the company is about and employees should feel encouraged to interact with each other during the day

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Business Development"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glendale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glendale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    - Fun Environment
    - Friendly Coworkers
    - Young Staff
    - Open & modern work space/amenities
    - Freedom; Not much structure

    Cons

    - lack of structure = no clear path for growth.
    -Not much of a mentoring culture
    -Many of the positions you are thrown in the deep end to learn
    - Lack of organized training means that not everything is done the same, and feedback is not consistent
    -Success is usually based on the luck of the draw or through the rare, constructive review of your work
    -CONSISTENT growing pains (small company mindset, doesn't work with growth rate)
    -BEWARE of layoffs based on project based work!!!!
    -AWFUL BENEFITS

    Advice to Management

    Needs to either invest in experienced talent, or develop a training program and standardization for younger professionals. Also needs to adjust to larger size of company in practice, especially when consistency of project influx is concerned. Investment in a more robust HR department could also benefit. Could benefit from overall standardization company wide.


  4. "Graphic Designer"

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

    I worked at Thinkwell Group full-time

    Pros

    - Very talented people

    Cons

    - Poor leadership at the top with no real long term vision.
    - Good designers in a "sweatshop" type of atmosphere.
    - Needs a complete overhaul of how Thinkwell works.

    Advice to Management

    If you are fresh out of college this place may be good to get started, but anyone with real experience, STAY AWAY!


  5. "Tight knit family"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Thinkwell Group full-time

    Pros

    Employees are a very tight knit family, great people to be around and learn from, great first job.

    Cons

    Don't expect to get rich working here.

    Advice to Management

    People wouldn't mind doing a lot more work if they were paid more.


  6. "Cool opportunities, meh company culture"

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

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

    Pros

    The actual work is really great - you get to work on some fantastic projects and amazing properties. There's also some opportunity for travel.

    Cons

    They don't know how to plan for the work coming in, which means hiring is very erratic. It's an industry where people get laid off after projects, sure, but they've let some amazing people go because work they expected didn't come in. So there's no sense that the company wants to build any sort of real culture, and people end up very detached from one another, including their bosses.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good First Job in the Industry"

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

    Pros

    -Good Exposure to networking connections
    -Nice co-workers
    -Exciting projects
    -Nice new office space
    -Free (leftover) food from client meetings

    Cons

    -No upward mobility; "career paths" are just there to pacify employees (some positions don't have a career path), progression does not happen at a reasonable pace
    -Management/HR does not listen or take proper action when employees express concern/discontent
    -Company leadership is generally of poor quality; the company functions as if it is still "boutique"-sized, and there is little to no guidance from some managers/dept heads
    -Many employees have quit because they were tired of getting work dumped on them without proper compensation, and there was no plan for hiring replacements
    -Compensation rates are abysmal for most employees; responsibilities are disproportional to pay
    -Management's "Favorites" are blatantly obvious; this does not foster a TEAM mentality

    Advice to Management

    HONESTY is the best policy: If you cannot afford to pay people what they should be paid, be up-front from the start. Do not expect employees to permanently take on the extra workload when someone leaves/is let go... HIRE REPLACEMENTS ASAP— your business practices are unethical in this regard.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Great Experience, Not Good for Growth"

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    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    The people are creative, collaborative, and fun. The projects are very diverse and make every day interesting. The office is colorful and open-concept.

    Cons

    The pay is minimal and it was a struggle to move up. There isn't a predictable system of expectations when it comes to seeking promotions.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the sentiment of employees feeling undervalued. Be more open and transparent about the opportunities to grow within the company.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great People, Not-So-Great Executive Management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    The people are wonderful and passionate about the industry and our projects. The projects are varied and always interesting; you could work on a theme park, a museum exhibit, a tour, an FEC, and a live event all in a 6-month span, so there's always something new to learn.

    Cons

    The culture has suffered the past year or two, with a few rounds of layoffs that weren't handled so well. There isn't much transparency from upper management, and so big decisions seem arbitrary. Employees have to fight all the way to the top level of management for well-deserved promotions. Compensation is not great, especially knowing that it's tough to be promoted, so you'll probably be stuck at that salary for a while.

    Advice to Management

    Know and acknowledge the value of employees, and be willing to keep the good ones. Acknowledge that employees are feeling undervalued and overworked.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Fun Work, Unstable Employment"

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    Current Employee - Designer in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Designer in Burbank, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Thinkwell is a great work environment. New projects to design all the time. Everyone seems to be happy, and the company will have slog of fun events and special surprises for staff.

    Cons

    As soon as Thinkwell has a decline in business, which has happened 2 times in the past year... There has been a heavy layoff period. As many as 20 people have been let go within a few week period. This has people on edge and many have left the company because thinkwell is known for quick layoffs due to at-will employment in almost all contracts.

    Poor health coverage options.

    Advice to Management

    Create a steadier way of keeping employees long term instead of having layoffs when projects slow down due to poor business development.


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