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Thinkwell Group Reviews

Updated May 10, 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "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.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "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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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Meh"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good paid-time off benefits, good people,

    Cons

    LONG hours (people who should really be paid hourly for the type of work they do are always made salaried employees so that over-time does not need to be paid).

    The company doesn't believe in improving employee performance. If an employee is not performing at the level desired, the employee is fired without being given a chance to improve (performance improvement plan's do not exist here).


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Good, but it could be better."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    +(Mostly) nice, fun, passionate, intelligent staff
    +starting to keep employees through work droughts (more permanent staff)
    +somewhat flexible work hours
    +generous holiday bonuses
    +room to grow as an employee
    +mistakes are forgiven as long as you don't keep repeating them
    +improving their benefits (in the last few years they started a 401k program)
    +new building (interior) has tons of potential

    Cons

    -contracts with clients frequently have errors (which means they have to emphasize completion over quality)
    -sloppy corner cutting in pipeline leads to expensive changes later on
    -micromanagement of time tracking
    -layoffs can be unpredictable (but as stated in pros, it seems like they are trying to have a more permanent staff)
    -certain positions are expected to work long overtime hours (but since they are salary, they don't get paid OT)
    -can feel like an assembly line
    -new location is dreary


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Fairly fun company to work for"

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    Former Employee - 3D Modeler in Pasadena, CA
    Former Employee - 3D Modeler in Pasadena, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Fun people to work with, nice amenities, good atmosphere.

    Cons

    Expect high turnover and the feeling that the smiling faces are often forced.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Good company"

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    Former Employee - Modeler in Lake Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Modeler in Lake Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great for artists and designers just starting out. If you put yourself out there, they allow you to use your skills in a variety of different ways if you have more than one skill set to offer.

    Cons

    They don't pay well and let you go on the spot without warning. like, five minutes before quitting time.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Don't work here."

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    Former Employee - Show Set Designer in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Show Set Designer in Burbank, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Thinkwell Group (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Generally, it is a pretty laid back work environment with opportunities to draw, mingle, and make friends.

    Cons

    Don't work here, the production staff is often tasked with repetitive mindless work. They steal entertainment company ideas, reverse engineer technologies from their competition, hire international students to represent the company as local brands, and practice borderline unethical hiring processes for the sake of profit driven motives.

    There are a few toxic and poisonous employees in the company-they just want a job, and they'll backstab newcomers to keep their job. The toxic employees can't work with other's because they are one dimensional. The company also uses imposter titles that require professional licenses in the states, but aren't recognized when working internationally.

    After meeting the people, management, and seeing business operations. All their internet presence is forged by their staff and marketing team. What happens behind the scenes, is far what the company claims to be. Please consider another place if you are looking for a job/internship

    Advice to Management

    The parking, location, and career growth opportunity is limited - glass door company
    greedy management. They only care about the profits, productivity, and output of staff. This company cannot grow and expand- its one dimensional.


  10. "Growing Pains"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Thinkwell Group (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Varied projects and assignments. Creative team.

    Cons

    New processes are still coming together. Work space is a bit of a factory.


  11. "Thinkwell Group - Burbank"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    One of the larger firms in a small industry. Ownership is well intentioned. Great office culture. Perks and benefits are maybe a little above others. Compensations are adjusted according to a strategic HR plan. Promotions are timely based on semi-specific goals (being defined by HR as of this writing)

    Cons

    Regular Entertainment industry problems with up and down cycles
    HR is being revamped as of this writing
    Office space is old and cramped (we are told there is an imminent move to a new building at the end of the lease in early 2015)

    Advice to Management

    Management created a fully confidential program (meetings and surveys with a third-party consultant) for employees to communicate their satisfaction/dissatisfaction for anything and everything. This was definitely a great idea to continue as the company grows.


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