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Vancouver Film School Reviews

Updated October 4, 2017
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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Student (game design): Great program for some people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great teachers, awesome peers, nice facilities, and tons of hands on learning. You really do get out of it whatever you put in, and you will be surrounded by people who are putting in a lot.

    Cons

    It's pretty openly competitive, and the structure of the curriculum/final projects/industry night ensures that everyone is constantly under pressure to perform. If you aren't putting in late hours on classwork, you will fall behind. If you aren't actively networking and making connections with peers, faculty, and the local game scene, you won't get your money's worth. If that doesn't sound like your cup of tea, it probably isn't.


  2. "Teaching Assistant"

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

    I worked at Vancouver Film School full-time

    Pros

    You get to re learn everything you learned at VFS. You are able to create more connections. You also get benefits like: using their equipment and studios. You get more experienced in the field you want to be in for when you work in the Film Industry.

    Cons

    They don't pay you enough money. They over work you. They take advantage of you all the time. You are practically a nanny. You need to nanny the students and sometimes you have to nanny the teachers. You need to do EVERYTHING. You will work hard and you will not get any benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Increase the salary for full time TA's because they do more than they are supposed to do. Even more than the job requires.

  3. "Horrible work environment"

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

    I worked at Vancouver Film School full-time

    Pros

    Some friendly teachers, staff and students. Some added job perks. Ability to test and learn new film gear. Centralized downtown location.

    Cons

    Wow where do I begin? Unexceptable low pay and NO job security. Bullying, unprofessional senior staff. Hostile management who are controlling of you. Untrustworthy co-workers who will backstab and report you. HR cannot be trusted and give a false illusion they are on your side. All of this contributes to a high staff turnover rate. Often management will simply send someone on vacation, then fire them without warning while they are gone. One employee had false claims made against him in a combined effort to remove him.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees fairly. If you can't, then be prepared to keep loosing staff.


  4. "Great Company, Great People"

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    Former Employee - Staff in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Staff in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Vancouver Film School full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I would say it is the people and culture that makes VFS what it is, Student Success contributes to this and is the driving force for staff/faculty to always do better and strive for the best

    Cons

    Need better benefits, maybe RRSP match, MSP coverage and etc.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Admissions"

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

    I worked at Vancouver Film School full-time

    Pros

    Creative environment. Some nice people.

    Cons

    Unorganized. Not genuine. Work in silos.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "A Creative Family"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Vancouver Film School full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    In terms of its educational model VFS is unlike any other school. It's programs and approach to educational design has evolved over 30 years and is highly unique, adaptive, and idiosyncratic as compared to traditional post-secondary programs. The college has carved out a top position among Canadian private institutions and through its awards, accolades, industry/educational partnerships has elevated the reputation of the entire sector. Because of its size and accelerated model, VFS has perhaps made the most significant contribution to BC's creative economy. Many VFS graduates have gone on to be founding members of BC's Tech and Entertainment Arts Sector including Hoote Suite, Blast Radius, Unbounce, Image Engine and more. If you want to be challenged to think outside the box, and work in a truly creative environment that supports student's progression--this is the place to work.

    Cons

    None that I can think of... VFS has provided me with opportunities and challenges that have exceeded all expectations. It is truly a creative environment that nurtures original ideas and empowers its staff.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it going.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Teaching Assistance Unity"

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    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Vancouver Film School full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice people. Very nice place to work

    Cons

    location is not as good

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Game Design Campus-Great Place With Great People, Scheduling Nightmare"

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    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Vancouver Film School full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Really Smart People
    -Often have free time to work on side projects
    -Current Head of Department, Peter Walsh is a really great leader

    Cons

    -The way they schedule you into classes has traditionally been done in an excel spreadsheet that has often a lot of errors, I believe they're just now updating it but currently it's a mess.

    Advice to Management

    -Get some better scheduling software


  9. "Getting Better"

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

    I worked at Vancouver Film School full-time

    Pros

    It's neat to see how a lot of entertainment is made - it's kind of a backstage look into how acting, video game / 3D modeling, tv, or movie making works.

    Cons

    the campuses are spread far and wide and often you may need to go between them.

    Advice to Management

    Keep looking forward


  10. "Diverse. Fun. Intense."

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

    I have been working at Vancouver Film School full-time

    Pros

    - Surrounded by brilliant coworkers in a creative environment.
    - Many opportunities to learn and share what I know with others.
    - Supported by managers and peers to pursue my goals.
    - Everyone seems to care about me and my success both personally and professionally.

    Cons

    - Every workplace has bad apples that can ruin it for others. Some whether knowingly or unknowingly carry a large amount of weight and set the tone for the school. There are frustrating times and some leaders need to understand the workforce is different from where it used to be.

    Advice to Management

    - Invest in your people and try to find initiatives to break down silos.
    - Embrace Technological Change. A simple analysis of current practices could alleviate costs on multiple levels by eliminating redundancies.
    - The changes that are taking place sound encouraging - keep it up. The environment and culture has improved greatly since September 2015


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