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Updated Mar 30, 2021

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13 Ratings
Pros
  • "Staff and employees are talented and great people to work with(in 9 reviews)

  • "Free food (Fully stocked kitchen)(in 7 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Mostly contract work with no benefits(in 3 reviews)

  • "There's also no internet connectivity, which makes it difficult to load textures, images, plugins or reference footage(in 3 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Slightly Disorganized, but coworkers make up for it

      Oct 17, 2016 - Support in Culver City, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      They want to take care of you, treat you fairly, and pay fairly well. If anyone has a problem they will do the best they can to make you comfortable.

      Cons

      Slightly disorganized, and communication could get better- this would be fixed by more or somehow better utilization of support staff.

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    2. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Friendly and cool company with some disfunction

      Jan 29, 2021 - Artist in Los Angeles, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Owners are cool, and the hours are good

      Cons

      Senior management has been there a while and can be closed to new ideas. Systems are often broken and outdated

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    3. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Outstanding Big Little Studio in LA

      Feb 18, 2020 - Anonymous Employee in Culver City, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Amazing artists, outstanding production team, excellent HOP, positive executives. Feels like a little family - finding solutions together, sharing in chaos, not perfect, aware of their flaws and actively tries to makes things better. Very diverse array of content - really cool shows- not all great, some are a grind but enough fat on the fun bone to go around. Free delicious food certain days of the week. Tasty donuts. Lovely gifts to the studio periodically. Depending on scope of show had a good work life balance for the most part - not always easy to attain. Overly one the best experiences I've had in long time.

      Cons

      Need to communicate contracts lengths sooner. Competitive wages can be a sore spot. Load balancing shows needs to be finessed.

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    4. 4.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

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      Nov 24, 2019 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      good company - nothing bad

      Cons

      none at all i can think of.

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    5. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Get in and get out quick. Exploit those who exploits you.

      Dec 3, 2019 - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great looking facility with stocked kitchen and occasional free food during lunch. Fellow co-workers in the trenches are what made everything possible. Pay checks are on time.

      Cons

      They will penny pinch you and take every advantage of you. If you're relatively new or short on experience, they will exploit that fully by underpay you and throw you more responsibilities than what your job title says. It's another reason why the quality of their work could never break through a certain level. Once young talents are trained up, they find the first chance to get out. Most of the work force is comprised of Jr talents with very few Sr level leads that are very well compensated. They will send you home for half a day and tell you to come back in the afternoon just so they can get away with not paying you for 4 hours. I've seen young artists who traversed from afar, just to be sent home and asked to come back later so it won't hit their books. Of the very few staff artists that were on staff, many were also asked to go on vacation during slow season even when they had already exhausted the measly number of vacation days that was provided to them. Many end up taking unpaid vacations. Which they would deny and called it voluntary. They seem to have very little to no artists on staff and mostly rely on heavy freelancing. Very often they would put you on hold for a very short period of time (few days or few short weeks if even) and every chance they get, they'll send you home if you have a few hours of spare time to save money. Several co-owners here, but many look down on you. Some of the things you hear in the hallway, and the way people are treated by some of the co-owners would make normal HR cringe. But don't let their HR fool you, they're nice with a friendly smile, but have no real HR training, they're mostly there to get by and process paper work and payroll. If any quality come out of any work, they're mainly being done by the on-the-box leads, but credits are claimed by their co-owners. My advice is, get in and get out quick. If you're relatively new to the industry. They will give you a chance, but they will exploit you. But also take this opportunity and exploit them too. Once experience is gained, get out and find something/somewhere better. it's hard enough to find steady work in LA, but they are still out there. Many will treat you better. If only they will invest in its people, imagine what quality of work it can achieve. Instead, they'll never be able to retain talent and will never be able to do any real high end work.

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    6. 3.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Cool place to work, not really a typical tech environment

      Jan 8, 2019 - Pipeline Developer in Los Angeles, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      -wonderful coworkers (especially the pipeline manager - terrific boss), cool office space (lots of cutting edge tech lying around) -helpful, attentive, patient managers -taquito thursdays, homemade guac -valet

      Cons

      -not a great benefits package (only a few sick days, very limited PTO) compared to other technology jobs -not very well organized in general

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    7. 4.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Anonymous

      Sep 17, 2018 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Lovely people Understands the importance of a ‘normal’ life Never boring Great fun get to know everyone events

      Cons

      Management could be a little bit more organized

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    8. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Insensitive, Poor Management in a Difficult Industry = Poor Working Conditions for Great Talent

      Jul 3, 2013 - Anonymous Employee in Culver City, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      High caliber work from some of the most talented artists in town in a cutting edge, well set up facility. In a shrinking and ever changing industry they are a leader and pushing the cutting edge.

      Cons

      Like much of the VFX industry you will be worked as close to your breaking point as they can push you. 14-20 hour days are common as are weekends, particularly during pilot season. Management only shows respect and appreciation to a small handful of employees and treats everyone else like cogs. Expectations are completely unreasonable and they are happy to work you dangerous amounts and then let you go over small disagreements or situations that are beyond the control of a single individual.

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    9. 4.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Better than most

      Jul 28, 2017 - CG Artist 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      They pay OT, hourly, management is generally good, projects are mixed, but seem to be getting better. Multi-site pipeline good.

      Cons

      Some production staff are stress heads and aren't helpful. There tends to be a mantra that if you're not running around with your head cut off then you're not working hard enough, it's slowly changing.

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    10. 4.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      A good experience all together

      Jul 23, 2011 -  in Culver City, CA
      Recommend
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      Business Outlook

      Pros

      One of the main things for me was the full service kitchen. So tasty. Good all round support if it was needed.

      Cons

      trying to get another program for a show can be a serious hassle, so when they say what software you will be working on, thats what your gonna get

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