Cinesite Reviews

Updated 21 Jun 2020

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3.8
84%
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Cinesite CEO  Antony Hunt (no image)
Antony Hunt
21 Ratings
Pros
  • "It's the place to be in Montreal(in 6 reviews)

  • "In general there are great people to work with(in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "films they work on in feature animation are so low budget and look like they were rendered in a video game engine(in 7 reviews)

  • "Even lower than some TV animation studios(in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Nice environment"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Digital Matte Painter in Montreal, QC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cinesite full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great team and relaxed environment

    Cons

    Not the best shows for reel

  2. "I worked 1 year full time at Cinesite. Great experience!"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Junior Animator in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cinesite full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Decent pay. Good management, great HR team. Awesome new location! Peaceful place to work with best co-workers!

    Cons

    Some departments receive less consideration than others


  3. "Good opportunity"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Roto/Paint Artist in Montreal, QC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cinesite full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good and calm environment, great life/work balance. Availability to move between departments according to the artists' skills and projects needs.

    Cons

    Communication among departments needs work. Not much CG work in VFX so not a lot of opportunities there but good for comp or animation feature film.

  4. "great place to work and wrog as an artist"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Surfacing Artist in Montreal, QC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cinesite full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    great place to work, everyone is part of the team and you feel it projects are fun and you have the chance to work with really talented people.

    Cons

    some pipeline issue once in a while

  5. "Pretty decent, as large London companies go"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - FX Technical Director 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Cinesite full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Very nice coworkers -Good-ish crunch management -Dinner limit is higher than in other studios -Pay is decent, contracts are long-ish (again, compared to other large London studios) -They seem to be busy

    Cons

    -Current office is a basement -No overtime pay (as in most places)

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  6. "Upper management departures"

    3.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Cinesite full-time

    Pros

    Helping artists in a creative environment

    Cons

    Much management churn and overall instability among management. Large egos with certain senior managers.

  7. "Good Projects, Lovely group of people."

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - 3D Generalist in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cinesite full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great projects from a lot of good places. Plenty of opportunities. Issues are resolved where possible. Hours are good.

    Cons

    At present, located in a basement so say goodbye to that vitamin D.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Watch out this company"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Designer in Montreal, QC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cinesite full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    * You can work on some fun projects and can have good portfolio from projects. * They learn from previous projects and want to bring more existing Feature Animation projects. * Lots of international talents all around the world, such as France, Spain, Mexico, US, Japan and England etc.. * Mixture of good talents and juniors. * You can learn from good talented artists. * As their Animation is sort of newish, they have worked with seniors and leads who didn't know what they were doing. They had to wipe off some bad seniors and leads. * Free coffee, drinks and snacks

    Cons

    * Salary is low. Even lower than some TV animation studios. I assume that they are saving money to invest on their IPs and expanding. However, they don't value artists. I get 1 week extension for another contract. They can use talents like toilet papers. So don't be emotionally attached otherwise you will hurt yourself. * They have a creative director/producer from LA who acts super positive and energetic in front of the crew but talked behind back instead of being honest and sincere with people. No one wants to work with him and I've seen people who worked under him and artists left because of him. I don't understand why they still haven't fired him although he made toxic environment. I guess he has connection in the industry? But why he moved to Montreal then? Maybe bad rep in LA? In tech, I've seen they do performance review and if they find someone in bad rep, they let them go immediately and keep everyone in safe and healthy environment. They should apply this in Animation industry as well. * There is no benefit, which I think it was super weird, especially this size of the company. * Montreal is cost of living is lower than other Canadian cities such as Toronto and Vancouver so they use this as excuse to pay their employee as low as possible. *

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  9. "Data Operator & Render Wrangler for VFX Movies"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Data Operator in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cinesite full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    It’s a superb welcoming environment Great kitchen amenities Fun staff wrap party’s

    Cons

    Will drop you like a tonne of bricks. Don’t have someone train to do something then not extend their contract. Slightly ‘cliquey’. Might have you working til 3AM but might expect you back in at 8AM. Data Operators aren’t given enough credit - they are everyone’s fall guy.

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  10. "Great Team, Poor Management"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Assistant in Montreal, QC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cinesite full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Cinesite has wonderful team orientation for such a large company. The artists are hard workers and very talented

    Cons

    The management of the company is lacking, especially in terms of team fulfillment and respect. It's hard to feel valued in the company, and upper management does not encourage internal learning or growth

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