Digital Domain Digital Artist Reviews

Updated 28 Jan 2015

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Used to be a great place to work"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Digital Artist in Venice, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Digital Domain full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Used to have some the most talented artists in the industry, and a good management team. Truly a fun and creatively exciting place to work.

    Cons

    Once the Textor regime came in, everything went downhill fast. Environment became so toxic that most of the top talent exited.

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  2. Helpful (2)

    "Once a great place to work... now..."

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Digital Artist in Playa Vista, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    At one time DD was a wonderful hub of smart, creative and technically inclined artists, programmers, former scientists, and misfits (in the best way) who all collaborated to make great visuals. Now things are very different.

    Cons

    A portion of the remaining supervisors are very good people to work with. Some however, actively seek to undermine those whom they perceive to be a threat to their authority. Others have moved on to other companies. Still others have left the industry completely.

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  3. Helpful (1)

    "Digital Artist"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Digital Artist in Vancouver, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Digital Domain for more than a year

    Pros

    sometimes nice projects, and the benefits are ok.

    Cons

    NOT the 3rd Visual Effects Studio in the world... That would be Dneg, not DD. Revolving door on senior artists as well as supervisors, people tend to not stay because of internal politics. "Old Boys club" where if you are in the click then you're all good and nothing you do can be thought of as wrong, but if you are not in, then you are totally out and there is nothing you can say or do that will be worth anything. Production and senior management has no clue about what is going on, on the floor and if people leave they tend to think it's their issue and not the companys. Horrible working conditions, offices with no natural light at all.

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  4. "Was awesome while it lasted."

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Digital Artist in Port Saint Lucie, FL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Digital Domain full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The people there were just great. It was a family. You got training when you needed it. and everyone was always so happy to go to work.

    Cons

    DDMG needed to last long enough so that I could retire with the company in thirty years. My time with DDMG was too short.

  5. Helpful (1)

    "Many ups and downs, but overall a positive experience."

    3.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Digital Artist III in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Digital Domain

    Pros

    Digital Domain has some of the smartest people working for them. There are passionate, dedicated, even brilliant people working in several departments, and working on a few shows in a row will put you in to contact with many of them. The shows are A-list blockbuster Hollywood films. The company provides bagels on Wednesday and doughnuts on Friday, and each show typically has a small craft services outpost. They cater for most people working 10+ hours, and the catered food is excellent and diverse. Expectations are high regarding quality of work (which is a good thing), and that is to be expected at such a prestigious company. If you're willing to try hard, you will learn a lot working at DD.

    Cons

    The most frustrating downside of DD is the absolute last-minute updates regarding one's contract. Employees are given no notice as to whether their contracts will be extended until the last minute (once, someone received an email indicating an extension after she was supposed to have left on her last day). The extensions, when given, are typically very short, even during crunch time. For example, I was on a show that everyone knew would go until March, and yet all of our contracts ended in January, and they didn't start giving extensions (until February) until right before the end. And don't expect to get any insight from management, should you even ask about the possibility of extension. They prefer to be secretive, rather than just saying "Probably not" or "Probably so". The management is bizarrely secretive about other things; anything regarding the company's future is kept completely secret, even when it's something mundane and non-confidential. They even keep up a façade of ignorance when all the employees already know the secret. The hours can be absolutely insane, but that's par for the course in VFX. The facilities are far from the best in the industry; the building is well-worn, and there's little for entertaining employees in non-work times.

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