Digital Domain Reviews

Updated 2 Jul 2020

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28 Ratings
  1. Helpful (1)

    "The work was challenging, the people are great, the communication was lacking."

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great projects to work on. The people were great to be with and are very talented. I also loved the Venice location.

    Cons

    The communication on the shows were lacking especially between the studios. The pipeline is always being worked on, which is very old and needs an update.

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  2. Helpful (3)

    "Went downhill after the bankruptcy"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Digital Domain full-time

    Pros

    The people were great, and most of the projects were interesting. And the work produced was always top class - something to be proud of.

    Cons

    Not enough money or resources (not management's fault) and a terrible attitude toward the staff (which is management's fault). Since moving, the place is pretty ghetto as well.

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  3. Helpful (1)

    "Pleasant work environment, company struggled as it redefined itself, but may come out on top"

    3.0
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    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Digital Domain

    Pros

    Employees pleasant to work with, customers enjoy respiratory services and equipment company provides.

    Cons

    While struggling paychecks often didn't clear right away, but would within a few days.

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  4. Helpful (3)

    "Used to be a great place to work"

    3.0
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    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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  5. Helpful (4)

    "Fun, exciting, unpredictable but always innovative VFX company."

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Head of CG/VFX Supervisor 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Digital Domain full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I was at Digital Domain for three years, first as more-or-less CTO then as a VFX supervisor. The company is driven by whatever movie projects are under way at a given time. Each project is led by a VFX supervisor, producer, and often digital effects supervisor; and each movie is basically a company-within-a-company; with their own effects pipelines and organization. This way of working leads to quick evolution of technology; as each team is always trying to find which new things to do; while making the best of their previous experiences. The long term employees (many have been there fifteen years or more) are amazing; and can do anything with nothing, and have it ready by tomorrow. The VFX Supervisor team is great -- each one radically different from the next; but all talented artists, leaders, and innovators.

    Cons

    It's a tough business, and DD (like R&H, and unlike Sony Imageworks or ILM) did not have any backup. Every single movie project put the future of the company on the line; and as such the pressure was intense; and most of the leadership decisions made (I'm not leaving my own decisions out of this!) were short-term focused. Fighting against the subsidy wars made it worse. Hours are long -- 9-7 is the baseline in the VFX side, 9-8 on the commercial side -- but were usually substantially longer than that. Most production is now in Vancouver, which is tough on the LA team.

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  6. Helpful (2)

    "Very talented, passionate people but bad management and direction"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Venice, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Digital Domain full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    High-profile VFX projects, talented people.

    Cons

    Lack of resources, bad management.

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  7. Helpful (1)

    "World class artistic talent and an amazing history of work."

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Pipeline Technical Director in Venice, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Digital Domain can be an incredible place to work; you are surrounded by talented, brilliant people. When things are going well it's like a family of geniuses, where amazing work is done by people pushing the limits of their abilities. Unlike other companies in the industry there's quite a bit of room for movement once you get a foot in the door, and there's a lot more camaraderie and mutual support than I've seen at other facilities.

    Cons

    The work/life balance simply isn't there; too many hours of overtime, almost all of which are due to poor coordination and planning, as well as an overall lack of ability in upper management to steer the ship well. When times are good there's too much to do in too short a time and the burnout rate is extremely high; when times are bad, which under past executives has been far too often, there's a palpable sense of dread in the air, and still too much to do in too little time, while promotions and pay increases become increasingly rare, while added responsibilities definitely do not.

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  8. Helpful (1)

    "Digital Domain Prior To Bankruptcy"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Venice, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Digital Domain full-time

    Pros

    Great projects to work on. Collaborative culture and generally nice people. Depending on the project you could find yourself working many hours or reasonable amounts. A few fantastic VFX supervisors, producers and usually good to great directors. The work can be a lot of fun. If you're Canadian, much of production is being shipped to Vancouver.

    Cons

    Half of the upper management was dysfunctional and a detriment to the company while the other half engaged in damage control and tried to move the company forward (true of most companies). Much of the work is shipped to Vancouver.

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  9. Helpful (2)

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

    2.0
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    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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  10. "A privilege to work at, but maybe not everything you think it to be. Very friendly people, though."

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Venice, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very relaxed atmosphere, until crunch of course. Good, Nice, Friendly people to work with.

    Cons

    Feels very unstructured in certain departments. Lacks good communication and leadership.

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