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Updated 10 August 2018
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Pros
  • "There were long hours at times, but great people" (in 12 reviews)

  • "Good pay, great location, good benefits" (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • "Just about everyone at the Culver City was really depressed my whole internship but I can't really blame them when they are moving all staff to Canada" (in 7 reviews)

  • "The long hours, as mentioned above, could be tiring at times" (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Lead Artist"

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    Former Employee - Lead Artist in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Lead Artist in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Imageworks full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Imageworks has outstanding top-notch talent. The pipeline is one of the best in the industry. Sometimes the studio gets some decent VFX projects, and the CG feature work is very large and diverse. Being able to switch between the two film types can be very fun and rewarding, also can break up the monotony of doing one type of thing day-in-day-out. The large size of the company provides very good benefits, including vacation, sick days, extended health care, and the option to have matched RRSP. The upper level artist supervisors are very calm, collected, professional and respectful, making you feel at ease and not too stressed or unhappy.

    Cons

    The VFX projects are lacking, and are always slipping through their fingers in the bidding process. It has been very hard for the company to secure hero creature and character work in VFX, as they have not been proven yet in the eyes of large Hollywood studios.

    The corporate culture can feel stifling and like you're walking on egg shells sometimes. Employees have to take Sony corporate training for all sorts of topics, such as sexual harassment, bribery, social conduct, security etc. This can sometimes take up 2 hours in your busy schedule and ultimately makes you feel like you're being treated like a child about the most common sense of subjects.

    It is very difficult to get access to windows only software, as most of the companies machines are offsite linux boxes, but to be fair it is for security reasons.

    Once you become a lead, you aren't really given much room to grow for very long, even if you can prove that you're adding a lot of extra value to the company and taking on a lot more responsibility. Ultimately this is why some of the most talented people leave. The company has hard lines drawn for titles, and if you enter a certain pay scale, your only option is to be happy with 2-5 percent raises, no exception, or go elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Put more top talent on sizzle/demo pieces to push for more cutting-edge VFX character work. Often people are sitting around in training or put on unpaid hiatus, when they could be put to productive work for the good of the whole studio.

    Make exceptions for raises for your top talent and really examine and find out what sort of things they've been contributing to , and find out how much added value they're bringing than other artists with similar titles. The company attracts the top talent but they won't stay for long with this policy.

    Management is very distant and non-involved in artist's affairs, get to know your artists better, find out what they've accomplished. There are many diamonds in the rough at the company who go unsung, reach out to them!


  2. "Great work environment and culture"

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Imageworks full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Getting to be a part of some of the biggest movies that come out each year
    Lots of fun social activities
    Learning and developing new skills very much encouraged

    Cons

    Vancouver is very expensive to live in
    Not all of the projects are huge hits
    There can be lots of OT during crunch times (both a pro and a con)

  3. "Disqualified people"

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    Former Employee - Lighting in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Lighting in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Imageworks full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    ok salary
    good location
    good R&D team

    Cons

    Many leads / sups are not qualified for their role. Either they don't care about work or micro-manage everything with huge egos. Artistic direction going nowhere, opposite feedbacks from different people. Blaming artist for pipeline issues. (like what the h***)Intense politics, no communications, very cold work environment. inefficient daily schedules.
    Unstable contract (on this, Sony is the worst among these vfx houses around Vancouver), garbage projects. The best possible project you can get is Spiderman franchise. The list is endless.

    There was glorious era for Sony many years ago. Now it became worse than average studio around here.

    It's not sinking ship. This ship had already sunken.

    Advice to Management

    You'll keep losing good talented people with this environment. SPI's reputation is rapidly going down among CG artists. (not that I assume upper management care about this). If you ever wanna be a tier-1 production like Pixar or Weta, you need to change pretty much everything from higher management to PA levels.


  4. "good environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Imageworks full-time

    Pros

    good environment with talented people

    Cons

    the position is not very stable


  5. "Animator"

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    Former Employee - Animator in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Animator in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends

    I worked at Imageworks full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, good pay,great location, friendly work place

    Cons

    No cons, great place to work


  6. ""Hotel Transylvania 3" in Vancouver"

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    Former Employee - Senior Animation in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Animation in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Imageworks full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Terrific support and comfort, felt very enabled to do the highest possible quality work. Working with Genndy and Alan H was an excellent and memorable experience, will inform and inspire my personal projects for years to come. Very professional and organized Production team helped us finish with very high quality and without a deadline crunch.

    Cons

    Privacy and productivity of desk size/arrangement comes at the cost of less direct social contact.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing!


  7. "good treatment of workers"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Imageworks full-time

    Pros

    they try to treat people well, in most departments. they are honest most of the time and dont play too many games with artists.

    Cons

    they still try to cut costs like any other firm and reduce wages/raises

  8. "Great People"

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    Current Employee - Production Services Technician in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Production Services Technician in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Imageworks full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It's a relatively laid back working environment. People are very nice around you. Very supportive HR department. Have the chance to explore every position within company.

    Cons

    Long working hours sometimes. Building doesn't have the best air circulation so if someone is sick it's easy to spread.


  9. "Great company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Imageworks full-time

    Pros

    - culture is the right balance between a casual vibe and a professional environment
    - lots of room for career advancement
    - FANTASTIC people

    Cons

    - extremely fast paced (as per most VFX shops)


  10. "You are always waiting for bad news."

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    Former Employee - Production Manager in Santa Monica, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Production Manager in Santa Monica, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Imageworks full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Co workers are great, best benefits, nice environment, good projects. They used to have great extracurricular activities that made it a fun place to work.

    Cons

    Moved most of staff to Vancouver. You never feel completely at ease and safe because you are always waiting to hear bad news. Hours can be grueling.

    Advice to Management

    Care more about morale and retaining your talent.


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