Method Studios Reviews

Updated 20 Jun 2020

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21 Ratings
  1. "Talented and nice people, but misquided management."

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Compositor in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Method Studios full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    There are really talented supervisors and artists here, and a great production crew.

    Cons

    Upper management doesn't know how to run a studio of this type in Los Angeles.

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  2. Helpful (4)

    "The Titanic was doomed long before they called for evacuation"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Method Studios full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Some great talent, coworkers all friendly and helpful, nice space, internal sister company has lots of celebrity filmmakers wandering the halls. Because of layoffs the men's room is not constantly full and smelly. Work/life balance is great since there's no work.

    Cons

    Work has dried up, a lot of top billing senior talent has left for another local post facility, many rounds of layoffs, morale is completely tanked. CEO just sent a company wide email that essentially says "Have a good summer to recharge and reconnect with family and friends." So.... we have no work all summer? Rumors that the entire company being sold.

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  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Creature Technical Director in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Steady place if you prove yourself. Good pay. Good people

    Cons

    They don’t like criticism. They let you go the same day if they see you complain too much or get angry quickly

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  4. Helpful (3)

    "Seriously consider your options before applying here and if you do get everything in writing first"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Digital Modeler in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People are friendly The artists who are there are very knowledgeable Free coffee and cereal/ bagels in the mornings Work can be interesting... although not recently with all the recent rounds of layoffs. Benefits for staff if you can get it.

    Cons

    Upper management is horrible. They don’t understand what they are requesting of artists most of the time or the timing required to complete the assigned tasks. When Artists are asked to give eta’s they disregard entirely. People are friendly but only because it’s a corporate environment. You’re not supposed to show emotion. When a ridiculous request comes through last minute (Which happens most weeks, especially around Friday evening do to pour planning) you’re expected to smile into overtime with no complaints. (No work life balance) HR department is completely useless to go to for help and or advise. There is no appreciation for the employees. The company cares more for its clients then the people that work for them and it clearly shows. Most departments are being outsourced. Larger management teams. Smaller working teams No room for upward growth. Once you’re locked in on your contract there’s little to no chance of changing it. The famous line is “be patient it’s coming” with no eta on when and very vague answers to any real question you may have. With all the lay-offs the ones who are remaining are expected to pick up the slack of all the missing employees. With no title change or compensation adjustments. It is also Extremely difficult to get work for a demo reel.

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  5. "Not great."

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Method Studios full-time

    Pros

    Some really great talented people to work with.

    Cons

    Long hours, unpaid overtime. Not much of a team spirit.

  6. Helpful (2)

    "Lost its way"

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Method Studios full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Geniunely nice people, but fewer than there used to be as many have left/retired.

    Cons

    -Very low wages. -Poor management, planning, HR & artist management, and use of capital. -No one in management positions of any department stays for long (see: 'Very low wages') and those that are left are unqualified to do the job, leaving many projects and areas of responsibility with poor direction if any. -Very slow to deal with anything financial. Frustrating having any contract/benefits/raises/purchases questions answered, expect massive heel dragging regardless of situation or need.

  7. Helpful (1)

    "Technology"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Method Studios full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good artists, free coffee, nah.

    Cons

    Management team is a joke. CEO CTO etc.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "It's a Corporation, Not a Boutique."

    1.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Method Studios full-time

    Pros

    - Free breakfast, if you're early - Charming individuals - Complimentary dinner for overtime workers - Good parties

    Cons

    - Very corporate - A lot of lip service and lies from higher ups - Layoffs - No upward growth for staff - Even for the industry, the overtime and lack of work/life balance is very bad

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  9. "Nice and Friendly environment"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Method Studios full-time

    Pros

    Great people and most are often willing to help

    Cons

    No overtime for staff positions

  10. Helpful (1)

    "Roto Paint"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Roto/Paint Artist in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Method Studios for less than a year

    Pros

    Good atmosphere, Good ppl, Flexible.

    Cons

    No cons at this studios. All good.

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