Method Studios Reviews

Updated 20 Jun 2020

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21 Ratings
  1. Helpful (11)

    "At least give us time to say goodbye to the team."

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Method Studios full-time

    Pros

    I had great opportunity for film.

    Cons

    They laid off many people before contract ending and Manager told me that was my last day at that same day 5:30 pm I couldn't even have say good bye to my team.

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  2. Helpful (7)

    "Consider carefully before accepting a position here."

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Artist in Vancouver, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They had a pretty good culture in some ways. Lots of pub nights, lots of friendly decent people on staff and on contract. The local Head of Production was superb and cared a lot about making the place a decent place to work. She was constantly thwarted by the LA management who completely disregarded the staff.

    Cons

    Insane OT on every show because of overbooked shows. Staff would roll over really late into the shows from the previous projects. Forcing everyone into a panic because they were always behind schedule. And instituting a hiring freeze in the middle of that madness?!?! Local Supervisors were pretty good,but they were always using their LA supervisors who rarely even came to Vancouver and had no relationship with the artists in Vancouver. All the producers were mostly incompetent with a few exceptions. Good support staffing in Vancouver. . As I said earlier the new LA management was awful. Treated us like “Mexicans with Sweaters”. They are very cliquish and demeaning towards the local staff.

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  3. Helpful (4)

    "Poor"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Method Studios full-time

    Pros

    Beer fridays and pay day

    Cons

    Old technology being held together by string and geriatrics.

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  4. Helpful (4)

    "Great People and Amazing Projects"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Method Studios full-time

    Pros

    This is just my perspective, but I find the employees here to be the nicest of any studio I've worked at. There is definitely OT worked and frazzled producers, but in general the people aren't snobby and they listen to any issues I had. And from my perspective, I found HR and recruiting super friendly and happy (as opposed to some reviews I saw).

    Cons

    The studio is packed wayyyy too full. I get that another building was set up, but it's still too full in here. Also many of the other studios are offering perks like baristas and more snacks. I think Method will eventually need to catch up to that level of artist appreciation. Compliments only go so far :)

  5. Helpful (6)

    "Do not work here! its only getting worse."

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Method Studios full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    reasonably good wage. that it.

    Cons

    Massive management egos fighting for dominance. disrespectful, dismissive, belligerent and spiteful. zero professionalism.

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  6. "good studio"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Method Studios full-time

    Pros

    amazingly talented people and get to work on good projects

    Cons

    management could use some help

  7. Helpful (7)

    "Short-sighted company (not uncommon in VFX, but still...)"

    2.0
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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Vancouver, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Very good at handling immigration matters, good HR service. -Nice people to work with. -Nice film projects, they have all the Marvels, although not the most interesting work.

    Cons

    -Toxic management that gets rid of the best people unless they are willing to play politics. Slow bureaucracy that gets in the way of people instead of letting them do their best. -No interest for R&D, which is a real obstacle in making them the A-player that they claim to be. -Undersized software team that can't really serve that many artists (500 artists in Vancouver for less than 20 pipeline TDs, and that is including the Show TDs who of course develop less since they support shows). -In software, a tendency to throw away tools and starting again from scratch instead of trying to recycle them. No care is given about feedback from the artists, only the opinion of production counts.

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  8. Helpful (8)

    "Not a great experience"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Method Studios full-time

    Pros

    - fully stocked bathrooms - big name projects

    Cons

    - non-existent work-life balance - overcrowded artist rooms - low level production/artists/support staff treated like disposable commodities - unrealistic demands coming from management, constantly

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  9. Helpful (2)

    "Not bad, but not good either."

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Method Studios full-time

    Pros

    Good people overall. Amazing projects.

    Cons

    deception and squeezing for all your worth

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  10. Helpful (2)

    "Lovely culture!"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends

    I have been working at Method Studios full-time

    Pros

    I feel that Method has one of the most genuinely caring cultures of any VFX facility I've worked at.

    Cons

    Pipeline could use some work, which is happening.

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