The Mill Reviews

Updated 15 Jun 2020

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2.8
38%
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77%
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The Mill  Co-Founder & CEO Robin Shenfield (no image)
Robin Shenfield
41 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great people and talent to learn from(in 13 reviews)

  • "i was at Mill Film Adelaide for 6 months(in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • "Long hours and constant overtime requests for weekend(in 25 reviews)

  • "Quick turn around for projects, long hours, low pay(in 8 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Good people to work with, bad HR."

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lighting Artist 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Mill full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Had an awesome, supportive team during the year I was with them.

    Cons

    Terrible overtime pay conditions, management of projects is atrocious. Planning isn't very well thought out, lots of people had no work for multiple months while others had too much work at the same time.

  2. "Good people, Terrible management"

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

    I worked at The Mill full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great people and projects, Facilities top notch, Free Coffee.

    Cons

    Bad politics and management, feels like you are just a quota to be filled. No one wants to be hired based on their gender or diversity, we want to be hired based on our skill!

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  3. Helpful (1)

    "Worst show I worked on in my life"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - VFX Production Coordinator in Adelaide

    I worked at The Mill full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good people to work with

    Cons

    A company who wanted to be at its best but was submerged in this huge wave of new people coming in! Stress, unpaid overtime and A LOT of overtime

  4. Helpful (3)

    "MPC Clone, do not try"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - FX Artist in Adelaide
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Mill full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - location (Adelaide) is the best place on the planet - very good opportunities for juniors - very nice office - they pay in advance two weeks forward, that's good if you just relocated

    Cons

    - overtime kicks in after 50h/week (you are payed for 40h up to 50h). So yeah, you work for 10h for free per week - overtime payed 1x - overtime never payed properly (you need to keep track on pay checks) - no deadlines, you cannot prepare to the job - worst pipeline in this industry - email system to keep track of everything, shot progress, dailies, comments, everything... - after finished projects, they let go most people who actually cared - Try harder, the more you will made redundant

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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Bad communication, awful pipeline"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Artist in Adelaide
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at The Mill full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good location in the heart of the city.

    Cons

    The overtime pay policy is pathetic. They expect you to work for 10 hours unpaid. Only overtime after 10hours is paid. The salaries are already very low and then to expect free overtime is just shocking. If you want to get paid for overtime, your only option is to work during the weekend. While this is still a new company, there is no excuse for this exasperating pipeline and just shocking overall project management. Communication between departments is difficult due to no proper tools. There is no proper workflow. Computers are slow, in-house tools are full of bugs, their food options are stingy and they overwork and underpay artists. Some of the runners are really rude.

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  6. Helpful (6)

    "Don't drink the koolaid"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Department Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The Mill full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great location, for the most part great people and looks good on the resume

    Cons

    Where to start? Over promising and under delivering by leadership (producers and EPs). NOTHING WORKS... the pipeline is janky, projects are started without anyone knowing how to actually produce them and there are bandaids being put on everything. Bullying bullying bullying by people who are highly valuable because they are the ones making the patches and bandaging things to keep things working/aggressively pushing things forward so that we meet deadlines so no one feels like they can report them and when they do they get told that everyone is experiencing the same thing. ZERO work-life balance. Pretty sure a large cohort of employees have just cranked out more than a month of working every day... Saturdays and Sundays are not sacred. Evenings are not sacred. Forget seeing your kids/spouse/friends. Pay is terrible, especially when you look at the hours. No offer of additional compensation.

  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good for CV"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Motion Designer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at The Mill full-time

    Pros

    Great people and talent to learn from.

    Cons

    Heavily politcal, career advancement isn't based on your ability but how well you do at drinking with senior team. Long hours and constant overtime requests for weekend.

  8. "Good place to build a career"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - VFX Artist in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The Mill full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - - good team of knowledgeable people - nice working environment - get to work on high end spots

    Cons

    - insufficient parking spots - sometimes very long hours - tough to get a raise

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  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good for starting career"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lighting Artist in Montreal, QC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The Mill full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Interesting projects, talented coworkers, young staff

    Cons

    They will work you until you collapse

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  10. "Pre-Technicolor ownerships"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The Mill full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    amazing talent and strong culture

    Cons

    squished budgets mean crazy hours as people try to do more with less

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