Bardel Entertainment Reviews

Updated 24 Jun 2020

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3.3
64%
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15 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great people, occasionally fun projects, not too much OT(in 14 reviews)

  • "Good place to start a career in animation(in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • "They often demand unpaid overtime and are unwilling to address bad professional practices including sexism from stronger animators(in 15 reviews)

  • "Shows are often under-staffed causing people to work long hours in order to meet tight deadlines(in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Best people in the industry!"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Bardel Entertainment full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The leads, the tech team, the admin staff- all helpful and friendly. I feel like I've worked here forever!

    Cons

    Not their fault, but working remotely is hard. I keep seeing pictures of in-studio events and wish I had been here then!

  2. Helpful (2)

    "Loved it. Good people, nice facilities"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Editor in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bardel Entertainment full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Friendly people, good projects, nice work environment, respectful

    Cons

    Not feature film scale work but solid productions nevertheless


  3. "A great place to start building your career. Awesome people."

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Vancouver, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Bardel Entertainment full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Build relationships with other professionals and creatives; lots of autonomy in the work and work-life; great place to start building a career, high-caliber shows. There's a lot of freedom to present solutions to challenges and maybe see them implemented. There's a lot of room for leadership.

    Cons

    Negative politics at times and it can be cliquey. Doesn't have strong leadership led by core values.

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  4. "Cool Company"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Animator 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bardel Entertainment full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    good projects and company culture

    Cons

    low pay, lots of overtime

  5. "Great to grow your skills"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Junior Animator 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bardel Entertainment full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Friendly environment Good to grow your skills

    Cons

    If you don’t manage your time well, you will face some unpaid over-time

  6. "Great Company, poor leadership"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Artist 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Bardel Entertainment full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great family vibe, artists taken care of

    Cons

    Owner and CEO was a little frantic

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  7. "Ups and Downs"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - 3D Animator 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Bardel Entertainment full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great people, occasionally fun projects, not too much OT

    Cons

    sometimes crunch gets bad and they dont pay OT. They dont let you know whats going on behind the scenes at all.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Upper management consists of a bunch of cronenbergs"

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

    I worked at Bardel Entertainment full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Community team organized fun events - Operations team was efficient and great to have in the studio - Decent projects, talented artists - Good stepping stone as a junior

    Cons

    Poor planning - Last minute notifications of whether we still have a job at the end of the week (or day) makes it very hard for us to plan our lives, or even our careers! Cheap rate - Stop pitching low bids on shows and then low-balling the artists! They demand senior talent at a junior rate with an unreasonable amount of work without OT pay. Lack of career growth - Managers preach development and growth but they don't know the first thing about it because they don't care enough to invest or keep anyone long enough to do so. There's an inner circle - Upper management and line producers are cliquey and will promote their favorite people even when there are others who are more deserving. They've let go of the good ones and kept the incompetent ones around. Production and upper management will ask the studio for feedback but they're not looking for change, they're looking for validation.

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  9. "Not a great work environment"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Bardel Entertainment full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Free Coffee in the mornings

    Cons

    Studio run like some kind of fraternity

  10. Helpful (2)

    "3D Animator"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - 3D Animator in Vancouver, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Bardel Entertainment full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Easy to get hired, some fun projects

    Cons

    Low payment, lots and lots and lots of OT, you are expected to do OT without payment, they make you feel OT is your fault, producers are rude and demand more and more work

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