Blue Sky Studios Reviews

Updated Jul 9, 2021

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4.2
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Pros
  • "Great people, resources and help are available for the self motivated(in 11 reviews)

  • "Really fantastic team, housing provided (project hires only), positive work environment(in 10 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "The stories are uninspired and very average and the creative brain trust is just the same people making the same movies over and over(in 5 reviews)

  • "Low pay, the HR department is awful(in 4 reviews)

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    1. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      A sad but predictable end

      Jun 16, 2021 - 3D Computer Animation Artist Supervisor in Greenwich, CT
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      Pros

      An amazing effort to reinvent the technology that had been stale for 30 years. So many good ideas not yet fully realized by a scrappy technology team that REALLY TRIED but was put on life support after the acquisition. Nimona was just getting to be good. Technical Directors in PT were the best in the industry — lucky for all the other studios that grabbed them within 60seconds of Blue Sky closing.

      Cons

      Years of destructive “new management” was too much for the studio. decision by Disney made sense as there was too much toxicity left behind by the first set of “new management”. Second set of “new management” didn’t make enough of the hard changes to remove toxic forces. Movies that used to cost $100m became budget busters. Artists split between “change everything!” to “don’t change anything!” put technology team in hard situation — just read the other reviews which say “outdated technology” AND “too much change in technology”. Sums up the last 3 years of Blue Sky.

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    2. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Greatly undervalued group of artists; massive loss to the animation industry

      Mar 13, 2021 - Anonymous Employee in Greenwich, CT
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      Pros

      The amazing people, fun culture, positive energy, incredible passion of the artists who worked there

      Cons

      Lack of new hires, unstable technology updates, missed deadlines on major projects because of changes to studio leadership and Disney buy out, ended in the loss of 450 jobs of HUGE talent and potential

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    3. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      work environment

      Jul 9, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      cwoworkes are nice to work with

      Cons

      feel lost sometimes about main company direction

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    4. 5.0
      Former Employee

      Great place great people

      May 27, 2021 - CG Supervisor in Greenwich, CT
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      Pros

      Tons of fun people to work with and be inspired by. Make movies that make people laugh.

      Cons

      It was closed down too soon.

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    5. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Good to work for

      May 26, 2021 - Consultant in Rome
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      Pros

      they gave me autonomy to implement the solutions I designed

      Cons

      There wasn't a manager that could lead me and teach me during the process

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    6. 5.0
      Former Employee

      Production Supervisor

      May 24, 2021 - Production Supervisor 
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      Pros

      Collaborative environment, work life balance, quality projects

      Cons

      Studio closure, poor leadership, Disney buyout

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    7. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Generally good place to work

      Jun 10, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Decent culture, great art work and overall enrivonment.

      Cons

      No longer a functioning studio :/.

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    8. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 10 years

      Just now finding our stride

      Apr 14, 2021 - Technical Director in Greenwich, CT
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      Pros

      Blue Sky was just finding its stride, culturally, technologically, physically, and with its productions, when Disney closed us.

      Cons

      We did too many things at the same time: updated our software, renovated the studio, rebuilt our versioning system. And then Spies did poorly at the box office, and Covid hit Disney like a ton of bricks. Game Set Match.

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    9. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Review headline

      Mar 22, 2021 - Senior Layout Artist in Greenwich, CT
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      Pros

      Studio is located on a large wooded estate Great for taking long walks during your lunch break And of course the artist that plays studios are amazingly talented and everyone does what they can to help each other out

      Cons

      New York and the Connecticut area can be expensive places to live

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    10. 5.0
      Former Employee

      It’s closed

      Apr 9, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Disney can’t hurt us any more

      Cons

      It’s dead and so is nimona

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