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Updated Feb 5, 2020

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Pros
  • "Good work-life balance, nice people(in 6 reviews)

  • "It's the place to be in Montreal(in 6 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Thé films they work on in feature animation are so low budget and look like they were rendered in a video game engine(in 8 reviews)

  • "Even lower than some TV animation studios(in 5 reviews)

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    1. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Watch out this company

      Feb 5, 2020 - Designer in Montreal, QC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      * You can work on some fun projects and can have good portfolio from projects. * They learn from previous projects and want to bring more existing Feature Animation projects. * Lots of international talents all around the world, such as France, Spain, Mexico, US, Japan and England etc.. * Mixture of good talents and juniors. * You can learn from good talented artists. * As their Animation is sort of newish, they have worked with seniors and leads who didn't know what they were doing. They had to wipe off some bad seniors and leads. * Free coffee, drinks and snacks

      Cons

      * Salary is low. Even lower than some TV animation studios. I assume that they are saving money to invest on their IPs and expanding. However, they don't value artists. I get 1 week extension for another contract. They can use talents like toilet papers. So don't be emotionally attached otherwise you will hurt yourself. * They have a creative director/producer from LA who acts super positive and energetic in front of the crew but talked behind back instead of being honest and sincere with people. No one wants to work with him and I've seen people who worked under him and artists left because of him. I don't understand why they still haven't fired him although he made toxic environment. I guess he has connection in the industry? But why he moved to Montreal then? Maybe bad rep in LA? In tech, I've seen they do performance review and if they find someone in bad rep, they let them go immediately and keep everyone in safe and healthy environment. They should apply this in Animation industry as well. * There is no benefit, which I think it was super weird, especially this size of the company. * Montreal is cost of living is lower than other Canadian cities such as Toronto and Vancouver so they use this as excuse to pay their employee as low as possible. *

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    2. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Great work environment

      Nov 18, 2019 - CFX Artist in Vancouver, BC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Friendly work environment, positive management, good benefits. I like basically everything about this studio

      Cons

      Not many, can be slow at times, like most studios.

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    3. 4.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Fun project, great team, enjoyed my time there very much!

      Jun 28, 2019 - Shot Finalist in London, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      -Open and accepting environment: They make it well known they are a studio that has zero tolerance for harassment. They take the extra step to confirm your pronouns when you interview with them and when they hire you. It is of high priority to create an environment that does not tolerate discrimination against anyone’s age, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities, or otherwise. -Friendly coworkers: Talented individuals who come from all sorts of backgrounds and experiences in the industry. Contribute to high quality work. -Paid OT: There is no pressure to do it if you are unable to commit to it. They also order meals from Lazymeal or reimburse you if you decide to order your own from another source. -Nice facilities: Their new building is very nice and well-kept. The kitchen is a decent size and has plenty of utensils and appliances to help you prepare your morning drinks and meals. -Cheeky Beers: Last Friday of the month is a beer Friday. Optional, but a good way to mingle and introduce yourself with coworkers from other departments.

      Cons

      -Unclear about the upcoming projects and extending employment within the company: I understand it was a busy time, but there was never any real indication from the superiors or management if there was going to be a new project to be rolled onto after my contract had ended. -Assets between studios were not always compatible: The project I had worked on had shared assets between two different studios whose pipelines were run differently. This caused some confusion and difficulties when working on the sequences that involved these foreign assets. -Only Half&Half Coffee Cream provided in kitchen: Okay, I know this really isn’t a con, and more of a nitpick, but it would’ve been nice to have a mix of milk, almond/soy milk, and cream stocked and provided in the fridge. It would be beneficial to those who would like to prepare cereal for breakfast, use milk in their tea or coffee, or be an option for those who are lactose intolerant or have dietary restrictions like vegans.

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    4. 2.0
      Former Contractor

      Good.......on the surface!

      Feb 7, 2018 - Anonymous Contractor in Montreal, QC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Some nice and talented people. Decent pay.

      Cons

      Productions are a total mess with none of the management having any real idea what any one is or should be doing. Lots of promises of big projects but they turn out to be scraps from other companies or the work goes to the Canadian studios. Zero job security! Way too many specialists. Artists should be able to work across productions on a variety of things within their respective departments. 20+ emails every morning about people running late because there is no flexible work hours despite working late. Creates a repressive and stressful environment where people feel like they are being watched. HR is a high school clique.

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    5. 2.0
      Former Contractor, less than 1 year

      Feature animation, stay away

      Oct 26, 2017 - Lighting Technical Director in Madrid
      Recommend
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      Pros

      -There are windows -Great location in Montreal ! -Work space is bright. Although, they are taking over more floors in the building, they wont match the quality of the of the main floor amenities. -My PC was a powerful one -Great and friendly supervisors -If you are an animator this might be a not so bad place to gain experience. If you are a compositor, this might be a not so bad place to be annoying …

      Cons

      -There is now WIFI, you read this right. No WIFI. -Salary is average -Don't' expect overtime policy to match Montreal's standards -Terrible pipeline, get ready to do the very same thing over and over again because your work just collapsed under your eyes because the issues are huge and they won't fix anything. -They pretend to hold meetings and to listen to their people so they would improve... but, in fact, they don't care and won't do anything at all. -Most of their key people are not very competent. You will actually spend most of your downtimes busy wondering how they got their position in such a "big" studio. It is like a group of school girls that have no idea what they are doing. They will force you to apply "solutions" most studios or school would forbid. -You will be told your production is late, but the whole floor is browsing Facebook and/or YouTube. Although, they banned Spotify, which maybe would only have you listening to music WHILE working instead of being distracted. -They invented ¨mandatory overtime¨ due to horrible project management -While on ¨mandatory overtime" you will be given cold chicken and cold asparagus as a meal from the cheapest caterer in the city. -Low budget projects with no future -Very clicky with a serious amount of bullying going on: from rookie coords and production managers that have no clue about the steps of making a CG animation movie. They will stand behind your shoulder, ho yeah they will, just to rush you, probably because they're planning on building their career on artist's back. I also witnessed an artist being maked fun of in a review room filled with people from all departments regarding a new interface, and this was legit for them, but how unprofessional. Who wants bullying in the workplace? Make yourself a favor and stay away from this place for god's sake

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