Framestore Reviews

Updated 21 Jul 2020

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4.0
79%
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53 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great people who are very helpful, great projects, great office(in 17 reviews)

  • "Some really great projects, very heavy on Creatures and DMP(in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • "Long hours, no overtime, small pipeline team(in 21 reviews)

  • "Montreal studio don't get good sequences as in london(in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Lovely Place to Grow"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - VFX Coordinator in Culver City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Framestore full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Everyone is willing to take the time and teach you steps that you may not know, but only if you ask questions. Everyone is friendly and has high expectation.

    Cons

    Producers act like your curing cancer at times.

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  2. "Hours are definitely weird but fun for experiencing"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Render Wrangler in Montreal, QC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Framestore full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Free breakfast, people are nice and willing to answer your many questions, nice chairs

    Cons

    Hours are weird Work on weekends and nights sometimes


  3. "Great people !"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Paint & Roto in Montreal, QC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very friendly, bagels, good environment, work-life balance

    Cons

    More activities would be great.

  4. "Cool Projects, Great Technology, Too Many Politics"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - CreatureFX Lead in Montreal, QC
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great proprietary tools, established pipeline, always looking to improve the quality of work and tools used

    Cons

    Politics aren't fun and deadlines are getting shorter.

  5. "Nice company"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Groom Technical Director in London, England

    I have been working at Framestore full-time

    Pros

    Good Company and nice environment

    Cons

    small team so its hard to get promoted

  6. "Great place to work"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Framestore full-time

    Pros

    Very supportive of staff, management were great, work on huge film projects.

    Cons

    Long hours when deadlines, as expected.

  7. "Friendly Environment"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Concept Artist in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Framestore full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Friendly Environment, Friday night party, clear feedback

    Cons

    Sometimes had to work late, but with extra pay

  8. "TD"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Generalist Technical Director in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly, relaxed atmosphere, good level of diversity, interesting projects, good location.

    Cons

    Long hours, no overtime, small pipeline team

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  9. "Terrific work plagued by poor management"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vfx in New York, NY

    I worked at Framestore full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Being part of a company that does A+ quality work (especially film) with a long history

    Cons

    Where to start? I'll be fair and admit much of this is industry wide and not specifically unique to Framestore: - Zero push back on clients resulting in late hours and unnecessary work that ends up having to be redone because everything is in flux anyway - "Senior" producers = producers. It seems every producer had the designation of "Senior" which is a meaningless title. At one point I had worked with a staff of nearly all Senior producers with no mid-level or juniors. The only purpose of the "Senior" is so it can go on their email signature and clients feel they're talking to someone in charge. After all, what client wants to talk to a junior producer? This false rank isn't unique to just production. Junior and mid-level artists are being hired into senior roles with only 3-5 years experience. Why? Because the turnover is so incredibly high (especially in the LA office) it becomes the only way to attract people towards staff positions. That and incredibly high, disproportionate wages. Framestore LA is easily doing the best work of the North American offices but it comes at a cost- employee burn-out and aforementioned high turnover. Not to mention it has been overtaken by the employees of another company who are better treated than the original FS employees. The new addition of the Framestore Chicago office is somewhat of a joke. Perhaps its real purpose is as some sort of tax haven. Chicago is an Elephants' Graveyard for visual effects artists. The office (and city in general) doesn't have the manpower, talent or creativity to sustain itself. It has shed all of it's original staff for native mid-westerners since no one actually wants to move there. Advice to those interested in working at Framestore: Do it but stay freelance. Cheers

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  10. Helpful (2)

    "Mismanaged Mayhem at Framestore LA"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - VFX Production Coordinator in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Framestore full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great co workers Overtime Pay Snacks Good Location Valet Parking for Staff

    Cons

    Production is Mismanaged Studio Too Small - but they're working on it Impossible to get fair pay Impossible to Move Up, they only hire Producers, not promote them. Pipeline is tough to work with, very inflexible, if we have a good idea that will help everything, pipeline declines requests often claiming its impossible, despite having seen it at other studios.

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