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72 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 15 reviews)

Cons
  • "Lacks in organisation, team works really long hours(in 19 reviews)

  • "Advertising pipeline is a bit shaky but improving(in 15 reviews)

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  1. "A bit chaotic"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun events / Perks Happy hour on Fridays Pay is good

    Cons

    Long hours, and I mean long. Communication across depts suck, results in duplicate work or work having to be redone. Parking can be a nuisance

    Advice to Management

    Do some proper planning, communicate early, and follow guidelines.

    Framestore2019-08-06
  2. "Solid VFX team"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Framestore full-time

    Pros

    Great tools, fairly senior team, technical support always available and fun environment

    Cons

    Lacks in organisation, team works really long hours

    Framestore2019-03-01
  3. "Incredible Work, Master-Slave Relationship with Clients"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in London, England
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Framestore for more than a year

    Pros

    Incredible mix of technical and creative artisty, non-stop innovation and growth, work with the best to become the best. Producers, VFX and CFX supervisors are incredible professionals with in-depth knowledge of how to deliver in a non-stop moving-target environment. This includes the most demanding / puzzle-solving briefs along with the management of strong political and personality factors.

    Cons

    Framestore, like other major VFX vendors, has little power to negotiate reasonable project plans with its clients. Fear of lost revenue drives projects to be under resourced and people pushed to continually re-deliver as the client changes its mind / adds more complexity to a shot or sequence, often right up until a month before the film is due to be released. Production and Artists pull long hours with no overtime and any days off in lieu that you may be given - only officially working at weekends - can often be taken only between one project and another. Paid overtime IS available to Framestore's Canadian staffers as the law requires paid overtime. There is little chance at life-balance and the further you go in the company (or the industry as a whole) the greater you will be tested to solve issues and deliver at a quicker and more intense rate. For someone with the right personality and a live-for-work attitude this can be a great fit, for those who don't, a long-term life in VFX may not be for you.

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    Advice to Management

    You have helped create an incredible industry and yet you appear to make no moves to work together (as corporate entities) to change the negative power dynamic between you and the studios. The fear of you destroying business relationships is understandable but without a gradual move towards some kind of push for greater equality you threaten to create a legacy of disempowered artists and producers who cannot afford to build themselves a life outside of work, or a career which they can continue to love into their 30s and beyond.

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    Framestore2019-01-31
  4. Helpful (3)

    "Long hours, under crewed projects"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Framestore full-time

    Pros

    Nice new building, great feature film projects, talented artists and supervisors

    Cons

    FS take on more work then they have crew for which mean long hours all around. Artists and production roll from one project to the next putting out fires.

    Advice to Management

    You need a few more spare tires for the bumpy roads

    Framestore2018-09-27
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Compositor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Framestore full-time

    Pros

    Good Shows and Good Team

    Cons

    Long Hours and Weak FX Department

    Framestore2018-09-05
  6. "Pretty Poor Overall Experience"

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    Former Contractor - 2D Artist in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Framestore for less than a year

    Pros

    Good machines, some scope to do varied work. Talented Artists to work with and learn from. Fairly good salary.

    Cons

    Long hours which is apathetically supported within the employee culture, unfortunate usual VFX artist response of just accepting it, rather than collectively changing it. Tough to break into the established artist groups, so doesn't feel particularly welcoming, but that could be luck of the draw. Incredibly disorganised Production at times (not across the whole board but with some), for example not even having the correct media ready before work is started. Or failing to communicate effectively with artists, such are ignoring emails etc. Don't honour all contract lengths. Poor, tired facilities such as the toilets, and terrible coffee. And critically, DON'T PAY ONTIME! Framestore may be opening their new building by 2018 which might help with facilities and feeling around the office, but even if you worked in the shiniest and most comfortable office in the world it wouldn't create an amazing company unless the management, hours, culture and care for employees vastly improved.

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    Advice to Management

    Take some real time to re-evaluate the culture of work and Employee welfare. Perhaps, ask for feedback from both Full Time and Freelance Artists on a regular say 3-6 month basis. Have a more rigid set structure to how production works with shots/media management and editorial. Improve Payments!

    Framestore2017-09-15
  7. Helpful (2)

    "A Labour MP will never do well in a Conservative Camp"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Framestore full-time

    Pros

    Good shows Good location Good IT and tech support - don't have to call through other countries.

    Cons

    Long hours with limited recognition of hard work. Management will go above and beyond, but only if you're a senior who makes them lots of money. No appreciation of work in more junior roles. Very political and gossip-y, be sure to suck up to the people with power.

    Advice to Management

    Put aside time for people to access personal appointments with management, HR, and recruiting.

    Framestore2017-03-27
  8. Helpful (1)

    "Over-worked, Under-appreciated"

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    Current Contractor - Receptionist in Culver City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Framestore for less than a year

    Pros

    free snacks, some of the people are very nice

    Cons

    unusually large workload for a receptionist, long hours with inconsistent breaks (occasionally no breaks), little to no appreciation given even when putting in extra time and effort (I often worked 11 or 12 hours a day), some of the people are rude, never felt truly welcome or included At the interview I was told the job was temp to hire and they were looking for someone to stay at least a year. As my 3 months were coming to an end, I asked if they were thinking of hiring. I was told they have never hired a permanent receptionist. I had seen by then that I was at least the 5th receptionist within the last 12 months. If this company hires you as a temp with the promise of a possible permanent position, BE SKEPTICAL!

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    Advice to Management

    Be appreciative of all the work you're asking from your receptionist. Be honest if the position is only meant to be temporary. If the employee needs to do something in a different way, tell them sooner rather than later.

    Framestore2017-04-17
  9. "Runner"

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    Former Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Framestore

    Pros

    Great co-workers, friendly office, happy hour

    Cons

    Can be long hours, hard to take a proper break

    Framestore2017-03-11
  10. Helpful (7)

    "Nice place except the nepotism..."

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    Former Employee - Technical Director in London, England
    Recommends

    I worked at Framestore full-time

    Pros

    Good projects Good pipeline Experienced artists High quality work

    Cons

    Terrible overtime without compensation except for TOIL on weekends. For me, this was surprisingly the company that took the most advantage of artists' free overtime. It's also the company culture to work very long hours, so most people think this is normal. Very strange cliquey atmosphere with different 'tribes' undermining each other for no good reason which leads to unnecessary politics. Terrible HR. No follow-through and disorganized. Projects are always under resourced and yet HR are very slow to hire.

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    Advice to Management

    Invest in better HR to try and discourage the nepotism and discrimination. Everyone should have a fair shake at employment and career advancement based on skills, not who your drinking buddies are. Hire the amount of artists needed for the projects scheduled.

    Framestore2017-03-06
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