Imageworks Employee Reviews about "vancouver"

Updated 19 Jan 2020

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Imageworks President  Robert M. Osher
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Pros
  • "Strong technology stack and great people(in 16 reviews)

  • "Good pay, great location, good benefits(in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • "Living costs in vancouver are expensive(in 26 reviews)

  • "Animation tools suffer from feature bloat(in 11 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work at"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Layout Artist in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Excellent people -Lots of learning and growing opportunities -Good salary and benefits

    Cons

    -Depending on the project you might do some OT (paid) -Living costs in vancouver are expensive

  2. Helpful (5)

    "Disqualified people"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Lighting in Vancouver, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    ok salary good location good R&D team

    Cons

    Many leads / sups are not qualified for their role. Either they don't care about work or micro-manage everything with huge egos. Artistic direction going nowhere, opposite feedbacks from different people. Blaming artist for pipeline issues. (like what the h***)Intense politics, no communications, very cold work environment. inefficient daily schedules. Unstable contract (on this, Sony is the worst among these vfx houses around Vancouver), garbage projects. The best possible project you can get is Spiderman franchise. The list is endless. There was glorious era for Sony many years ago. Now it became worse than average studio around here. It's not sinking ship. This ship had already sunken.

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  3. "You are always waiting for bad news."

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Production Manager in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Imageworks full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Co workers are great, best benefits, nice environment, good projects. They used to have great extracurricular activities that made it a fun place to work.

    Cons

    Moved most of staff to Vancouver. You never feel completely at ease and safe because you are always waiting to hear bad news. Hours can be grueling.

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  4. Helpful (3)

    "Working at Imageworks"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Culver City, CA

    I worked at Imageworks full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Usually good benefits, good people, they have a great lot to visit for lunch, good gym facilities on the lot if you want to use them.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, most of their jobs have been moved to their Vancouver facility. Only supervisor level for most jobs are left in Los Angeles.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    "A lot of good and a lot of bad"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Perks like snacks, free screenings, nice building right downtown Vancouver, mostly competent supervisors. Love the fact that they use gmail.

    Cons

    Proprietary tools are pathetic, old timers that have been there 10+ years are too set in their ways, communication from show upper management often lacking, unclear about the elite group of 'lucky ones' who get to remain in LA Culver City, while everyone else has to go to Vancouver. Feels very corporate in that if you're too low on the chain, your voice is virtually unheard.

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  6. Helpful (1)

    "great studio with good people"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Culver City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good environment with competitive salaries. Probably the only good perk of being at the Culver location? A nice campus.

    Cons

    Lots of changes going on, it feels like the Culver office doesn't get as much attention. There aren't as many perks as the Vancouver office.

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  7. Helpful (1)

    "Bad place to be an engineer"

    1.0
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    Software Engineer in Vancouver, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Imageworks for more than a year

    Pros

    Production staff are very friendly. Perks like snacks and movie screenings are great. It's an easy salary if you don't care about building great products.

    Cons

    Management for development is all in LA. The managers and "leads" are all people who have been with imageworks and only imageworks for so long that they have no clue about modern software engineering standards. The tools used and produced are shoddy compared to industry standards at other studios. The development environment is very limited, no automated testing, no automated build system, no project management. They have no technical leadership in Vancouver.

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  8. "Structure in a chaotic industry"

    4.0
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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Imageworks

    Pros

    - Foundations that shows are built on are solid and developed over past experiences. - Pipeline. Somehow it just works - Managers in place have been in the studio for several years and started from the bottom. - Supervisors are very knowledgeable and understand the production needs. - Facility team tries to actively engage employees with treats, events planning, email communication, etc - Downtown Vancouver

    Cons

    - Downtown Vancouver - High cost of living. Commute is not sustainable if you can't afford living in Vancouver or work a lot of OT - Pipeline. Old practices/systems/tech/tools can archaic, especially if you come from different faster paced studios and have seen smarter ways of doing things.

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  9. "Sony Imageworks"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Production Coordinator in Culver City, CA

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

    Pros

    Good work/life balance Great opportunity to build a skill set Nice campus

    Cons

    Moving most positions to Vancouver Employee/artist retention is not a high priority

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  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good while it lasted..."

    4.0
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    Former Contractor - Senior Compositor in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Imageworks for less than a year

    Pros

    This place had great content to work on. The supervisors were very intelligent and amiable. The salaries were also good. When in the final push, production was very good about showing appreciation with various food trucks or other little goodies. That made the workplace happy and subsequently people were motivated.

    Cons

    Thanks to the tax incentives this company has essentially closed up shop in Culver City. Perhaps they are good to work for in Vancouver, however, bear in mind the cost of living difference before you pack your bags.

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