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Method Studios Reviews

Updated Oct 15, 2019

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19 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great atmosphere also nice people and the stuff(in 9 reviews)

  • "great projects, good people, good memories(in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • "nice for income bad for work-life balance(in 10 reviews)

  • "some long hours, some pipeline issues nothing too serious(in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Vancouver versus Montreal"

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    Current Employee - VFX Artist in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Method is a good company to work with in Vancouver. I do not work in Montreal but my fellow artists tell me that all Montreal vfx vendors are expanding in Montreal. This happening while we are seeing some shops sizing down a bit in Vancouver.

    Cons

    The "race for the rebates" is continually in full swing. The trade off is that Vancouver lifestyle is very nice. The rental prices are sky-high in Vancouver while the rental prices in Montreal are lower. The big however here being the provincial tax is higher in Montreal so there is a bit of a wash in that respect for the cheaper housing in Montreal.

    Advice to Management

    Survive the re-org, and get investors that want to be involved in Animation & VFX.

    Method Studios2019-10-15
  2. "Pretty good place"

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    Current Employee - Roto/Paint Artist in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of great shows, not much OT, available if wanted though. Good experience and opportunity for promotion. You gotta push for it though.

    Cons

    Management changes can be difficult as they switch styles. Some are very laid back other sare micromanagers

    Advice to Management

    None

    Method Studios2019-10-11
  3. "Good to work here - but sudden layoffs in 2018"

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    Former Employee - Lighting in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends

    I worked at Method Studios full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good studio and quality movies. Great Lead and Supervisors. Tools worked. Maya and Nuke.

    Cons

    Sudden layoffs the studio lost a movie maybe more than one. Layoffs were not handled well...people notified late Friday were not able to say good by etc.

    Method Studios2019-09-29
  4. "Home away from home"

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    Former Employee - Artist 

    I worked at Method Studios full-time

    Pros

    Some of the nicest people in the industry, team got along well

    Cons

    Layoffs come on suddenly and are unexpected

    Method Studios2019-09-03
  5. Helpful (2)

    "Avoid if you're serious about VFX"

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    Current Employee - Lead Compositor in Montreal, QC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Good wage if you're coming while crunch times

    Cons

    - Low quality expectations - Terrible pipeline and methodology (ironic) - Non-existent personal growth opportunities and management

    Advice to Management

    - They wouldn't care about what I'd write here so none.

    Method Studios2019-09-14
  6. Helpful (2)

    "Bad experience"

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    Former Employee - Artist 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Method Studios full-time

    Pros

    - Friendly artists. - Talented people. - Good facilities. - Fairly paid. - Some dupes are nice but they are swamped in the global messy management.

    Cons

    - Awfull underbid projects. - Supes and prod. people are unexperienced and you have to deal with their big egos. They never listen to you even when you flag issues, resulting in delivery struggling months after. - The management doesn't care about their employees. The company is now a big sausage factory delivering cheap vfx. - They layoff people without any explanation ("Hey! By the way, today is your last day")

    Advice to Management

    Start to listen to the people that are on the field. Give them the proper resources so that they can do the job properly. If your team is saying that they need 5 artists and 4 months on a task, believe them and don't pretend that they can do it in 2 months and 2 artists. Start to say no to the client when you know that a delivery is impossible.

    Method Studios2019-09-20
  7. "Awful"

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

    I worked at Method Studios full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Beer Fridays and that's about it to be honest

    Cons

    Everything else, including old technicians who work with outdated technology and are simply waiting to retire or the company to shut down. Avoid.

    Advice to Management

    Shut the place down.

    Method Studios2019-09-14
  8. Helpful (1)

    "I've worked here for 4 years. Not a place I would return to."

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    Current Employee - Artist in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great team. Some good projects. Good facility. Some nice people here and there.

    Cons

    lies fed to employees in studio meetings. big projects turned away because it doesn't fit the brand. Artists and production staff let go from team to make a higher margin. Urinals always overflowing. Food truck operators caught sharing homophobic ideology still scheduled by studio. More craft service people than actual artists at this point. Off-site parking 20 to 30 minutes away depending on train crossing or... traffic. Not many food options close by.

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    Advice to Management

    They wouldn't listen to anything I would say. So why bother.

    Method Studios2019-09-08
  9. Helpful (1)

    "Definitely not recommended"

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    Current Employee - Artist in Montreal, QC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - good salary and nice area

    Cons

    - bad management - lack of preparation, mess - crazy deadlines, underbid projects - not experienced staff, especially some leads and cg supervisors - terrible to work with some of the vfx supervisors - the worst lighting department I've ever seen

    Method Studios2019-08-27
  10. "Fast pace isn't for everyone"

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    Former Employee - Production Technical Service Technician in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Method Studios part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Do an outstanding job and your name can get in movie credits. Great foot in the door experience. Two kitchen areas where they stock a wide variety of coffees and snacks. The building is pleasant to walk around in and look at Company get-togethers were always fun since there is a stocked bar, board games, an upstairs patio, and kitchen.

    Cons

    Work was either overly fast-paced or overly slow Bummed when you didn't get your name in credits lots of "politics" when certain decisions that can affect your job are made they are very hesitant to hire you full-time, promote you, or give you a raise super-secret projects cannot be named in resumes which don't allow you to prove you did work unless they phone your boss and they tell your next potential employer... that you did the work parking is VERY bad. public transportation is recommended (they have hulu bikes out front to help) too many deadlines leading to too much overtime. nice for income bad for work-life balance

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    Advice to Management

    Happy workers = better workers. don't overload your workers with too much work and not give them a raise for working the amount of 2 people. Listen to the teams when they say they are understaffed. think about expanding to a bigger building, last i was there buisness was outgrowing their building.

    Method Studios2019-06-27
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