Method Studios Reviews

Updated 14 May 2020

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21 Ratings
  1. "Awful"

    1.0
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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    Everything else, including old technicians who work with outdated technology and are simply waiting to retire or the company to shut down.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.

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    Method Studios2019-09-14
  2. Helpful (3)

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

    1.0
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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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    Method Studios2019-09-08
  3. 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
  4. "Fast pace isn't for everyone"

    4.0
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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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    Method Studios2019-06-27
  5. "Talented and nice people, but misquided management."

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Senior Compositor in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are really talented supervisors and artists here, and a great production crew.

    Cons

    Upper management doesn't know how to run a studio of this type in Los Angeles.

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    Method Studios2019-06-11
  6. Helpful (4)

    "The Titanic was doomed long before they called for evacuation"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some great talent, coworkers all friendly and helpful, nice space, internal sister company has lots of celebrity filmmakers wandering the halls. Because of layoffs the men's room is not constantly full and smelly. Work/life balance is great since there's no work.

    Cons

    Work has dried up, a lot of top billing senior talent has left for another local post facility, many rounds of layoffs, morale is completely tanked. CEO just sent a company wide email that essentially says "Have a good summer to recharge and reconnect with family and friends." So.... we have no work all summer? Rumors that the entire company being sold.

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    Method Studios2019-06-20
  7. "Layout supervisor"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Layout Supervisor in Melbourne
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people and good projects

    Cons

    Lot of work. Overtime increasing

    Method Studios2019-05-15
  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Lead Creature Technical Director in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Steady place if you prove yourself. Good pay. Good people

    Cons

    They don’t like criticism. They let you go the same day if they see you complain too much or get angry quickly

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    Method Studios2019-04-23
  9. Helpful (1)

    "Too unstable"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Talented artists -Friendly staff -Free food from the kitchen -Catered lunch on weekends -Ergonomic workstations -Free beer on Fridays

    Cons

    -Short contracts -Low wages and inconsistent salary between staff with equal experience/skill -Poor planning -No shot breakdowns for showreels -Too corporate - focused more on rewarding management and production than artists -No opportunities for professional growth -No wrap parties The combination of low wages and short contracts means staff are unable to plan ahead, and even staff who have worked there for years are unsure if they'll have a job in a few months time. Many work overtime and have no time for professional growth or personal projects, so when the inevitable layoffs come they're also stuck with nothing for their reels.

    Method Studios2019-04-08
  10. Helpful (3)

    "Seriously consider your options before applying here and if you do get everything in writing first"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Digital Modeler 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

    People are friendly The artists who are there are very knowledgeable Free coffee and cereal/ bagels in the mornings Work can be interesting... although not recently with all the recent rounds of layoffs. Benefits for staff if you can get it.

    Cons

    Upper management is horrible. They don’t understand what they are requesting of artists most of the time or the timing required to complete the assigned tasks. When Artists are asked to give eta’s they disregard entirely. People are friendly but only because it’s a corporate environment. You’re not supposed to show emotion. When a ridiculous request comes through last minute (Which happens most weeks, especially around Friday evening do to pour planning) you’re expected to smile into overtime with no complaints. (No work life balance) HR department is completely useless to go to for help and or advise. There is no appreciation for the employees. The company cares more for its clients then the people that work for them and it clearly shows. Most departments are being outsourced. Larger management teams. Smaller working teams No room for upward growth. Once you’re locked in on your contract there’s little to no chance of changing it. The famous line is “be patient it’s coming” with no eta on when and very vague answers to any real question you may have. With all the lay-offs the ones who are remaining are expected to pick up the slack of all the missing employees. With no title change or compensation adjustments. It is also Extremely difficult to get work for a demo reel.

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    Method Studios2019-04-24
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