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  • "Even for the industry, the overtime and lack of work/life balance is very bad(in 9 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

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

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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...

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    Advice to Management

    Learn to care for your employees and don’t repeatedly lie to them.

    Method Studios2019-04-24
  2. Helpful (2)

    "It's a Corporation, Not a Boutique."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Method Studios full-time

    Pros

    - Free breakfast, if you're early - Charming individuals - Complimentary dinner for overtime workers - Good parties

    Cons

    - Very corporate - A lot of lip service and lies from higher ups - Layoffs - No upward growth for staff - Even for the industry, the overtime and lack of work/life balance is very bad

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees.

    Method Studios2019-01-27
  3. Helpful (8)

    "Not a great experience"

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

    I worked at Method Studios full-time

    Pros

    - fully stocked bathrooms - big name projects

    Cons

    - non-existent work-life balance - overcrowded artist rooms - low level production/artists/support staff treated like disposable commodities - unrealistic demands coming from management, constantly

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees the way you treat your clients.

    Method Studios2017-09-10
  4. Helpful (15)

    "A Broken Studio"

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    Former Employee - Production Coordinator in Vancouver, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Method Studios

    Pros

    There are no pros to working at this studio

    Cons

    - They signed onto a creature-heavy show with NO CREATURE PIPELINE in place. So with no creature SOP's in place, you can imagine how the show progressed as it neared closer to delivery. - The artists are worked way too hard and many are driven to quitting the industry overall after working at Method. - When production ramps up, say goodbye to your social life and personal relationships because you are expected to...

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    Advice to Management

    Revamp your entire studio - it's not working. Start caring for your artists. Don't overwork them. Don't bid for shows that require work you cannot provide.

    Method Studios2017-05-08
  5. Helpful (17)

    "Terrible"

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    Former Employee - Producer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice roof deck, free breakfast, talented teams, fun Christmas and Halloween parties. Pretty much all the surface level things to keep people working somewhere while you're treating them poorly.

    Cons

    - Terrible upper management - No respect for production staff or artists - Low pay - No work/life balance. No respect to staff when asking to work weekends/late nights - They close the office during Christmas and don't pay employees - so you either have to lose a week + of pay or take a week of vacation. This is disgusting! And makes any salary you agree to you in a contract...

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    Advice to Management

    Stop getting wrapped up in gossip and office politics and take a look at how you're treating your employees.

    Method Studios2017-03-28
  6. Helpful (24)

    "It's A Wonder They Can Still Find New Employees"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Method Studios

    Pros

    There are some decent artists but I'm only writing that because when I wrote "none" it told me that wasn't long enough.

    Cons

    No respect for work/life balance - you'll live in constant fear of the late nights and weekend work. Everything is about how they can make even the worst clients happy so the artists and staff suffer endlessly. If you complain it will be seen as an annoyance and they'd rather replace you than fix what is wrong. Make no mistake - they may seem like a small-ish studio, but they...

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    Advice to Management

    Just... stop. Maybe retire. Just get out of this industry before you make it even worse.

    Method Studios2016-08-30
  7. Helpful (8)

    "Great artists. Poor management"

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    Current Employee - Artist in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    - There are a lot of talented artists with a desire to perform at their best and create top level work. - Interesting projects are becoming more and more available - Sometimes there are company events for employees

    Cons

    Upper Management isn't in touch with what's happening in their departments. Level of morale is low with long work hours and no work/life balance. Pay is low at upper level positions. There is a large push to become salaried after a certain dollar amount/hour, which works in the companies favor. Doing so

    Advice to Management

    Pay people what they're worth and take a long, hard look at your upper management. Work/Life balance is very poor and is burning out your talented artists. The life blood of any creative company is the strength and morale of each and every artist. Pay attention to their recommendations and start turning the boat around or continue to bleed top talent.

    Method Studios2016-03-19
  8. Helpful (29)

    "Unbelievably toxic"

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    Former Employee - Software Development in Marina del Rey, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I touched more feature films there in the couple years I worked than I've touched in the rest of my career: they do a *lot* of notable features that really flesh out an IMDB page if you're able to float between them. I learned the worst possible ways to do SO many things while there that it made me positively bulletproof when I left - I can honestly say that in the four years I've been gone, I've been regarded very...

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    Cons

    Method has an absolutely *toxic* command structure that makes meaningful mid-term and long-term planning impossible. Project direction changes almost daily based on who was the loudest person at the last meeting. They've been building a "unified pipeline" since at least 2010 - everyone I hear to this day (2016) still says they're doing this, as if it's a big new adventure they've just embarked on. The sad part is that...

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    Advice to Management

    Hire your replacements - because most of you are doing an awful job. Look for inspiring, talented people instead of angry button-pushers and blame monkeys. Hire vfx/cg/comp supes that understand the role of a supervisor is to coach, inspire and provide vision, not just back-seat-drive and point fingers. Give software developers the freedom to build a sensible roadmap and work to that, instead of responding to show-specific...

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    Method Studios2016-01-04
  9. Helpful (12)

    "Terrible place to work"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Method Studios full-time

    Pros

    A few cool people and interesting technologies. Free breakfast.

    Cons

    Terrible work-life balance, sub-par compensation, backwards culture. Given the vibrant start-up scene in Santa Monica/LA, Method feels like a relic of the 1980s. There is no reason to work here. Yahoo, Microsoft, Riot Games, Snapchat, eHarmony, and many many other much better companies are right around the corner. Interview with them instead.

    Method Studios2015-07-02
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