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The Mill Reviews

Updated Nov 11, 2019

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3.2
43%
Recommend to a Friend
85%
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The Mill  CEO Robin Shenfield (no image)
Robin Shenfield
35 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great people and building is good(in 11 reviews)

  • "The Mill family is really nice and welcoming(in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • "Long hours, not great management(in 22 reviews)

  • "Quick turn around for projects, long hours, low pay(in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Senior Artist"

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    Current Employee - Senior Artist in Bangalore
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Mill full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good working atmosphere, friendly management, and supervisors, great work life balance, projects are of short periods and have quick turn around time.

    Cons

    There is no process of leveling up the salaries according to industry standards. Review process is quite strange.

    The Mill 2019-05-09
  2. Helpful (1)

    "No good company (Bangalore)"

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    Current Employee - CG Lead in Bangalore
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1.Work life balance to some extent 2.Can get decent salary if you are good with words 3.No need for talent to grow, just have to suck up to your boss. 4.All the technicolour benefits.

    Cons

    1. Undeserving and inexperienced heads and management people, the site is being run by extremely inexperienced staff, people have been promoted multiple positions higher than their former position to fill up the vacancy despite of their lack of technical know how. 2. All the other Mill sites dump all their discarded work here. 3. QC standards are pretty low. 4.You need to be in the good books of the department... heads or be friends with them to go up the ladder. 5.HR don't do their bit either they are hardly seen in their cabin. 6.You need to speak English at all time, your talent doesn't matter, you will be penalized if you don't speak English. 7.Good people quit and will continue to quit if the leaders and department heads are not replaced with worthy ones and shown the door. 8. They show good quality work in their monthlies, demonstration of work done that respective month however you will rarely find any work done in Bangalore in that meetup. 9.So don't fall for the Bangalore showreel a lot of it is not even done by Bangalore employees.

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    Advice to Management

    Please spare this company management people, it's a reputed company, it took them more than decades to get it where it is right now, it is a very good company as far as all the other sites are concerned but the Bangalore site is essentially being run by people who don't deserve to.

    The Mill 2019-04-10
  3. "Stay away - not worth the name on your resume"

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    Former Employee - Digital Artist in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Mill full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The name still carries weight in the industry so it might open doors when you leave. I guess tons of snacks and food is a pro if you care about that sort of thing.

    Cons

    Almost everything here is a con. The turnover is incredibly high and the reasons are blatantly obvious. It starts with horrendous pay for staff members. Freelancers are fairly well compensated but staff are grossly underpaid. The Mill - and most Technicolor entities - are known in the industry to low-ball in the worst ways. If you are looking to support a family, this is definitely not the place. If you are looking... to support yourself and put some extra on the side, this is also not the place. Furthermore, people are not getting raises. Wages have been extremely stagnant. During my time there I personally knew of a multitude of people who hadn't gotten a raise in 4 years. The Mill likes to spend a ton of money on fancy parties, snacks, food (that often lands in the trash) and other unnecessary garbage, yet somehow doesn't have the money to pay its employees an adequate rate. Second, the favoritism and bro culture. Actually, the culture as a whole. The artists that "grew up" with the Mill (meaning they started their careers there and haven't worked anywhere besides the Mill) are favored by management for prestigious projects and promotions. The people that have actual tangible experience - meaning those that have worked in feature film for example - are undervalued despite their superior expertise. I have personally experiences bro culture and borderline sexual harassment behind closed suite doors. If you are a woman, once again, not the place. If the favoritism and the passes that supervisors routinely get weren't so blatantly obvious, I probably would have gone to HR to report those offenses. The pipeline is horrendous. If you've ever worked in episodic or feature, you know what a pipeline should look like. The Mill does not have that. There's a lot of manual labor involved in getting things to work, things that should have long been automated. Additionally, overall the workflow is a complete mess. Often you will work on a shot that has long been omitted, with producers failing to tell your so. Or you will work on something that someone else is also working on, again no one informing you. There isn't a clear distribution of tasks and that type of mismanagement wastes a lot of time and energy. Last but not least, the projects in the Chicago office are of the lowest quality in all of the Mill offices. If you are expecting to get high quality experience here, this is the wrong office. You might get those projects in LA or NY but not in Chicago. For 2D artists it will be a lot of paint and roto and the little CG work this office does is very junior level. Hence, no real career development.

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    Advice to Management

    Change everything. Get rid of the supervisors that pretend to know everything but don't have a clue and change the entire culture. Stop with this obvious favoritism and for God's sake pay your artists more!

    The Mill 2019-11-11
  4. "Bad communication, awful pipeline"

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    Current Employee - Artist in Adelaide
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good location in the heart of the city.

    Cons

    The overtime pay policy is pathetic. They expect you to work for 10 hours unpaid. Only overtime after 10hours is paid. The salaries are already very low and then to expect free overtime is just shocking. If you want to get paid for overtime, your only option is to work during the weekend. While this is still a new company, there is no excuse for this exasperating pipeline and just shocking overall project... management. Communication between departments is difficult due to no proper tools. There is no proper workflow. Computers are slow, in-house tools are full of bugs, their food options are stingy and they overwork and underpay artists. Some of the runners are really rude.

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    Advice to Management

    Get feedback from the artists about pipeline development, workflow and tools going forward. The intranet needs a huge upgrade. It is impossible to find anything without asking someone or already knowing where to look. For example there should be a startup page for new recruits. Pay your artists better salaries if you expect free overtime.

    The Mill 2019-11-11
  5. Helpful (5)

    "Bad management, even worse favoritism"

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

    I worked at The Mill full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    If you are young you can learn a lot about the industry as it seems most people there are also new or have come up from non-production positions. There is a lot of rotating staff and employees so one can move into other positions or departments when there are openings.

    Cons

    There are a lot of young people - management, producers, etc... - that are clearly new to the job and as a result there is a level of professionalism missing. The studio struggles to separate work and life and takes advantage of employees willing to work by not paying them enough and giving them plenty of hours. There is little to no ownership of projects or separation of departments so peoples job descriptions and... tasks are intermixed - resulting in confusion and 'double' work at times. Scheduling of projects is also poorly handled and week to week could be dramatically different - sometimes 5-6 projects start on same day and other times there is 1-2. I realize that's dependent on outside forces but work suffers when you take on too much work without regards to how its going to be done, i.e. communicating with necessary teams. COMMUNICATION IS TERRIBLE STUDIO WIDE.

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    Advice to Management

    Hire knowledgeable people without regards to personal relationships - stop promoting friends to fill positions without the necessary skills. Managers should be personable and willing to communicate with team members. BE PRESENT and communicate with team when you aren't going to be available for a week or more. This is the only place I've worked where my managers wouldn't communicate their vacation/out of office so... never knew what to expect day-to-day or week-to-week.

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    The Mill 2019-09-12
  6. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Resource Manager 
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is an ubelievable amount of talent

    Cons

    Salaries are not that competitive

    The Mill 2019-07-30
  7. Helpful (3)

    "A big lack of disorganisation"

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    Former Employee - Production Coordinator in Montreal, QC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Mill full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Awesome team. Best people in the world. Very nice coffee machine

    Cons

    Disorganised. When that thing about having a beer and some fun on Fridays at 5PM? Forget it! You have the best employees but worst leadership. Bad salaries

    Advice to Management

    Build a new house from scratch. Begin with organising everything. Tell people exactly what their role is and exactly what they have to do. What looks hard, it's the easiest part. Organize, tell new people who to go when they need something on a specific area. This company organised, can be a very nice place to work.

    The Mill 2019-07-31
  8. Helpful (2)

    "Artist"

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

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

    Pros

    Amazing team, theres no better department at the company.

    Cons

    Payment disparity Artist from europe and us receive almost twice as much then artists from central and south america no matter their seniority. For a company that likes to brag and praise itself on its equality policies, it's incredibly missing the mark on it. Incredibly disorganized So disorganized that you end up doing insane amounts of overtime. Contracts are not extended because we don't have a proper... manegement, a proper organization. Lots of overtime Artists have to work crazy amounts of overtime due to that same management, sometimes workibg +80 hours week. Due to pay discrepancies some artists have to work 20 of overtime to receive the same as others of the same level.

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    Advice to Management

    Maybe actually listen to your artists and invest on them, do not lie to them about how great and equal the studio is, actually make it happen. TREAT ALL THE ARTISTS EQUALLY, no matter where they come from. Be organized with your projects, don't overwork your artists because of your mistakes. You're losing qualified artists by the day and you still believe that you're doing ok. Are you kidding me?

    The Mill 2019-08-19
  9. Helpful (1)

    "Mill film"

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    Current Employee - CFX Artist in Montreal, QC
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Paid overtime at good rates, good environment work, awesome projects

    Cons

    Low payment for seniors, and too much responsibility

    The Mill 2019-07-13
  10. Helpful (4)

    "Don't drink the koolaid"

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    Current Employee - Department Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great location, for the most part great people and looks good on the resume

    Cons

    Where to start? Over promising and under delivering by leadership (producers and EPs). NOTHING WORKS... the pipeline is janky, projects are started without anyone knowing how to actually produce them and there are bandaids being put on everything. Bullying bullying bullying by people who are highly valuable because they are the ones making the patches and bandaging things to keep things working/aggressively pushing... things forward so that we meet deadlines so no one feels like they can report them and when they do they get told that everyone is experiencing the same thing. ZERO work-life balance. Pretty sure a large cohort of employees have just cranked out more than a month of working every day... Saturdays and Sundays are not sacred. Evenings are not sacred. Forget seeing your kids/spouse/friends. Pay is terrible, especially when you look at the hours. No offer of additional compensation.

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    The Mill 2019-07-21
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