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Bardel Entertainment Reviews

Updated 23 November, 2018
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Pros
  • "Alongside the great shows, Bardel has great people" (in 12 reviews)

  • "They have the coolest shows to work on hands down" (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "They often demand unpaid overtime and are unwilling to address bad professional practices including sexism from stronger animators" (in 13 reviews)

  • "Shows are often under-staffed causing people to work long hours in order to meet tight deadlines" (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bardel Entertainment full-time

    Pros

    - good projects
    - cool coworkers

    Cons

    - oftentimes requires overtime to meet quota


  2. "More than a year"

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    Former Employee - Animator in Vancouver, BC
    Former Employee - Animator in Vancouver, BC

    I worked at Bardel Entertainment full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great place
    Awesome artists where you can learn from

    Cons

    Tight schedule
    They don't pay overtime

  3. "3D Animation"

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

    I worked at Bardel Entertainment part-time

    Pros

    Lots of different work and good people, usually lots of work

    Cons

    Production needs improvement as well as time and resources for each project need to be better


  4. "Junior animator salary"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bardel Entertainment full-time

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    A lot of unpaid overtime


  5. "Great place to work despite missteps from management."

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    Current Employee - 3D Animator in Kelowna, BC
    Current Employee - 3D Animator in Kelowna, BC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bardel Entertainment full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Ample opportunity to work on many diverse, fun projects with big name companies.
    -Engaging and personable immediate leadership. (Leads/Supervisors)
    -Willing to teach
    -Amicable atmosphere on floor with artists
    -Studio located in a great location (Kelowna)

    Cons

    -Mismanaged production schedules put considerable pressure and stresses on artists.
    -Tight production schedules doesn't leave room for artists to practice, learn and grow.
    -Miscommunications on past projects between production and artists/leads/supervisors lead to negativity. However, Bardel has learned from those missteps and seems to be doing better.

    Advice to Management

    -Be Transparent
    -Fight for the artists
    -Work with us from the trenches, your example speaks volumes.
    -Be realistically optimistic. You don't have to be smiling all the time, but be realistic about the situation while optimistically seeking solutions.


  6. "Mostly good"

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    Former Employee - Designer in Vancouver, BC
    Former Employee - Designer in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bardel Entertainment full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great co workers and team mentality, fun team building exercises and fun shows!

    Cons

    Sometimes there can be difficulty gaining insight into new projects and what the future holds. Lots of poor communication and overwhelmed people in management roles.

    Advice to Management

    Organize better and be more transparent with artists and production. Be more accessible to those looking to inquire about general contracts, more professional discussion and emails that articulate the needs of managment and try to accommodate artists.


  7. "Work here for the experience but don't stay for long"

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    Former Employee - Lighting Artist in Vancouver, BC
    Former Employee - Lighting Artist in Vancouver, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bardel Entertainment full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Lots of exciting productions that you can work at
    - Tons of great people to work with, talent and personality wise

    Cons

    - Awful studio, very cramped
    - Awful pay, took advantage on foreign worker's pay when they extend their work visa
    - Awful pipeline hence, expect lots of UNPAID overtime
    - Unfair & very unreasonable pay rise

    Advice to Management

    Should treat their employee better instead of just taking advantage of them. Pay them overtime, seriously. Fix your pipeline, they are the main reason why overtime is needed. When animation is not done properly, it should be send back to the animation department instead of having the lighter/compositor fixing it. It is the animators responsibility!

  8. "Animator"

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    Current Employee - 3D Animator in Kelowna, BC
    Current Employee - 3D Animator in Kelowna, BC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Bardel Entertainment full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good colleagues you can learn a lot if you are junior or mid, some good projects to work on, is a good place for a first experience

    Cons

    Expect a lot of OT especially if you are junior, bad communication between the management and the employees, no OT paid, no OT dinner, lack of new projects

    Advice to Management

    hired more qualified people to avoid OT.


  9. "Decent place to start as an animator"

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    Former Employee - Animator
    Former Employee - Animator
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bardel Entertainment full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good Cartoons, Dreamworks TV

    Cons

    Not getting paid for overtime.


  10. "Lighting and comp artist"

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    Former Employee - Lighting and Comp Artist in Vancouver, BC
    Former Employee - Lighting and Comp Artist in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bardel Entertainment full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The coworkers and supervisors are friendly and the project are awesome.

    Cons

    Too much overtime and short deadline .

    Advice to Management

    Need to imrpove the pipeline and task