Bardel Entertainment Employee Reviews about "unpaid overtime"

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Pros
  • "Great people, occasionally fun projects, not too much OT(in 14 reviews)

  • "Good place to start a career in animation(in 14 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "In animation, though your hours may be flexible, you may be doing a lot of unpaid overtime(in 15 reviews)

  • "They often demand unpaid overtime and are unwilling to address bad professional practices including sexism from stronger animators(in 12 reviews)

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    1. 1.0
      Former Contractor, less than 1 year

      I feel bad for every artist here

      Jun 5, 2019 - 3D Animator in Vancouver, BC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great and amazing artists that you can learn from. Great artist community, every artist at this studio shares a common story.

      Cons

      Unpaid overtime, horrible management, refusal to admit to wrong doings.

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    2. 4.0
      Current Employee

      General review

      Jan 16, 2019 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Fun people, Flexible hours, goal oriented targets

      Cons

      In animation, though your hours may be flexible, you may be doing a lot of unpaid overtime

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    3. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Studio has seemingly gone downhill.

      Aug 18, 2017 - 3D Animator in Kelowna, BC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      -Consistent Work -Cool Projects -A rather well known Studio -Benefits cover half of MSP.

      Cons

      -A somewhat factory feeling -Company culture has changed since the Rainbow acquisition -If an issue arises, it takes forever to get fixed, if it gets fixed at all -Underbid on projects a lot -Lots of unpaid overtime required (working until midnight is pretty common) to keep up with deadlines, because they don't budget enough time for shows. -Working in the Kelowna Studio, it feels secondary to the Vancouver ones sites. -Employees seem to know nothing unless you're higher up. Often told that we're able to switch projects to some that are more interesting, but by the time you find out you're able to switch, the projects full. -Often ignores employee suggestion and issues. -Somewhat underpays compared to other studios. -CEO seems out of touch with what is actually happening in the studio. -Often have 1 to 2 hour meetings that waste time, only so an executive can show their face, and give an HR approved speech about how great the studio is, only to give no real information and answer no questions.

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    4. 3.0
      Current Employee

      Junior animator salary

      Oct 9, 2018 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great people to work with

      Cons

      A lot of unpaid overtime

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    5. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Work here for the experience but don't stay for long

      Sep 7, 2018 - Lighting Artist in Vancouver, BC
      Recommend
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      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

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    6. 2.0
      Current Employee

      Overcrowded Studio

      Jan 1, 2014 -  
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Some fun animation projects, downtown studio close to Skytrain (Stadium). Christmas Party.

      Cons

      Too much work, not enough support. Bardel is growing, and is getting pretty cramped (not enough washrooms, desks, software licenses, server space, slow internet connection and lack of help) make it a lot harder to work than it should be. Some projects seem like they are running ok, others are serious overtime and weekends (unpaid overtime of course). Bardel never says no to any of their clients, so also expect tons of revisions.

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    7. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Once was good, going downhill fast.

      Dec 29, 2017 - 3D Animator in Vancouver, BC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good leads and sups (depending on project) Studio atmosphere is pleasant. Decent number of shows Vancouver studio is in a nice location

      Cons

      unrealistic deadlines and quality expectations no work/life balance unpaid overtime is normal. low morale overall. people seem tired or disinterested. HR is slow and very disorganized. (once didn't receive a paycheque at least 3 times due to a clerical error.) bought by rainbow in 2016 (which imo is the reason the company is failing)

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    8. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      OK, Production teams need to learn to plan

      Mar 20, 2018 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Nice location Fun projects, highly varied

      Cons

      Does not seem to learn from their previous mistakes. In regards to planning and scheduling Unpaid overtime is expected The pipeline is broken Quality is usually significantly dropped to due to teams being mostly juniors

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    9. 3.0
      Former Contractor

      It's alright

      Dec 9, 2017 - Anonymous Contractor 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Lots of shows, usually up to date software.

      Cons

      Most artists don't know what they're doing, really bad pipeline, below average pay, lots of unpaid overtime, contract will most likely run out before HR responds to you.

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    10. 3.0
      Current Contractor

      Mediocre and complicit in bad professional practices

      Jan 4, 2018 - Animator in Vancouver, BC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      If you can survive your first year/production you have the opportunity to learn from some really talented people. It also can provide opportunities for lateral movement across the industry.

      Cons

      The studio is disorganized and is often scrambling to regain its footing due to poor planning on all levels. They often demand unpaid overtime and are unwilling to address bad professional practices including sexism from stronger animators.

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