Deluxe Entertainment Reviews

Updated May 5, 2021

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  • "Very difficult to make a career out of it unless you get hired as upper management(in 46 reviews)

  • "All the usual post-capitalist fare: windowless rooms, long hours, working by metrics(in 27 reviews)

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  1. "Great studio"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - 2D Animation in Toronto, ON

    I have been working at Deluxe Entertainment full-time

    Pros

    The team is great, full of talented people and the projects are good too

    Cons

    Having to work long hours

  2. "great team great company"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Animation Department in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Deluxe Entertainment full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    great professional team good atmosphere

    Cons

    none that I can think of right now

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  3. "Easy work, not enough pay"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Editor 
    Recommends

    I worked at Deluxe Entertainment full-time

    Pros

    The work was easy. Coworkers were nice, friendly people.

    Cons

    There's some poor coordination, and there's a lot of confusion about what needs to be done. Thing could have be made simpler, smoother. The salary was very low.

  4. "Mostly Good"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Production Coordinator in Toronto, ON

    I have been working at Deluxe Entertainment full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Really great team members overall

    Cons

    Slow to promote the right people, usually people are doing tasks above their paygrade for months, sometimes years

  5. "job"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Deluxe Entertainment full-time

    Pros

    super-inclusive environment I love it

    Cons

    I have nothing to say here

  6. "Good people but unstable company"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Business Intelligence Specialist 

    I have been working at Deluxe Entertainment full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good environment and good people

    Cons

    Unstable company, your position is not safe

  7. "Change in mindset needed"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Deluxe Entertainment full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    People were great, smart and willing to work hard.

    Cons

    Overall mgmt structure had an old mentality of clocking in 9 to 5

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Full of Bullies"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Translation Specialist in Montreal, QC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Deluxe Entertainment full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    multi-cultural environment, easy start-up, friendly colleagues

    Cons

    Rip-offs and bullies, hunger pay, cubicle job in front of screen 9-5

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  9. COVID-19
    Helpful (4)

    "The most exploitative studio I've seen. Floundering amidst horrible financial decisions."

    2.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Deluxe Entertainment full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The day to day people are great, its very easy to fine friends and bottom-mid level people genuinely enjoy what they do an are passionate about it. I have friendships and connections I will maintain outside of Deluxe for years to come. There are moments where you will get to work on some really cool parts of films and an opportunity for credit roll, though the later has become less likely over the years. It is a "ok" place to get a year or two of experience before moving on. I say 'ok' because most other VFX places in the area know what a joke 'The D" is and will actively recruit from them.

    Cons

    Everyone above the department heads is tone-deaf to the rest of the employees. They'll have floor meetings to quell issues but the best it ever is is lip service or defensive behavior from management. In the last year they forced artists to 'cross-train' into different departments so they could profit off of having artists do 2-3 jobs while keeping pay rates stagnant (~30% below industry standard) and ignoring the additional stress that threw on artists. Hoping employees wouldn't notice and then got confused when long term senior employees started leaving. Ripe with nepotism, I was lucky enough to make friends with the right people but you consistently see weaker artists be promoted since management doesn't want to take strong artists off the floor. Quota and performance only seem to matter if they can use it in there favor. Every decision is about them getting the most amount out of their employees for the least amount of money. Unpaid lunch hours, frequent layoffs, training employees to do higher paying jobs under the 'guise of skill development. There is overtime, but they now make sure its under 44hrs/wk so they don't pay extra, but set quota twice as high anyway. Then pat themselves on the back for "Improving Work/Life Balance" A financial restructure to avoid bankruptcy in 2019, and a lack of planning on transitioning to work from home during Covid has caused additional stress that they instead threw at their employees. 2020 has been a year where we've seen wave after wave of layoffs while salaried management does less work than ever. A general lack of meaningful leadership and downright oppressive work environment, but hey...... they have unlimited Oatmeal, and fruit every other week.

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  10. Helpful (1)

    "Poorly Managed"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Manager in Montreal, QC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Deluxe Entertainment full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good camaraderie amongst staff, free coffee

    Cons

    Poor leadership, long hours, minimal incentives

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