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Digital Domain Reviews

Updated 22 August, 2018
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Pros
  • "Good pay and typical perks in correlation to industry standards" (in 4 reviews)

  • "Good benefits, good people, pay is average" (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • "The pipeline could be streamlined a bit but due to he company size it's hard to affect any change" (in 5 reviews)

  • "Much of the work is shipped to Vancouver" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Good place for software development"

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Vancouver, BC
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Digital Domain full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The decision making is split well between locations, at least for software development. So it does not feel like one location is just at the whims of the other.

    Cons

    The history of the company may give a bit of reason for hesitation but it seems that it is on a very good trajectory now.

    Advice to Management

    More could be done to develop the culture of the company. More events and parties.


  2. "Fun place to work"

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

    I worked at Digital Domain full-time

    Pros

    Interesting projects, fair wages, good co-workers

    Cons

    Uncertainty concerning employment beyond current contract

  3. "some great talents but supervisior/producer/manager doesn't care about artist"

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    Former Employee - FX Artist in Vancouver, BC
    Former Employee - FX Artist in Vancouver, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Digital Domain full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    decent project
    some great talent
    standard industry pay

    Cons

    no respect for artist and burn them in the production hell instead of doing and preparing right .
    senior supervisors and managers doesn't care about artist on the floor.
    broken promises

    Advice to Management

    keep treating and doing the same and watch all the top talents leave.
    remember that artists did the work.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Avoid"

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    Former Employee - Artist in Vancouver, BC
    Former Employee - Artist in Vancouver, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Digital Domain full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - A history in visual effects worth being proud of.
    - Compensation is roughly in line with the standard.

    Cons

    - Backstabbing, political environment.
    - Carrots waved in front of employees with no intention of following through.
    - Ancient, frustrating pipeline.
    - There seems to be a gung-ho attitude by senior staff members that we can burn through newer contract workers by brute forcing everything as opposed to careful planning and organizing your core business efficiently.
    - No interest in advancing the pipeline towards modern, efficient ways of working which is costing them work and turning away the most top level talent.

    Advice to Management

    Develop a clear sense of direction of your visual effects business.
    Address the political issues. Modernize your pipeline.
    You can't live off your history forever, understand that your reputation is being tarnished by allowing a festering back-stabbing environment to thrive, and the best artists are actively avoiding your company.


  5. "Great people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Digital Domain full-time

    Pros

    Great people to work with.

    Cons

    Company needs to update equipment.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Pretty unorganized and awful management"

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    Current Employee - Lead Artist
    Current Employee - Lead Artist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Digital Domain full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great team of co workers

    Cons

    Management are awful at dealing with core issues and complacent staff

    Advice to Management

    Keep hold of the good team members and cut loose the unproductive ones.

    Talk to and listen to the artists on the ground doing the actual work. You are nothing without them.


  7. "Great place to work. Cutting edge technology and innovation abounds."

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    Former Employee - Video Editor in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Video Editor in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Digital Domain full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits are decent and the work is exciting. Breakfast is supplied every Friday.

    Cons

    No matching 401k and many of the employees are very clicky and reserved. The location is industrial and depressing.

    Advice to Management

    More cowbell.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Ineffective leadership and stagnant environment"

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

    I have been working at Digital Domain full-time

    Pros

    -Fun projects when there is work
    -Great coworkers create a nice environment
    -Decent salary compared to other studios

    Cons

    -Positions are rarely refilled upon personnel departure
    -Terrible leadership
    -Ineffective use of money
    -No investment in the workforce by management

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring upper management and mid level micro-managers. Invest in the current workforce and fill empty positions.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Storied, legendary vfx company in a post bankruptcy slump"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Playa Vista, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Playa Vista, CA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Digital Domain full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Been at DD LA since a little before the most recent bankruptcy. What has never really changed is the core brilliance of people who work there. The core employees who have been there for a very long time are passionate, and it shows in how they work.

    Monthlies!
    Donuts on Friday!
    Holiday Parties.

    Cons

    Latest batch of management are penny pinchers who seem to move from shiny object to the next to make a quick buck. They seem to consider feature and commercial VFX work as a burden and VR and AR work to be the future, which it might as well be, but not commit to either one of those with proper long term resources and planning.

    Employees talk about this constantly, it's an open secret that there is disdain for this management style.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hemorrhaging money on half baked plans by committing to what actually brings in revenue. Invest in your employees and company by properly resourcing it.
    The VFX industry is brutal enough as it is, there's no need to constantly be shooting yourself in the foot.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Producer"

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

    I worked at Digital Domain full-time

    Pros

    The passion of the crew is unmatched. There's such deep talent.

    Cons

    Company is constantly shifting directions and focus. They do not give something time to become successful or fail, but pull the plug mid-stream.

    Advice to Management

    Be clear on your goals and give them time to reach fruition.


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