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Digital Domain Reviews

Updated 19 March, 2019
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Pros
  • "Some of the most talented people in the industry" (in 5 reviews)

  • "Good pay and typical perks in correlation to industry standards" (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • "Lack of communication between the parent company and employees" (in 3 reviews)

  • "Severe lack of leadership and direction that is reflected in the code base and the product" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Best VFX Studio in Vancouver"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Digital Domain full-time

    Pros

    good support from lead and supervisor
    good staffs
    good food

    Cons

    they don't have much show now


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Toxic work environment, overtime culture has gotten worse"

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    Current Employee - Lighting Artist in Vancouver, BC
    Current Employee - Lighting Artist in Vancouver, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get paid decently.

    Cons

    Your time as an artist here is wasted if you are on a Marvel show with a lead and supervisor who lack communication skills. Youll be constantly updating because nothing is finalized in any department until the end. Want notes? Not until 6pm then you are pressured to stay late.

    Advice to Management

    Please have some respect for your artists. Appreciate it when they come in on a Saturday instead of shaming and pressuring them into it. Us artists give up a lot to do this work, and your lack of management and communication is really showing us what you think.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Low-frills studio with good people"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Digital Domain full-time

    Pros

    This is a really good place in terms of the quality of people on the floor. Teams are good and easy to get along with, very few egos at play here.

    They are very accommodating to people's real life schedules (kids, medical, etc.)

    The final result of the work is usually quite good and something to be proud of.

    Cons

    For whatever reason, this company struggles to consistently get work, which will hopefully change once their Montreal studio is established and they can offer that QC tax credit the studios are now after. I think this results in them taking on a lot of 911 jobs to fill the gap.

    As a contract worker, it can get a little dicey and contract renewals usually come right down to the wire (as in 1-2 weeks) of your end date. Can make it stressful if you are absolutely relying on the income or the employment for PR reasons.

    Studio is very low-frills and the desks are set up like a call centre, which makes it a little difficult to get to know people outside of your little pod.

    They often hold post-mortems on shows, but I am doubtful that much input from those actually on the floor, dealing with the day-to-day, is actually factored into their decisions. I feel like the mentality is "the show was delivered, no need to fix anything" and a lot of the same issues seem to carry forward from show to show.

    Advice to Management

    Management absolutely needs to listen more to feedback from those who are actually on the floor, particularly seniors and leads, who deal with the impacts of their decisions regarding supervisor assignment, promotions, tool development, etc.

    On the subject of supervisors: First of all, there are a lot of really good sups at DD, but I feel like there are a lot of promotions to these types of positions that are not done based on merit. What happens is you end up with people in these roles who lack either the technical chops or the people skills to do the job effectively and then the workload trickles downwards and other sups and/or the leads take on a lot more of the burden.

    Listen to your artists! Don't make your decisions based on who shows up for drinks.


  4. "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


  5. "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.


  6. 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.


  7. "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.

  8. 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.


  9. 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.


  10. "Marketing Director"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good working environment and nice team to work with

    Cons

    Operational process and employ benefits